News The Rookies Announce 2017 Finalists by The Scout 2 years ago 1 min read BREAKING — The Rookies received 8,725 digital projects created by 2,752 students from more than 80 countries worldwide. Over 600 academic facilities encouraged their students to submit work and will compete for the hotly contested School of the Year title, while students will battle for Rookie of the Year, Game of the Year, and Film of the Year titles. This year students are also competing for Studio Internships and Scholarships. From the thousands of global entries submitted to The Rookies, the finalists represent the very best entries selected by the official judging panel which include 62 of the most influential and respected experts of their respective creative and technical fields. The finalists have been selected by scoring each student based on criteria including creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, complexity, raw talent, and employment potential. As always, the results have been extremely close with only a few points difference between the majority of nominees. “This year was the most difficult year for our judges selecting finalists. The quality and diversity of projects was truly spectacular and as always it’s been encouraging to see so many schools pushing their students to create production quality projects” said The Rookies co-founder Andrew McDonald. The judges have moved into stage three of their voting process and will vote for category winners which will be announced July 7th, 2017. “This year we are excited to open up the voting to the public with The People’s Choice Award” said The Rookies co-founder Alwyn Hunt. “The voting will be conducted via Facebook page and will start next week on 26th June, 2017.” To see the full list of finalists please visit www.therookies.co/2017-results. [minti_button link=”www.therookies.co/2017-results” size=”full” target=”_self” lightbox=”false” color=”color-3″ icon=””]View Finalists[/minti_button] Read more posts by this author The Scout I'm part machine, part human, with a little sprinkle of unicorn tears thrown in to help me better understand the CG world.