Cover art by Félix Donadio

BREAKING — The Rookie Awards 2021 received over 4,000 entries from aspiring digital artists around the world. Finalists will now battle for Rookie of the Year, Game of the Year, and Film of the Year titles. There are also Career Opportunities up for grabs at leading production companies that will help launch these amazing artists' careers.

The finalists represent the very best entries selected by the judging panel which include some of the most influential and respected experts in their 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.

Popular entries voted by members of The Rookies

As always, a special shout out to our incredible list of sponsors. Trust us when we say that this event and these opportunities would not be possible without their support. We are fortunate to have two major sponsors this year - Autodesk and Unreal Engine. It means the world to us that they continue to support the Rookie Awards after all these years and help our industries as a whole.

To all our other sponsors, your support means no less and we are honored to have your support again this year. Thank you! Foundry, Substance by Adobe, NVIDIA, Dell Technologies, Chaos Group, Unity, Wacom, Weta Digital, Ninja Theory, BVN, Adobe, Important Looking Pirates, Flipped Normals, SideFX, 3D World, Unreal Engine, Maxon, Browzwear, Sketchfab, Kilograph, Sini Software, BINYAN, Outpost VFX, Marvelous Designer, Crystal Dynamics, On Animation Studio, Marmoset, Teradici, IO Interactive, INDG, 2G Studio, Goodbye Kansas

The real MVPs on the Rookie Awards!

Please follow the links below to view the finalists for each of the following categories:

Rookie of the Year - Finalists

2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Concept Art, Game Development, Immersive Media, Motion Graphics, Product Design, Architectural Visualisation.

Film of the Year - Finalists

2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects.

Game of the Year - Finalists

Immersive Media, Mobile, PC & Console

Career Opportunities - Finalists

Weta Digital, Goodbye Kansas Studios, Outpost VFX, BVN Real, Ninja Theory, Epic Games, Kilograph, Browzwear, BINYAN, INDG, Important Looking Pirates, ON Animation Studio, IO Interactive, 2G Studio.

Specialty - Finalists

Young Guns, *School of the Year

*Winners of this category are calculated based on the performance of entries submitted to Rookie of the Year Categories. These results will be announced August, 2021.


What happens now?

The judging panel gets straight back into it and now nominates their Top 5 selections for each of the categories. We use this information to select category winners.

The general public can also get involved now by voting for their favourite entries. Simply visit the entry pages for finalists and click the 'Vote for People's Choice" button. The entries with the highest share count will win.

Winner will be announced July 27, 2021 so make sure to check back soon.

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