Presenting the Finalists for Rookie Awards 2022
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Presenting the Finalists for Rookie Awards 2022

The Rookie Awards 2022 received over 4,400 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.

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BREAKING — The Rookie Awards 2022 received over 4,400 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 battle for the trophies is on!

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.

Most popular entries for Rookie Awards 2022

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 three major sponsors this year - Autodesk, Unreal Engine, and Lenovo. It means the world to us that they continue to support the Rookie Awards after all these years, and are so passionate about helping creative industries grow.

To all our other sponsors, your support means no less, and we are honored to have you joining us again this year. Thank you Adobe, SideFX, Teradici, Chaos, Dell Technologies, Epic Games, Foundry, GridMarkets, Marmoset, Marvelous Designer, Maxon, NVIDIA, Ninja Theory, Wacom, Wētā FX, 2G Studio, 3D World, BVN, Crystal Dynamics, DNEG, Dr.Reel, Flipped Normals, GRAPH, INDG, IO Interactive, Kilograph, On Animation Studio, Outpost VFX, Sini Software, That's No Moon, Unity, Unsigned Studio, beloFX, realworld one.

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, Virtual Fashion.

Film of the Year - Finalists

2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects.

Game of the Year - Finalists

Immersive Media, Mobile, PC & Console

Career Opportunities - Finalists

Wētā FX, DNEG, Ninja Theory, Kilograph, INDG, That's No Moon, Outpost VFX, GRAPH, BVN REAL, ON Animation Studio, IO Interactive, 2G Studio, Unsigned Studio, beloFX, realworld one.

Specialty - Finalists

Young Guns


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, 2022 so make sure to check back soon.

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