Rookie Awards 2021 is hosted at:
https://www.therookies.co/contests/groups/rookie-awards-2021

Important Terminology

The contest is not called The Rookies or The Rookies Awards. The correct terminology is "We are sponsoring the Rookie Awards 2021!"

When sharing content online, please make sure to use the right terminology. There is often confusion based on our legacy which we would like to prevent.

The Rookies: This is the company name. It is also the name of our website.
Rookie Awards: This is the contest that you are sponsoring.

Social Media & Hashtags

Facebook: therookiesco
Twitter: therookiesco
Instagram: therookiesco
YouTube: therookiesco
LinkedIn: therookiesco

#rookieawards2021
This is the official hashtag for the Rookie Awards 2021. To help us track engagement, please remember to include this in any posts or announcements.


Key Dates

Please refer to the following dates to make sure your social media campaigns and team is on hand to help share the message.

March 7 - June 1

Submissions Open: Eligible entrants are asked to create an entry page and upload their best work for the judges to review.

June 30

Finalists Announced: Finalists are the top entries in each category as selected by the judging panel. Categories can have anywhere between 10-50 finalists depending on their size and complexity.

July 1 - 8

Finalist Judging: At this point our judging panel is asked to review all the finalists for each category. Once reviewed, the judges nominate their Top 5 entrants. This data is used to help us determine the overall winners.

Studio partners must make sure their judges are available during this time to review finalists, especially if deciding on a placement for your internship.

July 16, 2021

Winners Announced: Category winners are announced and publicly shared. At this point sponsors are required to help send out prizes and arrange Internship details. Our team will be on hand to make sure you are fully aware of the next steps and what is needed.


Categories

Rookie of the Year

Categories open to individual artists to showcase their skills.
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Concept Art, Game Development, Immersive Media, Motion Graphics, Product Design, Architectural Visualisation.

Film of the Year

Team based and speciality categories for extra opportunities.
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Visual Effects.

Game of the Year

Team based and speciality categories for extra opportunities.
Immersive Media, Mobile, PC & Console

Specialty

Additional categories open to younger audience and schools.
Young Guns, School of the Year


Obligations - Social Media

As a sponsor, we would love it if you'd help share announcements during the course of the contests. To help make it easy for you, here is a schedule that lists out some of the key milestones. Each announcement below links to an official image you can use as part of your posts. You can also download them all directly from here.

Tip: Please make sure to use the official hashtag #rookieawards2021 with all social media posts. It really helps us reply to comments and build engagement for everyone involved.

10th January - General Announcement
The Rookie Awards starts again in March and we are excited to be a sponsor for 2021. The contest is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. There really is no better way to launch your career and start sharing your amazing work online.  #rookieawards2021

24th January - Download Posters
Make sure to grab yourself one of the Annual Rookie Awards posters featuring incredible artwork from last year. We are proud to be a sponsor of this awards and can't wait to see what work is submitted to the judging panel. #rookieawards2021

7th February - Important Dates
Before you do anything else, quickly open up your calendar and drop these dates in for the 10th Annual Rookie Awards. We are proud to support this amazing initiative designed to help encourage aspiring artists to share their creative media skills with the world. #rookieawards2021

February 21st - Official Categories
The official categories have been announced for Rookie Awards. The contest is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. There really is no better way to launch your career and start sharing your amazing work online. #rookieawards2021

March 7th - Open for Submissions
The 10th Annual Rookie Awards are open for submissions! The contest is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. We are proud to sponsor this contest and can't wait to see the amazing work you have been creating. Entries close June 1st, but don't leave it until the last minute to enter otherwise you might miss out on this incredible opportunity. #rookieawards2021

May 1st - 30 Days to Enter
Time flies when you are trying to create an entry for the Rookie Awards 2021. With only 30 days remaining to get your entry submitted to the judging panel it's time to take things to the next level. We have been amazed at the quality of submissions so far and know there is plenty of amazing work left to come.

If you haven't done so already you can actually start your entry and 'Save as Draft'. This way you can make sure you fully understand what's involved with the submission process. #rookieawards2021

May 23rd - 10 Days to Enter
We hope you don't have too much left to render and that you've allowed enough time to focus on presentation. With only ten days to go we really are down to the wire now. For those of you who are intimidated by all the other amazing entries, don't give up. There are countless success stories from people just like you who previously entered and triggered a career changing chain of reactions. #rookieawards2021

June 30 - Finalists Announced
The finalists for the 10th Annual Rookie Awards have been announced! The suspense has been killing us and we can't believe how incredible the entries are across all categories. To find out if you are a Finalist, head directly to the contest main page right now - TBA #rookieawards2021

July 16 - Winners Announced
The official judging panel for the Annual Rookie Awards have been deliberating intensely behind closed doors for the last month now. As sponsors of the awards we are overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of entries this year. Congratulations to everyone who took a chance, shared their work and got involved with the community. #rookieawards2021


Obligations - Studios

As a Studio Sponsor we need your help to source the perfect candidate for your Internship or Studio Placement Scheme. Please check the following list to make sure we have everything that is needed.

1) Confirm your company details

To make sure we have the correct information for promoting your company, please make sure you have completed this online form.

2) Confirm Candidate Requirements

A basic contract will be sent to formalise the agreement between the Studio and The Rookies on the type of position being offered. This can be an internship, entry-level position, short-term contract, apprenticeship or even an interview. You will need to sign the contract and return it back to us before the 1st of February 2021.

3) Provide Details of Position

Please use this online form to provide us with a basic overview of the position your company is wanting to offer. It's up to the individual studio to determine their own guidelines. Here are some examples:

Internship:
Location: Washington, United States.
Duration: 9 month Junior Associate Position.
Accommodation: None provided.
Salary: Fully paid position.

Mentorship:
Location: Online
Duration: 1 hour a week for 4-weeks
Salary: Unpaid

4) Studio Internships - Nominate Studio Judge(s)

We ask that you nominate Studio judge(s) that can be involved in the final judging stage. This is usually somebody in high standing within the company, a Supervisor or somebody of a similar level.

The Studio judge will be provided a shortlist of around 20-40 candidates. The Rookies platform has a built-in judging system which makes the whole process really fast. They are not giving feedback, it's purely a ranking system so it won't take too much of their time.

The nominated Studio judge will be promoted on our social campaign as part of our official judging panel. We will need their email address, profile pic and short bio. Please make sure they have added their information to this online form by 15th of January.

Studio Judges will be required during the final judging process which happens from the 1st July until the 8th July. These a hard dates and no extension will be allowed.

Here is a link to a page that explains the judging process and what is require for studio judges.

5) Provide Banner Advertising Information

Depending on your sponsor level, you will be eligible for banner advertising throughout the contest platform. Please add your banners and tracking URL to sponsor form to make sure we have the correct information.

6) Add a blog post with Backlink

The best way to provide support to The Rookies is to share a blog post which links directly to our website. This helps build our reputation and also increases our outreach to potential entrants.

Please contact us if you would like help writing a post to share.

7) Share Regular Social Media Updates

The social media team at The Rookies will provide regular content to share via your own channels. Please make sure to repost, share or create your own content to help bring attention to your support. Every little bit helps.

Need some inspiration? Head over to our Rookie Awards Kit and grab the latest posts and logos. This page is updated regularly with content so make sure to check back regularly.


Obligations: Prize Sponsors

1) Confirm your company details

To make sure we have the correct information for promoting your company, please make sure you have completed this online form.

2) Provide Details of Prize

Please provide us with detailed information about the prizes that you are offering to entrants of the contest. Please make sure to include a key contact point person that will handle awarding prizes to winners.

3) Nominate Judge (Not required)

We ask that you nominate a judge that can be involved in the final judging stage. This is usually somebody in high standing within the company, a Supervisor or somebody of a similar level.

The nominated judge will be provided a shortlist of around 20-40 candidates. The Rookies platform has a built-in judging system which makes the whole process really fast. They are not giving feedback, it's purely a ranking system so it won't take too much of their time.

The nominated judge will be promoted on our social campaign as part of our official judging panel. We will need their email address, profile pic and short bio. Please make sure they have added their information to this online form by 15th of January.

4) Provide Banner Advertising Information

Depending on your sponsor level, you will be eligible for banner advertising throughout the contest platform. Please complete this online form to make sure we have the correct information.

5) Add a blog post with Backlink

The best way to provide support to The Rookies is to share a blog post which links directly to our website. This helps build our reputation and also increases our outreach to potential entrants.

Please contact us if you would like help writing a post to share.

6) Share Regular Social Media Updates

The social media team at The Rookies will provide regular content to share via your own channels. Please make sure to repost, share or create your own content to help bring attention to your support. Every little bit helps.

Need some inspiration? Head over to our Rookie Awards Kit and grab the latest posts and logos. This page is updated regularly with content so make sure to check back regularly.


Candidate Selection: Studios

Sourcing and selecting perfectly matched candidates for Studios is our top priority. To help you better understand the process involved, please refer to the following information.

1. Studio Brief

At this point we should already have received a solid brief from your team about what roles you are looking to find talent for. Please contact us immediately if this has not been completed.

2. Category Setup

Studio Internship contests are created and promoted to entrants based on region and category. This helps us track and mange entrants to make sure they are only applying to Internships in countries they are eligible to work without the Visa applications. Entrants can elect to submit an official entry for review to eligible Studio Internship category eg: Studio Internship > Visual Effects - Canada

3. Judging Process

Lead Judges do a lot of the heavy lifting and are involved from the moment submissions open. These judges are tasked with helping shortlist finalists for each category.

Finalist Judges (Traditionally Studio staff members) are invited to the platform to review finalists for each category that they have nominated. Once each finalist has been reviewed, the judge selects their Top 5 entrants in order of preference.

As a Studio sponsor, you will be asked to nominate judges to be involved in the Finalist judging process. This will allow your team to nominate the entrants that you feel are suitable for your team and production needs.

4. Winners Announced

Once we receive your official nominations for your Internship, we will announce winners publicly. At this point in time we will formally introduce you to the category winners and make sure the handover is clear for all parties.


Improvements for 2021: Studios

Over the years we've had instances where Studios have missed out on amazing talent because applicants have not been eligible to work in the nominated country, have accepted other work contracts or simply are not a good fit for your company.

This year we are implementing the following improvements to make sure your Studio finds the best possible candidate without any of these problems.

Fast Tracked Selection
Selecting finalists for Studio Internships will be our number one priority once entries close. Our goal is to make sure that you gain access to applicants asap so you can secure talent before they even have a chance to be poached.

To enable this speed, we will fast-track a Google Spreadsheet with Finalist information even before it's announced on the website publicly.

Applicant Contracts and Documents
Our platform requires entrants to manually select checkboxes to confirm their eligibility to Studio Internships. The problem is that many people just click without reading thoroughly.

So this year, we are taking things a step further and sending all Studio Internship applicants an additional online form to complete before they will be officially reviewed Applicants will be required to sign a contract specifying the exact countries they are eligible to work without requiring a Work Visa. Applicants will also be required to provide digital scans of passports to confirm region eligibility.

Video Applications
We know that impressive technical and creative skills are not the only thing that makes a perfect candidate. This is why we are asking all applicants to record a video answer to an interview question and upload it for your review.

Early Selection
We understand the production schedules can change quickly. This is why we are allowing Studios to request Early Selection. This request will allow your team to gain access to all applicant data at any point during the contest. If you find someone that is perfect for your open position, we will disable further entries to your category and explain that the position has been filled. The winners details will only be shared July 16th.


Press Kit

Logos

Social Media Posts


F.A.Q

How do I find the category I sponsored?

The quickest way to find your category in the Rookies Awards 2021 is to visit the main contest portal: https://www.therookies.co/contests/groups/rookie-awards-2020

Scroll down the page and you will find all the categories on offer. Select the one(s) that you are involved with and you will be taken to the category entry page.

How do I view entries submitted to different categories?

The fastest way to do this is to go here: https://www.therookies.co/contests

On this page you will find a yellow search bar where you can select Rookie Awards 2021. Select this and it will load all the entries for the contest. You can then filter more accurately by selecting the Contest Category eg: Rookie Awards 2020 > Rookie of the Year > Visual Effects.

Another tip is to add keywords to the Search field. This field accepts everything from tags, software, countries, schools and more.

This article was updated on January 15, 2021

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