DNEG Sponsors The Rookie Awards 2022


We’re excited to participate in this year’s Rookie Awards!

The 12th Annual Rookie Awards is a creative media competition open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3D visualisation. As sponsors for this year’s event, we’re looking forward to having a front row seat for this career-transforming initiative.

Open to students, hobbyists and self-taught artists, the competition is designed to help individuals with less than 12 months of professional experience kickstart their career. This year, the annual Rookie Awards are divided into five competition subcategories with VFX being part of the ‘Rookies of the Year’ subcategory.

Serving on the jury panel for the VFX category is a line-up of terrific DNEG talent, including DNEG Global Head of CG Stanley Dellimore, VFX Supervisor Kunal Ghosh Dastider, Head of CG – Vancouver Chris Downs, Senior Compositor Manuel Rivoir and CG Supervisor Melaina Mace.

For the chance to win the coveted title of ‘Rookie of the Year’, entrants must showcase their VFX skills by sharing amateur work and detailing the process (and materials) that they used to create this work. Find out more about the exact entry process here. At the end of the competition all entrants will receive an official Rookie Awards ranking certificate. DNEG will also offer a virtual 1-on-1 demo reel review or interview for the winner and runner-up of the VFX category.

Speaking about DNEG’s sponsorship of the Rookie Awards, Merzin Tavaria, our President, Global Production and Operations, said:

“We’re excited to sponsor the Rookie Awards again this year, and to support emerging artists taking their first steps in the VFX industry. At DNEG we are always looking to support the next generation of artists by providing them with the tools they need to grow as professionals, and the opportunity to expand their skills and explore their creativity. I look forward to seeing what this year’s competition has in store!”

So mark your calendars! Entries for the competition open March 7th and close June 1st. Finalists will be announced on July 9th with winners announced July 27th. Learn everything else you need to know about the competition here! 




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