We’re on the lookout for remarkable student animators!

We set up the Animation strand of the challenge because the industry is crying out for more talented artists like yourself. We want to highlight your skills to the industry and help keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in games development. Search for a Star can take you to great places, like Animator Luke Robson, who went onto work at Hammerhead VR!

As with all the challenge strands, Animation is split up into three stages:

The Skills Challenge

Michal Niewiadomski SFAS animation

We’ll ask you to submit one piece of work, created in the last 12 months, which you feel best showcases your skills and overall abilities. Alongside this, we’ll ask for a 250-word explanation of how the final piece came to be and how your idea evolved along the way.

Your work will then be sent to a number of industry professionals for review who will assess your submission on the following four criteria:

  1. Research & concept development
  2. Creativity & expression
  3. Technical skill & artistic technique
  4. Presentation

You’ll receive tailored feedback from professionals who have years’ of experience in the field. They’ll let you know what you did well and what you could maybe improve upon, and how you can do that!

The Dev Challenge

This is where things get really interesting. We’re happy to announce that every student who registers for Search for a Star this year will be able to take part in both the Skills and Dev Challenges! Our panel of expert animators will present you with a brief for you to work on which mimics the kind of tests you’d be asked to do when applying for a job in industry. Once again, you’ll receive tailored industry feedback to help you grow your craft.

Our 2018 animation brief is still under construction by our panel of industry experts, but you can click here to get an idea of what last year’s students got up to. You can check out our Search for a Star Animation winner Luke Robson’s work below:

The Interview

When both previous stages close, our judges will begin weighing up all the scores. Three contestants from Search for a Star Animation and Sumo Digital Rising Star Animation will then be invited to an interview panel in front of animation professionals from leading UK studios at our famous Finals Day Showcase event!

They’ll want to know all about your submissions, technical knowledge and motivations. What makes you tick as an animator- that kind of stuff. You’ll then be free to enjoy the rest of the day, attend the industry presentations and mingle with other contestants and UK studios who travel from all over the country to meet students like you!

A winner from each strand will be picked and will receive a number of prizes donated from industry alongside the most coveted interview for a job (for Search for a Star winners) or internship (for Sumo Digital Rising Star winners).

Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star are now open for registration – sign up here!