The Visual Effects Society Opens Call for Entries for Student Award

Category: Student/School News
Los Angeles - VES is now accepting submissions for its annual Student Award, exclusively sponsored by Autodesk Inc., maker of popular entertainment software. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2009, and the winning student will receive the award live at the 8th Annual VES Awards Show, to be held on February 28, 2010 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills.


The student award is to honor outstanding achievement in visual effects on any project that was created by a student or group of students while attending an accredited school. Qualified students at schools from all over the world are encouraged to send in their submissions before the November 30, 2009 deadline.

The winning student will be provided with free airfare from anywhere around the world, two night’s accommodation to attend the show, and one license of Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, or Autodesk Softimage software, at no cost. Rules and Procedures can be found at www.vesawards.com.

“We are very pleased to work with our partner, Autodesk, to be able to offer the opportunity to students around the globe to get their work out in front of the top visual effects mavens and executives in the world,” says Jeffrey A.Okun, chair of the VES. “It is something that should not be missed.”

“The Visual Effects Society’s Second Annual Student Award is a platform for students to showcase their work, and for the community to celebrate the next generation of visual effects heroes. I encourage students to submit for the award – in addition to publicizing their talent, it could open doors to new opportunities,” explains Stig Gruman, vice president, Autodesk Digital Entertainment Group.

The annual VES Awards show honors the most outstanding visual effects in film, television, animation, commercials, special venue projects, and video games.

The categories open for submission are:

1. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
2. Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
3. Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
4. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or a Special
5. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
6. Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
7. Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
8. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
9. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
10. Outstanding Real Time Visual Effects in a Video Game
11. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Video Game Trailer
12. Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
13. Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
14. Outstanding Animated Character in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
15. Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
16. Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture
17. Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
18. Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture
19. Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
20. Outstanding Created Environment in a Feature Motion Picture
21. Outstanding Created Environment in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
22. Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture
23. Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial
24. Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Last year’s event attracted more than 1000 visual effects artists and celebrities as the VES honored Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall with its Lifetime Achievement Award. For the upcoming awards, VES will hand out the Georges Melies Award for pioneering work in the field of visual effects to Dr. Ed Catmull, president, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.


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