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Categories

Illustration
Animation
Short Film
Cinematography
Modeling
Matte Painting
Visual Effects
Lighting
Texturing
Compositing & Editing
Art Direction
Screenplay Adaptation

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Illustration:
This can be created with any tools you like - 2D & 3D. You do not have to base your illustration on the stories and screenplay provided. You are free to interpret the theme in any way you choose.

Entries in this category will also be automatically eligible for the Matte Painting Open Category. Individual Short Film team members who have created matte paintings for their films should enter their matte paintings separately in this category.

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Animation:
Your final entry requires a still image plus a 10 sec – 2 min animation of your completed scene. Your animation can be as subtle as a slight camera rock or pull in, a lighting change, a subtle animation - anything that demonstrates a 3D nature of the work. You do not have to base your animation on the stories and screenplay provided. You are free to interpret the theme in any way you choose.

Character animation is the primary criteria for the Master and Excellence awards in this category. You are free to create whatever character animation you wish on the theme “Strange Behavoiurs”– you do not have to base your work on the screenplay given. You can submit a single character animation or an entire short film if you wish. You are also free to choose any format – 3D, cartoon, flash, claymation… whatever you wish. If you want your work to be considered for the Animation awards and other Open Categories then you should add a ‘making of’ documentary after your credits that highlights you special skills: modeling, texturing or lighting.

Entries in this category will also be automatically eligible for the Modeling, Lighting and Texturing Open Categories. Individual Short Film team members may also enter their Models and texturing work in this category. If you are only interested in these Open Categories then you do not need to animate your work… but you do need to do a turntable and/or camera fly-around and edit your entry to best show off your work.
If you wish your work to be considered for several open categories then you are encouraged to show each aspect separately – flat white with ambient occlusion for modeling, UV and textures for Texturing and finally with full lighting for Lighting.

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Short Film:
Your short film must be based on Paul Gulinos screenplay “Art Gallery”. You may alter the screenplay – choosing your own images and changing the dialogue to suit.

You are free to create you film in any style you want – Cartoon, storyboard, 3D, live action with practical effects or full blown live action + 3D and special effects. Films must have a sound track with dialogue and sound effects -- music is optional but highly recommended. Judging will be based on a mix of story impact, production quality, direction, lighting, effects and screenplay adaption; however the biggest factor is overall impact -- the viewer should be left feeling, “That’s awesome. I want to see more”.


Teams are permitted to add a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) ‘making of’ documentary to the ends of their films. These must not be longer than 2 minutes and must follow the end titles. This is not essential but is encouraged for teams that want to have their work judged in the following Open Categories: Cinematography, Visual Effects, Lighting, Compositing & Editing, and Art Direction.

Individual team members must submit their work on their own in the Animation or Illustration categories if they wish to be considered for the following Open Categories: Matte Painting, Modeling or Texturing. Bloopers may also be added as part of the closing credits.

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Cinematography:
All Short Film entries with live action are automatically eligible for this open category. Consideration will be given not only to the production quality of the live footage but also the way it has been integrated into the overall film. Most important is the manner in which the cinematography enhances the overall impact of the story.

Teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to show off the cinematography in a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) 'making of' documentary immediately after their closing credits. There is a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for this in addition to the 3 – 4 minutes for the short film.

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Modeling
All Animation entries are automatically eligible for this open category. This category will be judged on modeling skill alone, however contestants are encouraged to show off their models in the best possible manner. Phong, white or grey shaders with ambient occlusion are recommended. In addition to turntable, cuts to close up shots showing modeling detail are also recommended.

*Modelers who are part of a Short Film team are allowed to enter their models separately in the Animations category. This will allow them to show off their models far better than they can within a Short Film.

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Matte Painting
All illustration entries are automatically eligible for this open category.

*Matte Painters who are part of a Short Film team are allowed to enter their matte paintings separately in the Matte Painting category. This will allow them to show off their matte paintings far better than they can within a Short Film.

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Visual Effects
All Short Film entries with visual effects (both practical and CG) are automatically eligible for this open category. Consideration will be given not only to the production quality of the live footage but also the way it has been integrated into the overall film. Most important is the manner in which the visual effects enhance the overall impact of the story.

Teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to show off the visual effects in a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) ‘making of’ documentary immediately after their closing credits. There is a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for this in addition to the 3 – 4 minutes for the short film.

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Lighting
All Animation and Short Film entries with live action and/or 3D elements are automatically eligible for this open category. Most important is the manner in which the lighting enhances the overall impact of the story… this includes focusing the attention on the main characters, setting mood and atmosphere.

Short Film teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to show off the Lighting in a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) ‘making of’ documentary immediately after their closing credits. There is a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for this in addition to the 3 – 4 minutes for the short film.

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Texturing
All Animation entries are automatically eligible for this open category. Entrants are encouraged to show off UV mapping and texture details in their animation. Interaction with light and final render quality are also very important factors in this category.

*Texture artists who are part of a Short Film team are allowed to enter their textured models separately in the Animation category. This will allow them to show off their texturing far better than they can within a Short Film.

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Compositing and Editing
All Short Film entries are automatically eligible for this open category. Consideration will be given to both technical skill and artistic results.

Teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to show off the compositing and editing in a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) ‘making of’ documentary immediately after their closing credits. There is a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for this in addition to the 3 – 4 minutes for the short film.

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Art Direction
All Short Film entries are automatically eligible for this open category. Consideration will be given to artistic interpretation, consistency and execution. Most important is the manner in which the artistic direction enhances the overall impact of the story.

Teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to show off the artistic direction in a silent (no dialogue – background music is OK) ‘making of’ documentary immediately after their closing credits. There is a maximum of 2 minutes allowed for this in addition to the 3 – 4 minutes for the short film.

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Screenplay Adaption
All Short Film entries are automatically eligible for this open category. Although the overall production will have a bearing on the judging of this category, the primary criteria is the screenplay and not the execution. Teams wishing to be considered for this Open Category are encouraged to include their version of the screen play in their posts and to have a technically good dialogue track for their short film.

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