AccessVFX, an industry-led coalition of leading VFX, animation and games studios, along with support from the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund with contributions from UK animation productions, have teamed up to offer an online club and an awards program, Young Animator of the Year UK (YAY UK) for young budding animators. The program, aimed at 13-18 year olds, will provide encouragement, professional tutorials and advice. The club represents a grassroots effort to stimulate diversity in the animation, games and visual effects industry.
An introduction to the world of animation and visual effects:
Young animators participating in the club will develop their skills by completing a series of hands-on creative animation challenges set by UK animation studios, designed for different skill levels and styles. Once the challenges are uploaded to the YAY UK platform, they will be viewed by professionals in the animation industry who will add constructive commentary to the films. It’s a great introduction to the creative feedback process and the collaborative nature of working in VFX. For complete online security and parental peace of mind, usernames will be used to protect the identity of young people and all posts will be moderated by a DBS verified adult.
Young Animator of the Year Award – The YAY UK competition will open in June for entrants who upload their work. The prizes awarded will be awarded in the following categories:
- Best stop-motion animator
- 2D animator (divided into two age groups – 11-14 and 15-18)
- 3D animator (divided into two age groups – 11-14 and 15-18)
Winners will enjoy exclusive tours of the UK’s top animation studios including Aardman and Blue Zoo. Their films will also premiere at the Manchester Animation Festival in November 2021 – showcasing their work to an audience of industry professionals.
“Young people have missed out on a lot of opportunities over the past year,” commented the co-organizer of YAY UK, member of the board of directors of AccessVFX, chairman of the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council and Tom Box, managing director of Blue Zoo Animation Studio. “In light of this, we hope that the YAY UK club and awards will give teens from all walks of life much needed inspiration this summer and start a creative and rewarding career in animation. I see YAY UK as a total win-win for our industry. We desperately need to create a diverse talent pool and this initiative is a great place to start. “
Additional information is available here.