Animation16 competition opens for entries!

Today sees the launch of Animation16, the 9th annual UK schools computer animation competition run by the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.

Open to all UK schoolchildren aged seven to 19 years, this year’s competition follows the success of Animation15 which saw over 820 entries from 127 schools across the UK.  In total, 42 prizes were awarded to students who submitted entries both as individuals and in groups. To see some of last year’s winning entries, click here.

Devised to get school-aged students engaged in computer science and encourage them to use computers creatively, Animation16 requires entrants to create a one minute long standalone animation using Scratch, Adobe Flash, Alice, Serif: Draw Plus, KoolMoves, SWiSH Max4, or Blender. Students can also use 3DS Max or Maya, both of which are free from Autodesk for all schools here as part of the Design the Future programme.

Entries should be inspired by material from the taught curriculum and can tell a story or explain or demonstrate something. Submissions will be awarded points by the judges based on originality, creativity, technical quality, use of animation software features, relevance to the taught curriculum and overall directorial quality as a movie.

All entrants will receive a certificate of entry and winners will receive prizes including laptops, tablets, music players and Amazon vouchers. Prize-winning schools will also receive glass trophies. All winning entries will be exhibited at the annual Animation Festival, and displayed on the web.

The closing date for entries is Friday 18 March 2015 and winners will be announced early next summer. Teachers can register for free with no obligation to submit any entries here. All registered teachers will receive free A2-sized colour Animation16 posters to be displayed in their school.

For more information about Animation16, including entry details and competition terms and conditions, click here to visit the website.