I have been involved in competitions and festivals both personally and professionally since I was a young student. The journey that lead to the final moment of the competition was always the part that had the biggest impact on me....the part of the process that I always remembered....even years later. This I found to be true of my students as well. Whether it was sports or digital competitions the journey for my students was always the huge "learning moment."
Below are a couple of competitions to look at competing in. There are many available for students of all ages.......just get involved you won't regret it :)
Competition 1 - SIGGRAPH
The SpaceTime competition is an international juried exhibition for students currently enrolled in school who are working in computer graphics and digital arts. The exhibition captures the state of creative computer-based student work and acts as an annual slice of the computer graphics continuum. Primary, secondary, and college or university students are encouraged to apply and the submissions will be handled separately.
Space Time flyer [pdf]
The exhibition will encompass three general areas:
- linear animation
- interactive works
Competition 2 - The 10th Annual Independent Games Festival
Student Showcase finalists receive:
$500 allowance per team for travel expensesOne Giga Pass or Two Classic Passes to the 2007 GDCMention in Game Developer magazineMention on Gamasutra.comA one-year limited use license to use a version of the official Independent Games Festival name and IGF Student Showcase finalist logo in promotional materials relating to their Game Entry.
IGF Student Showcase Winner ($500)
Best Student Game ($2,500)
Competition Winners receive:
Cash prizeAward PlaqueA one-year limited use license to use a version of the official Independent Games Festival name and IGF Winner logo in promotional materials relating to their game entry.
Submission Deadline: October 15th, 2007
Competition 3 - Vicon Film Festival
"A celebration of of all things motion capture and animation"
The Vicon Film Festival is an international competition to find the most creative and entertaining use of a series of captured movements in a short animated movie...which will earn one filmmaker the grand prize of $10,000.
Submission Deadline: 31st January 2008
Public Voting Will Begin: March 1, 2008
Winners Announced: June, 2008
Competition 4 - Marksman Design Awards 2007 - 2008
Design the Perfect Pen!
A new Marksman Design Award will start in September 2007. The challenge of the Marksman Design Award 2007-2008 is to ‘design the perfect pen’. Students around the world will be challenged to give the pen a new lease of life.
1 September 2007 - opening of online registration by students
31 January 2008 - closure of registration by students
7 March 2008 - deadline for submission of designs
March 2008 - judging of entries by expert international jury
May 2008 - announcement of winners