Red Bull Canimation: Call for Entries

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Think you can create the next Toy Story, The Simpsons or Wallace & Gromit? If so, Red Bull Canimation is for you. To enter, simply pick your specialist category from CGI, Drawn and Stop Motion animation, take your inspiration from the Red Bull can, choose your soundtrack from the Red Bull Canimation website and upload your entry at​canimation

The ten most popular animations from each category will form a shortlist, from which the professional panel of judges – James Farrington (The Mill), Merlin Crossingham (Aardman Animations), Dave Anderson (12foot6), Jayne Pilling (British Animation Awards), Tom Tagholm (4Creative) – will select the ultimate winners.

How to enter

Videos should be no longer than two minutes and can be uploaded directly to Vimeo.

There is a selection of music available on should animators wish to set their work to a soundtrack.

All entries should be in HD and 16:9 aspect ratio, the Red Bull logo and can skin are available to download from the Red Bull Canimation site, where animators can also download free animation tools Autodesk® Maya® 2012, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Softimage®, Stop Motion Pro and Digicel FlipBook to aid their creative process.

Eligibility for the student category must show proof of Academic email address

The Open category, is open to all regardless of age and experience.



The CGI category Student winner will win a two-month internship at The Mill where they will be guided by experienced animator James Farrington.

The winner of the CGI Open category will win a top of the range laptop and access to advanced comprehensive 3d toolsets and 3D content creation software with the Autodesk® Entertainment Creation Suite Premium 2012


The Drawn category Student winner will receive a two-month internship at 12foot6, a London-based cutting edge 2D studio, and the home of Dog Judo and Modern Toss.

The Open winner of the Drawn category will win a top of the range laptop and the only 2D animation software that is designed entirely from the ground up to do 2D animation professionally, Digicel Flipbook Pro HD6.


The Stop Motion Student winner will win a month long internship at Aardman Animations, the home of Wallace of Gromit, under the guidance of Merlin Crossingham, the Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit.

The Stop Motion Open winner will receive a top of the range laptop and a copy of Stop Motion Pro HD, a professional animator toolset, which has been designed in conjunction with Aardman studios.

Judging Process

The upload phase is open from 3rd October – 15th November, after which the public will be invited to vote for their favourite animation in each category for a period of two weeks.

Votes will be cast through interactions on the animations – so all comments, shares, Vimeo likes and views on each animation will count as a vote.

At the end of the public voting period a winner from each category will be chosen from the top 10 animators will by a panel of five esteemed judges from the animation scene:


James Farrington – The Mill: Lead 3D animator for The Mill Film and TV, James and his team won a BAFTA for their work on The Golden Compass. He has also worked on a number of TV productions, including Doctor Who and Primeval.

Merlin Cressingham – Aardman Animations: Not only Creative Director for Wallace and Gromit at Aardman Animations, Merlin has also received an Emmy nomination for his work on the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS

Dave Anderson – 12foot6: Dave wrote the seminal Future Shocks series for 2000AD magazine and also created the infamous Bastard Bunny cartoon character.

Jayne Pilling – British Animation Awards: Jayne is director of the British Animation Awards. An animation specialist, she has also published several books on animation and lectures on the subject worldwide.

Tom Tagholm – 4Creative: Tom oversees all of Channel 4’s, 4Creative department producing content for on air, off air and online. He has won a number of awards in TV and is a celebrated short filmmaker.

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