Autodesk Australia has launched PANORAMA Inaugural Asia Pacific Animation Challenge. PANORAMA will see students from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore submitting original animation projects for a chance to represent their country in the finals of the contest – the Autodesk Animation Challenge Bootcamp. Students must be aged 18 years and above and form teams of three in order to participate in the contest. Shortlisted participants will be selected by in-country judges and announced on November 15, 2009.
Finalist teams will be judged on creativity and originality, motion, technical excellence and overall design. The top three winning teams of PANORAMA are offered a chance to win cash prizes, Autodesk software and trophy prizes. Other team-based awards for the contest include the Best Teamwork Award, Best Rookie Award and Animax Extraordinaire Award. PANORAMA also offers students regional exposure, as the original works by the 12 finalist teams will be aired as vignettes on Animax from December 25, 2009 onwards.
“The PANORAMA Asia Pacific Animation Challenge 2009 provides an excellent training opportunity and platform for youth to showcase their creative animation work,” said Mr. Anthony Au, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Cyberport IncuTrain Centre and Board of Directors of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co. Ltd. “The creative industry is one of the six priority areas that the Hong Kong Government is actively promoting and developing, and Cyberport is pleased to be part of this alliance. This initiative is also in line with Cyberport's mission to establish a regional centre of excellence for IT and digital media training for developing human capital in IT through collaboration and partnership with the industry, academia, and professional bodies.”