AEAF Awards 2018 Finalists

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After receiving a record number of entries to the AEAF Awards 2018 over the last several months we are now happy to be able to start announcing the Finalists in each of the 18 categories of competition.

Take a look below at the categories of Finalists so far. A huge range of studios are represented, some that have been part of the Awards for several years running and some that are newcomers. Some teams have just emerged on the scene – and in fact, the artists may be familiar but their company identity is new. Some of the organisations here have workforces in the hundreds and a worldwide reputation, and other companies keep their footprint small and are best known around home. It is great to have all of these participating in the Awards.

The number and diversity in the Games Trailers category have expanded quite a lot this time. You'll find some very creative work there with different styles of animation and story development. Teams are also finding their own styles and strengths in the Experience categories – VR Experience, VR 360 and Interactive 360 Experience. Some of these are difficult to post online but more should be there soon and involve interesting work. The Augmented Reality projects have increased as well, and more digital artists have been in demand over the past year for Live Event Installations and Projections.

It's great to see the Feature Film categories are attracting work from teams awarded intense, specialised sequences, as well as those tasked with a large number of shots across a movie. The two kinds of work call for different skills from teams, and are expected to make the Finalists' screening reel exciting. See it at the Awards Night on 30 August.

At the same time as selecting Finalists and putting the judging panel to work, we are uploading more of the projects every day – if you find you can't view a project that is named in the Finalists' List today, check again a little later. All entries with permission should be online by 25 July.

Augmented Reality

Falken Tyres AR - Alt.vfx
Spiders Exhibition Augmented Reality - Eye Candy Animation
Australian Botanical Gardens - Jurassic Garden - Eye Candy Animation
Lunar New Year 2018 - VANDAL & Virtual Immersive

Commercials Animation

Alpenliebe - Seesaw - Cirkus
Imagination is the Best Medicine - Cirkus
David Jones - Now It Feels Like Christmas - Alt.vfx
Tile - Lost Panda - Alt.vfx
Toyota - Drive Happy - Alt.vfx
Orange Brick road - Mighty Nice
Foxtel Sports - New Holland
Foxtel Now Box - New Holland
Joy Story ‘Joy & Heron’  - Passion Pictures
Intuit 'A Giant Story'  - Passion Pictures
Migros 'Finn' - Passion Pictures
Very 'The List' - Passion Pictures
What the crunch ...?  Brandt Zwieback - Neverest
Suzuki Swift - Jumbla
Pokies Parasite - Jumbla
Marks & Spencer 'Paddington and The Christmas Visitor'' - Framestore
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 'King of The City Jungle' - Framestore
Santander 'Piggy' - Framestore
Betiquette - Sixty40
Lego: Build It Together - Sixty40
Nike Hypercourt - Heckler
ESPN: LONZO / CURRY - 2C Creative
Red Room Poetry - Kapwa
Microsoft – Holiday Harmony - MPC
Volkswagen Born Confident - MPC
Edeka Christmas 2017 - MPC
Continental Tyres  - VANDAL
Dairy Farmers of Canada- Merry Christmas - Bent Image Lab
Ever After - 23lunes - Creative Animation Studio

Commercials VFX

Mazda CX-5 - Magic of Imagination - Alt.vfx
Chevrolet - Trax - Alt.vfx
Westpac - Help When It Matters - Alt.vfx
Cura T3 - Bent Design Lab
Honda Dream - Bent Image Lab
Honda - Moving You - Blackbird
Reserve Bank of Australia - Next Gen $50 Banknote - Cadre Pictures
Ford Ranger FX4 - Cadre Pictures
ASUS Zenbook - Collider and Blackbird
Marks & Spencer 'Paddington and The Christmas Visitor'' - Framestore
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 'King of The City Jungle' - Framestore
"The Ball Makes Us More" Feat. FC Barcelona - Glassworks Amsterdam
ACRF: Outsmart Cancer For Good - Heckler
Legion - Amorphous - MPC
FIJI Water - Drop - MPC
US Navy – Sea to Stars - MPC
Apple Unlock - MPC
Flaconi "Forest of Beauty" - Neverest
Feeling Strong | Clever Fit DC - Neverest
Select Sector SPDRs - PlusOne
VIA Rail's 40th Anniversary - Rodeo FX
Toyota - Thin Ice - The Embassy
Marvel Heroes - VANDAL
Dunhill Filter & Mild - MFX
Tianan Cyber Park-T5  - Dans Digital
"Free Your Think" - Murdoch University - VANDAL

Education & Infographics

Medical Director Explainer - Chello Agency    
ACU - Student Advocacy Service - Chello Agency     
The Sir John Monash Centre - Action & Tactics Experience - Eye Candy Animation    
Microsoft Fluent Design System - Kapwa    
Through the Ruins of Ypres: Journey to Passchendaele - Latchkey    
Redballoon - Motionlab    
Westfield Newmarket - New Holland    
The Biosecurity Warrior - Studio Hackett    
MyHR Job Role Profiles - Synergy Group Australia  

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Black Panther - Busan Street Chase - Luma Pictures

Event Openers

CICLOPE South Africa 2018 - Glassworks Amsterdam     
VFX Festival 2018 Opening Titles - MPC    
TEDxSydney 2018: Humankind - Substance    
APDG Awards - Substance

Feature Film Animation

2:22 Graphic Sequences - Cutting Edge
Paddington 2 - Framestore
Bright - Method Studios (formerly Iloura)
Maya the Bee: The Honey Games - Studio B Animation in association with Flying Bark Productions

Feature Films VFX 

The Commuter - Cinesite
Avengers: Infinity War - Cinesite
Winchester - Cutting Edge
Blade Runner 2049 - Framestore
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 - Framestore
Thor: Ragnarok - Framestore
Black Panther - Busan Street Chase - Luma Pictures
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Method Studios (formerly Iloura)
Bright - Method Studios (formerly Iloura)
Wonder Woman - MPC
The Greatest Showman - MPC
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - MPC
Alien Covenant - MPC
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - MPC
Blade Runner 2049 - MPC
Thor: Ragnarok - Rising Sun Pictures
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Rodeo FX
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - Rodeo FX
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Weta Digital
Avengers: Infinity War - Weta Digital

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M&M Elemental Guardians - 23lunes Creative Animation Studio

Game Trailers

Shadow of War - Friend or Foe Interactive Trailer - MPC
M&M Elemental Guardians - 23lunes Creative Animation Studio
Kitty Keeper - Candy Burger
League of Legends - Kayn Character Reveal - Jumbla
Assassin's Creed - From Sand - MPC
League of Legends - Legends Never Die - Passion Pictures
Civilisations - Plastic Wax
Lego DC Super Villains - Plastic Wax
Game of Thrones Trailer - Plastic Wax
Game of Thrones: Conquest Rally The Realm - Plastic Wax
Neverwinter: Ravenloft - Plastic Wax
Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online - Plastic Wax
Hitman 2 - Plastic Wax
Hitman 2 - New Holland Creative

Ident & Sting Broadcast

Sky News Business Rebrand - Cutting Edge
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 Mascot Borobi - Cutting Edge
Ballroom Dancing - The Amazing World of Gumball - Igor Bastidas Studio
HBO Sand of Time - Mirari&Co
Vivid Sydney 2018 - MISTER
Channel 4 Giant - MPC
Festival of Football - VANDAL
A Different Lens - Jumbla

Interactive 360 Experience

Velocity Angels - Lucid Edge    
Camry WebGL Configurator - Rotor Studios    
Elton John Farewell - Yellow Brick Road Launch - Spinifex Group    
Rampage - Weta Digital

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Photonic State - Vivid Sydney 2018 - TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore

Live Event Installations & Projections

The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - Customs House at Vivid Sydney - Ample Projects
Light For The Wild: a Film for Taronga Centenary Theatre 2018 - Ample Projects
Plasma Reflection - Danny Rose Studio
Inside Plasma - Danny Rose Studio
Flower Power - Pop Culture - Danny Rose Studio
CEEC - Dans Digital
Osheaga - Rodeo FX
Myer: Santaland Express - Sixty40
Virtual Vibration - MCA Projection at Vivid Sydney - Spinifex Group
The Secret Life of Books - The Electric Canvas
Luna Park at Vivid Sydney - The Electric Canvas
The Billabong - The Sequence Group
Yuejin Lantern Festival - VANDAL
A Symphony of Lights 2018 Hong Kong - Artists In Motion

Music Video

Call Broken Arrow - At The Drive-In - Bent Image Lab
Supplies - Justin Timberlake - Rodeo FX
Diplo - Get It Right - Viskatoons
Sola - Machine Translations - Jonathan Nix

Short Film

The Ventriloquist - Armchair Productions    
Two Bottles - Bent Image Lab    
Being Good - Flying Bark    
Singularity - MISTER    
Monster's Playground - Oh Yeah Wow   
Lost & Found - Andrew Goldsmith
Reckless - Jennifer Quach and Yining
The Endless - Edouard Calemard
Negative Space - Max PORTER & Ru KUWAHATA


Photonic State - Vivid Sydney 2018 - TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore
Boris-Noris - Laura-Beth Cowley - University of the West of England
Natural Engineering - Sarah Muuray - JMC Academy
Corporate Ladder - John Joseph Feeley - AIE
The Good Deed - Title Sequence - John Power - RMIT

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Romper Stomper (Titles) - Resin

Titles/Openers - TV    

Grace Beside Me - Opening Titles - Cutting Edge    
Harrow - Cutting Edge    
Comtes de Barcelona - Counts of Barcelona - J A Duran
2018 I Heart Radio Music Awards - iTSPT!    
Romper Stomper - Resin    
Cycling CENTRAL on SBS - SBS    
Movie Mayhem with Marc Fennell - See Gee Studio    
Show Me the Movie! - Studio Hackett     
SBS The World Game - VANDAL & Frost.     
2018 Tencent Sports - Vanta Collective    
2018 NBA on Tencent - Vanta Collective   
2018 Australian Open - Vanta Collective 

TV Series

Happy! - axisVFX
Neanderthal: Meet your Ancestors - Jellyfish Pictures
Electric Dreams - Resin
Game of Thrones season 7 - Rodeo FX    
Game of Thrones Series 7 - Screen Scene Post Productions
Lost In Space Season 1 - Screen Scene Post Productions
Todd Sampson's Body Hack 2.0 - silo6
Lost in Space - The Embassy

TV Series - Children

Minibeast Heroes: Eps 1-6 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Education/R+D
Guess How Much I Love You - SLR Productions
Reggie & Friends - Studio Hackett
Jar Dwellers SOS - Viskatoons
The Deep 2 - Thunder and Lightning - A Stark Production (In association with DHX)

VR Experience

Antoine BOURDELLE's Sculptor's Studio - ArtofCorner    
Inside Manus - Cutting Edge    
Q-Ride - VR Experience  - Cutting Edge    
Samsung - A Moon for All Mankind - Framestore    
Sky 4D VR - Framestore    
USC Shoah Foundation - The Last Goodbye - MPC    
Recycling Discover Hub - Rotor Studios

UTS flight

Jasper - UTS / Animal Logic Academy

VR 360

Volkswagen Golf - Experience the Future in 360 - Alt.vfx
Uganda Schools for Life - Experience The Pulse
Balmain: My City of Lights - MPC


ABC Fierce Girls podcast: Animated promos - ABC
Barley+ - Chello
Simply Vital Health - Jason Poley
Deadly Voices from the House - In The Thicket
Zotac - Jumbla
Fernwood - Jumbla
KFC Youth Foundation - Jumbla
Nokia Digital Health - Kapwa
Outcomex - Motionlab
RAV4 Global Launch - Rotor Studios
Star Wars - Everything You Need to Know - See Gee Studio
Solo - See Gee Studio
Zero-Point Season Zero - Undergrowth Productions, Poke The Bear Animation
I Am George - VANDAL
Expand Your Horizons with Etihad - Sydney Opera House - In The Thicket
Jasper - UTS / Animal Logic Academy

You can watch many of the finalists on the AEAF Online Festival where you can see more entries in this and all of the Awards categories. Better still come to theAEAF Awards Night on 30 August in Sydney, where you can see the full Finalists Showreel, meet all the artists and congratulate the winning teams.

AEAF is a celebration of VFX and Animation with a speaker program and awards evening.  

AEAF takes place on 30 August, in Paddington, Sydney. Following a packed day of talks from the leading lights of the VFX industry, the AEAF Awards Night is a celebration of the best work by digital artists artists from around the world.

AEAF’s speakers include VFX Supervisors, Animation and Creative Directors, who will enlighten the industry with new, creative approaches to their work and insights into the projects they have contributed

Find all details and book your tickets here