Category 24 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project


This award is to honor outstanding achievement in visual effects in a Student Project.  A Student Project is defined as any motion media project that was created by a student or group of students while attending a recognized school and that was completed during the calendar year of 2013.


Videos are not required to be submitted for this category but may be submitted at the option of the submitter. However, student entrants who choose not to submit Before and Afters are required to submit a short written explanation of how the work was created.  Do not include the names of the school or of individual students who worked on the project in the written material, or you entry may be disqualified.


Submission Length: 2:00 Max.

Before & Afters Length (if submitting):  1:00 Max.

(Not including the length of slates)


Viewing material Submission Format requirements:

  • 1920 x 1080p, 23.98 fps DNxHD 36 8-bit video.  No exceptions.
  • Color Levels per Rec. 709/BT.709, where reference black is defined as 8-bit value 16, and reference white is defined as 8-bit value 235. 
  • Note: all entries will be displayed as above in video range; DO NOT submit materials in full RGB range or they will look incorrect. 
  • Audio in 16-bit 44.1KHz

The electronic submission format is DNxHD 36 in a QuickTime wrapper. This should allow submissions to be made in the native aspect ratio of the material as premiered.  The required MD5 file will ensure that the material viewed is a precise replica of what was submitted. This submission/encoding format is easy to use, and is compatible with all major computing platforms (PC, MAC, Linux). It has been designed to be practical on all but the slowest of Internet connections.

Viewing material must follow these guidelines:

  • 1920 x 1080p, 23.98 fps DNxHD 36 8-bit video
  • Color per Rec. 709/BT.709
  • Reference black is defined as 8-bit value 16, and reference white is defined as 8-bit value 235 
  • Note: all entries will be displayed as above in video range.  DO NOT submit materials in full RGB range or they will look incorrect.  The VES does not have the capability to correct material submitted in full range.
  • Audio in 16-bit 44.1KHz

No exceptions to these requirements.

Broadcast entries should, when possible, be submitted de-interlaced. The VES is not responsible for any artifacting present in video files used for online voting that may be caused by interlaced footage.


Friday, November 22, 2013


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, November 22, 2013, 11:59PM PST

You must upload your viewing materials and optional supplemental written material between November 11 and November 22, 2013

If your project premieres after the November 22 deadline, you must complete a submission form, pay the entry fee by the deadline, and submit a Petition to stating the facts concerning the delayed release date.  The Awards Committee will consider your petition, and if it is granted, viewing materials must then be submitted at the earliest practicable date, but in no event later than December 23, 2013 except for projects with a release or air date later than December 15

NOTE: Unavailability of personnel to prepare submission materials in time to meet the entry deadline is not a valid reason to be granted a deadline extension 


The total entry fee for a Student Project is $45.00 regardless of the number of individuals named on the entry.

Payment must be received by the VES no later than 5 PM PST, November 22, 2013.  Entries are not complete and will not be vetted until payment has been made.


  • Students must have been registered in and attending the school during the current calendar year ending December 31, 2013.
  • You must send a copy of a valid and dated student I.D. card or proof of registration along with the entry form.
  • Entries must be submitted personally by the student(s) who created the Work to Be Considered.  Submission forms must be signed by a submitting student.  If a team of students submits a joint entry, the group should choose one team member to sign the Submission Form for them.
  • Submission forms must also be co-signed by a teacher or educational adviser under whose guidance the project was created to certify that the project was completed during calendar year 2013.
  • Entries submitted on behalf of students by students’ representatives, administrators, agents, or faculty members will not be accepted.
  • You may enter as many as four (4) students from your team in any one submission.
  • Do NOT include any credits or school logos in viewing materials
  • All qualifying student entries will first be submitted to Autodesk for preliminary judging.  The ten top entries selected by Autodesk will then be voted on by the VES Nomination Event judges for selection of the final four nominees.
  • By entering these awards you are agreeing that AUTODESK has the right to play the submitted Student Award material, without charge, on its website or a website of its designation for the purposes of promotion.
  • The VES shall have the unrestricted but non-exclusive right to exhibit the submitted Student Award material at any venue and in any media, including but not limited to, websites, television, visual effects anthologies and other activities in connection with the legitimate business of the VES.


The VES recognizes all schools around the world that are accredited or otherwise endorsed by an official educational body. Additionally, the VES recognizes schools that specialize in the teaching of film, television and visual effects. The word “school” is used here to mean any organized institution that has a faculty, teaching facilities, and a program of learning that results in graduation that is recognized by other learning institutions or the earning of certificates attesting to completion of one or more courses.

If you have a question about your school’s eligibility please contact the VES as soon as possible.


Student entrants must provide the name, phone number and email address of an individual who can be contacted during the Christmas-New Year break who is authorized to act in behalf of the entrant(s) in case of problems. It is especially important for entrants to have access to editing and/or dubbing facilities in case a submission needs to be corrected. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry.