Take part in the first ever overwatch animation festival for students

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€25,000
Prize Value

Take part in the first ever overwatch animation festival for students

Overwatch Game
Over
€25,000
Prize Value

Contest

  • Students from across Europe will create short Overwatch animation videos based on monthly themes.

  • Videos will be shared here, and the public can vote for their favorites.

  • Our official jury will select winning animations each month!

MONTHLY THEMES

  • [ OCTOBER ]

    Vacations

    Sandcastles or snowmen, Overwatch characters take an animated break, for your viewing pleasure!

  • [ NOVEMBER ]

    Cooking

    Things are heating up in the kitchen! Overwatch characters take to restaurants or even try their hands at some home cuisine.

  • [ DECEMBER ]

    Day-to-day life

    Life isn't all about finishing missions. Family life, rest and relaxation time... what do Overwatch characters do in their free time?

How to participate

  • Create your own Overwatch animation based on the monthly theme.

  • Submit your video through the button below.

  • While awaiting the jury's decision, ask your friends to vote!

I have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions of the contest. In case I am a minor in my country, I must send the contest organiser the rules acceptance form signed by at least one of my parents (or guardian if applicable).

Timeline

Monthly prizes

Monthly winners in October, November and December

Jury's Choice

€1,000
+ 10 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Jury's Special Mention

€500
+ 6 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Fan Favorite

€250
+ 6 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Grand finale prizes

Jury's Choice Festival Winner

€6,000
+ 20 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Jury's Festival Special Mention

€3,000
+ 20 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Fan Favorite Festival Winner

€1,500
+ 20 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Jury's Festival Recommendation

€1,500
+ 20 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Jury's Appreciation

20 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

Fan Favorite Appreciation

10 Overwatch: Legendary Edition game licenses for PC

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€25,000
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Jury

Christian Volckman

Christian Volckman

Film director and scriptwriter

Christian Volckman is an award-winning film director and scriptwriter, whose 1999 short animation Maaz won more than 100 prizes worldwide. In 2006, Miramax released Renaissance, his first feature produced by On Animation Studio. The motion capture-based animation film won the Golden Crystal award at the International Animation Festival of Annecy. Christian wrote and directed the supernatural thriller The Room in 2019, and is currently writing an animated adaptation of the iconic Charlie Chaplin film, The Kid.

I’m very honored and feel uniquely privileged to be a judge for the Overwatch Student Animation Festival. The world of video games has dramatically changed since I made my first feature film. It’s an active and creative community that is very interesting to follow, as games and movies influence each other now more than ever. As a film maker, I’m always looking for ideas that will lead to a strong story, and no matter what tool or creative form you choose, every story is worth telling. I look forward to seeing how students will work with limitations and come up with their personal visions. As we all know, constraints have the potential to drive innovation, and in the end, a good story is always what we’re looking for. So, good luck to all the participants. I can’t wait to discover your technical and creative skills.

François Perreau

François Perreau

Animation Director, Superprod

François Perreau is the Animation Director for Superprod Studio, which specialise in the production of animated TV series, short and feature films, and commercials. He has been involved in the animation industry through a variety of jobs for more than 30 years, and has leveraged many different techniques across several countries.

I’m still astonished by the immense creativity that turns ideas into images in this industry, regardless of the material used. Blizzard is giving me the opportunity to discover existing and upcoming talents through this festival, and I can’t wait to see what they create.

Anna Morgan

Anna Morgan

Associate Cinematic Director, Blizzard Entertainment

An industry veteran of over 16 years, Anna has worked to create compelling stories in video games ranging from Transformers, Deadpool, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, and Overwatch, to name a few. Some of her latest editorial works includes the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Cinematic Trailer and the Diablo IV Announcement Cinematic Trailer. Moving to the director’s chair this past year, Anna is now creating Hearthstone musical trailers.

Hello future industry professionals! I’m over the moon to be one of your judges for the Overwatch Student Animation Festival. You truly are the future of our industry and I can’t wait to see where your imagination takes you. Remember – all art is storytelling. Be sure your story shines through.

Jon Teer

Jon Teer

Previsualization Supervisor, Blizzard Entertainment

Jon Teer is a Previsualization Supervisor with 13 years of experience in previs and rough layout for live-action, animation, and game cinematics. In his role, he applies an eye for camera to ensure every franchise expresses itself uniquely through cinematography. He also develops previs and camera tools, designing much of the workflow and pipeline used for these processes in Blizzard animation.

In my role as Previsualization Supervisor, I enjoy mentoring and educating others on the aesthetic and technical aspects of camera setups and operation. Putting a camera in someone’s hands and observing how they choose to tell stories brings me a lot of joy, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what the contestants bring to life!

Ben Dai

Ben Dai

Cinematic Director, Blizzard Entertainment

Benjamin Dai is a CLIO Gold Award Winning Cinematic Director with almost 20 years of industry experience in both games and short films, who has helped shape the cinematic narrative universe of beloved Blizzard franchises like StarCraft, Diablo, Warcraft, and Overwatch.

One of the best experiences I had as a student of the arts was making my own student films. The process was challenging, but also very rewarding. I am very excited and honored to be a part of this, and I can’t wait to see your films!

Ryan Denniston

Ryan Denniston

Lead Animator, Blizzard Entertainment

Ryan Denniston started his career 22 years ago at Disney Imagineering. Since then he has worked in both the film and game industries on major franchises including Ratchet and Clank and Ice Age. In 2008, he joined Blizzard Entertainment, where he built and created the animation style for Overwatch from the ground up. He considers animating the third-person animations for Tracer, Winston, and Reaper to be some of his favorite career highlights.

I’m honored to be a judge for the competition because the students have, in a way, made us part of their journey. We can all remember being a student and overcoming the fear of sharing our work – a skill that is imperative to every animator’s career. I’m excited to see the entries because they’ve been done for the love of animation – not for a director, not to finish a shot, but just to be seen. And for that reason, I am truly honored to be here.

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