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Best Rookie Award for SP students at PANORAMA: Asia Pacific Animation Challenge 2009.

Driven by passion, three students from the DMIT’s Diploma in Digital Media (3D Animation) programme entered an animation competition organized for students in countries within the Asia Pacific region and returned with Best Rookie award.


Bavani Naidu, Grace Ng Siew Mei and Owen Lim Ern Li joined DMIT’s DDM programme from very humble beginnings. Their passion and furor for creative digital production hit a high note when they worked on their FYP project. Their project was created with such a high quality that they decided to enter the very first PANAROMA - Asian Pacific Animation Challenge and Animation Camp 2009 organised by Autodesk and Mayan: Hong Kong Maya User Group.

SP Students and judges

At the initial selection phase in Singapore, the unique feel and creative visuals of their work caught the eye of the local judging team and became one of the short-listed works to represent Singapore. At the second phase of the competition they were put through a grueling 3-days boot camp, which was held during the period from the 11th to 14th of December, to fine tune their work. Though pitted against very strong and experienced teams from other countries, their drive and will power to excel propelled them to work almost non-stop throughout. At the final judging, the standard and quality of their final piece was undeniable and they came in clinching the Best Rookie Award.


“I’m really happy to receive the Best Rookie Award. This is the first time I’ve ever participated in a competition that involves 3D animation. I am really happy about it because I thought we were doomed due to stiff competition. This award is testament of our effort during those 3 days and it shows how far we’ve pushed our limits.” Bavani mused while clutching to her 4 kg 3D engraved crystal trophy.


Both Grace and Owen were overjoyed after receiving their trophies. “This shows that our hard work and improvements have been recognised internationally and this is really an exhilarating experience!” Besides receiving the trophies, these three students are now US$500 richer.

They hope that their achievement in this competition will help cast the limelight on our Digital Media programme while at the same time, encourage more students to create quality work and take part in such competitions in the future.

Our award winning team with their trophies and certificate.

December 28th 2009

About PANORAMA - Asia Pacific Animation Challenge and Animation Camp 2009

PANORAMA - Asia Pacific Animation Challenge and Animation Camp 2009 is Asia’s first creativity and skill-based competition and training opportunity sponsored by Autodesk, Inc. and Mayan Hong Kong Maya User Group with Animax as the official regional media partner. The Autodesk PANORAMA Animation Challenge received around 60 entries across seven countries in Asia – Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Australia, India, Malaysia and Philippines. 12 student teams were shortlisted to compete at the Autodesk PANORAMA Animation Bootcamp held at the Hong Kong Cyberport from 11 to 14 December 2009. Teams were then trained under the mentorship of international industry professionals from Lucasfilm Animation, Imagi Studio, Rhythm & Hues Studio and Rising Sun Pictures, who shared their invaluable knowledge and skill on animation and how to leverage Autodesk software to fine-tune the animated projects submitted by the teams during the qualifying stages of the competition.


About Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk, Inc. – A world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk is helping design professionals transform challenges into opportunities, design in better ways, and gain competitive advantage.


Students with their mentor

2nd day at boot camp!


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