University of East London
Animation Awards 2021
for 16-19 years olds!
1 February 2021
12:00 pm, 15 May 2021
Online Award Ceremony
announced at UELAA online award ceremony
12th June 2021
views all films
15th May- 1st June 2021
How to Submit your animation
Each work can be submitted either through Film Freeway (see link below) or
sent directly to email@example.com through WeTransfer.
Work with dialogues, or narration in any other language other than English, must be subtitled.
No entry fee is required.
Submit your short film entry now by clicking on the the FilmFreeway Link
Entrants should be at least 16 years of age and not more than 19 years, on 15th May 2021.
The entry shall be made frame-by frame.
Running time of the submitted work is a minimum of 10 seconds.
The entry should have been completed after December 2015.
Copyrighted materials such as characters, scripts, music, etc cannot be used on the entry work, without the copyright owner’s agreement. Failure to obtain such agreement will result in the work being disqualified from the competition.
Awards and prizes
Best film UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
Best Animation UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
Best Story UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
Best Visual Style UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
Most Innovative film UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
Duration and Formats
We accept all kinds of animation: stop-motion, 2D, CGI, experimental...all genres and techniques!
Films should be a minimum of 10 seconds in duration and should have been completed after 31st Dec 2015
We accept the following submission and screening formats: Quicktime or Mp4
Shortlisted films and winners will be selected by a selection committee of international panel members. The panel is made of several accomplished animation filmmakers from around the globe. Find out more about all of them and they work that they do below!
Abhishek is an animation filmmaker and co-founder of the online animation studio thematchbox.co and graphicshelf.com (an Indian comics and graphic novel repository). He graduated from the Indian Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay in 2014. In 2017, he was awarded the Young India Fellowship from Ashoka University. His independently produced animation films have won numerous awards in the international animation festival circuit. His film Maacher Jhol (Fish Curry) won the prestigious Indian National Film Award in 2018, as well as an award at The Nuits en Or at the 2019 Académie des César. His latest film Kitchen-The World Within and a VR project Manhole are both set to be released in 2021. Abhishek Verma lives and works in Bombay.
Hend and Lamiaa
Hend and Lamiaa are a design and animation directing duo, originally from Cairo and now based in Bristol, UK. They graduated from Bristol School of Animation in 2018 and previously studied Film and Media Design back in Cairo. They are driven by a great passion for sharing stories through colourful visuals and playful characters, with a strong focus on social impact projects. They have designed and animated short films, explainers, commercials, music videos, children’s books and series for clients & studios across the UK, US and Egypt Their clients include the BBC, MG, The School of Life, Merck for Mothers & Gromit Unleashed Trail. Their recent work in collaboration with Rumpus Animation was selected for a Public Choice Award in the 2020 British Animation Awards. Their short film “Flipped” was screened in over 30 festivals worldwide, receiving the 2019 Best Animation Film award in Overcome Festival (US) and special mention in Anima (Cordoba).
Jing Li, is an animator, illustrator and commercial art director. She graduated from Royal College of Art MA Animation, 2012. Her animation films have been screened at international animation festivals including Ottawa International Animation Festival and ANIMA MUNDI. From 2012 to 2020, Jing was the art director at the Oscar-wining VFX company PIXOMONDO for its Shanghai & Beijing commercial departments. During this time, she created award-winning work for a wide array of clients including Mercedes, Puma, Sprite, HBO Asia, Alibaba and MOMO Planet. In early 2020 Jing officially created her own art studio FAT AND COOL focusing on illustration, art toys and merchandise. You can see some of her work here: www.thecrownofm.com
Jing lives and works in Shanghai.
Asya Lukin is a painter and stop-motion filmmaker. The subject of her works is mainly connected to everyday life events. When describing her work, she says ‘generally my work starts from observation. However the need for emphasising the emotional content of the subject often leads me to rework my observational sketches until I find the most intense tune, colour, movement or face expression that conveys an unseen implication of the scene that I paint or animate. I aim to express a sense of compassion and irony, close contemplation and a distant point of view.'
Asya considers St. Petersburg her hometown. She has also lived, studied and worked in Jerusalem, Paris and London. She is currently based in Yaffo, Israel, where she runs her studio Sharaban. See Asya’s wonderful work here: https://asyalukin.wixsite.com/asyalukin
Anna was born and raised in Lyon, France, but her passion for adventure and travel has taken her around the globe. The countries that she has lived, studied and worked in include India, Mauritius, France and Canada. She was trained in illustration at Ecole Superiure d’art et design Sait-Etienne. She then learned Animation at the Srishti School of art Design and Technology in India, before specialising in game design at Supinfogame. She continues to maintain an illustration practice. Anna Parmentier is a multi-talented artist who currently works in the game industry in Vancouver, Canada. You can see her work here: www.annaparmentier.com
Jess Mountfield is a 2D and stop - motion animator and director who lives and works in London. After graduating from the Arts University in Bournemouth, Jess joined the creative team
at Animade, where she works for clients such
as Facebook, Ocado and Duolingo. Outside
of Animade, she directs short form animation content for a variety of clients - crafting both documentary and narrative pieces - and has worked as an animator on TV shows for the
BBC, Sky, and FX. In addition, her short animation films have been screened and have received numerous awards in the international animation and film festival circuit. Jess loves lecturing at the University of East London and working with her students there! See Jess’s inspiring work and find out more about her at www.jessmountfield.com
Fernando Leal is a Brazilian illustrator and animator, who graduated with an MA from the Royal College in London. He currently lives and works in Berlin. He has a wide range of international clients including The Wall Street Journal, AirCanada, MTV, Audi, Bloomberg Businessweek, Morningstar Advisor, Fast Company, New Scientist, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Bravo!, Globo TV, Red Bull, Gol Airlines, ARD, BA, Nicolas Godin, amongst others. Over the years he has also developed an impressive body of self-initiated work that includes animation loops and augmented reality experiments. His work has been featured in publications by Laurence King, IdN, Gestalten, Computer Arts, Rotovision, as well as festivals and exhibitions such as Pictoplasma, Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial, ResFest, Athens & Epidaurus Festival and was nominated for the Conran Foundation Award. See Fernando’s wide range of work here: www.fleal.com
Rules and Regulations
The awards are administered by the University of East London.
The official language of the awards is English
Qualifications for Entry
The following requirements are necessary for entry into the awards
1. Entrants should be at least 16 years of age and not more than 19 years, on 15th May 2021.
2. The entry shall be made frame-by frame.
3. Running time of the submitted work is a minimum of 10 seconds.
4. The entry should have been completed after December 2015.
5. Work with dialogues, or narration in any other language other than English, must be subtitled.
6. For screening formats that are acceptable for the awards. Please see ‘Formats’ section.
7. Copyrighted materials such as characters, scripts, music, etc cannot be used on the entry work, without the copyright owner’s agreement.
Failure to obtain such agreement will result in the work being disqualified from the competition.
Submitting final works
Each work should be submitted through FilmFreeway or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org through WeTransfer.
We accept the following submission and screening formats: Quicktime or Mp4
No Entry fee is required
Opening Date for Submission
1st February 2021
Final Deadline for Submission
12 pm (GMT), 15th May 2021
It will be the responsibility of the selection committee to select works for the competition programme.
Shortlisted films and winners will be selected by a selection committee of international panel members.
· Best Film - UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
· Best Animation - UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
· Best Story - UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
· Best Visual Style - UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
· Most Innovative Film -- UELAA 2021 Trophy and Certificate
A selection of the best films, selected by the panel of judges will be will be screened online on a dedicated YouTube channel for the UELAA awards.
Promotional use of entry works
The entrant grants the organising committee the right to use any part of the entry work and related materials for publicity purposes for the University of East London Awards.
Matters not mentioned in regulations
Any matters not mentioned in regulations will be decided on by organising committee.
Acceptance of the Regulations
By submitting their work to UELAA! 2021 the entrant accepts the terms of the present regulations, as stated in the Rules and Regulations.
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