AEAF Awards 2019 Winners and Finalists

Weta avengers endgame

Weta Digital earned the Gold award for their work on 'Avengers: Endgame' in the Feature Film VFX category.

Congratulations! Below is a list of the finalist entries to AEAF Awards 2019. The Awards not only attracted a bigger number of projects this time, but also truly excellent quality and very high levels of workmanship, creativity and expertise. The Feature Film category has grown with top releases from the last year, and the VR, AR and experiential categories keep evolving and expanding in unexpected ways. Many thanks to everyone who entered.  The winners were announced at the best industry party in Sydney all year, the AEAF Awards Night on 16 August 2019.


Every year, digital content creation gets an exciting new infusion of techniques, approaches, even looks. All of those are evident in these projects – as well as timeless artistry that makes animation so engaging and VFX astounding. Most of the projects listed here can be seen here, on the Entries Online page.

Watch this page for more photos of the winners, and more details of their work.

Feature Film VFX

Avengers: Endgame - Weta Digital - GOLD

Alita: Battle Angel - Weta Digital - SILVER

Godzilla: King of the Monsters - MPC Film - BRONZE

Dumbo bubble sequence  - Rising Sun Pictures - SPECIAL MERIT

Mortal Engines - Weta Digital - SPECIAL MERIT

I Am Mother - Fin Design and Effects - SPECIAL MERIT

Aquaman - Method Studios - SPECIAL MERIT

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Rodeo FX Inc - SPECIAL MERIT

Captain Marvel - Rising Sun Pictures
X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Cerebro sequence - Rising Sun Pictures
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - MPC Film
Dumbo - MPC Film
Ready Player One (GFX) - Territory Studio
The Favourite - SSVFX
We Have Always Lived in the Castle - SSVFX
Animal World - Fin Design and Effects
John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum - Method Studios
Outlaw King - Method Studios
Sicario: Day of the Soldado - Rodeo FX Inc
Wounds - Goodbye Kansas Studios

Commercials VFX

alt w

Alt.vfx scored Bronze for 'Gatorade' in Commercials VFX, and Special Merit awards for 'Asahi' and 'Woolmark'.

Hennessy - The Seven Worlds - GOLD

John Lewis – The Boy and the Piano - MPC - SILVER

Gatorade - Alt.vfx - BRONZE

OPPO - Fin Design and Effects - SPECIAL MERIT

Asahi - Alt.vfx - SPECIAL MERIT

Apple - Unleash - MPC - SPECIAL MERIT

Woolmark - Alt.vfx - SPECIAL MERIT

Wizard – Toyota - Framestore - SPECIAL MERIT

A Report of Connected Events - The Panics - SPECIAL MERIT

Red Bull, Charge Ahead into Your Dream - Smoke & Mirrors, Bangkok- SPECIAL MERIT

IMAX Infinite Worlds - JAMM
Toyota Prado 'Bird' - BlackGinger Studio
Pay ID - Fin Design and Effects
Bank of Melbourne - Alt.vfx
Budget Direct - Alt.vfx
Commbank - Alt.vfx
Darrell Lee - Alt.vfx
Schweppes - Alt.vfx
Toyota – For The Bold - Alt.vfx
Dr Pepper Cherriot - Alt.vfx
ABEJA - Juice
MITSUBISHI -Yi – Concept Car - Juice
BMW - Legend - MPC
Tiffany & Co. - Believe in Dreams: A Tiffany Holiday - MPC
Starburst Duos – Two-Thing Things - MPC
Paco Rabanne - MPC
IKEA Ghosts - MPC
Halifax - MPC
easyJet - MPC
PMU Equipe - MPC
Universal Harry Potter - MPC
Wutong Emerging Industrial Cluster - Dans Digital
NDU Tianjin Dredging - Dans Digital
Bessoft Pirates - BlackGinger Studio
Mitsubishi - Nothing frightens a Triton - New Holland Creative
ARAG - Goodbye Kansas Studios
Volvo E.V.A - Goodbye Kansas Studios
IKEA - The Night Club - Framestore
Starlink: Battle For Atlas - Framestore
McDonald's #ReindeerReady - Framestore
Money Supermarket - Clouds - Framestore
Times & Sunday Times – Politics.Tamed - Framestore
Afterlife - Blackbird
Frank - Blackbird

Commercials Animation

Purdey’s Hummingbird - Framestore - GOLD

Dancing On Ice - Polar Bear & Squirrel - FABLEfx - SILVER

McDonalds #Reindeerready - Framestore - BRONZE

Christmas Doesn't Need Much. Only Love - Glassworks Amsterdam - SPECIAL MERIT

Tag Heuer X Alec Monopoly - Rodeo FX - SPECIAL MERIT

Erste Group ‘First Christmas’ - Passion Animation Studios - SPECIAL MERIT

Starlink: Battle For Atlas - Framestore - SPECIAL MERIT

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 - The Sequence Group - SPECIAL MERIT

easyJet – Imagine - MPC - SPECIAL MERIT

Health Star Rating - Cadre Pictures
reMarkable - Get Your Brain Back - Mighty Nice
Right on Tracks - Nexus Studios
LEGO -  This is not a brick - Outpost
The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page's ‘59 Telecaster - Nexus Studios
#TakeOnHistory - Nexus Studios
Ministry of Sound: Trance Nation - Jumbla
T5 · Wildest Dreams - Dans Digital
Discovery Shark Week Crest - 2C Creative
Yuxin Building - Dans Digital
Warlords of Aternum - Goodbye Kansas Studios
ARAG - Commercial Animation - Goodbye Kansas Studios
RGC – Dining Room Derby - IAMSTATIC
Greenpeace 'There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom' - Passion Animation Studios
Funding Circle - Framestore
Halifax – Make It Happen - MPC
IKEA Ghosts - MPC
John Lewis – The Boy and The Piano - MPC
Starburst - Turaffe - MPC
Hidden Helpers - Blackbird
YellaWood Control Room - Framestore
Mortal Kombat 11 - Plastic Wax
Oculus Marvel Powers United VR Launch - Plastic Wax

Augmented Reality

Vandal w

Vandal won Gold awards for their Lunar New Year 2019 project in Augmented Reality and Badu Gili in Education & Infographics, plus a Silver award in Idens & Stings for the SBS Rebrand.

World Square Lunar New Year 2019 in Augmented Reality - Vandal - GOLD

Xploro - UTS Animal Logic Academy - SILVER

4Dx Mixed Reality Hologram - Colour Andre - BRONZE

GOT The Dead Must Die - Framestore - SPECIAL MERIT


UTS Animal Logic Academy won the Silver award in Augmented Reality for 'Xploro' and Gold for 'The Colour Thief' in the Student category.

World Square Cherry Blossom Festival - Vandal
Avalon Airshow Interactive Domes - Spinifex Group

Education & Infographics

Holden w

The GM Holden Design team earned Silver for their ZB Commodore Launch Animation in Education & Infographics.

Badu Gili 2018 - Vandal - GOLD

ZB Commodore Launch Animation - GM (Holden) Design - SILVER

DHHS Extreme Heat - Jumbla - BRONZE


Jumbla took home a Bronze award for DHHS Extreme Heat in Education & Inforgraphics.

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing - Chronica Creative
Share the Path - Fluffy Cloud Media
Holden Time Attack Concept - GM (Holden) Design
Chilwell Munitions Factory No.6 - Latchkey
Mandela My Life - Rivonia Trial / Early Years - picturedrift
Loki  - Cryptocurrency - Explainer - Yes Captain
Uni of Melbourne - Camilla's Story - Yes Captain
Lighthouse Foundation / Roof Story & Shoe Story - Studio Pancho
Capturing Nature - Studio Hackett

Event Openers

Scott Geerson w

Scott Gerson from Substance won the Gold award in Event Openers for TEDx Sydney 2019: Legacy.

TEDx Sydney 2019: Legacy - Substance - GOLD

A New Hope - Pause Fest - SILVER

Australian International Animation Festival 2019 - Title Sequence - See Gee Studio - BRONZE

See Gee

See Gee Studios are the Bronze award winners for Event Openers with their Australian International Animation Festival 2019 motion graphics.

AGDA Design Awards Opener - Interweave Group
Nodefest: Explore, Connect, Create- Substance

Game Trailers

PlasticWax wjpg

The team from Plastic Wax picked up a Silver award for their Mortal Kombat 11 Announce Trailer in the Game Trailers category.

Cyberpunk 2077 - Goodbye Kansas Studios - GOLD

Mortal Kombat 11 - Announce Trailer - Plastic Wax - SILVER

Blade & Soul 2 - 4th Creative Party - BRONZE

Hundred Soul - 4th Creative Party
Wrath of RA - BlackGinger Studio
Gods Unchained - Fin Design and Effects
Game of Thrones - RealtimeUK
Overkill's The Walking Dead - Launch Trailer - Goodbye Kansas Studios
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm - Plastic Wax
Sol Raiders - The Sequence Group

Idents & Stings Broadcast

Poke the bear w

The 'Atomic Monster' stop motion project earned Poke the Bear a Bronze award in Idents & Stings.

HBO Asia - Tapestry -Game of Thrones pre launch promo - Mirari&Co - GOLD

SBS - Vandal - SILVER

Atomic Monster - Poke The Bear - BRONZE

HBO Christmas ID - Game of Thrones - Mirari&Co
Kabam - The Sequence Group
NRL - Optomist

Live Event Installations & Projections

Spinifex w

Spinifex Group won Bronze in the Live Event category for the Under the Harbour projection on the Customs House at Vivid Sydney 2019.

Austral Flora Ballet - Vivid 2019 - BEMO - GOLD

Dreamed Japan - Images of the Floating World - Danny Rose Studio - SILVER

Vivid Sydney 2019 Customs House - Under the Harbour - Spinifex Group - BRONZE

Aura - Accolade Event Mamagement & Ample Projects

Danny Rose w

Danny Rose Studio collected the Silver award for 'Dreamed Japan - Images of the Floating World' in Live Event Installations & Projections.

Reflections - Interactive-generative installation at the Guangzhou International Light Festival - Danny Rose Studio
Lighthouse of Time - Light Art Installation on Singapore ArtScience Museum for i Light Singapore - Bicentennial Edition - Danny Rose Studio
Sofles - Optomist
Chinese New Year - Pigs - Paper Moose
Vivid Sydney MCA - Let Me Down - Spinifex Group
Enlighten Canberra - Questacon projection mapping - The Electric Canvas
The Galeries Light Arc - Vandal
100 Creek Street - Vandal
Aura - Accolade Event Management and Ample Projects


Music Video

King of time w

Universal Music earned Bronze in Music Video for 'King of Time'.

Travis Scott ft Drake - Sicko Mode - MOD - GOLD

Phoenix ‘Role Model’ - Cadre Pictures - SILVER

King of Time - Universal Music - BRONZE

Newhaven - Don't Waste It - Its Got Stealth
Travis Scott - Stop Trying to be God - Rodeo FX

Short Film

AEAFGold Short Film Spring Blender Institute

The team from Blender Institute received their Gold Award for their entry in the Short Film category, 'Spring'

from AEAF Festival Director Sean Young in Amsterdam.

Spring - Blender Animation Studio - GOLD

Black Earth Rising - Studio AKA - SILVER

Jack of All Trades in The Electrician - Cirkus - BRONZE

1 Metre/Heure - Autour de Minuit
Words Left Unwritten - Chello Agency
Rebirth - Juice
Accents - Kapwa Studioworks
Kajo - Pause Fest


Charlotte Mccarthy w

Charlotte McCarthy earned Silver for her animation 'The Butterfly and the Wolf' in the Student category.

The Colour Thief - UTS Animal Logic Academy - GOLD

The Butterfly and The Wolf - Charlotte McCarthy - SILVER

Off Track - Tayla Colley - BRONZE

The Pigs of Climate Change - Caroline North AIT
Buzzy Business - JMC Academy
The Creative Toll: The Animation - Scorched Pegasus Productions AIT
Hell Closes At Nine - The Alchemists AIT
Portia & the Peas - Riley Nicholls
HackyJack - Joel Surdich AIT
Xploro - UTS Animal Logic Academy

Titles/Openers - Feature Film 

New Holland Creative took home the Bronze award for the 'I Am Mother' title sequence in Titles/Openers - Feature Film.

The Radicals - Conlan Normington - GOLD

Dogs Die Alone - Its Got Stealth - SILVER

I Am Mother - New Holland Creative - BRONZE

Upgrade - Substance


Titles/Openers - TV

Mister 2

LEGO Masters Australia earned Gold for MISTER in the Titles/Openers - TV category.

LEGO Masters Australia -  MISTER - GOLD

Tijuana - Kapwa Studioworks - SILVER

Cardinal Season 3 - The Sequence Group - BRONZE

'Tidelands' Opening Titles - Cutting Edge
'Harrow' Season 2 Title Sequence - Cutting Edge
The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  - Flying Bark Productions
Clique - Jumbla
End of Empires - Vandal

TV Series

Game of Thrones Season 8 - Weta Digital - GOLD

The Twilight Zone - The Embassy - SILVER

The Umbrella Academy - Weta Digital - BRONZE

TV Series Children

New Holland w

Kiri and Lou took home the Silver award for TV Series Children

Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapeña - Cheeky Little - GOLD

Kiri and Lou - Kiri and Lou - SILVER

The Bureau of  Magical Things - Jonathan M Shiff Productions & tedFX - BRONZE

The DEEP - The Unicorn - A Stark Production
Best Furry Friends - Armchair Productions
Imagine This - Studio Hackett
Disney: The Book of Once Upon A Time Season 4. Episode 7 "Cars" - Paper Moose
A Town Called Panic - The County Fair - Autour de Minuit


VR Experience

Chaos Terory Games w

Traffik with Chaos Theory Games earned a Bronze award for their Winter Wayfinder VR Experience.

Back To The Moon - Nexus Studios - GOLD

Winter Wayfinder - Traffik + Chaos Theory Games - SILVER

Cadbury Virtual Reality sleigh tour - Red Cartel - BRONZE

Coding Mind-Body Dualism - Green Gravel
Optus Bar VR - Red Cartel
Lifespace - Spinifex Group
Guardians of the Kingdom - Spinifex Group

VR Experience Interactive

Red Cartel w

Red Cartel won Silver for Nascar Shell V Power and Bronze for Simosity Epidemic in VR Experience Interactive, plus a Bronze award for Cadbury Virtual Reality sleigh tour in VR Experience.

Cadbury Virtual Reality sleigh tour - Red Cartel - BRONZE

Curfew: Join the Race - REWIND - GOLD

Nascar - Shell V Power - Red Cartel - SILVER

Simosity Epidemic - Red Cartel - BRONZE

GOT Beyond the Wall - Framestore
Qantas Freight Virtual Reality experience - Red Cartel
Alcon - Pan Optix Toric - Elara Systems



Rotor w

Rotor Studios took home the Gold and Silver awards in Web/Viral for their Toyota Corolla projects 'A Sense of Gravity' and 'The 12th'.

Toyota Corolla - A Sense of Gravity - Rotor Studios - GOLD

Toyota Corolla - The 12th - Rotor Studios - SILVER

Neutrogena - Hydro Boost - MISTER - BRONZE

Animal Sound Safari - ABC
Lucy's Story - Jumbla
Sonos - MISTER
King Living - MISTER
Palace Tokyo / PaLAce / Palace x Ralph Lauren / Palace Court Date - MPC
Recyclin's - Paper Moose
NIO ES6 Reveal - Rotor Studios