Character Animation

Character Animation Competition

Welcome to the Character Animation Competition Home Page. Here you can find all the details regarding the challenge including guidelines, logistics, venue, FAQ’s etc. Be sure to check out the
Competition Homepage for general guidelines.


What is Character Animation Competition ?

It is India’s first of its kind character animation Competition challenge where Contestants will go through a creative and physical endurance test to claim the coveted ‘SuperMojo-Animator’ Title.

Why you should participate ?

ABAI Fest and Summit 2016 is a great platform to exhibit your talent, get noticed and also win exciting prizes. It’s not only about winning, but also participating, rubbing shoulders with industry professionals and showing a strong effort thus taking a meaningful step in the right direction for growth.

How Does It Work and What is the Super-Mojo Title?

Simple. If you feel you have what it takes to be creatively and physically challenged for 36 hours, this competition is for you. All contestants will assemble under a common roof on the given days and compete to create the most compelling character animation in a controlled setting, basic supplies will be provided apart from a provision to get those 40-winks of rest. The theme will be revealed prior to the start of the competition.

The Winners take home exciting prizes and will wear the SuperMojo-Animator Title till the next year’s challenge.

AWESOME! That sounds like a lot of fun! How do I participate?

That’s super simple. Follow these three steps mentioned below.

Also, be sure to read the FAQ thoroughly to be sure you understand everything clearly.

What Character Rig will be used for the competition?

ABAI Fest has partnered with Native Puppets who will be exclusively providing their flagship PK-Man Character Rig. The Rig is built to industry standards and is very versatile in its features and has 7 avatars pre-loaded. You can use anyone of the avatars for the competition. It will be handed to you one night prior to the start of the competition, so you get used to it .





  1. A panel of experts from the Animation Industry in India will judge the competition.
  2. Most important criteria for judging will be the quality, performance and appeal of animation. Strong emphasis will also be laid on the clarity in storytelling.
  3. The decision of the judges is final, based on the criteria set out in the competition, and no negotiation will be entertained over this decision.
  4. You will be purely judged based on your animation skills. Use all the extra time to polish your entry than spending time on ‘lighting’ your entry. The judging criteria will not favor an entry because it is well lit or technically well executed but will focus purely on its character animation and performance values.
  5. Strategic planning will be required by the teams in order to utilize resources in the best way possible. This will also be one of the deciding factors in the judging process.

Character Animation Competition FAQ’S

This section will regularly be updated with answers to more FAQ’s. The latest FAQ’s appear towards the bottom of this section.

1. Animation competition? Great! I am up for it. How do I participate?

You need to Register for the competition and follow all the relevant guidelines, and important dates mentioned on the site here.

2. Is this competition open for Students / Professionals? What if I am part-time studying and part-time working?

The competition has two separate categories – Students and Professionals. Be sure to select the appropriate category while filling the Registration Form. If you are a part-time student and part-time working professional, you will qualify under the Student Category.

Contestants must share a link to their work in the Registration Form to be selected for the Competition. Only the best of the best will be selected and pitted against each other for the competition.

3. What Software and Hardware do I need to use?

Contestants will have to bring their own laptops and use Maya Software, the software can be pre-loaded, the version details will be pre-announced and the temporary license will be provided by us. For those who cannot bring their laptops, limited number of workstations will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Please indicate the need at the time of registration.

4. Do we get to keep the Character Rig post the competition?

The folks at Native Puppets are happy to let participants use their Rig for personal use, provided it’s used only for educational purposes, and Native Puppets should be credited every time they showcase on the Internet using their rig. Commercial use of the Rig is strictly prohibited.

5. Do I need to ‘light / render’ my final entry?

Not needed. You will be purely judged based on your animation skills. Use all the extra time to polish your entry than spending time on ‘lighting’ your entry. The judging criteria will not favor an entry because it is well lit or technically well executed but will focus purely on its character animation and performance values.

6. I feel the need to add a prop at a location. Can I?

Yes, you can, provided you build them on your own during the challenge. There will also be basic prop provided if you want to use them.

7. When will the theme of the competition be announced? Will I be intimated by email about the same?

Theme of the competition and other specific details pertaining to this category will be revealed one night prior to the challenge; on April 16th.

8. Apart from the prizes, will the winning entries receive feedback on the submission?

Yes. If you would like, the judges or an industry expert can give you a personal feedback either via a Live Video Call or Recorded Session. You can even opt for a professional level feedback through our Industry Partner at Native Puppets .

9. What are the timings of the Competition?

The Competition will start at 9 am on April 16th and wrap around 3pm on April 17th, 2016.

10. I submitted my Registration before the deadline. Can I re-submit if I want to?

Yes, you can. Finalists will be shortlisted post the registration deadline on April 6, 2016.

11. Will food, stay, laptops, webcams be provided for the challenge?

We are working on specifics and this will be updated shortly.

12. I have a question that I need an answer to. Where can I ask?

Fire us an email to

Be sure to mention Competition in the Subject Line.

Consider allowing 2-3 days for your queries to be answered. Also, be sure to go through the FAQ thoroughly, chances are your question has already been answered.