We are challenging you to create your very own looping animation! And there are $1000 of prizes up for grabs!

You have 48 frames in which to create your animated masterpiece.   

Remember the best way to achieve a loop is to ensure the first frame and the last frame match up. 

You can use any medium you like: 

  • Traditional drawing 
  • Stop motion
  • Pixel art 
  • 3D 
  • Or a mix! 

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration head over to: 


Where you will find a catalogue of looping animations in a variety of different styles and mediums.

What is animation?

Animation is the illusion of motion through static images—making still things look like they’re moving.  

Animation is everywhere! From feature films to ads on television; in video games and in the apps on our phones. Almost anything presented on screen has some animated components.  


Note the following requirements:

  • You must submit your work by 1 September 2020.
  • Videos must be less than 30 seconds
  • Submit using #FutureDesignersNZ. Post your videos or photos to Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter. Make sure your post is public so we can see it.

There are no rules of what materials or technology you can use. This is entirely up to your creative intent, and what resources you have access to. 


Future designer champion

$500 Prize for the best submission

You will also be featured in and invited to our end of year exhibition. We will publish your name and work on the Future Designer’s website and Victoria University of Wellington’s YouTube channel. You will also receive a deluxe School of Design Innovation care package.

Number 8 wire

$250 Prize for the most innovative use of limited resources

Your entry will also be a part of our end of year exhibition, you will receive a School of Design Innovation care package, and an invitation to our end of year exhibition

Teachers’ choice

$250 Prize for the submission chosen by high school teachers

Your name and work will also feature on the Future Designer’s website

Best in year level

You will receive an item of swag from the School of Design Innovation, and we will tag your work with a ‘top in year level’ badge.

Interview with a 3rd year Media Design student

Judging Panel

Laura Yilmaz

Programme Director, Animation & VFX 

Laura Yilmaz is an animation and art director specializing in 2D motion design and mixed media work. She has worked with a number of the most prestigious animation and motion design studios in her former home of Los Angeles, including Buck Design, Gentleman Scholar, Brand New School, ShadowMachine, Royale, and Logan. While heading the 2D animation department at Buck LA, she art directed the 2016 branded short film “Seed Matters” for the Clif Foundation, winner of the 2017 A-List Awards (silver), 2017 Telly Awards (silver), and shortlisted for the 2016 Clio Awards.

Laura’s personal work has screened at festivals around the globe, including Animafest Zagreb, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Animation Block Party, TAAFI, and the Seattle International Film Festival. Her films and music videos have garnered top awards at the renowned Black Maria Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Boston Film Festival, and have received multiple Vimeo Staff Picks.

Phyo Thu

Founder, Business Owner and Creative Director at Fox & Co. Design.  

Phyo has gained over a decade of experience in Motion Graphics and Visual Effects working on local and international brands, these projects ranging from simple ident animations, detailed explainer videos to Oscar-winning blockbuster movies. Phyo leverages both his creative skill set and business mind to deliver projects to his clients successfully.  

In 2015, Fox & Co. Design was born out of Phyo’s passion for bringing like-minded creatives together, for inspiring, creating and experimenting with visual storytelling that would go beyond the ordinary. Fox & Co. Design has since gone on to work with international brands like MTV, Vox, Slack, PRX and Google.  

Tomas Hess

Tomas is a second year student studying animation and visual effects at Victoria University of Wellington.

“After growing up watching incredible works of animation and showing a deep passion for the creative arts, a career in this field has been at the forefront of my ambition, and one day I hope to work in 3d modelling or comic illustration.”

In his spare time, he loves drawing, watching cartoons and secretly listening to Disco.


Challenge #2 printable A4/A3 poster for high schools. Download PDf.

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