Beakus – NewD Graduate Animation Competition

July 15, 2015
by Tim Rabjohns


This is the sort of competition that all production companies should be doing – looking for new graduate talent and giving them a platform to get noticed.  NewD is the brainchild of Steve Smith the founder of Beakus – one of the UK’s busiest independent animation studios.

They wanted to unearth the finest, most exciting animation talent coming out of UK courses today.  Part of the deal is an offer of a paid internship program at the studio, and ultimately potential of commercial representation.
Steve Smith told me “UK animation courses have always provided us with a wide range of raw talent, but with more and more graduates coming through it’s hard to be get noticed. At Beakus we have a history of developing new talent, but we thought we’d make it more interesting, and launch a competition! The winner gets showcased to the world, takes up a paid internship, and makes a huge leap towards a career in animation; whilst we get to bask in their glory, and make some awesome animation together!”

I can see why Kiki Kyriakou was the winner this year – she really embraced the bold theme as well as a nice dollop of humour as well.  It would be amazing to see what other ideas she develops at Beakus in the future.


The rules for NewD 2015 were very simple – entrants, who have to be 2015 graduating students from UK animation courses, were asked to animate a 10-second clip based on a heavily pink’d palette, with the aid of some sound by Marian Mentrup (not compulsory). The theme for the animation was Being Bold.
The ten-strong shortlist, shown above, was critiqued by a top-notch band of industry pro’s: Head of Film at M&C Saatchi Bruce McKelvie, illustrator-extraordinaire Adrian Johnson, film editor at Time Out Dave Calhoun, deputy editor at Televisual Jon Creamer, and Sky Comedy Development Exec Morwenna Gordon.

Personally I’m really looking forward to next year’s competition and what that will bring.

He must have been very scary as they are all a long way away!

He must have been very scary as they are all a long way away!

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