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AEAF Awards 2021

Judging Criteria
Entries are judged on technical skill and artistry in visual effects and animation, and their contribution to storytelling.Visual effects, animation, or both, should form a significant component within the projects submitted.Emphasis is on the practice and effectiveness of visual effects and animation, irrespective of tools, size of team and budget.


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Ross Burgess – Head of Animation, MPC Episodic

Ross Burgess

With 20 years of experience at the forefront of Film, Episodic and Immersive production, Ross is currently Head of Animation for MPC Episodic. 
Throughout a fantastic career with ILM, Dreamworks Animation, MPC and Framestore, Ross has overseen a wealth of different creatures and characters from some of Hollywood’s biggest releases in a job that has taken him all over the world. With a love for all things animated, Ross has divided his time between VFX and Feature Animation working on everything from ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘Madagascar’. After 6 years in San Francisco, Ross returned to settle in the UK. 

Ross became a key member of the Academy and Bafta Award winning animation team for 'The Jungle Book' at MPC to add to the previous Academy Award win for 'The Golden Compass' at Framestore in 2008. Having expressed a desire to innovate new technology and media, Ross was given the unique opportunity at Framestore to build his first animation department from scratch, focussing purely on Episodic, Advertising and Immersive media. It was during this time that Ross was nominated for two personal VES awards for his animation direction on Framestore’s very first fully animated theme park experience, ‘Pearl Quest’ and more recently for his Animation Supervision on the hyper-realistic stag for 'The Crown'.


  • Animation Supervisor, 'Jingle Jangle', Framestore (Netflix Film) 

  • Animation Supervisor, 'The Crown', Framestore (Netflix TV) 

  • Animation Supervisor, 'Alien Worlds', Framestore (Netflix TV) 

  • Animation Supervisor, 'His Dark Materials', Framestore (BBC / HBO) 

  • Animation Director, 'Pearl Quest', Framestore (Theme Park Ride) 

  • Animation Lead, 'Beauty and the Beast', Framestore 

  • Animation Lead, 'The Jungle Book', MPC 

  • Character Animator, 'Peabody and Sherman', Dreamworks Animation 

  • Character Animator, 'Madagascar 3', Dreamworks Animation 

  • Character Animator, 'Megamind', Dreamworks Animation 

  • Animator, 'Transformers 2', ILM 

  • Animator, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', Framestore 

  • Animator, 'The Dark Knight', Framestore 

  • Animator, 'The Golden Compass', Framestore 




Rob Coleman
Head of Animation Animal Logic

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Rob is a two-time Oscar nominee for his animation work on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards for his work on Men in Black and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Prior to Animal Logic, Coleman spent 14 years at Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm Animation, working closely with George Lucas. He was chosen as one of the most creative people in the entertainment industry when he was added to Entertainment Weekly's 'It List' in 2002 as their 'It CG-Creature Crafter' for his work on digital Yoda. Most recently Rob was the Animation Director of 'Peter Rabbit'. He was Head of Animation on The LEGO® Movie, LEGO® Batman and Ninjago.


Matt Dye
Creative Director

 Matt Dye AEAF Awards Judge

Matt is a highly awarded VFX Artist and Animator. With a career spanning
more than 15 years, his experience reaches across commercials, immersive
content, film and television. Matt is Co-Creative Director at RUCKUS Studio,
his creative foundations have been built upon the old school principals of
animation, while leveraging leading-edge technology to create world-class
CG content.

Matt is a highly respected member of Brisbane's advertising, film and
television community and is a former President of the Brisbane Advertising and Design Club (BADC) and in 2009 he was also voted BADC person of the year, for his extraordinary contribution to the local industry. Building upon strong foundations as a 3D generalist, Matt has grown to become a specialist in character and creature animation. He has amassed a reputation for his ability to bring realistic or comical movements to any object, and has worked with some of the world's most recognisable brands, including, Subaru, The Commonwealth Games Mascot Borobi, Sony, Kellogg’s and Virgin Australia. As well as someof Australia’s most successful Feature Films and Television Series.

Grant Lovering

Creative Director + Partner
Resin was established in 2006 by Grant Lovering and Lincoln Wogan. The studio has collaborated with the world's leading agencies and production companies helping produce work for brands including Disney XD, Electronic Arts, Braun, Lennox, Mitsubishi, Bridgestone, Michellin, Yalumba, Jacob's Creek, News Limited, SA Tourism, SA Lotteries, Great Southern Rail, Motor Accident Commission and People's Choice Credit Union. We have worked on a number of feature films including Where the Wild Things Are, Rogue, Forbidden Lies and over 130 VFX shots for the Australian film, Red Dog.

Adriene Hurst
Editor, Digital Media World

Sean Young
AEAF Festival Director

Publisher, Digital Media World


Marc Weigert
CEO Uncharted Territory
Marc is an Emmy-award winning producer and visual effects supervisor. Marc is currently CEO of production company Uncharted Territory, founded in 1999 with business partner Volker Engel. He was Executive Producer and VFX supervisor on 'Anonymous', and Co-Producer and VFX supervisor on '2012'. In between producing feature and TV films, Uncharted Territory, with Marc Weigert as visual effects producer and/or supervisor, also provided visual effects services for 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004) and the 'Intermedia' - title for 'Terminator 3' (2003).
Marc won a Satellite award for the visual effects for '2012' and an Emmy award for the mini-series 'The Triangle'. He also worked as on-set VFX Supervisor for several commercials for companies including Canon, Tropicana, Ferrero Rocher and Kellogg's, and TV movies ('For One More Day').
Before Uncharted Territory, Marc was CEO for visual effects company Dreamscape Imagery, whose credits include 'Independence Day', 'Muppets From Space', 'Flubber', 'The Drew Carey Show' and many TV movies and series.
As the VFX Project Manager for 'Independence Day', Weigert created 'Digital Assistant for Visual Effects', a project management software program to manage, schedule and track the shooting and post production of thousands of VFX elements. His software has subsequently been sold to several major studios, including 20th century fox, the Walt Disney company and Sony Pictures.
Weigert has lectured at European Digital Arts Media seminars at High Tech Centre Babelsberg, and conducted the European Film Academy Visual Effects Master Class 'Action with Effects' for producers and directors. He has also taught visual effects classes at The Art Institute of Los Angeles, was a speaker at the iHollywood Forum in Los Angeles and lectured at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.