Photo: Annabelle Collette '22

From 7pm on Friday, October 14 through 7pm on Saturday, October 15, four teams of Maine College Art & Design students joined participants from 20 countries worldwide in the 20th annual 24 Hours: Animation Contest for Students.  

"I am extremely proud of every student who competed in this event," shared Adam Fisher, Program Chair and Associate Professor of Animation & Game Art. "Each time I checked in they were not only working hard, but working together with unexpected levels of joy, energy and enthusiasm. I think they all learned a lot about collaboration, and I hope they all had a great time!"

Volunteer judges for this year’s event included:

  • Angela Abeyti, Character and Prop Designer/Lead
    (Nickelodeon, Titmouse, ShadowMachine, Hothouse Productions, Avalanche Films – Baby Shark’s Big Show, Bojack Horseman, Tuca and Bertie, My Momma Named me Sheriff, Chicago Party Aunt)
  • Grace Babineau, Background Painter/Color Designer
    (Nickelodeon, Titmouse Inc., Cartoon Network, Bento Box Ent, and art aired on Netflix, HBOmax, Amazon)
  • Todd DeJong, Animator and Director
    (Warner Bros)
  • Karina Gazizova, Director, Storyboard Artist, Technical Director
    (Wacky Races, Teen Titans GO!, Studio RedFrog, France)
  • Rebecca Kartzmark, Animator
    (Tangled the Series, Hilda, Mickey Mouse, Molly McGee)
  • Kimmie King, Animator
    (Nickelodeon, Giphy Arts, BET, Ziwe Fumudoh, Rick and Morty)
  • Ira Owens, Cinematographer
    (Sucker Punch Productions – Ghost of Tsushima)
  • Nathan Palm, VizDev Artist and Character Designer
    (Dreamworks, StoopidBuddy, ShadowMachine, Bento Box, Duncanville, The Great North, Solar Opposites, Family Guy, Final Space, Paradise PD)
  • Ryan Stapleton, Storyboard artist
    (20th Century Fox Animation, Glen Keane Productions/Netflix, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., American Dad, Trash Truck, Inside Job, Dinotrux, Santiago of the Seas)

This year's winning teams will be announced in a livestream event starting at 6pm on Friday, October 21.

A big congratulations to everyone who participated this year! We hope you all enjoyed a well-deserved, lazy Sunday after such a tremendous effort.

Learn more about the competition