CCAD students get animated in 24-hour contest


CCAD students

Given a mere 24 hours to create, Columbus College of Art & Design Animation students can make some impressive work. For an example of their talents, look no further than the entries in the 2022 24 Hours Animation Contest, a worldwide competition among animation students that this year celebrated its 20th year. This year, competitors were tasked with creating a 30-second short based on an assigned theme for a chance at $150,000 in cash and prizes from some of the industry's biggest brands. Three hundred five-person teams—1,500 students from 17 countries—competed.

"Everyone did such hard work in such a small amount of time. ... It's like a 4–5-month journey in the real world to make 30 seconds of animation, so the fact that you all did it in just 24 hours is just beautiful,"says Aubry Mintz, the event's organizer and animation professor at California State University, Long Beach, at the awards announcement.

Two of CCAD's entries took home top rankings in the competition. CCAD's Team Show 'n Tell—Kaleb Ashburn, Tess Denault, Vivian Divierte, Autumn Pelfrey, and Lilli Reininger—earned a 31st-place finish among the 300 teams competing. Watch their submission, Our Future Together, here.

Another CCAD group, Team Flapjacks—Lucy Aveni, Ellen Ennest, Jaime Henderson, Madison Lacoss, and Meera Ralhan—placed 77th in the competition. Watch their submission, The MegaBytes, here.

The CCAD teams were led by Animation Adjunct Faculty Sidney Gale (Animation, 2020).

Read coverage in the Animation World News here.

Learn more about CCAD’s Animation program or apply here.