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The FIRST Robotics Competition 2022 Digital Animation Award

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This award, sponsored by, celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).This award celebrates the art of digital animation and its close relationship to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).


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The 2022 Digital Animation Award is offered to help encourage students to cultivate skills in design and creation of animation including, but not limited to, storytelling, creativity, use of computer software, and an understanding of different techniques and forms of animation. This award is open to all FIRST Robotics Competition teams.


This Year's Theme: Fast Forward - Transportation!!

We are currently experiencing unprecedented transportation issues: Ships are backed up in ports and can’t unload their cargo, There aren’t enough truckers or trucks to make deliveries, Rail capacity is overwhelmed, etc.

2022 challenge: Create a transportation solution of the future to solve an everyday problem.

That can be anything you want:

  • Lightning fast autonomous robotic deliveries from factory direct to consumer
  • Safe High Speed transportation,
  • Propose a way to get cargo containers off of ships so they don’t have to dock
  • etc.

What you choose isn’t nearly as important as how you use your Digital Animation skills to show your innovative concept.


  • Animations that use the theme and provide a positive inspiring message will be prioritized over animations that don’t.
  • Animations that use Humor tend to do better

2022 Winner: Team 8334, The Classical Academy Titan Robotics

Judges Comment: “Absolutely stunning work! We loved the lighting, animation, and camera moves along with the simple, well-delivered concept. Consider adding a bright spot when portal appears on beach, right now it just is a cut out of the portal.”

Special thanks to Theory Studios for doing the judging again this year!
Theory is an international team of animators and special effects artists.

The Judges asked us to pass the following comments along for some of their favorite animations because they all started where you are and remember how much they valued constructive critique along the way (These are team number order, not ranking order):

  • Team 1138: Love the color and feel of everything. Text can be difficult to read, consider simplifying the story, can you tell it without the phone? Fish scene seemed weakest compared to the rest of the animation but overall it was a good piece.

  • Team 2722: We loved the concept for this one, and the stop-motion face was fantastic.

  • Team 3512: Beautiful style, great framing and animation! We loved the transitions. Consider playing with color temperature to tell a more engaging story. Look up Colorscripts.

  • Team 3627: Slow down on the pacing, things moved quickly. Great hand animation techniques. Consider framing and composition to tell the story better.

  • Team 4788: Really well executed idea – we also loved the attention to detail on the camera moves. Work on your pacing to tell a real good story, but overall it was great!

  • Team 5190: This one was so cool! We loved the hexagon style. Great colors and simple lighting, too.

  • Team 5401: Really impressive 2D work – and we loved the portal transition.

  • Team 7144: Really impressive lighting and color grading – we loved how it was done in Unreal, too! No shadows on the objects falling? Look into dynamic shadows, and baking any static ones.

  • Team 8055: Great art and overall feel. Editing is good too. Consider having more interesting camera angles to break up the visual pacing more as it gets a bit tiring to see the same shot over and over. Overall great execution!



Judging is purely subjective. We are looking for excellence in animation skills and in the use of animation to tell a story. The Judges will be a diverse panel of Technical Marketing, Visual Effects and Animation experts from around the world from Theory Animation. We will be specifically looking for:

  1. Mastery of Animation
    1. Quality of Animation
    2. Complexity and Presentation of Images
    3. Expertise in Medium
  2. Ingenuity
    1. Originality of ideas
    2. Effectiveness and efficiency in execution
    3. Use of original 3D models and modeling technique
  3. Clarity
    1. Comprehensibility and organization of ideas within the animation
    2. Pacing
  4. Artistry
    1. Aesthetic Appeal
    2. Implementation of Artistic Elements
    3. Use of Medium



Official FIRST Trophy will be sent to the winner from FIRST.




The following requirements must be met for an animation to be submitted to the judges and displayed for other teams to watch.

  1. A single animation may be submitted by any registered FIRST Robotics Competition team. Submissions may be 2D, 3D, mixed media, stop motion or anything else you can use to animate a story.
  2. The submitted animation must be no more than 30 seconds long including credits (does not include title screen). Animations more than 30 seconds long will not be judged.
    1. It must be relevant to the Challenge stated above.
    2. 30 seconds is only an upper limit. Teams may submit an animation of any length up to that limit, and the duration will have no impact on how the animation is scored.
  3. Animations must be submitted using:
    1. Format: H.264 codec in mp4 file
    2. Resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) minimum.
    3. Frame Rate: 24 frames per second.
    4. File Name: “Teamxxxx” format (e.g. “Team0116.mp4”).
  4. Title Screen
    1. The animation must begin with a title screen displayed for a 2-second duration followed by a one-second black slate, leading into the primary work.
    2. The title screen display will not be included in the total duration limit.
    3. The title screen must include your team number, team name, school/organization, title of the animation, and animation duration.
    4. Animation must be free of copyright issues. Do not use copyrighted characters, music, or other elements, unless you have the legal right to do so.
    5. Animation should be supportive of the FIRST Core Values.
  5. Credits
    1. Credits should follow a one-second black slate at the end of the animation.
    2. Make sure to include team members, mentors, software used, list of public domain sources, and licensed sources in credits.
  6. Submit
  7. **DEADLINE**
    • All submissions and uploads must be completed by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan 27, 2022. Any entries after this deadline will not be judged. Winners will be announced Mid-February.
  8. Public Viewing - Videos will be published for public viewing approximately one to two weeks after the submission deadline. Keep an eye on official FIRST channels as well as unofficial channels such as Chief Delphi for the announcement. 

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Please Note: If you are looking for Information for the Safety Animation Award, please visit the safety webpage for submission information. 



  • Behind the Scenes Game Animation - In this video, will take you behind the scenes and show how the FIRST Robotics Competition Game Animations are made, start to finish, in partnership with




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