animation18

The School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester presents

The 11th annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition

Opens 18 September 2017. Enter by 23 March 2018.

Calling all school/college students aged 7-19! Make a 1-minute animated film on your computer, enter our competition, and you could win great prizes! You can enter as an individual, or as a team of up to 4 people. Prizes are awarded by age category (KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5).

Use any software you like (e.g, Scratch, Flash, Blender, Maya, Max, etc). File formats accepted: sb, sb2, mov, mp4, avi, swf. (Here are the FAQ and Rules).

Animations on the theme of keeping safe online can win prizes in a special eSafety category sponsored by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.


Congratulations to all the Animation17 prizewinners!

See all the winners on Youtube!


Animation18 poster

You can download the poster and our logo from our materials page.


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Toby Howard“Hi! Join us for an incredible 11th year of fantastic animations from schools and colleges all over the UK – we can’t wait to see your creativity! Get animating and have FUN with your computers!”
Toby Howard, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.

Since this year’s competition opened on 18 September 2017, 127 schools all across the UK have registered!

Teachers! register now and get free posters for your School!

About the competition

  • Open to UK school, college and home-educated students aged 7-19.
  • Entry deadline: 23 March 2018.
  • Winners announced: May 2018.
  • Teachers register their Schools and receive free posters (no obligation to enter).
  • Individual entry or group entry (max size 4).
  • Animations must be no longer than 1 minute.
  • You can use any software.
  • Key-frame and stop-motion are eligible.
  • Interactive games and quizzes are not eligible.
  • Submit sb, sb2, mov, mp4, avi, swf files.
  • Submit entries online here.
  • Animations must not contain copyrighted content (e.g., songs, music, sounds, images, graphics) unless you have the rights. We recommend using rights-free content.
  • Prizes: Amazon vouchers will be posted out to winners. There is no Awards Day event this year.
  • All winners appear on our YouTube channel.
  • All entrants receive an official “Certificate of Entry”.
  • Read the full FAQ & Rules.