The “Signor Rossi” Award is dedicated to animation films made by students of animation schools or courses for a specialization in animation cinema. The schools have the difficult task to help talent and creativity, supporting them with the necessary technical competences for the animation industry, and to prepare the students to a job that cannot be done without a good knowledge of all the animation techniques that exist currently. It is a path where students have to experience subjects such as traditional drawing and illustration with the help of experts and professionals. These institutes educate their students so they can become professionals themselves, with a complete knowledge about the creative and productive process of animation films, and about the skills they need to face the job market, with a particular importance for: 2D and 3D CGI, stop motion, character and production design, scenography, storytelling/storyboard, effects and after-effects compositing, and film direction.
At Cartoon Club, the five members of an international jury assigns a money prize – 1.200 Euros – to the director of the best film, and who also receives the Signor Rossi statuette. Another statuette is the prize for the school that sends the best overall production.
As always, many students have sent their works. In general, the films (often made as a degree final works) are made with various techniques and tell about many different themes, which is a proof of the schools quality.