Search For A Star winners announced!

SFAS Code winners Kyle Hobdey & Alfred Norton with Aardvark Swift MD Ian Goodall

After months of hard work, fantastic projects and 32 overall finalists from around the UK and Europe, Search For A Star 2017 has finally finished.

Finalists underwent an industry-styled interview in front of a panel of experienced specialist judges for a chance to win an interview with a leading UK studio.

Throughout both finals days, students networked and received advice from a number of studios, including Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Creative Assembly and Codemasters, as well as sit in on a series of inspiring talks from Andrew Oliver, and Codemaster’s Daniel McCabe, who broke into the industry at the young age of 18

The bar was set even higher this year; all our finalists were fantastic and brought something unique to the interview table. Judges struggled to pick overall winners for each category, but we’re happy to announce their choices for our 2017 code and art competition!


Search For A Star Code Winner

Kyle Hobdey – University of Central Lancashire

Star Wrangler

Search For A Star Code

Sumo Digital Rising Star Code winner

Alfred Norton – University of York

CAPSULE OF VENGEANCE: A bitter pill for cuboids 

Search For A Star Code


Search For A Star Character & Environment Art 


Overall and character art category winner:

Michael Starovoytov – University of Huddersfield




Environment art category winner:

Jake Missing – Sheffield Hallam University




Sumo Digital Rising Star Character & Environment Art 

Overall and character art category winner:

Dorota Sekula – Abertay University




Environment art category winner:

Sam Sharpe  – University of Huddersfield




Search For A Star Animation and VFX 

Overall Winner and VFX category winner: 

Niels Dewitte – Howest


Animation category winner:

Luke Robson – Teesside University



Sumo Digital Rising Star Animation and VFX 

Animation category winner:

Alexander Gray – Buckinghamshire New University


Animation category runner up:

Hollie Whitehouse – University of Hertfordshire

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