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Announcing the 2021 Ubisoft Toronto NEXT Finalists!

April 21, 2021
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For eight years, Ubisoft Toronto has worked with some of the best game development programs at post-secondary institutions across Ontario on Ubisoft Toronto NEXT, a unique challenge designed to foster new voices in the video game industry. As an annual competition, NEXT is built to showcase local student talent and help kick-start their careers in the industry. Since it started in 2013, the program has awarded apprenticeships in 3D art, animation, concept art, level design, programming, technical art, and user interface art, and has sparked the careers of more than 60 students.

Above all, by resembling real-world scenarios, discipline-specific NEXT challenges give industry newcomers a taste of what they can expect working in a AAA studio as they develop games enjoyed by players all over the world.

New this year is the division of the Animation category into two streams — Cinematic and Gameplay — to reflect the real-life production teams more accurately. After an extensive review of nearly 200 submissions, we are excited to share the 28 students from 11 different schools who have made it to the final stage.

Introducing the 2021 Ubisoft Toronto NEXT finalists

Concept Art:

Connor Lucas – Sheridan College

Patricia Pria – George Brown College

Pengwei Deng – George Brown College

Sergi Iranzo – Max the Mutt College


3D Art:

Andy Melo – Ontario Tech University

Emily Choo – George Brown College

Kieran Legros – Seneca College

Maria Kniazieva – Centennial College

Melisa Cetinalp – George Brown College


Technical Art:

Jairo Alzate Bustamante – Humber College

Jessica Le – Ontario Tech University

Robert Banhegyi – Humber College

Yuan Chen – Western University


Cinematic Animation:

Martin Angeles – Seneca College

Yourim Kim – Centennial College

Yui Chen – Sheridan College


Gameplay Animation:

Gursahaj Grewal – George Brown College

John Carpino – George Brown College

Lavio Ribeiro Fidelis Neto – Mohawk College

Michael Chan – Ontario Tech University


Level Design:

Brandon Danby – George Brown College

David de la Peña Frigolet – Sheridan College

Carsten Booth – Sheridan College



Alexander Cherkaski – University of Toronto

Hamidreza Khourinia – Algonquin College

Lei Li – Sheridan College

Mathew Kostrzewa – Ontario Tech University

Rob Savaglio – Ontario Tech University



Congratulations to this year’s finalists!

Looking forward to the awards ceremony? Tune in to our livestream on Thursday, May 13 at 5 PM to see the culmination of the hard work and brilliant ideas exhibited by this year’s contestants – and celebrate the future of the industry in Ontario!


Ubisoft Toronto NEXT: More Info

Ubisoft Toronto NEXT is an annual competition designed to display the talent of video game development students in Ontario, and to kickstart their careers in the industry. With paid apprenticeships in hand, winners of each category receive the opportunity to learn from top talent and further hone their skills.

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