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You’ve seen the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival. Now, be part of the experience by sharing your groundbreaking project and demonstrating your unique approach to storytelling in this well-respected animation showcase.
Since 1999, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has been recognized as a qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. It began as an annual showcase of advances in computer graphics, and now celebrates the rise of computer graphics as a medium for storytelling, not only in animation, but also in visual effects for movies, games, and more.
Submit your best work that educates, entertains and/or informs to SIGGRAPH 2019 for your chance to be featured in this prestigious showcase. An internationally recognized jury will review your work, and will award Best in Show, Jury’s Choice, and Best Student Project prizes. Notably, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award. Will you be next?
Log into our submission portal, select the “Make a New Submission” tab, and choose the Electronic Theater form. To review all information that you will need to submit, view this Sample Submission Form.
SIGGRAPH 2019 Computer Animation Festival submission requirements:
All submitted entries are evaluated by two juries of individuals from the technical, creative and production communities within the animation industry.
The first jury is involved in pre-selection and will review and rank all entries as they come in. Pre-selected submissions then move on to the second jury, the Festival Jury. The Festival Jury is composed of industry peers in senior positions. These jurors review and rank all entries that passed the pre-selection process.
Submitters will be informed by email of the status of their submissions only after the Festival Jury makes its final decisions. All submitters will be notified of their status no later than 6 May 2019. The Festival Jury selects the recipients of the Best in Show Award, the Jury’s Choice Prize, and the Best Student Project.
The Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to place submissions in a different category if deemed appropriate by the festival subcommittee or jury. Stay tuned for the reveal of your 2019 Festival Jury jurors.
All Computer Animation Festival submitters will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) on or before 6 May 2019. Each year, we receive far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces.
The period of time between the Computer Animation Festival jury meeting and the SIGGRAPH 2019 conference is very short, and many things happen in that time. If your work is selected, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the Computer Animation Festival Subcommittee. It is unlikely that we will need to contact you regarding your work after your notification, but please plan to be available via email in case a need arises.
Contributor & Presenter Recognition
If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2019, registration and travel costs are at your own expense. See the SIGGRAPH 2019 Contributor Benefits policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work is accepted.
Electronic Theater submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Electronic Theater submitters notified
28 July – 1 August
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA
If you are submitting work to the SIGGRAPH 2019 Electronic Theater:
Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2019, as long as it was released after 27 April 2018. We are independent festivals with separate juries and acceptance procedures.
Absolutely not. We generally feature works where the computer was essential to the creation of the work, but there is no specific requirement that it be 3D. All forms of computer animation are eligible, including, but not limited to: 3D computer animation, 2D animation, visual effects and live action, real-time video game play, visualizations, simulations, scientific illustrations, and digitally manipulated imagery and video. If you have computer-generated work within a larger piece, we request that you call our attention specifically to the portion where computer-generation was used.
There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like, but ensure you complete a separate submission form for each work.
No. You only need to complete the online submission process.
You are welcome to submit pieces to the Computer Animation Festival and submit related work to other programs. Each submission requires a separate online form, however, and each program has varying deadlines. You can review all submission deadlines here.
All animation submissions should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival.
All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2019 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.
The Computer Animation Festival does not accept submissions through Withoutabox. All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2019 online submission system.
Online submission forms and accompanying uploads must be completed no later than 19 March 2019 for the Electronic Theater. All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT (convert to your time zone). Submissions received after either deadline will not be reviewed.
No. The SIGGRAPH 2019 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater reviews only finished projects. The file/project you upload at the time of entry is the what will be shown at SIGGRAPH 2019, if your work is accepted.
No. Each piece must be uploaded separately to the online submission system along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.
All student work should be submitted under the category that most closely describes it. Make sure to select the “Student Project” checkbox during your submission process, so that your work may be considered not only for the Best of Show award and Jury’s Choice prize, but also for the Best Student Project prize.
See the ‘How to Submit’ guidelines above for other file format details.
Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. Each juror takes into consideration the technical aspects of the piece, the visual interest, and, for story-based projects, the storytelling; however, the jury’s primary criterion is to select the pieces it feels will form the strongest show.
The juried program presents work selected by the jury, representative of the best computer-generated content in the world. The curated program is used to round out the final show with invite-only special presentations.
To maintain the pace of the program for the sake of our attendees, SIGGRAPH 2019 Computer Animation Festival policy requires that all credit sections for accepted entries must be seven seconds or less.
You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your content, or if you are using another person’s music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses. We will not purchase these rights for you.
No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the Contributor Benefits policy.
The technical requirements are very specific to make the submission process more streamlined for you. The submission process utilizes Sohonet digital transfer services. We have carefully selected codecs and resolution formats that are easily accessible to all, offer the highest quality with the least amount of data loss, while offering a much more streamlined post and DI process. This ensures that the material you send us, if accepted, will look amazing on the big screen!
More information regarding Avid’s open source codec is available here.
If you have problems uploading your files to the SIGGRAPH 2019 online submission system, your server may be behind a firewall that doesn’t allow HTTPS connections. If you are submitting from a corporate or institutional network, ask your information technology department to assist you in completing your submission. If you have any questions about uploading files, review “Uploading Files” in the Submissions FAQ. If you do not find the answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival subcommittee.
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