Computer Animation Festival

1. What are the qualifications for entry?
Only works completed during or after 2007 will be considered. Also, submissions should be in one of the following categories:

  • Animated short (narrative, character, or other)
  • Art (experimental, abstract)
  • Combined animation techniques (2D, 3D, Flash, etc.)
  • Interactive CG art
  • Machinima and other emerging techniques
  • Promotional animation (commercials, educational films, etc.)
  • Real-time visuals
  • Scientific visualisation and research
  • Video clips (music, games, documentary, etc.)
  • Visual effects (sequences, research)

2. I have submitted my work to the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival in the past. Is it OK if I submit the same work to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival?
Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH Asia 2008.

3. Do submissions have to be 3D animations?
No. All forms of computer-generated works are eligible including, but not limited to: 2D Flash animation, 2D abstract art, live-action visual effects integration, real-time video game play and visualisations, and digitally manipulated imagery and video. Remember, however, that it is the CG component that will be judged, so please keep any extraneous footage to an absolute minimum in your submission.

4. How many works can I submit to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Computer Animation Festival?
There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like. Make sure that you complete a separate submission form for each work.

5. Can I submit the same piece to multiple programmes?
No. Submit your work to the most appropriate SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 programme.

6. I have an art animation (abstract or experimental). Should I submit it to the Art Gallery or to the Computer Animation Festival?
All animation submissions should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival.

7. Where do I send my submission materials?
All works must be submitted only via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the online submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.

8. When is the submission deadline for the Computer Animation Festival?
Online submission forms must be completed no later than 20 June 2008. The deadline for uploading materials for jury review is 11 July 2008. Submissions received after the deadlines will not be reviewed. There is no exception, so please make sure that all submissions are completed before the deadlines.

9. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit "work in progress" for reviewing?
A work in process may be submitted if it is at least 80% percent complete. However, you should remember that the competition programme (juried works) will be highly competitive, so your chances of selection are significantly better if you submit the final piece by the material-uploading deadline; 11 July 2008.

10. We are an art school, and we are planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is this OK ?
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.

11. What file formats are acceptable for submission?
Windows .AVI or QuickTime .mov movie files are acceptable for jury reviewing. The movie file must be uploaded via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 online submission system. For details, please refer to the Submission Rules and Requirements.

12. What criteria will the jury use to select works?
All entries are reviewed by a jury together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury primarily looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. Typically, the jury also looks for originality, artistic achievement, technical accomplishment, technical innovation, production value, creativity, resolution, narrative quality, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualisation in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies.

13. What is the difference between the competition programme and the curated programme?
The competition programme presents work selected by the jury that represents the best computer-generated film and video in the world. The curated programme presents new visions and creative inspirations on chosen topics.

14. My animation makes use of commercially recorded music. Is that OK?
You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licences for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your film or video, or if you are using another person's music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licences. We will not purchase these rights for you.

15. Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 cover shipping expenses for the final screening format of my work, if it is accepted?
No. SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 does not pay for any shipping or transportation costs.

16. If my work is selected for the Computer Animation Festival, will SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?
No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to Presenter Recognition.