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8 May 2003

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SIGGRAPH 2003 ANNOUNCES BEST ANIMATED SHORT & JURY AWARD FOR THE COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL

(Chicago, IL) -- ACM SIGGRAPH today announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, being held 27-31 July, 2003 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected these two award winners from 635 entries for their exemplary use of computer generated imagery and compelling storytelling. Darin Grant, Digital Domain, is the SIGGRAPH 2003 Computer Animation Festival Chair.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is an internationally recognized event that engages and inspires artists and technologists alike. Each year, it serves as a mirror of what is possible today and a window into what can be achieved in the future.

The winners are:

ETERNAL GAZE (Best Animated Short)
Sam Chen
A poignant story about an artist, his art, and reciprocated love. Inspired by the life of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Alberto Giacometti, the film follows Giacometti through the last nine years of his remarkable life and journeys into the depths of his famously tortured psyche. Along the way, we experience the human conditions of despair, love, and hope that are as much a part of Giacometti's art as they are about the artist himself.

Grant explains, "The jury selected 'ETERNAL GAZE' as the Best Animated Short because at its heart, it is a compelling story about an artist. The fact that it is entirely computer generated is quickly lost in the telling of the tale, and that is what makes it brilliant."

TIM TOM (Jury Honors)
Maud Bonassi, Supinfocom/One Plus One
"TIM TOM" is the tale of two fantastical characters, Tim and Tom, who want to meet but are hindered by their creator, a giant omnipotent hand. With nods to the masters of the past and their animation techniques, "TIM TOM" brings life into characters whose emotions and thoughts are expressed through their notepad faces.
"This piece won the Jury Honors because it is a perfect example of how computer graphics have enabled us to continue the work started by our predecessors," states Grant. "It is a beautiful piece that encompasses all that is inherent in the art of animation versus live-action. It's the type of short that no one can see without walking away with a sense of wonder and amazement."

Complete list of Computer Animation Festival selections for SIGGRAPH 2003.

For registration information, see SIGGRAPH 2003 Registration or contact SIGGRAPH 2003 Conference Management, 401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611 USA. +1.312.321.6830 phone; +1.312.321.6876 fax; SIGGRAPH 2003 Registration.

SIGGRAPH 2003 will bring nearly 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego for the week-long conference, 27 - 31 July. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2003 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 29 - 31 July 2003.

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