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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser or a trailer/promo piece as a placeholder until the actual footage is complete?

2. May I submit my unfinished work as a "work in progress" if it is not complete by the submission deadline?

3. How do you define 80% complete?

4. Can I submit a piece that includes footage from a previously released movie, or from a movie that will be released before the conference?

5. We are an art school hoping to send in several pieces of student work. We had planned to include four or five student pieces on one reel, as one entry from our school. Is that OK?

6. I have an animation I'd like to submit for consideration for the Art Gallery. Where should I submit it?

7. I'm a student submitting a piece, and noticed that you also have the SPACE competition. Should I submit to that instead?

8. Can group or collaborative projects be submitted?

9. What criteria does the jury use to select pieces for the Computer Animation Festival? How do you decide if a piece is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theater?

10. Is there a time limit or general suggested length that will help my submission's chances for acceptance in the Electronic Theater?

11. I am unable to include time code on the VHS dub of my submission. Will you still accept it for jury review?

12. "Affiliation" is a required field on the Computer Animation Festival Acceptance Agreement, but I am not associated with any organization or school. What do I do?

13. Will you accept Digital Beta for the jury submission?

14. Will you accept S-VHS for the jury submission?

15. Can I submit a digital file instead of a video?

16. I would like to submit a Flash animation to SIGGRAPH 2005. Will you accept my animation on a CD?

17. Will SIGGRAPH 2005 have the capability to show film in the Animation Theater or the Electronic Theater?

18. Can there be live-action footage mixed with the computer-generated portion?

19. My animation is a 2D computer process. Can this be submitted?

20. My animation uses some commercially recorded music. Will you be able to use it? What if I use my own rendition of someone else's song?

21. Are there other SIGGRAPH 2005 programs where I can present my work to a wider audience?

22. How do I get tickets for the Electronic Theater and the Animation Theater?

23. What kind of feedback can I expect to receive about my submission?

24. I don't understand how to pack my videotape for shipping. What is a "fiber or pulp-padded mailer," and why are they not accepted

25. Is there any kind of submission fee to enter the Computer Animation Festival?

26. Do I need to set up a username and password for each submission?

27. My email address will be changing soon. How can I notify you of the update?

28. I've completed the online submission forms, but it still allows me to edit my account. Am I done?

29. I'm having trouble uploading the high-resolution digital image required for the online submission. What should I do?


1. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser or a trailer/promo piece as a placeholder until the actual footage is complete?


No, the submission must be representative of the final piece, and the jury specifically reviews the quality of the work that is submitted. The work done in a trailer or promo piece may be submitted on its own merit, but it cannot be submitted as a placeholder for other materials   TOP

2. May I submit my unfinished work as a "work in progress" if it is not complete by the submission deadline?


A work in progress may be submitted if it represents at least 80% of the final version. If the soundtrack is not complete, the jury requests the addition of a temporary soundtrack, though you should remember that audio is a critical portion of your submission. The "Notes to the Jury" section of the online submission form gives you an opportunity to explain how the final piece will differ from the submitted piece.   TOP

3. How do you define 80% complete?


It's a judgment call, but the key point here is that the jury must feel confident that if your piece is accepted, you will be able to submit your 100%-completed piece by the deadline shown on the Review and Upon Acceptance page.   TOP

4. Can I submit a piece that includes footage from a previously released movie, or from a movie that will be released before the conference?


Yes, though the evolution of the industry and the demands of the SIGGRAPH audience have changed how these pieces are viewed. In general, such pieces don't necessarily stand alone as well as they used to, as many people will have already seen these scenes in the movie theater. Thus, we encourage "making-of" or "behind-the-scenes" footage to improve the viewer's experience.   TOP

5. We are an art school hoping to send in several pieces of student work. We had planned to include four or five student pieces on one reel, as one entry from our school. Is that OK?


No, each student must submit separate media and separate completed and signed submission forms. Each piece is judged on its own merit, and often pieces are viewed multiple times. We can only effectively track and review individual submissions, so: one submission, one valid online submission number, and one project per videotape or DVD.   TOP

6. I have an animation I'd like to submit for consideration for the Art Gallery. Where should I submit it?


All SIGGRAPH 2005 animation submissions, including those for the Art Gallery, will come through the Computer Animation Festival. There is a checkbox on the submission form to indicate if you wish your piece to be considered for the Art Gallery.   TOP

7. I'm a student submitting a piece, and noticed that you also have the SPACE competition. Should I submit to that instead?


The SIGGRAPH 2005 committee encourages students to submit to both the Computer Animation Festival and SPACE. Both programs are juried separately, and one or both programs may select a work for inclusion.   TOP

8. Can group or collaborative projects be submitted?


Yes, absolutely. In fact, collaborative and group projects are encouraged, but only one project may be submitted per vdieotape or DVD and completed online submission form.   TOP

9. What criteria does the jury use to select pieces for the Computer Animation Festival? How do you decide if a piece is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theater?


All submissions are juried together and based on identical selection criteria: content, technical implementation, innovation, artistic achievement, production values, creativity, originality, narrative, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies. Entries representing both technical excellence and innovation are more likely to be shown in the Electronic Theater, while entries representing either technical excellence or innovation will be shown in the Animation Theater.   TOP

10. Is there a time limit or general suggested length that will help my submission's chances for acceptance in the Electronic Theater?


There is no fixed or ideal time limit for submitted projects. Ultimately, technical excellence and innovation are the deciding factors. Sometimes, the jury asks submitters of longer pieces to edit for time or create a trailer for the Electronic Theater and recommends showing the entire piece in the Animation Theater.

However, as the Electronic Theater has a fixed run time, shorter pieces do have an advantage. If your work is longer, it needs to be that much better. Exceptional work will not be rejected because of its duration. Please note that, for the jury review, submitters of pieces that are longer then five minutes are asked to indicate by time code a shorter selection that they want to make sure the jury will view. This is an attempt to control the total time required to complete jury review.

If there is editing to be done, we would prefer that it be done pre-submission and by the submitters in order to maintain maximum artistic integrity. However, if you are willing to edit your submission as part of acceptance, please indicate that on the online submission form.   TOP

11. I am unable to include time code on the VHS dub of my submission. Will you still accept it for jury review?


The master from which the VHS was dubbed has a time code. You must use the information from the master to include the time code number on your submission form. This will ensure that the jury will review your submission.   TOP

12. "Affiliation" is a required field on the Computer Animation Festival Acceptance Agreement, but I am not associated with any organization or school. What do I do?


You may use "Self" to indicate that you are independent. There is no requirement that you be associated with an organization or school.   TOP

13. Will you accept Digital Beta for the jury submission?


The jury will be unable to review Digital Beta media. Beta submissions must be Beta SP.   TOP

14. Will you accept S-VHS for the jury submission?


The jury will be unable to review S-VHS media. VHS submissions must be standard VHS (SP).   TOP

15. Can I submit a digital file instead of a video?


All logo animations are to be submitted online as digital files. All other animations must be submitted on videotape or DVD as described in the Submission Procedure Checklist.   TOP

16. I would like to submit a Flash animation to SIGGRAPH 2005. Will you accept my animation on a CD?


No. See the Submission Procedure Checklist for allowable formats.   TOP

17. Will SIGGRAPH 2005 have the capability to show film in the Animation Theater or the Electronic Theater?


No. Both the Electronic Theater and Animation Theater will be all-digital this year.   TOP

18. Can there be live-action footage mixed with the computer-generated portion?


Yes, a combination of animation/fx and live action is permitted. However, the computer-generated portion of the piece is what will be judged, so please do not include superfluous live-action footage.   TOP

19. My animation is a 2D computer process. Can this be submitted?


There is no requirement that the piece must be 3D. Innovative 2D computer graphics works are eligible as well.   TOP

20. My animation uses some commercially recorded music. Will you be able to use it? What if I use my own rendition of someone else's song?


All these cases are acceptable, but you will need to acquire synchronization rights for the recording you are using, or performance rights if you are recording a cover. These rights are typically not expensive, but they are your responsibility, and SIGGRAPH will not purchase these rights for you. See Review and Upon Acceptance for more details and links to the large music licensing organizations.   TOP

21. Are there advantages or disadvantages in categorizing my project as an animation or architecture, etc.?


You should submit your piece in the category that most closely describes your work. The jury is comprised of experts in various fields, so you will want the correct experts to jury your work. Please do not submit the same piece in more then one category using different online submission numbers.   TOP

22. How do I get tickets for the Electronic Theater and the Animation Theater?


Electronic Theater tickets are included with Full Conference and Conference Select registrations, and you may purchase tickets to the Electronic Theater at a cost of $50 per ticket. See Registration for complete information on registration and Electronic Theater ticket options. All SIGGRAPH attendees are admitted to the Animation Theater.   TOP

23. What kind of feedback can I expect to receive about my submission?


Each year, we receive an incredibly large number of submissions to the Computer Animation Festival. Unfortunately, due to the time constraints created by these submission volumes, it is impossible for us to include any project-specific critiques or suggestions in our responses.   TOP

24. I don't understand how to pack my videotape for shipping. What is a "fiber or pulp-padded mailer," and why are they not accepted?


Some inexpensive padded envelopes are stuffed with paper-based, fibrous stuffing that creates dust when ripped. This dust can damage both your tape and our playback deck. When in doubt, use bubble wrap in a plain envelope.   TOP

25. Is there any kind of submission fee to enter the Computer Animation Festival?


No, there is no fee to enter.   TOP

26. Do I need to set up a username and password for each submission?


No. You must complete a separate online submission form for each entry, so that each individual entry has its own unique Computer Animation Festival submission ID number. That number must be included on the label for the entry's tape or DVD. Certain very short collective pieces, such as interstitials or logos, may be submitted together.   TOP

27. My email address will be changing soon. How can I notify you of the update?


You can change your contact information through the online submission system at any time.   TOP

28. I've completed the online submission forms, but it still allows me to edit my account. Am I done?


Yes, however you are allowed to edit your online submission account until the deadline of 11 March 2005, 5 pm Pacific time.   TOP

29. I'm having trouble uploading the high-resolution digital image required for the online submission. What should I do?


If, due to bandwidth restrictions, you cannot upload a high-resolution image, please instead upload a lower-resolution one. Be sure to still include a high-resolution version for publication stills on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM as specified in the Submission Procedure Checklist.   TOP

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