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Jury Review Process

Submitted work is considered by a jury comprised of experts from all areas of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Additionally, the Computer Animation Festival chair has curatorial responsibility and discretion to select, organize, and direct the review process, and to ensure the quality of every aspect of the Computer Animation Festival. But remember: you are the show.

All submissions are reviewed with 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. Selected works will be presented in the matinée and evening shows of the Electronic Theater, or throughout the day in the Animation Theater, and/or other SIGGRAPH 2005 programs. 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.

If Your Piece is Accepted:

We will notify you as soon as possible after the jury meeting. The deadline for your final accepted version is 22 April 2005, 5 pm Pacific time. You must provide final versions of your entries as described below.

We will generate an Acceptance Agreement from the Permissions section of your online submission form. You must print that agreement, sign it, and fax it or send it via postal or courier service before SIGGRAPH 2005. If we do not receive your completed, signed Acceptance Agreement, your work cannot be presented at SIGGRAPH 2005.

The acceptance agreement is a legal document. It explains the uses SIGGRAPH makes of presented material and requires you to acknowledge that you have permission to use this material. This may involve seeking clearance from your employer or from others who have loaned you material, such as videotapes and slides. The agreement helps prevent situations whereby SIGGRAPH 2005 presentations include material without permission that might lead to complaints or even legal action. In addition, this agreement asks if ACM SIGGRAPH may use your materials for conference and organization promotional material in exchange for full author/artist credit information (which you may decline).

If your final version differs significantly from the jury-accepted version, it may not be shown. Closing credits must be no longer than seven seconds or 10% of the total running time of your piece, whichever is shorter. Complete credits will be published in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Art and Animation Catalog.

All work in the Computer Animation Festival will be documented in the SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Art and Animation Catalog, the Full Conference DVD-ROM, and the SIGGRAPH Video Review DVD. Digital images must be submitted for printed publications.

Additional Submissions

In collaboration with the Art Gallery, accepted submitters will be asked to submit storyboards, concept art, and other pre-production artwork to the Art Gallery. The Art Gallery chair will evaluate the artwork, and a collection of these pieces will be on display in the Art Gallery for all SIGGRAPH attendees to see. Note that you will not be required to submit this additional material, and your acceptance into the Computer Animation Festival is not contingent upon it.

Final Submission Formats

Both the Animation Theater and Electronic Theater will be projected in HDTV resolution (1920x1080), and will support both 1080p/24 (24 fps progressive scan) and 1080i/30 (30 fps interlaced). We also hope to offer pieces accepted into the Electronic Theater the option of rendering and projecting at higher DCI-compliant resolutions. There will be no provisions for film or videotape presentation.

All final submissions should be submitted on a data DVD-ROM. If you have any questions regarding submission formats and/or codecs, help will be available through the Computer Animation Festival Technology Director.


You are responsible for securing necessary permissions and licenses for visual and audio material contained in entries for the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival. While you are encouraged to use original music, it is possible to use pre-recorded music or covers.

Synchronization licenses must be secured for inclusion of copyrighted musical compositions in film or video presentations. Securing synchronization rights involves approvals from both the music publisher and the record label that owns the original master recording. For more information on music licensing, and to find these contacts for the recording you would like to use, see the ASCAP and BMI web sites:



The Computer Animation Festival jury may consider entries for special recognition awards. Entries awarded special recognition by SIGGRAPH 2005 may be eligible for consideration at other festivals and competitions. You are advised to contact other festival and competition organizers for eligibility clarification.