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SIGGRAPH 2005 International Conference Embraces California Artists



(Chicago, IL) - The SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival, part of the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques being held 31 July to 4 August 2005 in Los Angeles, California, features many California artists in its submissions and programs.

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. Many of the films debuting at SIGGRAPH go on to win international acclaim and awards (including the Oscars presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

Of the 30 domestic entries chosen for the Computer Animation Festival, 18 artists are from the state of California. Of those accepted artists, 12 hail directly from the Los Angeles area. Submissions are included from Venice to Van Nuys.

In fact, Los Angeles' own independent filmmaker Shane Acker received the Jury awarded Best of Show for his work writing, animating, and producing "9," which is shown in the Electronic Theater. Shane will also be featured in a special "Meet the Artist" session held on Tuesday, 2 August, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm at SIGGRAPH 2005.

Additionally this year, SIGGRAPH 2005's Electronic Theater features an opening performance by J.Walt Adamczyk of Los Angeles. "Autocosm: Gardens of Thuban" is J.Walt's latest live performance piece. It is a structured animation that begins with an empty field and then is created and developed in real time before the audience. J.Walt will be appearing before each Electronic Theater performance. See the SIGGRAPH 2005 Electronic Theater for show times.

Finally, in an effort of outreach to the community, SIGGRAPH 2005 is using the opportunity to host student groups to experience the Computer Animation Festival. This year, local universities, such as UCLA's Design/Media Arts Summer Institute, will attend dress rehearsals of the Electronic Theater. It is a goal of SIGGRAPH to maximize the exposure of computer graphics and interactive techniques by reaching out to local audiences and students in the Los Angeles community.

SIGGRAPH 2005 will bring nearly 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles for the week-long conference, 31 July-4August. A comprehensive technical program and special events focusing on research, art, animation, games, interactivity, and the web are planned. SIGGRAPH 2005 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services for the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 2-4 August 2005.

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