Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you decide if a submission is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theaters? What criteria does the jury use to select pieces?

2. Are pieces selected for the Animation Theater just not good enough to get into the Electronic Theater?

3. Do submissions have to be 3D animations?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. What is the purpose of your submission categories?

9. 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?

10. I have an animation I'd like to submit for consideration to the Art Gallery as well as the Computer Animation Festival. Where should I submit it?

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

12.What file formats are acceptable for submission?

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

1. How do you decide if a submission is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theaters? What criteria does the jury use to select pieces?
All submissions are juried together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury will be looking for an overall "wow" factor. Some things they will take into account include artistic achievement, technical implementation, innovation, production values, creativity, originality, narrative, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies.   TOP

2. Are pieces selected for the Animation Theater just not good enough to get into the Electronic Theater?
No. While it is generally true that Electronic Theater selections are the "best of the best," the running-time limitation of the Electronic Theater dictates that more selections will be presented in the Animation Theaters. Other factors such as balance of categories, exceptionally long entries and the "large-format" nature of the Electronic Theater also affect where pieces are presented.   TOP

3. Do submissions have to be 3D animations?
No. Any form of "computer graphic or interactive technique" is eligible for submission. 2D Flash animation, live-action visual effects integration, or digitally manipulated imagery can be considered. 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.   TOP

4. 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, and exceptional work will not be rejected because of its duration. Ultimately, 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. If you are willing to edit your submission as part of acceptance, please indicate that on the submission form. 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 the jury will view. This is an attempt to control the total time required to complete jury review.   TOP

5. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser or a trailer or promo piece as a placeholder until the actual footage is complete?
No. The jury reviews the quality of the work actually 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

6. 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 percent of the final version. If the soundtrack is not complete, you may submit with a temporary soundtrack, though you should remember that audio can play a major role in the judgment of your submission. The Notes to the Jury section of the submission form gives you an opportunity to explain how the final piece will differ from the submitted piece.   TOP

7. 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

8. What is the purpose of your submission categories?
You should select whichever category most closely matches your work. The jury is comprised of experts in many related sub-disciplines of computer graphics, and you will want the correct people to judge your work in the early rounds of the jury selection process. Please do NOT submit the same piece in more then one category using different online submission numbers.   TOP

9. 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. Students must submit separate NTSC standard region-free DVD or NTSC VHS by mail or QuickTime movie files uploaded to our online submission system along with separate completed and signed submission forms. Each piece is judged on its own merit. We can only effectively track and review individual submissions, so: one submission, one valid online submission number, and one project per videotape.   TOP

10. I have an animation I'd like to submit for consideration to the Art Gallery as well as the Computer Animation Festival. Where should I submit it?
All SIGGRAPH 2006 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. The Art Chair may request a piece to be considered for the Art Gallery even if this checkbox is not selected.   TOP

11. I'm a student submitting a piece, and I 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

12. What file formats are acceptable for submission?
NTSC standard region-free DVD or NTSC VHS by mail or QuickTime movie files uploaded to our online submission system. Please refer to How to Submit Your Work.   TOP

13. How do I get tickets for the Electronic Theater and the Animation Theaters?
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 2006 attendees are admitted to the Animation Theaters.   TOP