Review and Upon Acceptance

Jury Review Process
Submitted work is considered by a jury comprised of experts from all sub-disciplines 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.

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 consider 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.

Electronic Theater or Animation Theater
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.

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.

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 2006, 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 submission form. You must print that agreement, sign it, and fax it or send it via postal or courier service before SIGGRAPH 2006. If we do not receive your completed, signed Acceptance Agreement, your work cannot be presented at SIGGRAPH 2006.

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 2006 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 percent of the total running time of your piece, whichever is shorter. Complete credits will be published in the SIGGRAPH 2006 Electronic Art and Animation Catalog.

All work in the Computer Animation Festival will be documented in the SIGGRAPH 2006 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. You are not required to submit this additional material, and your acceptance into the Computer Animation Festival is not contingent upon it.

Final Submission Formats
The Computer Animation Festival will be mastered at 1920 x 1080 24p, but we also hope to offer submitters whose pieces are accepted into the Electronic Theater the option of rendering and projecting at higher DCI-compliant resolutions, up to 4k (4096 x 2160). There will be no provisions for film or videotape presentation in any venue.

Requirements (NTSC): Deliver your individual frames (24 or 30 fps) along with soundtrack and clear sync information. If you must deliver your work on tape, it must be DigiBeta or HDcamSR.

Requirements (PAL): Do NOT submit interlaced video for your final format. Deliver your individual frames (25 fps) along with soundtrack and clear sync information. If you must deliver your work on tape, it must be DigiBeta or HDcamSR.

All final submissions should be delivered on data DVD-ROMs or external hard drives. Hard drives will not be returned by mail; they may be picked up at the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival office.

If you have any questions regarding submission formats and/or codecs, help will be available through the Computer Animation Festival Technology Director.

Permissions
You are responsible for securing necessary permissions and licenses for visual and audio material contained in entries for the SIGGRAPH 2006 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:

ASCAP

BMI

Awards
The Computer Animation Festival jury may consider entries for special recognition awards such as Best Of Show and/or Jury Honors. Entries awarded special recognition by SIGGRAPH 2006 may be eligible for consideration at other festivals and competitions. You are advised to contact other festival and competition organizers for eligibility clarification.