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Submissions: Accepted: A Quote from the SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival Chair

"From across the globe, the word is out that the Computer Animation Festival is one of the premier venues for showcasing artistic and technical talent in the film world. In fact, we witnessed a remarkable 25% increase in submissions from 2005 to 2006, and with that increase the competition amongst films is fierce," stated Terrence Masson, the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival chair from Digital Fauxtography Inc. "The bar of excellence has risen even higher, and this year's crop of accepted pieces is diverse, thought-provoking, and technically superb."

Highlights from the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival

One Rat Short (Best of Show)
Alex Weil
United States

A gripping film that follows a New York City rat from his gritty world to the interior of a futuristic laboratory. Along this journey our main character discovers love, danger, and his fate.

"This piece immediately stood out to the Jury for many reasons," explained Masson. "The film's emotional tone, cinematography, and technical realization all melded wonderfully into a simple yet touching short film. Repeatedly, the two lead characters transfixed our gaze with extreme close-ups, and we instantly wondered what they were thinking. Our ability to clearly empathize with the main characters' desires is one of the film's single greatest achievements."

458nm (Special Jury Honors)
Jan Bitzer
Ilija Brunck
Tom Weber
Filmakademie Baden-Wüttemberg

The romantic story of two mechanical snails that find each other under the moonlight.

"The initial submitted artist's description in no way prepared us for the stunning impact of this film. The grace, beauty, and power conveyed with such humble subjects are only more appreciated upon multiple viewings," said Masson. Intricate details and subtle animation build layer upon layer of simple elegance."

The Building
Marco Nguyen
Pierre Perifel
Xavier Ramonede
Olivier Staphylas
Rémi Zaarour
Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image

The setting is an apartment building where a colorful grandmother bangs to complain about a neighbor singing loudly while taking a shower.

Till Nowak

An old man lives a lonely life under the dark shadows of industrial smog. One day he receives a mysterious package that gives him the ability to change his environment.

Robin Hood Flour
Richard Rosenman
Red Rover Studios

It is a holiday evening, and the main characters (Andrew and Elizabeth) are being interviewed at their dining room table. They are furiously busy wrapping gingerbread cookies in gift boxes. The table shows various gift-wrapping accessories, the freshly baked cookies (complete with handwritten names), a glamorous candle ornament, and a kitchen cloth with the Robin Hood logo. The cold winter setting outside contrasts with the warm dining room lighting inside and helps develop a cozy holiday atmosphere.

Emilio Ramos
Universitat Pompeu Fabra

An old man spins a nostalgic story about the village's flying sheep bringing the town to a brief moment of prosperity

My Date from Hell
Tim Weimann
Tom Bracht
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction

The Devil has grown mild-tempered and a bit fat in his old age. He does not like Hell anymore and wants to find a suitable mate to start a new life. Naturally, he starts his search by posting personal ads in the local newspaper, reviewing dating videos, and meeting various women on blind dates. Find out if the Devil can find the true woman of his dreams.

Into Pieces
Guilherme Marcondes

Have you ever got the feeling things don't fit in?

King Kong: "In a New York Minute"
Chris White
Weta Digital, Ltd.
New Zealand

Watch New York grow before your eyes.

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