Frequently Asked Questions

1. What criteria does the jury use to select pieces?

2. How does the committee decide if a submission is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theaters?

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 makes use of commercially recorded music. Is this OK? 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 as one submission, as one entry from our school. Is that OK?

10. Our school offers a computer animation class and we plan to have every student submit his or her film to the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, regardless of how well it turns out. This isn't a problem, is it?

11. My computer animation falls into the Art (abstract or experimental) category. Should I submit it for consideration to the Art Gallery or to the Computer Animation Festival?

12. What file formats are acceptable for submission?

13. Why doesn't the Computer Animation Festival accept videotapes or DVD-Video for jury submission?

14. I'm trying to upload my film through the electronic submission system, and I can't tell if it's working. It's been going for over an hour since I clicked the Submit button.

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


1. What criteria does the jury use to select pieces?
All submissions are juried together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury primarily looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. A longer list of traits the jury typically looks for includes originality, artistic achievement, technical accomplishment, technical innovation, production value, creativity, resolution, narrative quality, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies.

2. How does the committee decide if a submission is selected for the Electronic Theater or the Animation Theaters?
The running time limitation of the Electronic Theater makes it impossible for it to include all of pieces chosen by the jury for the festival. The Animation Theaters work in concert with the Electronic Theater to showcase the full range of innovative work selected for SIGGRAPH 2007. While it is generally true that Electronic Theater selections are the "best of the best," other factors such as balance of categories, film run times, and film resolution also affect where pieces are presented.

3. Do submissions have to be 3D animations?
No. All forms of computer graphics and interactive techniques presented in the form of a film are eligible for submission. These include, but are not limited to, 2D Flash animation, 2D abstract art, live-action visual effects integration, real-time video game play and visualizations, and digitally manipulated imagery and video. 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.

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, innovation and excellence 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 Theaters. If you are willing to edit your submission as a condition of acceptance, please indicate that on the submission form. Please note that, for the efficiency of the jury process, submitters of pieces that are longer than five minutes are asked to indicate by time code a specific selection for the jury to review.

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. Work done as a trailer or promotional piece may be submitted on its own merit, but it cannot be submitted as a placeholder for other materials.

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 reasonably represents at least 80 percent of the final piece. 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 impact your submission may have with the jury. 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. Please note that the final material for accepted pieces will be due Wednesday, 25 April 2007.

7. My animation makes use of commercially recorded music. Is this OK? What if I use my own rendition of someone else's song?
Using commercially recorded music in an animation is only acceptable if you acquire synchronization rights for the recording you are using, or performance rights if you use your own rendition of someone else's song. Such rights are your responsibility, and SIGGRAPH will not purchase these rights for you. While in many cases music rights can be obtained inexpensively, well-known popular music is frequently difficult to license. Thus, many filmmakers choose to work with a composer to avoid music rights issues and have a score designed specifically for their piece. See Review and Upon Acceptance for more details and links to the large music-licensing organizations.

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. This process is sometimes straightforward, sometimes painful, and sometimes, often for well-known popular recording artists, impossible. Submitters of accepted pieces have, in the past, had to pull their films from the festival due to music licensing issues. Other submitters have had to replace their music tracks in a way that compromised the impact of their work. For these reasons, all submitters are encouraged to secure music rights for their films as early as possible in the production. For more information on music licensing, and to find the necessary contacts for the recording you would like to use, see the ASCAP and BMI web sites:

ASCAP

BMI

8. What is the purpose of your submission categories?
The jury is comprised of experts from many areas of computer graphics, and choosing an appropriate category helps ensure that the best-qualified jurors will 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. You should select whichever category most closely matches your work.

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 as one submission, as one entry from our school. Is that OK?
No. Each piece must be uploaded separately on the online submission system (or mailed in on CD-ROM in conjunction with the online submission) along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.

10. Our school offers a computer animation class and we plan to have every student submit his or her film to the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, regardless of how well it turns out. This isn't a problem, is it?
The festival is open to all submissions, and student work is strongly encouraged. But please keep in mind that the jurying process is extremely selective, and work of poor quality will not be accepted. Jurying the very large number of submissions is the central challenge for the Computer Animation Festival committee.

11. My computer animation falls into the art (abstract or experimental) category. Should I submit it for consideration to the Art Gallery or to the Computer Animation Festival?
All SIGGRAPH 2007 animation submissions, including those in the art category, should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival. Accepted computer animation pieces in the art category, just as animations in other categories, will be shown in the Electronic Theater or Animation Theaters.

12. What file formats are acceptable for submission?
QuickTime .mov or Windows .avi movie files using one of the acceptable video and audio codecs, file sizes, and resolutions are acceptable. The movie file must be uploaded using the electronic submission system or, if you do not have access to broadband internet, mailed in on CD-ROM. For details, refer to Submission Rules and Requirements.

13. Why doesn't the Computer Animation Festival accept videotapes or DVD-Video for jury submission?
Beginning in 2006, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has been juried using an electronic video server. All works are uploaded through the electronic submission form and stored on a secure digital server and screened through digital movie file playback, eliminating media changeover time and format compatibility issues and generally increasing the video and audio quality of the material screened by the jury. Videotape or DVD-Video material would need to be digitized or "ripped" and re-compressed to movie files for use with the system, and this is beyond the resources of the festival.

14. I'm trying to upload my film through the electronic submission system, and I can't tell if it's working. It's been going for over an hour since I clicked the Submit button.
Uploading a large movie file takes a significant amount of time even on a fast network connection. Even if it does not look like anything is happening, your movie file very likely is still uploading. Please test the system (and ideally, upload your final film) many days in advance of the 14 March 2007 deadline to gauge the upload time required for your material. Note that network performance may decrease close to the deadline due to the large number of submissions. Once your material is uploaded, a web page will indicate the successful upload, and you can return to the electronic submission page to re-download your material to verify that it uploaded properly.

15. 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 2007 attendees are admitted to the Animation Theaters.