Submission Rules and Requirements

Please read the following instructions carefully to ensure that you have properly completed all the steps to meet the submission requirements for the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival. Please note that material submitted in physical form will not be returned.

All labels, descriptive statements, captions, and Notes to the Jury must be in English. If English is not your first language, you may want to request help from the English Review Service.

You must complete these three steps to submit your work to the Computer Animation Festival by the submission deadline (Wednesday, 14 March 2007, 5 pm Pacific time):

1. Complete the online SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Submission Form. Follow the instructions on how to complete the form. You may continue to edit your form until all information is complete up until the deadline: 14 March 2007, 5 pm Pacific time. When you begin the form, you will be assigned a submission ID number, such as caf_0123. Make a note of this number and be sure to include it on all materials and correspondence. Please take advantage of the electronic submission option to upload your animation along with your form. If you do this, then there is no need to send in any physical materials!

2. Prepare your digital movie file for electronic upload or physical submission on CD-ROM according to the following specifications:

  • The total time for titles and credits together must be no longer than seven seconds. For example, a three-second title card and four seconds of credits falls within this limit. Your complete credits list will be documented in the printed SIGGRAPH 2007 Electronic Art and Animation Catalog.

  • The movie file should use a square pixel aspect ratio with a horizontal resolution of at least 640 pixels and at most 1280 pixels. Examples of acceptable pixel resolutions are 640 x 360 pixels, 640 x 480 pixels, 720 x 540 pixels, 1024 x 576 pixels, and 1280 x 720 pixels. If your piece is 720 x 480 pixels with an NTSC 0.9 anamorphic pixel-aspect ratio, please resize it to 640 x 480 pixels or 720 x 540 pixels to avoid your film being screened wider than it should appear.

  • The preferred movie file frame rates are 24fps and 30fps.

  • Valid container file formats are Windows .avi, QuickTime .mov, and .mp4.

  • Valid video codecs are DivX, H.264, Sorenson, MPEG-4,
    and WMV.

  • Valid audio codecs are uncompressed, AAC, AC3, and MP3.

  • Total compressed file size must be at most 500 MB.

  • Make sure the Total Run Time (TRT) listed on your online submission form is accurate. If your submission is longer than five minutes, you must also indicate the start time (mm:ss) of the five-minute segment you would like the jury to review.
If you do not have access to a broadband internet connection and choose to submit on CD-ROM, follow these additional steps:
  • Name your movie file as in the following examples: Movie_0123.mov, Movie_0456.avi, Movie_0789.mp4, substituting your own and CAF ID and keeping the correct movie file extension.

  • Label both the CD-ROM disc and its container with:
    Submission ID number (from the submission form, see step 1 above)

    Title of the piece

    Contact person's complete information: name, affiliation, postal address, telephone number, and email address
  • Send your CD-ROM in appropriate packaging so that it arrives no later than 14 March 14 2007, 5 pm Pacific time to:
    Paul Debevec
    SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair
    USC Centers for Creative Technologies
    13274 Fiji Way
    Marina del Rey, California 90292 USA
    +1.310.574.5700
3. Upload a still image that represents your work. This image is required for publications and pre-conference publicity, and it is used as a visual icon for your animation during the jurying process. The image itself is not juried.

Your still image must be submitted digitally via the online submission system, one image per entry. Send the highest quality possible, at least 300 dpi at 5 inches wide x 4 inches tall (pixel resolution of at least 1500 x 1200), TIFF format. Name your image file as follows: caf_submissionnumber_title.tif (for example: caf_0123_mytitle.tif)

OPTIONAL: Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help with the text of submissions. Please note that this takes time, so your submission should be sent to the English Review Service well before the Computer Animation Festival submission deadline.

All materials must be uploaded or physically received by 14 March 2007, 5 pm Pacific time.

Materials submitted in physical form will not be returned.

If you are having difficulty with any of these requirements, please contact the Computer Animation Festival Chair, and we will see if can accommodate you.

Additional Requirements

Submissions that are "works in progress" should only be submitted if the piece can reasonably be considered at least 80 percent complete. If your piece is submitted in incomplete form, we urge you to continue working on it during the jury process. Do not wait until you receive notification of the jury results. If your piece is accepted, there will be only a few weeks available to complete the final version of your piece and deliver it to the Computer Animation Festival.

If your submission is longer than five minutes, please clearly indicate the time code (mm:ss) of a single five-minute section of your work for the jury to review. If you omit the time code, your submission will be evaluated from the beginning. Submit only one project or entry per upload or CD-ROM with a single valid online submission ID number.

Collaborative and group projects are encouraged, but only one completed project per electronic upload or CD-ROM will be reviewed. Remember: one entry, one piece of media (electronic upload or CD-ROM), one valid online submission ID number.

Do NOT submit the following:
  • Film, videotape (any format), web sites, stereoscopic images, or other forms of display. Such entries will not be reviewed.

  • Pieces that include commercial watermarks or "bugs." Such entries will not be reviewed.

  • More than one entry or completed project per electronic movie file or CD-ROM. Media containing more than one project or entry will not be reviewed.

  • Fiber or pulp-padded mailers. If these mailers tear, the fibers can damage your tape and our playback equipment. Tapes sent in these mailers will not be reviewed. Please use bubble-wrap mailers instead.

  • Last-minute entries. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your online submission form. You may make changes to your electronic submission form up until the submission deadline, so there is an advantage to starting it early. Test the upload speed of the system early on in the process with a test file or an early version of your project to gauge upload speeds from your location, and plan your final uploads accordingly. Please note that many network connections have significantly slower upload than download speeds.

Shipping, Tracking, and Receipt Notification

If you do not have broadband internet access and must submit your entry on CD-ROM, send it to:
Paul Debevec
SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
13274 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292 USA
+1.310.574.5700
You retain sole responsibility for uploading and/or delivering your submission to SIGGRAPH 2007. There is no special assistance available for package tracking, fees, or damage claims as they pertain to shipment or receipt of your package. You should retain your shipping waybill number so that you can track your package and confirm delivery.

SIGGRAPH 2007 will send an automated email notification that your submission package has been received when it is logged in our database and your online submission form is completed.

Customs

Submitters located outside the United States of America should note that customs delays are possible. Customs labels should bear the words: "Educational material with no commercial value." SIGGRAPH 2007 will not pay any customs fees, duties, or tariffs incurred by your submission. Submissions delayed past the submission deadline will not be accepted for review. Online upload of electronic movie files is strongly encouraged as an alternative to physical submission.

In Conclusion

For some submitters, meeting the Computer Animation Festival deadline is a difficult and sometimes frustrating challenge. Generally, the frustration increases as the deadline draws near. We encourage you to complete your online form and prepare as many of the submission requirements (online submission form, still image upload, and final video) as early as possible. Do not wait until your project is complete before you begin the submission process.

If you have any questions, please first refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, email the Computer Animation Festival Chair.