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30 January 2008


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27 February 2008





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Computer Animation Festival
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What criteria does the jury use to select content?
  2. What is the difference between the competition screenings and the showcased screenings?
  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 for either the competition or themed screenings?
  5. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser, 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 the SIGGRAPH 2008 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. I would really like to submit my storyboards, concept art, and other supporting material, or be involved in a presentation related to my Computer Animation Festival submission. How can I submit a supporting presentation or supporting piece?
  12. What file formats are acceptable for submission?
  13. What are the acceptable video codecs?
  14. What are the acceptable audio codecs?
  15. What are the acceptable resolutions for the jury?
  16. What is the maximum file size I can upload?
  17. Why doesn't the Computer Animation Festival accept videotapes or DVD-Video for jury submission?
  18. I'm trying to upload my film through the online 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.
  19. Any other questions I should be thinking about?

1. What criteria does the jury use to select content?
All submissions are juried at once, and while there are no strict rules for acceptance, the jury looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. The jury considers originality, artistic achievement, technical accomplishment, technical innovation, production value, creativity, resolution, narrative quality, design, entertainment value, and the advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies.

2. What is the difference between the competition screenings and the showcased screenings?
Competition screenings feature content deemed by the Computer Animation Festival Jury to be the industry's best representations of computer generated content. Showcased screenings are selected by the Computer Animation Festival Committee both on their merit and for their applicability to chosen topics.

3. Do submissions have to be 3D animations?
No. Submissions may include all forms of computer graphics and interactive techniques presented in the form of a moving image. These include, but are not limited to: Flash animation, computer generated abstract art, live-action visual effects integration, real-time videogame play and visualizations, digitally manipulated imagery and video, and any revolutionary forms of computer generated animation.

4. Is there a time limit or general suggested length that will help my submission's chances for acceptance for either the competition or themed screenings?
There is no fixed or ideal time limit for submitted projects, and exceptional work will not be rejected because of its duration.

5. I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser, trailer, or promo piece as a placeholder until the actual footage is complete?
No. The jury reviews the quality of the work actually submitted. Trailers or promotional pieces may be submitted on their own merit, but they may not be submitted as placeholders 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 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 plays a major role in the jury's impression of your piece. Explain differences between your submission and the final piece in the Notes to the Jury section of the submission form. Please note that final material for accepted pieces will be due Wednesday, 27 February 2008.

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 and costly 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.

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. In the past, submitters of accepted pieces have needed 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 the SIGGRAPH 2008 submission categories?
Your work may be inspired by one of the submission categories and be an appropriate addition to the Computer Animation Festival. After your work is accepted, the jury will determine the perfect location for its presentation.

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, 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.

11. I would really like to submit my storyboards, concept art, and other supporting material, or be involved in a presentation related to my Computer Animation Festival submission. How can I submit a supporting presentation or supporting piece?
The Computer Animation Festival is actively seeking submissions of all kinds of supporting materials. If you're interested in contributing a presentation, storyboard, concept art, or any other piece, please look at the SIGGRAPH 2008 Submission Categories. Computer Animation Festival content will be juried with other conference content.

12. What file formats are acceptable for submission?
QuickTime .mov, Windows .avi, or .mp4 files using one of the acceptable video and audio codecs, file sizes, and resolutions (see below). Your movie file must be uploaded via the online submission system.

If your work is accepted, we will notify you of the required final submission format at that time.

13. What are the acceptable video codecs?
DivX, H.264, Sorenson, MPEG-4, and WMV. If your work is accepted, we will notify you of the required final submission format at that time.

14. What are the acceptable audio codecs?
Uncompressed, AAC, AC3, and MP3. If your work is accepted, we will notify you of the required final submission format at that time.

15. What are the acceptable resolutions for the jury?
Your submission can be in any aspect ratio, with a minimum horizontal resolution of 640 pixels and a maximum of 1280. Pixels must be square (no anamorphic submissions please). The preferred frame rates are 24 fps and 30 fps.

If your work is accepted, we will notify you of the required final submission format at that time.

16. What is the maximum file size I can upload?
Your movie file must be no greater than 500 MB.

17. 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.

18. I'm trying to upload my film through the online 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 is very likely uploading. Please test the system (and ideally, upload your final film) many days prior to the 27 February 2008 deadline. 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.

19. Any other questions I should be thinking about?
Yes, we have a whole list of Frequently Asked Questions that are not specifically related to the Computer Animation Festival. See Juried Work Frequently Asked Questions.