Computer Animation Festival

In 2010, SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 37th year as the world's most innovative and stimulating showcase of computer-generated animation and visual effects. This four-day, international event presents a wide spectrum of computer animation genres and styles ranging from narrative character animation to scientific visualization, mainstream TV commercials, and digital effects for futuristic movies.

All entries must be uploaded by 19 April 2010 (22:00 UTC/GMT). Only finished works will be considered for inclusion, and all submissions must be uploaded at final resolution.

Submission Categories
The festival accepts submissions in 10 distinct categories:

1. Computer Animation Shorts
All forms of animated short pieces that contain a significant percentage of computer-generated imagery and/or digital production and are not specifically suited to one of the other nine submission categories. This includes independent shorts, character animation, sponsored creative explorations, narrative and experimental works, opening sequences, game cinematics, selections and/or montages of animated television series, machinima, and new-media formats. Shorts of any length may be submitted, however, the Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to show only excerpts of selected works at the jury’s discretion.

2. Music Videos
Commissioned and/or independent works that use any combination of computer animation, digital effects, and live action to illustrate, enhance, and/or complement a musical creation.

3. TV and Web Commercials
Advertisements created entirely or partially with computer animation and/or digital effects. Also promotional spots, broadcast bumpers and graphics, and public service announcements.

4. Visualizations and Simulations
Computer animations created to explain, analyze, or visualize information for applications including scientific research, architecture, engineering, systems simulations, education, and documentary projects.

5. Student Projects
Computer-animated works of all kinds produced to satisfy a school, coursework, and/or graduation requirement. Entries in this category qualify for Best Student Project Award consideration. The Computer Animation Festival requests that all student works be submitted under this category, regardless of genre.

6. Animated Feature Films
Selections and/or montages of computer animation created for animated feature films.

7. Visual Effects for Short Films and TV Programs
Selections and/or montages of visual effects created for short live-action films and/or for television programs.

8. Visual Effects for Live-Action Feature Films
Selections and/or montages of visual effects created for live-action feature films.

9. Real-Time Animation
Games, web and mobile animations that are rendered in the same amount of time that it takes to play them back. Real-time technology demos should be submitted to Live Real-Time Demos.

10. Miscellaneous
Computer animations that do not fit in any of the above categories, including technology showcases, previz, and other cool stuff that hasn't been invented yet.

The Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to place entries in the category that is most appropriate. Stereo 3D work will be considered and can be entered in any of the above categories.

Competition Entries and Invited Entries
The festival includes a Competition Section and an Invited Section. Entries submitted in any of the 10 categories above automatically participate in the Competition Section and are eligible for the corresponding Computer Animation Festival awards and recognitions. The Invited Section consists of special projects invited by the festival committee. The complete list of Competition and Invited Entries will be available on 1 June 2010.

Awards
On the first night of the festival, the Festival Jury will present the Best in Show Award, Jury Award, and Best Student Project Prize. The Best in Show Award qualifies the winner to be considered for nomination in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Best Animated Short Film category. An Audience Award will be announced on the last day of the conference.

Award Eligibility
All films screened in the Computer Animation Festival’s Competition Section are eligible for the Best in Show, Jury, and Audience Awards. Only those works in the Student Projects section are eligible for Best Student Project recognition. Pieces in the Invited Section are not eligible for awards.

Screenings
The festival will showcase jury-selected entries alongside invited works in a single program, in the tradition of SIGGRAPH's original Electronic Theater. In addition, a few thematic and monographic screenings of both juried and curated material complement the Competition Section. For the third year in a row, selected screenings will be open to the general public in addition to conference and festival attendees.

Talks and Panels
The Computer Animation Festival includes presentations by experts on a variety of topics related to creation of computer animation and visual effects, as well as behind-the-scenes presentations by the creators whose works are screened at the festival. You are encouraged to submit a proposal for a Talk (single presenter) or a Panel (multiple presenters) about your project and/or additional relevant topics. Talk and Panel proposals are submittted via the online submission systems and must be received by 18 February 2010.

Animation Clinic
The SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival offers, for the first time ever, an Animation Clinic. In this event, industry leaders and masters review student final projects and offer creative, production, technical, and career advice. Between six and nine projects will be selected. Each chosen work will receive 40 minutes of review during three public sessions that are open to conference attendees. Entrants are required to submit a synopsis, a storyline, storyboards, animation tests, examples of visual development, and character design. The submission deadline is 10 May 2010.

My First Animation/My Favorite Animation
This community-oriented fun activity will showcase "self-portrait" videos created by members of the creative, production, and technical communities. Individuals will create and upload a 30-40 second self-portrait video talking about one of the following:

  • Their first experiences with (or early memories of ) computer animation, visual effects, computer graphics, visualization, CG production, etc.
  • Their favorite animations or visual effects.

Submitted video clips must conform to a few simple guidelines that will be reviewed by a moderator and posted online. The clips will be viewable throughout the year, and throughout the conference. My Favorite Animation and My First Animation are open to students and professionals (for example, animators, engineers, technical directors, artists, scientists, teachers, administrators) involved in any creative, technical, research, or production area covered at the annual SIGGRAPH conference.

How to Submit Your Work to My Favorite Animation and My First Animation

To qualify for the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival Competition Section, each submission must:

  • Be a complete, finished work.
  • Have been completed after January 2009.
  • Include a significant percentage or inventive use of computer-generated imagery and/or digital production.
  • Be uploaded at final resolution at time of entry.
  • Be submitted in the appropriate category. (Student works must be entered in the Student Projects category.)

The Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to place submissions in a different category if deemed appropriate by the festival committee and/or jury.

Shorts of any length may be submitted, but the Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to show only excerpts of selected works at the jury’s discretion.

SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival policy requires that the total time for end titles and credits together is no longer than seven seconds.

To enter your work in the Computer Animation Festival:

1. Complete the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival Films online submission form (one form per entry) by 19 April 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT. You may edit or correct the information included with your form as many times as needed before the submission deadline. Each entry will be assigned a Submission ID number by the online submission system.

Submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement by the 19 April deadline for the entry to be considered. You are encouraged to review the Agreement before beginning your submission.

Important: All descriptions, captions, and notes to the jury must be in English. If your first language is not English and you need some help, please consider the English Review Service.

2. Upload three representative still images from the submitted work. At least one of the images must be at 1K pixel resolution or higher. Ideally, all three images will meet this criterion. JPGs saved at the highest quality possible are preferred.

3. Upload a movie file for the jury to evaluate your work. Unlike past years, the 2010 Computer Animation Festival requires you to upload your project only once, and at final resolution. High-definition submissions are strongly encouraged. Submission spec guidelines are:

The Computer Animation festival requires each submission to include a slate with the following information:

HD Slate

SD Slate

Project title (must match project title on submission form)

Frame rate

Pixel resolution

Compression codec

Duration from first frame to last frame (minutes:seconds:frames)

Audio configuration (Stereo, 5.1)

The above information should be presented in the following order: five seconds slate, five seconds black, two seconds before the first frame of the work there should be an audio and visual 2-pop cue.

Computer Animation Festival High-Definition (HD) Submission Format

Basic Submission Guidelines

Accepted Video Codecs:

DNxHD

H.264 (must provide bit rate)

MJPEG

Accepted Video Resolutions:

1080p (1920x1080p) Preferred

1080i (1920x1080i)

720p (1280x720p)

Both pillar boxing and letter boxing are OK

Accepted Frame Rate:

60i (59.94i) fps Preferred

23.98 fps

24 fps

29.97 fps

30 fps

Audio Rate: 48 kHz

Advanced HD Submission Guidelines

Accepted Audio Compressions

5.1 (MUST ALSO INCLUDE a stereo L-R downmix)

The channel assignment for clips with 5.1 should be as follows:

1 -- left

2 -- right

3 -- center

4 -- LFE

5 -- left surround

6 -- right surround

7 -- left stereo mix

8 -- right stereo mix

Stereo, with labeled channels

Format should be 10-bit linear PCM or 16-bit PCM for each channel.

Accepted Color Space: 
Rec 709

If you are unable to provide an HD file, please submit your standard-definition project as follows:

Computer Animation Festival Standard-Definition (SD) Submission Format

Basic Submission Guidelines

Accepted Video Codec:

H.264 (Must provide bit rate)

MJPEG

Accepted Video Resolutions:

NTSC submissions:

640x480 or 720x540 SQUARE PIXELS

720x480 NON-SQUARE PIXELS

PAL submissions:

720x540 or 768x576 SQUARE PIXELS

720x576 NON-SQUARE PIXELS

Both pillar boxing and letter boxing are OK

Accepted Frame Rate:

59.94i (NTSC and PAL)

50i (NTSC and PAL)

Audio Rate: 48.000 kHz

Advanced SD Submission Guidelines

Accepted Audio Compressions:

5.1 (MUST ALSO INCLUDE a stereo L-R downmix)

The channel assignment for clips with 5.1 should be as follows:

1 -- left

2 -- right

3 -- center

4 -- LFE

5 -- left surround

6 -- right surround

7 -- left stereo mix

8 -- right stereo mix

Stereo, with labeled channels

Format should be 10-bit linear PCM for each channel.

Accepted Color Space: Rec 601

Computer Animation Festival Stereo 3D Technical Requirements

Stereo 3D clips must conform to the following specs:

Resolution: Current screen size and Cinema server will accommodate up to 2048x01080 DCP raster sizes. Acceptable mattes include 1.78 matte (1920x1080), 1.85 matte (1998x1080), or 2.35 (2048x858) DCP matte.

Frame rate: 24.00 or 48.00 FPS ONLY

File format: JPEG2000 DCP or sequence files for 3D only. If you are unable to create a Stereo 3D DCP, please see below for sequence file submissions.

Unencrypted preferred. If encrypted is necessary, please contact the Computer Animation Festival Technical Director for server serials and time ranges.

Sound: Either 5.1 or A Stereo L-R downmix with labeled channels is required. The channel assignment for clips with 5.1 should be:

1 -- left

2 -- right

3 -- center

4 -- LFE

5 -- left surround

6 -- right surround

Or:

1 -- left stereo mix

2 -- right stereo mix

Audio Rate: 48 kHz, and sound format should be 10-bit linear PCM for each channel. Framerate MUST BE 24 or 48 FPS.

Alternative Stereo 3D Format: Sequence File Submissions

Required for each set of eyes:

1920x1080 (1.78), 1998x1080 (1.85), 2048x858 (2.40) sequence files 

JPEG, DPX, or TIFF

Label each folder clearly with the eye it contains.

Include a separate folder of discreet audio channels that match the duration of your sequence files.

Accepted Color Space: REC-709 (64-940 range) preferred. If you submit in another color space, please let us know what you are giving us.

Uploading Files

If you have problems uploading your files to the SIGGRAPH 2010 online submission system, the cause could be that your server is behind a "firewall", subject to a system that is proxying https connections. Please ask your IT department if they can disable the https proxy so you can complete your submission. If you have any questions about uploading files, please review the Computer Animation Festival Frequently Asked Questions. If you do not find the answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival Technical Director. We will be happy to help.

Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

New requirement: All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement (formerly the Acceptance Agreement) before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

Festival Juries

All submitted entries are evaluated by two juries of individuals from the technical, creative, and production communities. The list of jurors will be available here in late May after the selection process is complete.

A Pre-Selection Jury views and ranks the entries submitted in each of the categories. Pre-selected submissions move on to the Festival Jury.

The Festival Jury is composed of eight jurors (plus two alternate jurors) who review and rank the entries that passed the pre-selection process. Submitters will be informed by email of the status of their submissions only after the Festival Jury makes its final decisions. All participants will be notified of their status no later than 12 May 2010.

The Festival Jury selects the recipients of the Best in Show Award, the Jury Award, and the Best Student Project Award.

Notification

All Computer Animation Festival Competition Section entrants will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) on or before 12 May 2010. Each year, we have far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces.

If Your Work is Accepted

The period of time between the 2010 Computer Animation Festival Final Jury and the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference is very short, and many things happen in that time. If your work is selected, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the Computer Animation Festival Committee. It is unlikely that we will need to contact you regarding you work after your notification, but please plan to be available via email during the first two weeks of May, in case a need arises.

Preparation of Final Movie

Entrants are required to submit their completed work at full-resolution (HD is strongly preferred) at the time of entry. Unlike previous years, the SIGGRAPH 2010 Computer Animation Festival does not require accepted films to be uploaded a second time.

Contributor and Presenter Recognition

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2010, registration and travel costs are at your own expense. See the Presenter Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work is accepted by SIGGRAPH 2010.

The Computer Animation Festival online submission system is available from 11 January 2010 through 19 April 2010.

2 November

My Favorite/First Animation contribution period opens.

11 January

Computer Animation Festival and Animation Clinic submission periods begin.

18 February

Talks and Panels submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

16 April

Talks and Panels submitters notified of status.

19 April

Computer Animation Festival submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

10 May

Animation Clinic submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

12 May

Computer Animation Festival submitters notified of festival status.

24 May

Animation Clinic entries notified of status.

1 June

Competition and Invited Section line-ups announced.

25-29 July

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