How to Submit Your Work

Read the following detailed instructions carefully to ensure that you have properly completed all the steps to meet the submission requirements for the Computer Animation Festival. Submitted videotapes, DVDs, and still images will not be returned.

All labels, descriptive statements, captions, and Notes to the Jury must be in English.

You must complete these three steps to submit your work to the Computer Animation Festival by the submission deadline (Friday, 3 March 2006, 5 pm Pacific time):

1. Complete the online SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Submission Form. Follow the instructions on how to complete the form. You are permitted to edit your form until all information is complete. When you begin the form, you will be assigned a submission ID number. Make a record of that number and include it on all materials. Please take advantage of the new electronic submission option and also upload your animation along with your form. If you do this, then there is no need to send in a physical tape or DVD!

2. If you choose not to upload your animation with the online submission system, please prepare your animation and packaging and send it to us via postal or courier service. Only NTSC VHS videotapes or region-free DVD submissions will be accepted. If you submit your animation on DVD, be sure to follow these instructions:
When your DVD is inserted into the DVD player, it must start up on a title page with a single button that we can select to play your DVD.

Do not set up your DVD for auto-play, and do not add additional buttons.

If you have access to a Macintosh running OSX, we highly recommend and prefer the Brushed Metal One iDVD template.

Ensure that the running time code is continuous: do not use "chapters" to split up the time code.

Your DVD must be able to operate in fast-forward mode.
Label both the tape or disc and its container with:
Contact person's complete information (name, affiliation, address, and telephone number).

Your submission ID number (from the submission form, see step 1 above).

Your piece's title.

Total runtime. IMPORTANT: Please be accurate.

Time code. IMPORTANT: If your animation is longer then five minutes in total length, please specify which five minutes you want the jury to review.

End credits must be no longer than seven seconds.

Each tape or DVD must contain only one submission.

Multiple submissions on a single piece of media will not be juried.
Send your complete video entry submission tape or DVD to:

Terrence Masson
SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair
Technicolor Creative Services
49 Ontario Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2V1 Canada

3. Upload a still image that represents your work. This image is required for publications and pre-conference publicity. It is not juried.

Still images must be submitted in digital format via the online submission system, one image for each of your entries. Send the highest quality possible, at least 300 dpi at 4 inches tall x 5 inches wide, pixel resolution of at least 1500 x 1200, TIFF or EPS files, no compression. Name your image file as follows : submissionnumber_title.extension (for example : 01234_mytitle.tiff)

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 received by 3 March 2006, 5 pm Pacific time.

We cannot return any submission materials.

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
Work in progress should only be submitted if 80 percent of the final version is complete. If your piece is not complete, we urge you to continue working on it. Don't wait until you receive notification of the jury results. If you do and are accepted, you will lose valuable time that you may need to finish before the final submission deadline.

If your submission is longer than five minutes, please clearly indicate by time code a single five-minute section of your work that you wish to be viewed by the jury. If you omit the time code, your submission will be evaluated from the beginning. Submit only one project or entry per videotape or DVD with a single valid online submission ID number. Each uploaded logo animation must also have its own submission ID number.

Collaborative and group projects are encouraged, but only one completed project per videotape or DVD will be accepted. Remember: one entry, one piece of media (tape or DVD or online submission), one valid online submission ID number. For security, please remove the write-enable tab from videotape entries.

Do NOT submit the following:
CD-ROM, film, digital videotape, web sites, stereoscopic images, or other forms of display. Such entries will not be reviewed.

PAL videotape or PAL DVD.

Masters or your only original. We will accept first-generation tape as long as it is not the only original. Tape or DVD entries will not be returned.

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

More than one entry or completed project per videotape or DVD. Videotapes or DVDs that contain more than one project or entry will not be reviewed.

Fiber or pulp-padded mailers for videotapes. 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.
Do not wait until the last minute to complete your online submission form. You may edit your submission forms until the submission deadline, so there is an advantage to starting them early.

Shipping, Tracking, and Receipt Notification
Send your tape or DVD to:

Terrence Masson
SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair
Technicolor Creative Services
49 Ontario Street
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2V1 Canada

You retain sole responsibility for delivering your submission to SIGGRAPH 2006. There is no special assistance available for tracking, fees, or damage claims as they pertain to shipment or receipt of your packages. You must retain your shipping waybill number so you can track your package and confirm delivery.

BE AWARE YOU ARE SHIPPING TO CANADA. Be sure you have all necessary customs forms and postage paid and have allowed extra time for shipment.

SIGGRAPH 2006 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.

Submitters located outside Canada should note that substantial customs delays have been known to occur. Customs labels should bear the words: "Educational material with no commercial value." SIGGRAPH 2006 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.

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 FTP, and final videotape) 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.