SIGGRAPH '19- ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Computer Animation Festival

Full Citation in the ACM Digital Library

SESSION: Electronic theater

"Birth of Planet Earth" fulldome excerpt: photosynthesis in a chromatophore

Scientific visualization of the energy harvesting process of an early photosynthetic organelle called a chromatophore.

Game Changer

A macho toy arcade prize is quick to judge a young girl who wants to win him, and goes on a life-changing journey in an attempt to stop her from winning enough tickets to take him home.

The Bolt Connection

After a heist that goes wrong, a frail robot who was the driver of a robot mafia ends up in possession of loot he shouldn't have: a human heart. Tempted by the opportunity to be like his bosses, he grafts the heart to himself and discovers the feeling of being alive. But, those brief instants of life have a price.

Old Soldier

War has a way of wearing down the most weathered soldiers. For legendary Horde warrior Varok Saurfang, this one could very well be his last.


A little boy speaks about hedgehogs all the time to everybody.


An emotionally unstable cat makes a strange encounter that helps him to grow up and learn to overcome his anger.

The making of "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

A breakdown of the techniques and approaches taken by the filmmakers in the production of "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World."


A little boy stands up to an enemy with a totem he built out of his tribe's remains.

Share Your Gifts

With researchers finding that 7 out of 10 people aren't acting on their creative potential, one thing is clear: Creativity is being threatened. Apple believes that creativity moves the world forward, which is why this holiday season the brand created an inspiring message aimed at creators everywhere.

NASA surveys hurricane damage to puerto rico's forests

Hurricane Maria transformed the lush rainforests of Puerto Rico, leaving lots of openings in the forest canopy. NASA scientists studied the island's forests before and after the storm using a portable lidar instrument onboard a small aircraft to create 3D views of the forest.


"Purl," directed by Kristen Lester and produced by Gillian Libbert-Duncan, features an earnest ball of yarn named Purl who gets a job in a fast-paced, high energy, bro-tastic startup. Yarn hijinks ensue as she tries to fit in, but how far is she willing to go to get the acceptance she yearns for, and in the end, is it worth it?

Best Friend

In a near future, a lonely man is addicted to a product called «Best Friend» which offers him perfect virtual friends.

Alita: Battle Angel

"Alita: Battle Angel" follows the young cyborg Alita as she unearths her extraordinary past. Her palpable humanness was key to the film's success and her character represents a new standard for humanoid CG characters in a lead role.

Mayday - Final Chapter

We use pop-up book to present a person's life. Along with the increase of age, different choice leads us to the success, lost, fulfilled, or regret. Therefore, when the loved one leaves, the life from that day is called the rest of life.

Expedition Reef for Educators

An educational resource for K-12 teachers that leverage assets from the planetarium show "Expedition Reef."

Kinky Kitchen

Chosen kitchen utensils and groceries are leading a life of their own. In an intimate moment filled with lust, they interact in an untypical way. The viewer experiences the pleasure of their sensuality through sounds that at first set them on the wrong track.

The Heretic (part 1)

In a future when humans and technology are intertwined, we have yet to discover the origins of our fairy tales.

The Tree

In a world of drought, an old man spends his days collecting drops of water to quench the thirst of a dead tree.

Wild Love

While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won't remain unpunished...

ILM 2019 - Behind the Magic

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) highlights its best feature film visual effects and animation work from the past year.

The Ostrich Politic

Ostriches carry on their daily activities burying their heads, believing it's an instinctive behavior. However, one day, research by phylogeneticist Dr. Kays proves otherwise.

The Stained Club

Finn has stains on his skin. One day, he meets a group of cool kids with different stains on their bodies. One day, he understands that these stains aren't just pretty.


"Marooned" tells the story of a cantankerous and selfish robot named C-0R13, stranded on an abandoned lunar outpost, who longs to return to Earth. With a partially built ship and his last power source, the determined robot will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street," bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that's the first of its kind. "Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse" introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

SESSION: VR theater: screenings

Doctor Who: The Runaway

Step inside the TARDIS with the Doctor in this beautiful, animated, interactive story from the "Doctor Who" team. You've been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to the person, or thing, you collided with. He's a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he's primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, sharpish. The problem is, a squad of galactic busybodies has other plans for Volta. Bad ones. Drawn into a frantic chase, you become the Doctor's unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents. Armed with a sonic screwdriver, it is down to you to help the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil, and teenage angst, in this animated, 13-minute VR adventure from the team behind "Doctor Who" Series 11.

Kaiju Confidential

A comedy about big creatures and small slights. Grigon (Blake Anderson) may not be the toughest beast on the block, but he's certainly the most neurotic. When he discovers the legendary Mega-Hydra (Paul F. Tompkins) rampaging on his turf, it becomes a stand-off of passive-aggressive proportions.


You've just crashed your spaceship on a strange planet. Your only tools for survival are a fading bonfire, a surly robot, and a limited supply of nourishment cylinders. And, what's that sneaking around out there in the dark alien jungle?

"A Kite's Tale"

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents "a kite's tale," an experimental animated short combining classic hand-drawn animation with virtual reality. A kite with the spirit of a playful puppy tangles with a pompous dragon-kite in a short that brings the audience into a breathtaking world.

2nd Step

"2nd Step" is a soaring VR journey through space --- accentuated with the beautiful music of Debussy and Ravel --- in which the viewer gets an intense feeling of being in the middle of alien worlds while visiting some of the most thrilling settings of current and future space missions.

SESSION: VR theater: kiosks

1Inch VR

Upon discovering the mysterious crystal, the size of the protagonist became smaller. Later, he is chased by the insects, and he starts the adventure...

Age of Sail

Set on the open ocean in 1900, "Age of Sail" is the story of William Avery (voiced by Ian McShane), an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.

the bOnd

Far away in an alien forest, an ancient healer and her faithful beast seek a sacred glade. Here, she connects with the web of life --- and sees the world through others' eyes. But, there's an imbalance --- a dark presence. As the forest's guardian, she must confront it.

Children do not play war

Ghost Fleet VR

"Ghost Fleet VR" immerses viewers in the story of slavery in the Thai fishing industry. Step onboard and into the story of Tun Lin, who was sold into slavery while looking for work in Thailand.

The Great C

Based on the sci-fi short story by Philip K. Dick, "The Great C" is a cinematic narrative featuring a thrilling storyline, stunning environments, and a powerful soundtrack. "The Great C" was developed from the ground up to push the boundaries of storytelling in VR.

Inside Hurricane Maria in 360 Degrees

Journey inside Hurricane Maria two days before it devastated Puerto Rico. This visualization is based on volumetric precipitation data from the NASA-Japan Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite. The 3D tour reveals structures inside the hurricane that fueled the storm's intensification to a Category 5 within 24 hours.

Jurassic world: blue

Follow Blue, a highly intelligent Velociraptor, on her quest for survival, as she scours for food and water, searches for signs of life, and fights against some of the island's most threatening predators and the foreseeable destruction of Isla Nublar.


In a last desperate attempt to communicate, a man decides to lock his boyfriend inside his mind. A raging stream of consciousness unfolds, shedding light on a flawed relationship.

Traveling While Black

"Traveling While Black" is a cinematic VR experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans, and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.