SIGGRAPH 2020: ACM SIGGRAPH 2020 Computer Animation Festival

Full Citation in the ACM Digital Library

SESSION: Electronic theater

It's all graavy

A young woman finds herself alone in the kitchen washing up, submerged in the dishes. However, she begins to hear exotic sounds coming from the sink, allowing her to escape the boredom of the task at hand.

Overwatch 2: zero hour

When Null Sector attacks, Winston assembles a small strike team to fend off the invasion. But as hope begins to fade, the team must stand together to overcome the odds.

Worlds beyond earth

"Worlds Beyond Earth" tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic nature of the worlds that share our solar system and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible. Narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, "Worlds Beyond Earth" takes viewers on a journey far beyond our own blue planet to marvel at the latest discoveries from our cosmic neighbors.

The VFX of "Terminator: Dark Fate"

A behind the scenes look at ILM's visual effects work on "Terminator: Dark Fate." The featured work was created by ILM's visual effects crews in Vancouver and San Francisco.


Undone is a half-hour, genre-bending, animated dramedy that explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma, a twenty-eight-year-old living in San Antonio, Texas. After getting into a car accident and nearly dying, Alma finds she has a new relationship to time. She develops this new ability in order to find out the truth about her father's death.


In Lisbon, a German married couple is about to get aboard the legendary n°28 tramway. How should you react when the brakes let go and embark you on a vertiginous race ... with a baby on board?

Visual ASMR

ASMR is the subjective experience of euphoria characterized by a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin.

Purdey's "Hummingbird"

Framestore Pictures and Director Murray Butler have produced and directed a whole charm of hummingbirds for the new commercial for Britvic-owned drinks brand Purdey's. It produced the fully CG photoreal film for advertising agency VCCP, which is an homage to nature and wildlife documentaries, reflecting the natural ingredients found in Purdey's products.


For their latest release, "Shibuya Ghost II" with Vic Mensa, Jaden Smith, and Belly, Christian Rich has developed a futuristic, psychedelic universe where five characters travel through the town of Shibuya in search of entertainment in the violent underbelly of the city. They fight, rap, and explore, eventually reaching the top of Shibuya's cityscape where a space-time portal will lead them to the parallel universe. Olivier Lescot, Eddy's director, brings their vision to life by referring to manga from the '80s and a strong, modern character design integrated into a postmodern nocturnal cityscape. Strong contemplative scenes are mixed with fluid 2D combat sequences to create a unique world.


It's teatime! Unfortunately for Phileas, all of his tea boxes are empty. He decides to go get some from the source, in China.


Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

Cyberpunk 2077

Glimpse into the world of perils and possibilities that is Night City --- the most vibrant and dangerous metropolis of the future.

MAVEN explores Mars to understand radio interference at Earth

An unexpected discovery by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft shows that Mars is a unique laboratory to explore and better understand a highly disruptive phenomenon we experience at Earth.

Avengers: Endgame

Cinesite created many effects in the Tony Stark Lost in Space sequence as well as recreating environments from previous Marvel films, including Camp Lehigh ("First Avenger") and Morag ("Guardians of the Galaxy"). Other CG includes the Outriders chasing Hawkeye, space craft, Nebula's cybernetic arm, and a fully CG war machine.

The beauty

What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? Take a deep breath and dive into a world where feelings of guilt dissolve among the mysterious depths of the ocean, a world where we encounter bizarre creatures and discover eerily beautiful landscapes. Unfortunately, our air doesn't last forever, and we have to realize that nature alone can't solve this issue.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

The veil between life and death is weakest in the frigid north. One seeks to protect the veil; the other to destroy it forever. The battle for the Frozen Throne will determine the fate of the living and the dead alike.

Oeil Pour Oeil

A one-sighted pirate captain keeps going on a journey to get a treasure, every time with a new crew of pirates as one-sighted as he is.

For a fistful of toffees

Grandma and Grandpa, a couple of old people, are about to hold up their retirement home's cafeteria for a fistful of toffees. They are imagining themselves as Bonnie and Clyde, a couple of handsome and ruthless gangsters. But before they can put their hands on the precious sweets, they will have to face the head nurse, the dreadful Chantal.

His dark materials

Case study on the VFX work in HBO's "His Dark Materials" series.

Stem cells: the heroes in Crohn's perianal fistula treatment

This MOA animation shows how stem cells help in the treatment of perianal fistulas in patients with Crohn's disease.


A father tries to stay connected with his bed-ridden daughter who is in a coma. He plays a windup music box that she can hear in her dreams that help guide her the way back.

The visual effects of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

A behind the scenes look at ILM's visual effects work on "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."The featured work was created by ILM's visual effects crews in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney.


"Automaton" is a poetic interlude between a reality and an abstraction.

Apollo 13 views of the Moon in 4K

See what the Apollo 13 astronauts saw as their crippled spacecraft flew around the far side of the Moon.

Under the ice

On a lake, a heron is fishing while winter arrives.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

VFX case study on the creation of the 'illusion battle' sequence in Marvel's "Spider-Man: Far From Home."


In "Loop," two kids at canoe camp find themselves adrift on a lake, unable to move forward until they find a new way to connect and see the world through each other's eyes. This film breaks new ground by featuring Pixar's first nonverbal autistic character.

To: Gerard

Despite working in a post office all his life, Gerard has dreamed of becoming a famous magician like his childhood hero, The Great Vivonti. When Jules encounters his routine, she's dazzled by his impromptu magic show. In this moment, the two artists unknowingly change each other's lives forever.

SESSION: VR theater

1st step: from earth to the moon

"1st Step" is at once both a VR documentary and fairy tale, telling the magical story of a dream come true: the Apollo missions. A gripping experience, from the missions' impressive launch all the way through to the astronauts' fortunate return on earth.

The abandoned deity

The social impact of gambling affected Taiwanese the greatest during the 80s in Taiwan. The concept of this film is to have audience experience and observe the social values of religion beliefs from a deity statue's viewpoint.

Battlescar: Punk was invented by girls

1978, New York City. Lupe, a young Puerto Rican American teenager, meets Debbie in a juvenile detention centre. Debbie will introduce Lupe to the Punk scene of the Bowery and expose her to the secret worlds co-existing in Alphabet City.


This is a story about a small girl doll whose goal is to be a ballet dancer. Viewers do not just watch over the story but also pass a feather to her interactively. As she receives feathers, she grows up to pursue her goal to be a ballet dancer.

Hi-speed eagle

Captured at over 1000 frames per second, this 360 film takes you into the world of an apex aerial predator in a way that's never been possible before. Explore a time scale beyond human perception as you dive through the air with one of the world's largest Eagles.

The last light

In this storytelling experience a young woman travels home after learning of a loss in the family, reliving childhood memories she deals with her grief. With a beloved scrapbook she is able to work through her feelings and embrace life once again.

Long road home VR

National Geographic's cinematic VR series takes viewers inside the shattered, PTSD-laced memories of real-life soldiers and the actual events which unleashed the insurgency of the Iraq War. Intimate, gripping, deeply personal, as each soldier shares his story, we step back in time into moments that changed their lives forever.

The remedy

When a single mother is confronted with the reality that the only cure for her fatally sick child is too expensive, she takes fate into her own hands. The instinct to save her son takes her on a treacherous journey in search of an enigmatic plant with mystical healing properties.

Tahul: SIGGRAPH 2020 VR theater lobby experience

Tahul is a virtual reality explorative experience created for the SIGGRAPH VR Theater 2020 virtual lobby. This custom, tailored lobby environment serves as an entry point to the traditionally seated program. Currently, Tahul has been adapted to host the trailers and informational videos of the selected works.

VR free

"VR Free" explores the nature of incarceration spaces by portraying some fractions of life inside the Turin prison. Moreover, the film captures the reactions of a few inmates during their encounter with virtual reality and immersive videos of life outside of prison.