In 2014, SIGGRAPH's Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year as the world's most innovative exploration of computer-generated animation and visual effects. This four-day, international event is a glimpse into the most talented technical and artistic minds of our industry. It showcases everything from student films to games and blockbuster visual effects.
The festival accepts submissions in eight 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, but the Computer Animation Festival reserves the right to show only excerpts of selected works at the jury's discretion.
Real-time PC, web, console, or mobile games that are visually stunning and/or creatively engaging. Both in-game and pre-rendered cinematics for games.
3. Animated Feature Films
Selections and/or montages of computer animation created for animated feature films.
4. Visual Effects for Live-Action Feature Films
Selections and/or montages of visual effects created for live-action feature films.
5. Real-Time Graphics
Web, mobile, game, and demoscene animations that are rendered in real time. If your real-time work is interactive, consider also submitting it to Real-Time Live!
6. 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.
7. TV/Web Commercials, Animation, Visual Effects, & 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. Advertisements created entirely or partially with computer animation and/or digital effects. Also promotional spots, broadcast bumpers and graphics, and public service announcements.
8. 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. This category also includes any 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.
During a presentation ceremony on opening night of the Electronic Theater, an award will be announced in each category. The festival also presents Best in Show, Jury's Choice, and Student Projects Awards.
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. We encourage shot breakdowns to fully illustrate the amount of CG work involved where submissions are photo-real.
The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.