Submission Deadline

Tuesday, 1 April 2014
22:00 UTC/GMT

Dailies is a signature SIGGRAPH program that celebrates the craft of creating computer graphics. It focuses on exceptionally creative work and the stories behind how the work was created.

SIGGRAPH 2014 Dailies invites you to submit a short (60-90 second) clip that shows off something you're proud of.  It doesn't necessarily have to be complete work, but a good submission will briefly discuss the challenges you met and how you overcame them to produce your work. It might be:

  • A model or shader
  • A rig or animation
  • A shot you lit
  • A stunning effect
  • A killer cinematic
  • A particularly lucid visualization

The work can be professional, student, or even just a personal project, but you should be able to explain how you think the work demonstrates excellence. If your submission is accepted, you must talk about your work for approximately two minutes.

If you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2014 in person, we would still like to see your best work.  Please submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.

So choose the best thing you've done all year and send it for review!

New for 2014:  Focus on Game-Production Communities

Whether you're producing art assets for current or next-generation platforms (or even mobile!), and you survived to tell the tale, we would love to hear your  stories. Whether you want to talk about how you were challenged by memory constraints or performance budgets, how you got around that nasty skinning bug, or how you did that amazing volumetric effect, we'd love to hear your stories.

If you have designed a particular level, character, or moment in the game where the player’s jaw drops in wonder, please tell us about it.

Dailies brought to you by DreamWorks Animation

Examples of SIGGRAPH 2013 Dallies

Notice to All SIGGRAPH 2014 Contributors

All contributors to SIGGRAPH Annual Conferences are now required to use ACM's rights management system to grant rights to publish accepted content rather than through the online submission system. Essentially, submission tracking, jury review, and acceptance remains the same, but now the rights management is through ACM, the parent organization of SIGGRAPH.
You will be asked to complete an ACM rights management form, which includes permission to record and distribute the audio and video of your recorded presentation through official channels of ACM/SIGGRAPH. For most content types other than Technical Papers, this will be a Permission and Release form, which allows authors to retain copyright. For Technical Papers, authors will have a choice of transferring copyright, providing an exclusive publishing license, or an Open Access license.
As a contributor to an ACM-sponsored event, the following expectations apply to you, should your content be accepted for presentation:
  • If you are using copyrighted musical compositions in your presentation, you must secure performing rights licenses.
  • You must have the authority to grant ACM the right to distribute your presentation.

Once your contribution is accepted, you will receive via email a link to the appropriate form for your contribution.  Good luck!

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission", and then select "create" for the Dailies submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To submit to Dailies, please select Dailies as your presentation format.

You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including speaker names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of your work, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Your presentation backstory, submitted as a PDF. This is what you will read onstage. It is what we’ll read for jurying.
  • A low-res version (for convenience in jurying) of your presentation video, which must be in this format: QuickTime, H264 encoded, 640 x 360p, up to 90 seconds, no sound. Upon acceptance you will need to submit a hi-res version (1280 x 720p).

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.

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

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

For additional submission information, please see F.A.Q. (tab above).

Each submission will be judged on two criteria:

1. The jurors are looking for work done this year that shows craft and excellence in computer graphics. They are not looking for a complete work, just that one special thing that makes you proud to share your work with your peers. Though the jury prefers recent work, this is not a strict requirement as some production stories are timeless.

2. The jurors are also looking for a compelling backstory (an impossible deadline, a late-night inspiration, an artistic argument, etc.). The backstory gives the jury an idea of what to expect from your presentation if your work is accepted.

The backstory is a critical component of the evaluation process and should be more about your experience than about the tool you used. 

For the jury to easily review your backstory, please try to keep the text concise: something that can be read out loud in about 90 seconds. Upon acceptance, you will have the opportunity to update your content.

The jury will prefer work that can be presented in person at SIGGRAPH 2014.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your submission in mid-June 2014.

If accepted, you will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that they can be included in the conference schedule and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

Additionally, you will need to upload a final presentation video by mid-June deadline. The format must be QuickTime, H264 encoded, 1280 x 720p, up to 90 seconds, no sound.

Note: this is a presentation format, so we strongly recommend that you present your work in person. But if you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2014, you can submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.

Registration and travel costs are at your own expense. The contributor of record who presents at the Dailies event will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2014 Recognition Policy.

1 April
Deadline for all Dailies submission forms and upload of materials.

Submission and Authorization forms due.

1 May
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices sent to all Dailies submitters.

19 May
Deadline for changes to materials for publication, including short and long descriptions, backstory, and images. Deadline for presentation video.

10-14 August

SIGGRAPH 2014, Vancouver.

I don't get it. What is this anyway?
Please watch these recent examples of Dailies presentations.

I lit a great shot on the movie "Killer Zombies from Mars", but it's only three seconds long. How can I get that to 90 seconds?
You could show a progression of versions as you add more and more lights, or show a breakdown of various AOVs and how you adjusted the comp, or you could just loop the shot 20-30 times. It's up to you.

Can I submit a still image or a series of stills?
Yes, if it is computer generated and can hold the audience's interest while you tell the story behind it.

I don't want to get on stage. Or, I'm not sure I can be in Vancouver for the conference. Can I just record my story as a voice-over?
We strongly prefer an in-person presentation. But if you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2014, you can submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.