Do submissions have to be 3D animations?
Absolutely not. We generally feature works where the computer was essential to the creation of the work, but there is no specific requirement that it be 3D. All forms of computer animation are eligible including, but not limited to: 3D computer animation, 2D animation, visual effects and live action, real-time videogame play, visualizations, and digitally manipulated imagery and video. If you have computer-generated work within a larger piece, we request that you call our attention specifically to the portion where the computer was heavily used.
How many works can I submit to the SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival?
There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like. Make sure that you complete a separate submission form for each work.
Is there a submission fee for submitting to the SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival?
No. You only need to complete the online submission process.
Can I submit the same piece to both the Computer Animation Festival and to Talks or the Art Gallery, or any other SIGGRAPH 2016 programs?
You are welcome to submit pieces to the Computer Animation Festival and submit related work to other programs. Each submission requires a separate online form, however. The Computer Animation Festival film submissions should all be movies that can be viewed. If your piece requires interactivity, or if it requires an accompanying presentation to be understood, please consider one of the other programs.
I have an art animation (abstract or experimental). Should I submit it to the Art Gallery or to the Computer Animation Festival?
All animation submissions should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival.
Where do I send my submission materials?
All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2016 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the online submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.
Can I enter my work through Withoutabox?
The Computer Animation Festival does not accept submissions through Withoutabox. All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2016 online submission system.
When is the submission deadline for the Computer Animation Festival?
Online submission forms and accompanying uploads must be completed no later than 1 March 2016, 22:00 UTC/GMT (convert to your time zone). Submissions received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit "work in progress" for reviewing?
No. The SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival reviews only finished projects. The file you upload at the time of entry is the file that will be shown at SIGGRAPH 2016, if your work is accepted.
We are an art school, and we are planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is this OK?
No. Each piece must be uploaded separately to the online submission system along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.
I am a student, and there is no longer a Student Projects category. Where should I enter it?
All student work should be submitted under the category that most closely describes it. Please then make sure to select the “Student Project” checkbox during your submission process, so that your work may be considered not only for the Best of Show award, Jury’s Choice prize, and Best of category prizes, but also for the Best Student Project prize.
What file formats are acceptable for submission?
HD files are required. Please see the How to Submit guidelines for other file format details.
What criteria will the jury use to select works?
Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. We will take into consideration the technical aspects of the piece, the visual interest, and for story-based projects the storytelling. However, our primary criterion is to select the pieces we feel will form the strongest show.
What is the difference between the juried program and the curated program?
The juried program presents work selected by the jury that represents the best computer-generated film and video in the world. The curated program is used to round out the program by inviting special presentations of pieces on chosen topics.
Why must the credits be no more than seven seconds?
To maintain the pace of the program for the sake of our attendees, SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival policy requires that all credit sections for accepted entries must be seven seconds or less.
My animation makes use of commercially recorded music. Is that OK?
You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your film or video, or if you are using another person's music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses. We will not purchase these rights for you.
If my work is selected for the Computer Animation Festival, will SIGGRAPH 2016 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?
No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the Presenter Recognition Policy.
Why are your technical requirements so specific?
The technical requirements are very specific to make the submission process more streamlined for you. The submission process utilizes Sohonet digital transfer services. We have carefully selected codecs and resolution formats that are easily accessible to all, offer the highest quality with the least amount of data loss, while offering a much more streamlined post and DI process. This ensures that the material you send us, if accepted, will look amazing on the big screen!
Where can I find information on the DNxHD codec?
More information regarding Avid's open source codec is available here.