Computer Animation Festival Submissions

The SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival is requesting submissions for the 43rd festival to be celebrated in Anaheim, California, 24-28 July 2016! The festival is gearing up to add another outstanding show to its legacy of creative expression through innovative computer-generated animation and visual effects. This international showcase of storytelling and graphics craftsmanship will inspire students and professionals alike, and here is your opportunity to be part of it!  

We are seeking work that educates, entertains, or informs through the application of modern computer graphics. If you are working in these areas, please consider submitting your work to the festival:

  • Computer animation
  • Real-time graphics
  • Visual effects
  • Visualization
  • Simulation

Within these areas, submissions can be short films, sequences, “dailies” breakdowns, excerpts from feature films, audio/visual experiences such as music videos or captured interactive experiences, cultural exhibitions, advertisements, pre-rendered simulations or data visualizations, or captured real-time content.

Submissions are juried by a panel of internationally renowned and deeply respected experts from relevant backgrounds and disciplines in the industry.

SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival Committee
Roy C. Anthony
Joshua Grow
Mark Elendt
Jason RM Smith
Vibhushan Soundrarajah

CAF Accordion

New for SIGGRAPH 2016

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2016:

  • You must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.  
  • Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2016 programs - Art Gallery, Computer Animation Festival, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs  - will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review.

How to Submit

The Computer Animation Festival online submission system will be available in early January.


To qualify for the SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival Competition, each submission must:

  • Be a complete, finished work.
  • Have been completed after last year's Computer Animation Festival.
  • Include a significant percentage or inventive use of computer-generated imagery and/or digital production.
  • Be uploaded at final resolution at time of submission.
  • Be submitted in a category appropriate for its content type or style. 

The festival reserves the right to place submissions in a different category if deemed appropriate by the festival subcommittee and/or jury. 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. We encourage shot breakdowns to fully illustrate the amount of CG work involved where submissions are photo-real.


1. Complete the SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival Films online submission form (one form per entry) via the SIGGRAPH Information System by the 1 March 2016, 22:00 UTC/GMT deadline. All submitters must create a SIGGRAPH Information System account to access the submission form, which will be available in January. You may edit or correct the information included with your form as many times as needed before the submission deadline. Each entry will be assigned a Submission ID number by the online submission system.

Important: All descriptions, captions, and notes to the jury must be in English. If your first language is not English and you need help translating, please consider the English Review Service.

2. Upload three representative still images from the submitted work. See Representative Image Guidelines.

3. Upload a movie file for the jury to evaluate your work. You must upload your project only once, and at final resolution. High-definition submissions are required. We will be using various professional playback solutions, as well as consumer-level systems such as Quicktime and VLC to evaluate your work. At minimum, we recommend testing playback of your files on consumer-level systems before submission.

The Computer Animation festival requires each submission to include a slate. Download this HD Slate and use it to provide the following information:

  • Project title (must match project title on submission form)
  • Frame rate
  • Raster size
  • Compression codec
  • Duration from first frame to last frame (minutes:seconds:frames), not including slate and black slug
  • Audio configuration
  • Computer Animation Festival Submission ID number

The above information should be presented in the following order: five seconds slate, five seconds black, submission start, two seconds black. Computer Animation Festival policy requires that the total time for end titles and credits together is no longer than seven seconds. Exactly two seconds before the first frame of the work and after the last frame of the work, there should be an audio and visual 2-pop cue, unless the submission is submitted in DCP format. Please do not include 2-pop cues in DCP files.

High-Definition (HD) Submission Guidelines

Accepted Video Codecs:

Accepted NTSC Video Wrappers:

  • Quicktime

Accepted Video Resolutions:

1080p (1920x1080p) Preferred
720p (1280x720p)

Accepted Frame Rate:

23.98 fps (Preferred)
24 fps
  • 25 fps
  • 30 (29.97) fps
  • 59.94

Accepted Audio Configurations:

  • Stereo (Lt-Rt 2-channel mix)
Stereo with the following channel assignments: 1 - Left stereo mix; 2 - Right stereo mix 

Accepted Color Space: 

Rec 709

Uploading Files

If you have problems uploading your files to the SIGGRAPH 2016 online submission system, the cause could be that your server is behind a "firewall" that doesn’t allow HTTPS connections. If  you are submitting from a corporate or institutional network, please ask your information technology department to assist you in completing your submission. If you have any questions about uploading files, please review the Computer Animation Festival FAQ (below) and the helpful tips in Uploading Files. If you do not find the answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival Technical Director. We will be happy to help.

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


Festival Juries

All submitted entries are evaluated by two juries of individuals from the technical, creative, and production communities. The list of jurors will be available here in late May after the selection process is complete.

A Pre-Selection Jury views and ranks the entries. Pre-selected submissions move on to the Festival Jury. The Festival Jury is composed of industry peers in senior positions. The jurors will review and rank the entries that passed the pre-selection process.

Submitters will be informed by email of the status of their submissions only after the Festival Jury makes its final decisions. All participants will be notified of their status no later than 30 May 2016. The Festival Jury selects the recipients of the Best in Show Award, the Jury's Choice Prize, and the best-of-category prizes.

Upon Acceptance


All Computer Animation Festival submitters will be notified by email of the status of their submission(s) on or before 30 May 2016. Each year, we receive far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces.

After Acceptance

The period of time between the Computer Animation Festival jury meeting and the SIGGRAPH 2016 conference is very short, and many things happen in that time. If your work is selected, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the Computer Animation Festival Subcommittee. It is unlikely that we will need to contact you regarding your work after your notification, but please plan to be available via email during the first two weeks of May, in case a need arises.

In order to be included in the SIGGRAPH 2016 show reels and the ACM/SIGGRAPH archive, each successful applicant must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Final Movie Preparation

Entrants are required to submit their completed work at full resolution (HD is required) at the time of entry. 

Contributor & Presenter Recognition

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2016, registration and travel costs are at your own expense. See the SIGGRAPH 2016 Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work is accepted by SIGGRAPH 2016.


7 January
Computer Animation Festival submission begins.

1 March
Computer Animation Festival submission period closes, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

30 May
Computer Animation Festival submitters notified.

24-28 July
SIGGRAPH 2016, Anaheim.

Computer Animation Festival FAQ

I have submitted my work to the most recent SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festivals. Is it OK if I submit the same work to the SIGGRAPH 2016 Computer Animation Festival?
Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2016, as long as it was completed on 1 January 2015, or later. We are independent festivals with separate juries and acceptance procedures.

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.