Computer Animation Festival Frequently Asked Questions

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 2010 Computer Animation Festival?
Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2010, as long as it was completed on 1 January 2009, 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 2010 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 2010 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 the Sketches or Art Gallery?
You are welcome to submit animations to the Computer Animation Festival, and to submit related presentations to Sketches, and to submit related artwork to the Art Gallery. 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 2010 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 2010 online submission system.

When is the submission deadline for the Computer Animation Festival?
Online submission forms must be completed no later than 19 April 2010, 22:00 UTC/GMT.  Submissions received after the deadlines will not be reviewed. A complete entry includes an electronically signed Submission and Authorization Agreement, available for review in advance here.  There are no exceptions, so please make sure that all submissions are completed before the deadlines.

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 2010 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 2010, 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’m a student and my work fits into a more specific category.  Where should I enter it?
All student work should be submitted under the Student Projects category, regardless of the project’s genre or type.

What file formats are acceptable for submission?
HD files are strongly preferred.  Details about accepted formats can be found in How To Submit.

What criteria will the jury use to select works?
Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. We give special consideration to pieces produced by students, and to pieces rendered in real time, and we may consider the technical aspects of the piece as well; 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 2010 Computer Animation Festival policy requires that all credits 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.  Please review the Submission and Acceptance Agreement for details regarding required rights.

If my work is selected for the Computer Animation Festival, will SIGGRAPH 2010 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 this year are very specific to make the submission process more streamlined for you. The submission process, similar to last year, utilizes SOHO Net's 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.

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