Computer Animation Festival

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2 July 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT

    The 2013 Computer Animation Festival invites presenters from around the world to showcase their most innovative exploration and transition in computer-generated animation and visual effects. For three exciting days, the festival features a wide spectrum of infinite visual creativity as well as technical aspects of art. From students work to professional piece, the event provides you with evolving visual technology and artistic stimulations.

    The Computer Animation Festival contains two main components:

    • Screenings - It includes Electronic Theater, Animation Theater and Invited Screenings where the full breadth of this year’s work in computer animation can be enjoyed at length.
    • Panels & Talks - It includes presentations by experts on a variety of topics related to the creation of computer animation and visual effects, as well as behind-the-scenes presentations by the creators whose works are screened at the festival.

    The submission deadline is 2 July 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    Please consider submitting your best work to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival and contribute to a wide variety of animations and creative innovations that lead the way to the future of computer graphics.

    Computer Animation Festival Director

    Jinny Choo
    ONCOMM & Korea National University of Arts (K'ARTS)
    South Korea

    Computer Animation Festival Chair

    Desmond Chan
    Dracco Company Ltd
    Hong Kong


    How To Submit?

    To qualify for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival Competition Section, each submission must:

    • Be a complete, finished work
    • Have been completed after 1 January 2012
    • Include a significant percentage or inventive use of computer-generated imagery and/or digital production
    • Be uploaded at final resolution at time of entry
    • Be submitted in the appropriate category (Student works must be entered in the Student Projects category)

    Submission Categories

    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival accepts submissions in the following categories.

    1. Computer Animated Shorts
      Includes character animation, narrative works, experimental works, opening sequences, game cinematics, selections and/or montages of animated television series, new-media format. 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.
    2. Animated Feature Films
      Selections and/or montages of computer animation created for animated feature films.
    3. 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.
    4. TV and Web Commercials
      Advertisements created entirely or partially with computer animation and/or digital effects. This category also includes promotional spots, broadcast bumpers and graphics, and public service announcements.
    5. 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.
    6. Visual Effects for Films and TV Programs
      Selections and/or montages of visual effects created for live-action films and/or for television programs.
    7. Real-Time Animation
      Game, web, and mobile animations that are rendered in the same amount of time that it takes to play them back. Real-time technology demos are also encouraged! Real-time technology demos should be submitted to Real-Time Live!
    8. Others
      Computer Animations that do not fit in any of the above categories.

    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.

    And, submission for 'talks or panels' on Computer Animation and other related techniques categories will be acceptable. Submitters of accepted submission may present about their projects including, but not limited to, behind-the-scene, story development, character designs, sound designs, etc.

    For submission details, please contact the Computer Animation Festival Committee.

    Submission Rules and Requirements

    Step 1: Complete the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival Online Submission Form.

    It provides instructions on how to submit your entry in details. The online submission system allows you to edit or correct your form as many times as you need until the deadline (2 July 2013, 23:59 GMT/UTC). At the end of the online submission process, you will be assigned a submission ID.

    Step 2: Upload your movie file for the jury to evaluate your work. Please note the following technical requirements:

    For general submission

    • File size: over 720p (1280 x 720p) needed. The uploading file cannot exceed 1GB (ideal file size is < 500MB)
    • File format: QuickTime, MP4
    • Valid video codecs: Apple ProRes 422, H264, Mpeg4
    • Frame Rate: 23.976 fps or 24 fps preferred
    • Accepted Audio Configurations: Stereo, 48 kHz
    • Representative still image: At least 1K pixel resolution or higher
    • Representative image for web: JPG or PNG format, max. 200 KB

    For Stereo 3D submission

    • Resolution: screen size and cinema server, up to 2048x1080 DCP
    • Frame Rate: 24fps
    • File format: JPEG2000 DCP
    • Sound: Stereo, 48 kHz

    * If you need to ask any questions about Stereo 3D submission, please feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival Technical Team. We will be happy to help you.

    Step 3: All submitters must complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement before the submission deadline. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed or accepted.

    You must review your permissions (part of your original online submission form) and complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement by entering an electronic signature before the submission deadline. You can already peruse and sign the agreement during the submission process. We strongly recommend this. If you do not complete the Submission and Authorization Agreement with an electronic signature, your work cannot be presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

    For a better understanding of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Submission and Authorization Agreement, please review the Submission and Authorization Agreement Explanation.

    Other formats or submission methods will not be reviewed. If you have any questions about uploading files, please feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival Committee. We will be happy to help.


    Online submission forms must be completed no later than 2 July 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT (United States-California, L.A., 2 July, 16:59 | Hong Kong, 3 July, 07:59 | France, 3 July, 01:59).


    Reviewers and Jury Review

    All submissions are reviewed by two groups of experts in computer graphics, interactive techniques and related fields.

    In a Pre-selection, Reviewers view the entries submitted in each of the categories and pass the pre-selected submission on to the Jury. The Jury reviews entries passed the pre-selection process and makes the final selection.

    The Computer Animation Festival Director and committee are responsible for conducting the jury process, selecting the final works, and presenting the official competition and invited programs to the highest standards of quality.

    The Jury Reviewing will take place in August 2013.

    Upon Acceptance

    Acceptance Notification

    In August 2013, you will be notified by email of the status of your work. Each year, we have far more submitted pieces than we can accept, and we are not able to accept many deserving pieces. If your work is selected for either Electronic Theater or Animation Theater, you will be expected to reply promptly to any request for information or clarification from the Computer Animation Festival committee.

    Preparation of Final Movies

    If your submission is accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival, and your final piece is different from the version you provided for the jury to evaluate, you will need to provide the final piece afterwards.

    For pieces selected for presentation in the high-quality Electronic Theater format, we expect that you will provide a completed work at full-resolution (HD is strongly preferred).

    Final Movie Submission Formats

    The final screening material with proper formats must be received by the Computer Animation Festival no later than beginning of September 2013. The exact date and specifications will be listed in your acceptance notification.

    For Electronic Theater and Animation Theater pieces: High-Definition (HD)

    • Accepted Video Resolution: 1080p(1920x1080p) preferred, 1080i(1920x1080), 720p(1280x720p)
    • Accepted Video Codecs: Uncompressed (or lossless compressed) QuickTime file
    • Accepted Frame Rate: 23.976fps or 24fps preferred
    • Audio Rate: 48.000 kHz
    • Presentation Medium: HD-SR tape or HD Digital Source(1920x1080 resolution, 24fps) with HD-SDI projector

    Upload as well as submission via hard drive (including USB) for digital files. We do not accept individual TIFF and audio files due to potential for timing confusion.

    Shipping and Returns

    Hard drives (including USB) will not be returned by mail. They may be picked up at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Conference Management Office during the conference.

    Submitters are responsible for all shipping and transportation costs, insurance charges, and customs fees that may be incurred in shipping materials to the festival.

    If you have any questions regarding final submission formats and/or codecs, please contact the Computer Animation Festival Committee.


    Selected works will be presented during SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.


    On the first night of the festival, the Festival Jury will present the Best of Show Award Jury Special and Best Student Project Award. All films screened in the Computer Animation Festival are eligible for the awards.

    Presenter and Contributor Recognition

    Please see the Presenter Recognition Policy for a summary of what you will receive if your work and/or proposal are accepted by SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.


    You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for visual and audio material contained in your work for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival.

    We encourage you to use original music or visual material for your film, however if visual or audio material is not originally made for the film, we ask you to obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses to prevent situations from leading to complaints or even any legal action from the rights holders.


    What is the qualification for entry?

    Only works completed on or after 1 January 2012 can be taken into consideration. Submissions to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival should be included in the certain categories. See the Submission Categories.

    Do submissions have to be 3D animations?

    Absolutely not. All forms of computer-generated works are eligible, including, but are not limited to: 2D Flash animation, 2D abstract art, live-action visual effects integration, real-time video games and visualizations, and digitally-manipulated imagery and/or video. 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. If you have computer-generated work within a larger piece, please remember that it is the CG component that will be judged, so please keep any extraneous footage to an absolute minimum in your submission.

    Can I submit more than one work to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival?

    Yes, you can. There is no limit and you may submit as many as you like. Make sure that you should submit a separate submission form for each work. The jury will evaluate and decide on each submission separately.

    Can I submit the same piece to multiple programs?

    Yes, you are welcome to submit your work to the Computer Animation Festival and to other programs. For example, you may wish to submit animations to the Computer Animation Festival, and to submit an installation or related artwork to the Art Gallery. Please remember that each submission requires a separate online submission form. The Computer Animation Festival submissions should be movies for 'the official Competition: Electronic Theater and Animation Theater' that can be viewed.

    I have an art animation (abstract or experimental). Should I submit it for the Art Gallery or to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival?

    All animation submissions should be submitted to the Computer Animation Festival.

    I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit "work in progress" for reviewing?

    Yes, a work in process may be submitted if it is almost complete. However, you should remember that the juried program will be highly competitive, so your chances of selection are significantly better if you submit the final piece by the deadline.

    When is the submission deadline for the Computer Animation Festival?

    Online submission forms must be completed no later than 2 July 2013, 23:59 UTC/GMT (United States-California, L.A., 3 July, 16:59 | Hong Kong, 3 July, 07:59 | France, 3 July, 01:59).

    The final uploads must be complete by the deadline and submissions received after the deadlines will not be reviewed. There is no exception, so please make sure that all submissions are completed before the deadlines. To determine what time that is where you are, you can use a converter such as The World Clock.

    We are an art school and planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is it 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.

    What file formats are acceptable for submission? movie files are the preferred format for jury reviewing. If necessary, AVI files or MP4 files may also be submitted. The movie file must be uploaded via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 online submission system. For details, please see How to Submit.

    Where do I send my submission materials?

    All works must be submitted only via the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 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.

    Is there a submission fee for submitting to the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival?

    No, there is no submission fee. You only need to complete the online submission process.

    What criteria does the jury use to select works?

    All entries are reviewed by a jury together, and there are no strict rules for acceptance. The jury primarily looks for a combination of innovation and excellence. A longer list of traits the jury typically looks for includes originality, artistic achievement, technical accomplishment, technical innovation, production value, creativity, resolution, narrative quality, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualization in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies.

    What is the difference between the juried program and the invited program?

    The juried program presents work selected by the jury that represents the best computer-generated film and video in the world. The invited program presents new visions and creative inspirations by inviting special presentations of pieces on chosen topics.

    My animation makes use of commercially-recorded music. Is it 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.

    Will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 cover the shipping expenses for the final screening format?

    No. SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 does not pay for any shipping or transportation costs. Submitters are responsible for all shipping and transportation costs, insurance charges, and customs fees that may be incurred in shipping materials to the festival.

    If my work has been selected for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 Computer Animation Festival, will SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?

    Unfortunately, no. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the Presenter Recognition Policy.


    All deadlines are 23:59 UTC/GMT.

    2 June 2013

    Submission deadline

    July - August 2013
    Jury reviews

    Mid-August 2013
    Acceptance notification

    Beginning of September 2013
    Final movie submission

    19 – 22 November 2013
    SIGGRAPH Asia 2013

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