Do submissions to the Electronic Theater 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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.
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 2017 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 2017 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 21 March 2017, 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 2017 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 2017, 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. 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 in VR Storytelling, but also for the Best Student Project prize.
What file formats are acceptable for submission?
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 content 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 2017 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 content, 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 2017 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.
I am having trouble uploading my files. What can I do?
If you have problems uploading your files to the SIGGRAPH 2017 online submission system, your server may be behind a firewall that doesn’t allow HTTPS connections. If you are submitting from a corporate or institutional network, ask your information technology department to assist you in completing your submission. If you have any questions about uploading files, review Uploading Files. If you do not find the answer to your question there, feel free to contact the Computer Animation Festival Technical Director.
For VR Theater submissions, do I need to supply my own headset or computer?
No, you just need to create a submission and make sure your content is available for us to access. The VR Theater will provide hardware.
For VR Theater submissions, do I need to be present to demo my content during SIGGRAPH 2017?
No. Our volunteer operators will help attendees enjoy your content. However, we do ask you (or someone on your team) to attend the conference, since we might ask for help setting up your content.
For VR Theater submissions, what hardware platforms are supported or preferred?
The VR Theater prefers content that can be enjoyed on Oculus or Vive hardware due to the logistics of the theater format. If your piece cannot be converted to run on Oculus or Vive and uses another commercially available platform, the jury will still consider it.
Should I bring marketing or branding materials (banners, for example) to the VR Theater?
No. Please don't bring any studio or sponsored materials. The VR Theater space will not display them.
Should I submit to VR Village, VR Theater, or Emerging Technologies?
If your submission is primarily a technology demo, something that is either hands-on for attendees to try or not, please submit it to Emerging Technologies.
If your submission is more about providing an interactive experience for an attendee to try, with your own tech or third-party tech, please submit it to VR Village. In general, VR Village is focused on interactive VR installations. This is where you will find new uses of VR and AR ranging from games, simulations or professional applications, to complex art installations.
VR Theater is focused on VR storytelling. VR Theater is looking for submissions that help develop the language of storytelling in virtual reality. The type of content ranges from 360-degree video to experiences that fully utilize HTC Vive or Rift and their controllers. If your submission could go either way, we recommend that you carefully evaluate each program. If it is more suitable for a program other than the one you select, we will endeavor to transfer it.