SIGGRAPH Animation Fest Grows

SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival is expanding into a full-scale film festival that will incorporate curated and competition screenings, discussion panels with filmmakers/artists/producers, and an expansive awards program. In addition, the event will be made more accessible to the general public than in previous years.

While SIGGRAPH’s traditional Best in Show awards structure will remain a highlight, an expanded program will include an interactive audience voting mechanism and significant award announcements throughout the conference week. Also, screening times will be expanded to showcase full-length animated features.

‘These enhancements are a direct reflection of the importance of computer graphics in many aspects of everyday life’from entertainment to science,’ notes Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH conference entertainment director. ‘Plus, from cell phones to laptops, the general public has never had as much access to really great animated content as they do today.’

For the first time, festival organizers are seeking curated content from around the globe in an effort to present works that are not typically represented at film festivals. Contributors to the 2008 Computer Animation Festival submit juried content through a similar process as previous years, and are also able to submit into expanded category options. Online entries are due by Jan. 31, with materials due by Feb. 27. Full submission details are available at

Sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, the 35th annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is expected to attract an estimated 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, Calif. The event will take place Monday, Aug. 11 through Friday, August 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details are available at