SIGGRAPH Animation Fest Honors Birthday Boy, Ryan

ACM SIGGRAPH today announced the Computer Animation Festival’s Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004. The 31st int’l conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques is being held August 8-12 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Chaired by Chris Bregler of New York University, the Computer Animation Festival jury selected two award winners from 643 entries for their exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. Best Animated Short went to Birthday Boy by Sejong Park of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and Jury Honors was bestowed upon Ryan from Oscar nominee Chris Landreth (The End).

Birthday Boy takes place in 1951 Korea. It is little Manuk’s birthday and he is playing on the village streets, imagining his father’s daily life as a soldier on the frontlines. After playing, Manuk returns home to find a recently delivered parcel. Thinking it is a present for him, he opens it and his life is changed forever.

Ryan is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a former animator who produced works 30 years ago at the National Film Board of Canada and today panhandles for spare change in Montreal.

A complete list of Computer Animation Festival selections for SIGGRAPH 2004 can be found at www.siggraph.org/s2004/conference/caf/index.php For registration information visit www.siggraph.org/s2004/registration.