January 4, 2008
USA: The SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival, to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 12 – 14 Aug 2008, is expanding into a full-scale film festival. The event will incorporate curated and competition screenings, discussion panels with filmmakers, artists, and producers, as well as an expanded awards program to better represent the computer graphics and interactive industries. While SIGGRAPH’s traditional award’s structure of Best in Show still remains a highlight, the expanded awards program will include an interactive audience voting mechanism as well as award announcements throughout the conference week. Also, screening times will be expanded to showcase full-length animated features in a single theater space. The festival looks to present curated content from around the globe to showcase works not typically represented at film festivals. Category options for the competitive segment of the festival have also been expanded. In addition, the 2008 edition of SIGGRAPH targets to introduce areas of animation unfamiliar to the public including space exploration, simulation, environment, medicine, and science. Further information on the SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival including submission is available at www.siggraph.org/s2008/. The 35th annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition is sponsored by ACM SIGGRAPH, a professional society for computer graphics and interactive techniques.