SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival Offers Glimpse into the Future

The future of computer graphics animation will be on vibrant display next month at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018, the region’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, which has announced the full lineup for its Computer Animation Festival. The 11th SIGGRAPH Asia will take place 4–7 December at Tokyo International Forum. 

The SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) is Asia’s premier showcase for a worldwide collection of the year’s best works. Under this year’s “Crossover” theme, CAF will showcase 38 short films and presentations, culled from close to 400 submissions. For four exciting days, presenters will showcase their most innovative explorations and evolutions in computer-generated animation and visual effects. From student works to professional films, the event underscores how computer animation artistry and visual technology are evolving and impacting art and culture. 

“We are very proud of the robust offerings SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Computer Animation Festival has to offer this year,” said Shuzo John Shiota, SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Computer Animation Festival Chair. “A diverse jury of distinguished industry leaders have chosen from nearly 400 submissions from all over the world, a truly eclectic selection of the very best digitally rendered pieces that 2018 has to offer, which will be shown in the Electronic Theater and the Animation Theater. We are also extremely happy to introduce to SIGGRAPH Asia, the VR Theater for the first time. In addition, we have around 10 production sessions that will no doubt give the audience valuable insights on a wide range of digital production; from Hollywood blockbusters by the likes of Pixar, distinct digital Anime productions by local Japanese studios, VR productions, to 64K intro productions.”

The Computer Animation Festival will include screenings in the Electronic Theater, Animation Theater and Invited Screenings, where the full breadth of this year’s work in computer animation can be enjoyed at length. 

The Animation Theater will offer an in-depth exploration of the world of animation, visual effects, and scientific visualisation from the last year. In the Animation Theater, all-day shows present outstanding works from around the world selected by the Computer Animation Festival’s jury.

The Electronic Theater will feature a two-hour overview filled with the best animations, visual effects, and scientific visualisations produced in the last year. The jury assembled this show to represent must-see works in computer graphics.

Also, for the first time at SIGGRAPH Asia, a VR Theater will feature virtual reality narrative films. 

The festival will also feature Panels & Production Talks. Panels are organised by special invitation or selected from juried proposals submitted through the online submission process. Production Sessions feature the world’s most elite and talented computer graphic experts and creative geniuses who will explain their processes and techniques for creating compelling content. They include presentations by experts on various aspects of computer animation and visual effects topics, as well as behind-the-scenes presentations by creators from the studios and schools, whose works are screened at the festival.



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