SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival to Present ‘Next Generation’ of Storytelling

Electronic Theater Announces Lineup of 25 Short Films and Presentations, Award Winners; VR Theater to Present 14 Projects, Including First Student Work

CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 11, 2018SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, announces the full lineup for its Computer Animation Festival Electronic and VR Theaters. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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“Hybrids” © 2018 MoPA

“Hybrids” © 2018 MoPA

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is known for continuously pushing the boundaries of computer-generated storytelling in film, games, visual effects, and more. In-line with the 2018 conference theme of “Generations,” this year’s Electronic Theater lineup is poised to epitomize a next-generation showcase of 25 short films and presentations, culled from over 400 submissions. Truly an international show, the Electronic Theater will feature works from Ecuador, Spain, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States; five student projects; and, two major studio shorts — Pixar Animation Studios’ “Bao,” written and directed by the studio’s first-ever female director of a short film, Chinese-Canadian-American artist Domee Shi, and DreamWorks Animation’s “Bilby.” The Electronic Theater is a ticketed event that will be presented three evenings in a row, 13-15 August.

“We will be presenting a high caliber of work this year from a very competitive, international field of submissions. Our jury commented several times that there were tough decisions to be made over pieces that might have been a ‘slam dunk’ in previous years,” said SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Director Larry Bafia. “Each year, the Computer Animation Festival provides a spectrum of computer graphics that is unique from any other festival. The work shown ranges from hyper-real to stylized, from student grad projects to small studio work, from large studio shorts to visual effects house showcases. Our 2018 festival will, once again, present a great variety of styles of visual storytelling — sure to make for an entertaining and compelling show.”

The jury-selected SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater award winners are:

 
BEST IN SHOW

Hybrids

Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion
MoPA
(France)
 
BEST STUDENT PROJECT

Overrun

Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl
Supinfocom Rubika
(France)
 
JURY’S CHOICE

Bilby

Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, JP Sans
DreamWorks Animation
(United States)
 

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