Chair: Pol Jeremias-Vila, Pixar Animation Studios, USA
Co-Chair: Jinny H.J. Choo, Korea National University of Arts, South Korea
Program Schedule: Sunday, 17 November– Wednesday, 20 November
Quote from Pol Jeremias-Vila, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Computer Animation Festival Chair:
“I can’t wait for you to see this year’s SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival. The jury selected amazing works from all over the world that truly represents how computer graphics are being used by students and professionals to create short films, advertising, visual effects, and visualization.”
Quote from Jinny H.J. CHOO, SIGGRAPH Asia 2019Computer Animation Festival Co-Chair:
"The SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival has received more entries, over 520 submissions from all over the world, this year and we are very excited to present another great display of technical sophistication and artistic achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques. With Electronic Theater and Animation Theater, we have also added the invited screenings program such as Japan Media Arts Festival 2019 Award-Winning Program and SICAF2019 Award-Winning Program, allowing us to broaden the scope of the most creative sparks and diverse contents.”
SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Computer Animation Festival Award Winners
Best in Show: Kids
Directed by Michael Frei, Playables, Switzerland
KIDS is a game of crowds. The project consists of a short film, an interactive animation and an art installation. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal? Who is steering the crowd? What if it is heading in the wrong direction? Where does the individual end and the group begin? What is done by choice, and what under duress?
Jury Prize: Spring
Directed by Andy Goralczyk, Blender, Netherlands
Spring is the story of a shepherd girl and her dog, who face ancient spirits in order to continue the cycle of life. This poetic and visually stunning short film was written and directed by Andy Goralczyk, inspired by his childhood in the mountains of Germany.
Best Student Project: The Ostrich Politic
Directed by Mohammad Houhou, Gobelins, France
Ostriches carry on their daily activities burying their heads, believing It’s an instinctive behavior. However, one day a research by phylogeneticist Dr. Kays proves otherwise
SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 Computer Animation Festival Program Highlights
Electronic Theater Highlights
Directed by ILLOGIC Collectif, Miyu Distribution, France
Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.
Directed by Vaibhav KESWANI, Jeanne LAUREAU, Colombine MAJOU, Morgane MATTARD, Kaisa PIRTTINEN, Jong-ha YOON Vaibhav KESWANI, Jeanne LAUREAU, Colombine MAJOU, Morgane MATTARD, Kaisa PIRTTINEN, Jong-ha YOON
A little boy speaks about hedgehogs all the time to everybody.
Directed by Leeha KIM, Aniseed, South Korea
The fox who wants to be a mascot for the city goes to a mascot training academy. He lives in a very tiny house and works many part-time jobs. He is still getting many Mascot auditions with taking loans at a high-interest rates for undergoing plastic surgery.
Animation Theater Highlights
Directed by HYUNJOON JOO, Korea National University of Arts, South Korea
There was a boy who took care of a fig tree which did not bear any fruit for a long time. One day, he went to another world through his dream and got the fruit he wanted so much but he felt he could not get enough. There was a boy who took care of a fig tree which did not bear any fruit for a long time. One day, he went to another world through his dream and got the fruit he wanted so much but could not get. Before long, however, the boy got tired of the world where everything he wanted was possible. In the end, he came back to the real world and kept on taking care of the fig tree.
Mice, a small story
Isart Digital School, France
In a dark subway tunnel, a group of mice find a gold ring-pull that seems to have a mysterious effect on one of them. Not so far from them, an owl and his enslaved rats are watching. The owl sends his rats to get hold of this strange object...
School of Creative Media City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is known as a concrete jungle and we seek for a different angle to review Hong Kong’s city landscape from the sight of a bird. The music video of “Iam Twisq” is re-creating an urban playground by animating shapes, forms and colours extracted from the original buildings.
Invited Programs Highlights
22nd Japan Media Art Festival (JMAF) Award-Winning Program (54')
The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media - from animation and comics to media art and games. The 22nd Festival received 4,384 entries from 102 countries and regions around the world, demonstrating continuing evolution as an established annual international festival.
JMAF2019 Grand Prize in Animation: La Chute
Directed by Boris LABBÉ, ©Sacrebleu Productions, France
A short animated film inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy Inferno. Asthe celestial beings descend to the Earth and begin destroying the activities there, disturbing the world’s order and creating chaos. Initiated by these terms, a tragic fall leads to the parturition of the crucial opposites: Hell and Heaven’s circles. The film depicts the grand theme of loops, metamorphoses, and degeneration and regeneration.
JMAF2019 Excellence Award in Art : Discrete Figures (a part of work)
Artists : MANABE Daito / ISHIBASHI Motoi / MIKIKO / ELEVENPLAY, ©Rhizomatiks / ELEVENPLAY, Japan
Dance performance generating bodily expression through mathematical / collective intelligence-based methodology. With AI and machine learning offering new insights into the body schema and movement, numeric data and analytical results derived from it inform the choreography.
SICAF 2019 Award-Winning Program (90')
The Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival(SICAF) started 1995 as a cultural festival for Cartoon, Animation and visual images. Over the history 23rd times of events, SICAF is now securing its presence as one of the top 5 global animated film festival and growing into the biggest international cartoon and animation festival to represent Asia.
103 extraordinary animated films from 28 countries were selected for SICAF2019 International Animated Film Festival Official Competition out of 2,565 submissions from 93 countries.
SICAF 2019 Grand Prize in Short Films: Traces
Directed by Sophie Tavert Macian, Hugo Frassett | France
36,000 years ago, in the Ardèche river gorge, when an animal was painted, it was hunted. When it is again time to go Hunting and Painting, Gwel is appointed head of the group of hunters while Karou the Painter and his apprentice Lani set off to paint the walls of the great cavern. But they hadn't counted on meeting a cave lion.
SICAF 2019 Grand Prize in Student Films: Hors Piste
Directed by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet | France
The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned...
Panel & Production Talks Highlights
Visualizing the "Birth of Planet Earth" for Fulldome Theaters
In this talk, members of the Advanced Visualization Lab from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will discuss challenges of producing 15 minutes of data-driven cinematic visualization to tell the epic story of the history of Planet Earth in the new fulldome documentary “Birth of Planet Earth”.
The film features scientific visualizations of an evolving Milky Way galaxy filled with explosive supernovae, a journey into our evolving Solar System with a disk of violently colliding rocks and early planets, a close up view of the giant impact that created the moon, a tour through quantum-mechanical process of photosynthesis, and a look back at our modern planet through the photographic lenses of a satellite. These visualizations required innovations in data science, camera choreography, procedural effects, visual design, and compositing which the team will break down and discuss through a variety of visual examples.
MPC Film presents: The Making of The Lion King
In this presentation MPC VFX Supervisor Elliot Newman will reveal the artistic and technical challenges behind the making of Disney's The Lion King. A new approach to filmmaking was required, harnessing the latest in Virtual Production techniques and creative and technical talent. In the end a team of more than 1300 computer graphics artists would work for over a year designing and animating the movies animals, crafting full CG environments, and simulating earth, fire and water.
Full information about this year’s Computer Animation Festival program can be found on https://sa2019.siggraph.org/attend/computer-animation-festival
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