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Global Animation Talent to be Unveiled at SIGGRAPH Asia 2023

The 2023 Computer Animation Festival at SIGGRAPH Asia in Sydney, Australia celebrates the finest animations of 2023, and nurtures tomorrow’s animators at the debut of the Junior Computer Animation Festival.

The highly anticipated annual festival showcases a curated selection of the finest animations from 2023, shining a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of animators and their groundbreaking innovations. These contributions are driving the vibrant gaming and animation market, a market projected to reach a staggering USD 103.30 billion in revenue by 2026. Don’t miss this celebration of animation excellence!

As the epicenter of global animation talent, a showcase has meticulously been selected from an impressive pool of 382 submissions contributed by 595 artists from 14 countries. This premier event will feature a total of 38 films, including works from the inaugural Junior Competition participants, gracing the screens at SIGGRAPH Asia 2023’s Electronic and Animation Theaters.

From captivating short films to scientific visualizations and AI-enhanced projects, SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 CAF is set to redefine the boundaries of animation excellence. Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of innovation and creativity in animation!

Herman Van Eyken, Computer Animation Festival Co-Chair who is also the Director of Griffith Film School, Griffith Film School in Australia said, “As an educator and Co-Chair of the Computer Animation Festival, I am thrilled to witness the remarkable diversity of creativity and the expansive technical prowess showcased at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 Computer Animation Festival. It’s particularly gratifying to see global talent being showcased right here in Australia, which is a major player on the international stage. The awarded works not only stand at the forefront of animation but also serve as a testament to the richness of storytelling in the digital landscape.”

Rob Coleman, Computer Animation Festival Co-Chair and Creative Director of Industrial Light & Magic, said, “Witnessing the rapid evolution and sophisticated, immersive animation at SIGGRAPH Asia is truly inspiring. The collection of work received this year not only showcases the dynamic interplay of art and technology but also redefines the possibilities in animation. We’re eager to continue providing a platform for innovative works that captivate and inspire audiences worldwide, fostering a synergy of creativity and technological innovation in the dynamic landscape of animation.”

CAF will celebrate a myriad of extraordinary projects, with special acknowledgment given to the following winners, including two Honourable Mentions:

  • Best in Show: Moirai – Thread of Life (pictured)
    • Director(s): Ina Conradi & Mark Chavez
    • Producer(s): Ina Conradi
    • Description: Ina Conradi, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, takes home the Best In Show award for “Moirai – Thread of Life.” This awe-inspiring journey through cosmic dimensions delves into quantum physics, symbolically representing the interconnected threads of quantum phenomena shaping the destinies of all beings.
    • Trailer: Access trailer here
  • Jury’s Special Award: Hair Universe
    • Director: Jinuk Choi, Kotory Studio
    • Producer: Jinuk Choi, Kotory Studio
    • Description: “Hair Universe” by Jinuk Choi from Kotory Studio beautifully weaves a narrative around the interconnectedness of love, death, and the pain of loss. The film masterfully depicts the shared human experience of facing loss and the strength that arises when we realize our commonality.
    • Trailer: Access trailer here
  • Best Student Project: Thaba Ye
    • Director(s): Preetam Dhar, Daria Batueva, Hannah Judd, Mogau Kekana, Merel Hamers & Leroy Le Roux, Gobelins, l’école de l’image
    • Producer(s): Cécile Blondel, Gobelins, l’école de l’image
    • Description: “Thaba Ye” by Preetam Dhar, Daria Batueva, Hannah Judd, Mogau Kekana, Merel Hamers, and Leroy Le Roux from Gobelins, l’école de l’image won the Best Student Project. The film, set against the mysterious backdrop of a South African mountain, explores courage, fears, and the lengths one goes to save a loved one.
    • Trailer: Access trailer here
  • Honorable Mention: Quem Salva
    • Director(s): Laure Devin, Maxime Bourstin, Nathan Medam, Charles Hechinger, Titouan Jaouen, Supinfocom Rubika
    • Producer: Philippe Meis, Supinfocom Rubika
    • Description: Laure Devin, Maxime Bourstin, Nathan Medam, Charles Hechinger, and Titouan Jaouen from Supinfocom Rubika received an Honorable Mention for “Quem Salva,” a gripping tale of a young firefighter facing a moral dilemma in the heart of the Amazon.
    • Trailer: Access trailer here
  • Honorable Mention: Loup y es-tu ?
    • Director(s) /Producer(s): Louise Laurent, Alizée Van De Valle, Emma Fessart, Jeanne Galland, Célina Lebon, Annouck Françoise, Supinfocom Rubika
    • Description: “Loup y es-tu ?” by Louise Laurent, Alizée Van de Valle, Emma Fessart, Jeanne Galland, Célina Lebon, and Annouck François from Supinfocom Rubika also earned an Honorable Mention. This enchanting film follows a young girl’s musical journey and the lurking presence of the mysterious Wolf.
    • Trailer: Access trailer here

CAF 2023 is organised by Computer Animation Festival Chair Herman Van Eyken, Director of Griffith Film School, Griffith Film School, Computer Animation Festival Co-Chair Rob Coleman, Creative Director, Industrial Light & Magic, Computer Animation Festival Producer Karen Kriss, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Art & Design, and Computer Animation Festival Producer Henry Sun, Lecturer, Griffith Film School.

Screenings take place in the immersive Electronic Theater and Animation Theater at SIGGRAPH Asia 2023.

Visit SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 for more information.

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