Vicon, developer of motion-capture systems, has launched the first Vicon Film Festival: A Celebration of All Things Motion Capture and Animation at SIGGRAPH 2007. The Vicon Film Festival is an international competition to find the most creative and entertaining use of a series of captured movements in a short animated movie. With a grand prize of $10,000, the competition will be open to original short films (between two and five minutes) using motion-capture data provided via the Vicon Film Festival Web site: http://www.vicon.com/film_festivalize/index.html.
Selected films will be posted on YouTube for public voting, and the top 10 entries will be submitted to an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts. The winner will be announced in May 2008. Media sponsors for the competition include Computer Graphics World, VFXWorld.com, and Digital Arts magazine (UK).