April 30, 2007

SIGGRAPH Animation Contest Deadline Approaching

Chicago - The deadline for entry into SIGGRAPH 2007 FJORG! (pronounced "forge"), a new international computer graphics animation competition sponsored by DreamWorks Animation, is fast approaching. The competition will be held at SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, held August 5 through 9 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.    
Sixteen three-member teams will be selected to compete in FJORG! for an intense, 32-hour competition held before a live audience. Each team will be challenged to create a character-driven animated sequence (of at least 15 seconds in length) based on a specific theme provided by the judges.     
Interested participants can now submit demo reels on the SIGGRAPH 2007 FJORG! web page at www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/fjorg/how.html up until 15 May 2007. Submissions must be made by three-person teams and are limited to one submission per team. Individuals are not permitted to submit with multiple teams. There is a $30 fee for uploading a demo reel. Accepted file formats and submission specifics are outlined in the FJORG! Official Rules available online at www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/fjorg/.   
"Everyone from the international computer graphics community is encouraged to enter this competition," says Patricia Beckmann-Wells, SIGGRAPH FJORG! Chair. "We are so excited to have DreamWorks Animation join us in hosting such an innovative competition. We expect it to be an extremely challenging, engaging and memorable animation contest."    
Competing for the coveted title of "FJORG! Champion, SIGGRAPH 2007," teams will not only test their animation skills, but must also withstand multiple staged distractions in a test of skill, talent, creativity, and physical endurance. The winning team will be chosen by an elite panel of judges from throughout the entertainment industry based on judging criteria set forth in FJORG! Official Rules at www.siggraph.org/s2007/presenters/fjorg/.
Winners will be announced at a special ceremony during SIGGRAPH 2007, and will receive various prizes including a full conference registration for the remainder of SIGGRAPH 2007, as well as tickets to the Electronic Theater.     SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, CA, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center.
SIGGRAPH 2007 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2007. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. Visit www.siggraph.org/s2007 for more details.