European directors win big in SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival Honors
The SIGGRAPH committee has announced Computer Animation Festival's Best in Show, Jury Award, Best Student Project, and Best Student Project Runners-Up recipients. The nominees were chosen by an expert panel of jury members from more than 500 submissions. A total of 104 pieces will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. The fact that a majority of the winners were from outside the United States is just another indication of how much it has evolved into an international event.
“Every piece in the festival has something that made it stand out from the 40 hours of content submitted for this year’s show,” says Jason R.M. Smith, SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation Festival Director. “There's no other venue in the world comparable to the Computer Animation Festival; each year we're honored by the amazing number of high-quality entries and every year the show grows. This year we're screening 10% more content and the quality continues to improve too. Which made picking the best of the best even more difficult.”
The Computer Animation Festival, celebrating its 40th year, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a "Best Animated Short" Academy Award. This year’s selections will be featured during the Computer Animation Festival through a series of daily Festival Screenings and the iconic Electronic Theater, allowing attendees to get a glimpse behind the making of computer-generated effects, visualizations, and animations.
BEST IN SHOW AWARD
À la Française
Directed by Morrigane Boyer, Julien Hazebroucq, Ren Hsien Hsu, Emmanuelle Leleu and William Lorton, France
Directed by Marcin Wasilewski, Poland
BEST STUDENT PROJECT
Directed by Kyra Buschor, Anna Habermehl, Constantin Paeplow, Germany
BEST STUDENT PROJECT RUNNERS-UP
Directed by John Pettingill, Texas A&M University, United States of America
Directed by Moritz Schneider, Germany