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‘Shooom’s Odyssey,’ ‘Migrants,’ and ‘Box Assassin’ Take SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Honors

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‘Shooom’s Odyssey,’ ‘Migrants,’ and ‘Box Assassin’ Take SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Honors

15 December 2020 – SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Virtual has officially announced the three award-winning films from its Computer Animation Festival. Selected from a pool of 577 CG animated projects, 51 pre-selection jurors whittled the group down to 139; from there, an international jury of top professionals reviewed each project, choosing three award winners for the CAF Winners Screening, 22 top works for the Electronic Theater screening as well as another 22 for the Animation Theater program.

Take a moment to check out the Computer Animation Festival Trailer here.

“Our CAF winners, Electronic Theater and Animation Theater screenings highlight the work of an incredibly diverse and talented group of artists from around the world,” said SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Chair, Dan Sarto. “Our jury helped assemble an extraordinary collection of animated projects, including 47 animated shorts, VFX reels, commercials, scientific visualizations and other works, presented online during the festival. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took time to share their work with us.”

The SIGGRAPH the 2020 award winners are:

BEST IN SHOW: Shoom’s Odyssey

Director: Julien Bisaro
Producer: Claire Paoletti
Production Company: Picolo Pictures
Country: France
The 26-minute film, which won the Cristal for Best TV Production at Annecy 2020, tells the story of Shooom, a baby owl, that hatches just as a storm turns the bayou surrounding her tree upside down. No sooner has she fallen from her nest, then the little fledgling totters off into the mangrove, pushing a second egg from the brood along with her. Come hell or high water, she’s determined to find a mother... even if that mom turns out to be an alligator or a raccoon!

Click here to watch the ‘BEST IN SHOW’ Shoom’s Odyssey’s Teaser.

BEST STUDENT PROJECT: Migrants

Directors: Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte, and Zoé Devise
Producer: Carlos De Carvalho
School: Pôle 3D
Country: France
Distributor: Je Regarde
Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.

Click here to watch the ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ Migrants’ Teaser.

JURY SPECIAL: Box Assassin

Producer / Director: Jeremy Schaefer
School: Ringling College of Art & Design
Country: U.S.A.
Craig, a pizza delivery boy, recalls the night he was making a delivery to a cold-blooded gang boss and his goons. Unknowingly, Craig delivers not pizza, but the legendary Box Assassin. The assassin shows up and wreaks havoc among the gangsters. Craig attempts to escape but is taken hostage by the gang boss. At the mercy of a cold-blooded gangster, Craig fears this might be the end.

Click here to watch the ‘JURY SPECIAL’ Box Assassin’s Teaser.

This year’s 22 films / projects selected for the Electronic Theater are as follows:

Aura
Timm Völkner

Déjeuner sur l'herbe
Jocelyn Charles, Jules Bourgès, Nathan Harbonn-Viaud, and Pierre Rougemont

Dogs
Benjamin Berrebi, Jakub Bednarz, Diego Cristófano, Mohammad Babakoohi,Théo Lenoble, Karlo Pavicic-Ravlic, and Marthinus Van Rooyen

Eos
Benoît Filippin, Paul Gautier, Laureline Massias, and Mathieu Milaret


Shaofu Zhang and Andrew Chesworth

Hamsa
Daniela Dwek, Maya Mendonca, and Chrisy Baek

HBO Asia /Dream Raider/ TV Show Opening Sequence
Aslan Malik

In Event of Moon Disaster
Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund

Instinct
Arthur Allender, Mathieu Antoine, Léna Belmonte, Cyrielle Guillermin, Victor Kirsch, and Elliot Thomasson

Kapaemahu
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson

Lenny Makes Some-Thing - “Turn Me On (feat.ARCX)” MV
Junha Kim

Love and Fifty Megatons (VFX)
Krez Denis

Pangu
Shaofu Zhang

Ragnarök
Christophe Sarraco, Pauline Lavelle, Hadrien Augier, Théo Blanchard, and Hugo Fredoueil

Soap versus COVID-19
John McGhee

Sous la glace
Milan Baulard, Ismaïl Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory, and Hugo Potin

The Beauty
Pascal Schelbli

The Heretic
Veselin Efremov

The Journey of Mankind is the Sea of Stars
Bohong Deng

Too Late
Roy Stein

Windbreak
Ágnes Győrfi

Windup
Yibing Jiang

The Computer Animation Festival’s 11 dedicated jury members, who spent two weeks reviewing 139 films and projects before choosing the final three award winners, 22 Electronic Theatre and 22 Animation Theatre selections, are as follows:

BoKyung Park
Seoul Business Agency

Ed Hooks
Acting for Animators

Erick Oh
Tonko House

Jae-huun Ahn
Meditation with a Pencil

Jeff Gipson
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Juck Somsaman
The Monk Studios

June Kim
UNSW Sydney

Paul Hellard
VFXScience

Steve Emerson
LAIKA

Sungho Hong
Locus Corporation

Vani Saraswathi
Dancing Atoms

Click here to learn more about SIGGRAPH Asia 2020’s Computer Animation Festival.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Download accompanying images here: https://bit.ly/cafwinners
  2. Keep tabs of updates, download images and more at the SIGGRAPH Asia virtual newsroom
  3. Media may apply for media accreditation to SIGGRAPH Asia at https://bit.ly/SA20-pressreg

About SIGGRAPH Asia 2020

SIGGRAPH Asia, the annual ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia, attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by computer graphics research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 will take place in a fully virtual format.

The virtual conference will include a diverse range of programs such as the ACM SIGGRAPH Frontiers Workshops, Art Gallery, Birds of a Feather, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Emerging Technologies, Featured Sessions, Games, International Resources Committee / Diversity & Inclusion, Keynotes, Posters, Technical Communications, Technical Papers, VR Theater and XR. On-demand sessions was accessible from 4 December, and live and premiere sessions took place between 10 – 13 December 2020.

For more information, please visit sa2020.siggraph.org. Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia and #SIGGRAPHAsia2020.

About ACM SIGGRAPH

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. ACM SIGGRAPH enriches the computer graphics and interactive techniques community year-round through its conferences, global network of professional and student chapters, publications, and educational activities. For more information, please visit www.siggraph.org.

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SIGGRAPH Asia Marketing & Media Relations
Jamie Huang jamie.huang@siggraph.org | +65 92329738

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Chair
Dan Sarto dan@awn.com | +1 (818) 786-5402

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Co-Chair
Siva Kumar Kasetty kasettysiva@gmail.com | +91 99726 10354

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Computer Animation Festival Producer
Kaye H. Lee kayeh.lee@gmail.com

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