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April 26, 2007


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SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Awards announced.
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

ACM SIGGRAPH announces the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show Award, Jury Honors, and Award of Excellence winners for SIGGRAPH 2007, the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, being held 5-9 August 2007 in San Diego, California.

The Computer Animation Festival jury selected three award winners from a record-breaking 905 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery, animation, and storytelling. For the first time in the history of SIGGRAPH, two of the award-winning films are student entries. In all, 134 pieces were selected for the Computer Animation Festival.

The winners are:

Ark (Best of Show)
Grzegorz Jonkajtys and Marcin Kobylecki

Dreammaker (Jury Honors)
Leszek Plichta
Institute of Animation, Visual Effects, and Digital Post Production
Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg

En Tus Brazos (Award of Excellence)
Francois-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret, Matthieu Landour
Supinfocom Valenciennes

Groundbreaking films presented at the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival have amazed audiences for three decades. Since 1999, the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival has also been an official qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Best Animated Short Film" award. Paul Debevec is the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival Chair from the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies.

"This year's winners are perfect examples of how computer graphics is enabling small, independent groups to create films with vast landscapes, complex characters, and amazing visuals," commented Debevec. "Just as computer graphics blurs the line between real and virtual, each of these films in its unique way explores what is tangible and what is imaginary and whether that difference is important."

According to Debevec, 2007 marks just the second time that filmmakers were able to submit high definition video to the selection jury, which greatly increased the jury's ability to appreciate the intricacy of each film - especially the award winners.

Debevec continues, "The winning films are not cartoons where scissors dance with staplers, but films with credible human characters who find love, suffer loss, and face their mortality, leaving a profound emotional impact on the audience."

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