SIGGRAPH 2019 CAF
The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is once again bringing home the SIGGRAPH 2019 Computer Animation Festival for a screening with the full movie theater experience at The Royal on March 3rd. This year only, admission will be free and open to all!
The Computer Animation Festival consists of some of the best animated shorts and VFX breakdown reels created by students and professionals from around the world, and is selected by an international jury of experts. Since 1999, the Computer Animation Festival has been recognized as a qualifying festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and several works originally presented have received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Playing host for the night will be Mark Elendt, a local VFX veteran, Academy Award winner and longtime SIGGRAPH volunteer.
Tuesday March 3rd 2020
Royal theater (608 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada)
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SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival Travelling Show
The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter had the pleasure of screening the SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival Travelling Show on May 16th, 2018.
A fantastic group of students and professionals came to the event to enjoy the best animation and VFX work from SIGGRAPH 2017, as well as an engaging talk by Alain Chesnais (former ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH President).
The Computer Animation Festival Travelling Show recognizes amazing work, from VFX breakdowns by major studios to short animated student projects, chosen by a jury of internationally recognized professionals. Since 1999, several works originally presented at SIGGRAPH have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.
The screening was followed by a relaxed networking event where enthusiastic animation-lovers were able to connect and discuss the screening, SIGGRAPH and more.
A Retrospective of Houdini
The awesome panelists from the Houdini talk!
Do you ever wonder how Science and Technology Oscars are awarded? Attendees at the Retrospective of Houdini event learned about that and so much more! Mark Elendt, Kim Davidson (CEO), Jeff Lait (Senior Mathematician) and Cristin Barghiel (VP Product Development) were all at the event, discussing the incredible work that got them a Scientific and Engineering Award and the history of Houdini.
The award, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was awarded for their contributions to the design and architecture of Houdini. Attendees got a chance to see and hold a real Oscar statue, plaque and certificate as well as acceptance and rejection letters from the academy.
The talk was followed by a social at a nearby pub where everyone had a great time chatting with the amazing people at Houdini
“With more than twenty years of continual innovation, Houdini has delivered the power of procedural methods to visual effects artists, making it the industry standard for bringing natural phenomena, destruction and other digital effects to the screen.” – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Student Volunteer Info Session
Thank you to all of the students who came to the SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer Information Session! The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH chapter hosted this event in collaboration with the University of Toronto Computer Graphics Club for the first time. We would also like to thank our speaker, Alain Chesnais. He is the current VP of software development at Big Viking Games, and the former president for both ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH. Thank you to Big Viking Games for sponsoring our event and feeding hungry students with pizza!
We had many enthusiastic students from multiple schools and programs attend the session. Alain Chesnais covered all the details about what it means to be a SIGGRAPH student volunteer, what the benefits can be, and what qualities are sought after in a Student Volunteer. After his presentation, we had a very successful Q&A session with a panel of some former Student Volunteers who are also involved in the Toronto SIGGRAPH Chapter. The panel included Gillian Chesnais, Jacky Bibliowicz, and Roya Shams. After the event and discussion, the students that we met were even more excited and eager to apply. We hope we can see them at upcoming SIGGRAPH conferences, or future Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH events!
SIGGRAPH 2017 CAF
The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is delighted to host the SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival Travelling Show!
So what is the Travelling Show? Every year, a jury of internationally recognized professionals chooses some of the best works from animation to visual effects from around the world to showcase at the SIGGRAPH conference’s Computer Animation Festival. These vary from VFX breakdowns by major studios to short animated student projects. The Computer Animation Festival at SIGGRAPH is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented at SIGGRAPH have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.
The Travelling Show screening is your chance to come see and enjoy the SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival right here in Toronto! The screening will be followed by networking and cheers with other animation and VFX enthusiasts at a nearby pub.
Date: Wednesday May 16th 2018
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: 40 St. George St., Room 2145 , Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 2E4
Free for Chapter Members and UofT faculty and students (must show T-card at the door)
Get the ticket included with the purchase of a Professional or Student Membership.
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