TOKYO, JAPAN — The SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival (CAF), Asia’s premier computer-generated animation and visual effects event, will showcase a global collection of the year’s best works. From student films to professional projects, the festival once again showcases and celebrates some of the latest and most compelling technological visual art in the industry.
“This year has seen another fantastic selection of works by artists from Asia and around the world,” said Computer Animation Festival President Dan Sarto. “Our CAF winning films, as well as each selection for Electronic Theater and Animation Theater screenings, feature the latest innovative works from an incredibly diverse and talented group of artists. Our jury helped put together an extraordinary collection of animation projects, including 35 animated shorts, commercials and other works, which conference attendees can watch both in Tokyo and online. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took the time to share their work with us.
Watch the trailer for this year’s Computer Animation Festival here.
BEST IN SHOW: Twenty Something
Director: Aphton Corbin
Producer: Erik Langley
Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios
Country: United States
Adulthood can be tough. Some days you’re successful, while other days you’re just a bunch of kids hiding in trench coats hoping no one notices. Gia finds herself in this exact scenario on the night of her 21st birthday. It’s a story about the insecurities of adulthood and how we all fake it until we make it. Produced as part of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts program.
BEST STUDENT PROJECT: The Return of the Waves
Directors: Manon Cansell, Alejandra Guevara Cervera, Edward Kurchevsky, Francisco Moutinho de Magalhães, Hortense Mariano
Producer: Moïra Marguin
School: Gobelins, The School of the Image
Distributor: Miyu Distribution
Returning to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his past, a young man encounters the place completely stopped in time. Moving through the familiar streets, the memories disorient him as he comes to terms with what he left behind.
BEST STUDENT PROJECT: Tears of the Seine
Directors: Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Producer: Carlos De Carvalho
School: 3D Pole
On October 17, 1961, “Algerian workers” took to the streets to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the police headquarters.
SPECIAL JURY: An only child
Director: Simone Giampaolo
Producer: Gabriella de Gara
Production company: Amka Films, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR
Country: United Kingdom, Switzerland
Only a Child is a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic direction of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and color to the original words spoken by Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the United Nations Summit in Rio in 1992, the desperate call from a child to act for the future of our planet. An omnibus film celebrating 30 years of the youth environmental movement.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 will take place at the Tokyo International Forum, Japan and online from December 14-17. For more information on scheduling this hybrid edition, please visit https://sa2021.siggraph.org/en/attend.
A range of registration categories are available for attendees wishing to attend in person as well as virtual attendees from anywhere in the world. To register, visit: http://sa2021.siggraph.org/register.