SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival Award Winners

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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.

The festival is pleased to announce four award-winning films, selected by judges from a total of 501 animated works. This was the first year the festival saw a tie in the Best Student Project category, resulting in four winners for the CAF Winners Screening. The international jury of industry heavyweights also selected the top 16 works for the Electronic Theater screening and another 19 for the Animation Theater screening.



“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.


Award-winning projects



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.

Watch the trailer for “BEST IN SHOW” Twenty Something here.




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

Country: France

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.

Watch the trailer for “BEST STUDENT PROJECT” Return of the Waves here.





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

Country: France


On October 17, 1961, “Algerian workers” took to the streets to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the police headquarters.

Watch the trailer for ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ Tears of the Seine here.




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.

Watch the Only a Child ‘JURY SPECIAL’ trailer here.

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.

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