Dated: 15 January 2004
New Singapore Original Animation Categories in ComGraph 2004 created in partnership with the Media Development Authority
Singapore, January 15, 2004 - Think you can create the next Nemo, Shrek or Gollum? Here's your chance to prove it. Enter the 5th Asia Pacific Digital Art and Animation Competition, and show the world just what you've got to be the next worldclass animator. Your work may well make it bigtime internationally with the help of the Media Development Authority (MDA) and the SIGGRAPH Singapore Chapter.
Both today announced the creation of the Singapore Original Animation categories for ComGraph 2004: 5th Asia Pacific Digital Art and Animation Competition and the call for entries for the competition. This event recognises outstanding digital art and animation works and is open to participants in the Asia Pacific region. Students, professionals from production companies and advertising agencies, as well as individuals who are interested in computer graphics are encouraged to take part.
ComGraph 2004 is inviting submission of entries to the following five categories:
1. Singapore Original Animation (Open), NEW
2. Singapore Original Animation (Student), NEW
3. Computer Animation (Open)
4. Computer Animation (Student)
5. Digital Art (theme: Fantasy)
The highlights of this year's competition are the new Singapore Original Animation categories created in partnership with the MDA, in which participants are invited to submit original short animation works incorporating original characters and storylines that can be further developed into an animated TV series or feature film.
The new categories are open to all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. This is aimed at encouraging the creation of original animation content in Singapore, giving exposure to "Made-by-Singapore" original animation content and promoting the growth of local talent in original animation production.
Winners stand to win attractive cash prizes totalling $15,000 sponsored by the MDA. The winning computer animation works in the Singapore Original Animation category will stand a chance to be produced into an animation pilot. This is the first step towards the production of a complete animation series that may eventually be broadcast internationally.
Mr Lim Hock Chuan, MDA's Chief Executive Officer, explains why the MDA is supporting ComGraph. "We see great potential for digital media and animation in Singapore. The ComGraph competition is an excellent platform for animation and digital media talents to showcase their works. Supporting these talents is part of our strategy of growing the local media industry and developing Singapore into a global media city. We hope that the new Singapore Original Animation categories in the competition will encourage the development of original animation content in Singapore. If we can develop local Made-by-Singapore content for international audiences, our local media industry will grow further beyond the limitations of our market size."
Added SIGGRAPH Chairman, Dr Seah Hock Soon, "We are happy to be able to work hand-in-hand with MDA to expand the potential of the Singapore's digital media industry through ComGraph. With new directions and initiatives, ComGraph 2004 will certainly add excitement to the regional computer graphics scene."
ComGraph 2004 Awards
Singapore Original Animation (Open)
1. Gold Award winner will each receive S$5,000 cash, certificate &trophy.
2. Silver Award winner will each receive S$3,000 cash, certificate &trophy.
3. Bronze Award winner will each receive S$2,000 cash, certificate &trophy.
Singapore Original Animation (Student)
1. Gold Award winner will each receive S$2,500 cash, certificate &trophy.
2. Silver Award winner will each receive S$1,500 cash, certificate &trophy.
3. Bronze Award winner will each receive S$1,000 cash, certificate &trophy.
The winning animation works in the Singapore Original Animation category will stand a chance to be produced into an animation pilot for broadcast.
Computer Animation (Open) - Gold / Silver / Bronze Awards
Computer Animation (Student) - Gold / Silver / Bronze Awards
Digital Art (theme: Fantasy) - Gold / Silver / Bronze Awards
All Gold Award winners will each receive prizes, certificate &trophy.
All Silver Award winners will each receive prizes, certificate &trophy.
All Bronze Award winners will each receive prizes, certificate &trophy.
All digital art and animation works submitted must be original and done after January 2003. The deadline for submission for the ComGraph 2004 is 30 April 2004. Submission guidelines and entry forms for ComGraph 2004 are available on the official web site, http://www.3dsense.net
Entry forms and works are to be submitted to: ACM SIGGRAPH Singapore Chapter, ComGraph 2004 Secretariat, c/o Centre for Graphics and Imaging Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798.
Prejudging will be conducted to shortlist nominees from among all of the competition entries for the final round of judging. Award winners will be selected from among these nominees. The judging panel will be composed of professionals from the media, broadcast industry and academic institutions. Representing different areas of expertise, each will bring an important perspective to the judging process which this year places emphasis on balancing the values of creativity, originality of expression and story with technical skills.
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