SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater: Official Selections Announced

Call For Submissions

Real-Time Live!

Think beyond in real-time.

Submissions Closed

Real-Time Live! invites you to share your cutting-edge, real-time technology demos with a live audience. Whether you are demoing the latest in game technology, real-time scientific visualization, or an augmented reality app, there is no better opportunity to showcase your transformative technology than at Real-Time Live!

Submit your most astonishing, interactive projects that are advancing technology and challenging users to think beyond the familiar.

We look forward to your submissions!

Submission Deadline

How To Submit

We are seeking cutting-edge, real-time work in the following areas:

  • Video games (commercial, explorations, applications)
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Artist explorations or applications
  • Military or industrial simulations
  • Research projects (physics, graphics, modeling, etc.)
  • Demoscene
  • Filmmaking technology
  • Scientific visualizations (medical/physical science, astrophysics, astronomy, etc.)
  • Machine learning
  • Anything that is interactively controlled, rendered in real time, and repeatable for a live audience

Submissions

View the Sample Submission Form to get an overview of all of the details needed to complete a submission.

  • Log into the submissions portal.
  • Select “Make a New Submission” tab.
  • Select the Real-Time Live! form.

In particular, please be aware of crucial information that you will need to provide, including but not limited to:

  • Basic Information
    • A minute-by-minute breakdown of a six-minute presentation of your work for a live audience.
    • An overview of the platform and hardware needed to run your project. (Note: SIGGRAPH cannot guarantee onsite availability of any specific hardware platforms or software packages. For best results, plan to ship your own platform hardware to the conference.)
    • A list of all licensed components and/or middleware.
    • Network requirements.
  • Representative Image
    • One “representative image” suitable for use on the conference website and promotional materials. See the Representative Image Guidelines located on the Submission FAQ page.
    • 3 x 2 aspect ratio, landscape orientation (recommended)
    • Minimum 1500 x 1000 pixel resolution
    • Minimum 300 dpi
    • Maximum 15 MB size
    • Allowed formats: jpeg
  • Video (Upload or Link)
    • Maximum two-minute segment of captured video from your project.
    • Multiple non-continuous edits are permissible.
    • Post-processing, such as image or speed enhancement, is strictly prohibited.
    • Narration explaining the content in the video is highly encouraged.
    • Minimum 720p resolution
    • H.264 codec
    • Maximum 200 MB size
    • Allowed formats: avi, mov, mp4

Additional Information

  • File Uploads
    For more information about uploading files to your submission, please see Uploading Files located on the Submission FAQ page.
  • Questions?
    For additional submission information, please see Submissions FAQ.

Evaluation

Entries are judged by a panel of computer graphics and real-time technology experts from across the industry. They are looking for the best interactive work driven by real-time technology that results in compelling and innovative content for a live audience. Creativity, innovation, content, and performance will be considered. The jury will meet in early May 2020 to review each submission on the following major criteria:

  1. Innovation (pushes the boundaries of real-time rendering or immersive techniques)
  2. Interactivity (how much control and quality of interactivity allowed to the user)
  3. Creativity and originality
  4. Interest and entertainment value for SIGGRAPH 2020 attendees
  5. Production values (appropriate to context)

The jury will select the top-rated pieces for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, and all submitters will be notified of their submission status: accepted, conditionally accepted*, or rejected. In all cases, the jury will provide detailed feedback to submitters.

*In very rare cases, submissions may be conditionally accepted. If your work is conditionally accepted, you must demonstrate your submission to a jury member via video demo so that its interactivity and/or real-time graphics aspects can be verified. Jurors who have a conflict of interest with your submission will not be permitted to review your submission.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

SIGGRAPH reviewers cannot sign non-disclosure agreements for submissions. For information on Patents and Confidentiality see the Submissions FAQ.

Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, presenters will be required to:

  • Finalize Submission Materials (by 14 May 2020)
    Update information in your submission by 14 May 2020 so it can be incorporated into the conference schedule, website, and promotions.
  • Secure Permissions on Representative Image and Video (by 14 May 2020)
    Attain the proper permissions for the representative image and video in your submission by 14 May 2020. This media will be used for event-related promotional purposes. If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form (https://homes.cs.washington.edu/~spencer/acm/rtl-explainer.html). The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.
  • Attend Virtual Rehearsal(s)
    Attend a mandatory virtual rehearsal in June 2020 (multiple if deemed necessary by Real-Time Live! Chair) using videoconferencing software. You will be expected to demonstrate your entire presentation in six minutes or less to the Real-Time Live! Committee.
  • Submit Final Piece a Month Before Conference (at discretion of Real-Time Live! Chair)
    Upload a copy of the final piece a month before the conference (around 19 June, date subject to change) to a designated SIGGRAPH server. Enhancements to the technology are encouraged after that time, but all core code must be complete.
  • Attend Pre-Conference Meeting
    Participate in a pre-conference meeting in July 2020 to discuss logistics and final questions.
  • Bring Multiple Copies of Presentation to SIGGRAPH 2020
    To provide insurance in the event that the primary technology crashes/fails during the live event, you must bring two copies of the presentation technology onsite along with all applicable hardware. If the technology also was accepted to another area of the conference, you will be required to bring an additional copy of your technology (for a total of three copies). If there is any reason that it is not feasible to bring two copies, this must be cleared with the Real-Time Live! Chair by 14 May 2020. No technology will be moved once it is set up for Real-Time Live! on the afternoon of Saturday, 18 July.
  • Arrive in Washington, D.C. Before Noon, 18 July 2020
    Arrange travel to Washington, D.C. to arrive before noon on Saturday, 18 July, for presenter check-in and tech setup. ALL presenters must be present at that time. Registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2020 Recognition Policy.
  • Attend Rehearsal Onsite at SIGGRAPH, Sunday, 19 July 2020
    Attend a mandatory rehearsal of the Real-Time Live! program in its entirety on the morning of Sunday, 19 July, roughly 7:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Time subject to change.
  • Present at Real-Time Live! Event at SIGGRAPH, Tuesday, 21 July 2020
    Be present for Real-Time Live! in its entirety on Tuesday, 21 July, arriving 45 minutes before show time (typically 5:15 p.m.) and tearing down materials at the event’s end (typically 7:45 p.m.). Exact times subject to change.
  • Additional Information
    Note: Before SIGGRAPH 2020, all accepted presenters will receive the Real-Time Live! Presenter Preparation and Logistics Guide. This document includes complete details on shipping hardware, setup, rehearsals, the Real-Time Live! show, and tear-down.

Timeline

22:00 UTC/GMT, 7 April 2020

Submission deadline.

Early May 2020

Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters.

14 May 2020

Confirmations due, alongside submission updates and permissions for representative image and video.

June 2020

Mandatory virtual rehearsals will take place using videoconferencing software. You will be expected to demonstrate your entire presentation in six minutes or less to the Real-Time Live! Committee.

19 June 2020

At the discretion of Real-Time Live! Chair. Upload a copy of the final piece a month before the conference to a designated SIGGRAPH server. Enhancements to the technology are encouraged after that time, but all core code must be complete.

July 2020

Pre-conference meeting will be held using videoconferencing software to discuss logistics and final questions before arriving onsite.

18 July 2020

Arrive in Washington, D.C. before noon for presenter check-in and tech setup. All presenters must be present onsite at this time.

19–23 July 2020

SIGGRAPH 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2020, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2020 programs — Art Gallery, Art Papers, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review. You have the ability to grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.