I have submitted my work to the most recent SIGGRAPH Asia. Is it okay if I submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2020?
Yes. You can submit the same work to SIGGRAPH 2020 as long as it was released after 1 April 2019. We are independent festivals with separate juries and acceptance procedures.
How many works can I submit to the VR Theater?
There is no limit. You may submit as many as you like, but ensure you complete a separate submission form for each work.
Is there a submission fee for submitting to the VR Theater?
No. You only need to complete the online submission process.
Where do I send my submission materials?
All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2020 online submission system. The online submission process allows submitters easy access to the submission system, eliminates time-consuming shipping and mailing, and provides an efficient procedure for reviewing submitted work.
Can I enter my work through Film Freeway?
The VR Theater does not accept submissions through Film Freeway. All works must be submitted via the SIGGRAPH 2020 online submission system.
When is the submission deadline for the VR Theater?
Online submission forms and accompanying uploads must be completed no later than 11 February 2020 for the VR Theater. All deadlines are 22:00 UTC/GMT (convert to your time zone). Submissions received after either deadline will not be reviewed.
I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible for me to submit “work in progress” for reviewing?
Sort of. The SIGGRAPH 2020 VR Theater will only show finished projects. If the file/project you would like to submit is scheduled for completion after 13 March 2020, we will not accept your submission. If the project will be completed on or before 13 March 2020 but after 11 February 2020, we are open to considering the work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your circumstance.
We are an art school, and we are planning to submit several student works as one submission. Is this okay?
No. Each piece must be uploaded separately to the online submission system along with its own completed and signed submission form. Each piece is judged on its own merit.
What file formats are acceptable for submission?
See the How to Submit guidelines for file format details.
What criteria will the jury use to select works?
Jurors are expected to select the highest quality works from among those submitted. Each juror takes into consideration the technical aspects of the piece, the visual interest, and, where applicable, the storytelling; however, the jury’s primary criterion is to select the pieces it feels will form the strongest show.
My work makes use of commercially recorded music. Is that okay?
You are responsible for securing the necessary permissions and licenses for audio material that is contained in your work. If your music was not created originally for your content, or if you are using another person’s music, you must obtain the necessary permissions or required licenses. We will not purchase these rights for you.
If my work is selected for the VR Theater, will SIGGRAPH 2020 pay for my accommodation and travel expenses?
No. You are responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses. For details, please refer to the SIGGRAPH 2020 Recognition Policy.
Do I need to supply my own headset or computer?
No, you just need to create a submission and make sure your content is available for us to access. The VR Theater will provide hardware.
Do I need to be present to demo my content during SIGGRAPH 2020?
No. Our volunteer operators will help attendees enjoy your content. However, we do ask you (or someone on your team) to attend the conference, since we might ask for help setting up your content.
What hardware platforms are supported or preferred?
The VR Theater prefers content that can be enjoyed on Oculus or Vive hardware due to the logistics of the theater format. If your piece cannot be converted to run on Oculus or Vive and uses another commercially available platform, the jury will still consider it.
Should I bring marketing or branding materials (banners, for example) to the VR Theater?
No. Please don’t bring any studio or sponsored materials. The VR Theater space will not display them.
Should I submit to the Immersive Pavilion, VR Theater, or Emerging Technologies?
If your submission is primarily a technology demo — something that is hands-on for attendees to try out — we recommend submitting to the Emerging Technologies program, which closes on 11 February 2020.
If your submission is more about providing an interactive experience for an attendee to try with your own tech or third-party tech, please submit it to the Immersive Pavilion program, which closes on 11 February 2020. In general, the Immersive Pavilion program is focused on interactive VR installations. This is where you will find new uses of VR, MR, and AR, ranging from games, simulations, or professional applications to complex art installations.
The VR Theater is focused on VR storytelling and is looking for submissions that help develop the language of storytelling in virtual reality through 11 February 2020. The type of content ranges from 360-degree video to experiences that fully utilize HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and their controllers. If your submission could go either way, we recommend that you carefully evaluate each program. If it is more suitable for a program other than the one you select, we will endeavor to transfer it.