Submission Deadline

Thursday, 7 May 2015

22:00 UTC/GMT

The submission deadline for Dailies has been extended to 7 May.

Dailies is a signature SIGGRAPH program that celebrates the craft of creating computer graphics. It focuses on exceptionally creative work and the stories behind how the work was created.

SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies invites you to submit a short (60-90 second) clip that shows off something you’re proud of. It doesn't necessarily have to be complete work, but a good submission will briefly discuss the challenges you met and how you overcame them to produce your work. It might be:

  • A model or shader
  • A rig or animation
  • A shot you lit
  • A stunning effect
  • A killer cinematic
  • A particularly lucid visualization

The work can be professional, student, or even just a personal project, but you should be able to explain how you think the work demonstrates excellence. If your submission is accepted, you must talk about your work for approximately two minutes.

If you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2015 in person, we would still like to see your best work. Please submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.

So choose the best thing you've done all year and send it for review!

Submission Process
Submitters must complete the ACM rights-management process when they submit their work to SIGGRAPH 2015. In previous years, the rights-management form was not required until after submissions were accepted, which often delayed effective promotion of conference programs and events. The new rights-management process will eliminate that delay and enhance conference marketing efforts.

The process of creating computer graphics has a lot in common with the process of making physical stuff. For 2015, we’d love to have a handful of presentations by makers. Did your last project produce a couple of “a-ha” moments that you want to share? Did you make a cool device that you can show off in two minutes? We want to see it!

Classic Dailies
We would love to showcase a few presentations on projects from 10-20 years ago. Remember when that now-common technique didn’t exist, and you needed to invent it for the late-90s summer blockbuster you were working on? Bring it to Dailies and show the new kids how easy they have it these days.

Longer Talks
We will present a session of talks with four jury-selected entries (25 minutes per talk).

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission", and then select "create" for the Dailies submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To submit to Dailies, please select Dailies as your presentation format.

You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format. Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including speaker names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of your work, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately.
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Your presentation backstory, submitted as a PDF. This is what you will read onstage. It is what we’ll read for jurying.
  • A low-res version (for convenience in jurying) of your presentation video, which must be in this format: QuickTime, H264 encoded, 640 x 360p, up to 90 seconds, no sound. Upon acceptance you will need to submit a hi-res version (1280 x 720p).

Non-native English speakers may use the English Review Service to help improve the text of submissions. Please note that this process takes time, so plan far ahead.

Educator’s Resources Submission option. Those submitting content to a SIGGRAPH conference have the option of donating materials of educational value to ACM SIGGRAPH online resources for the benefit of the education community. Learn more

For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

For additional submission information, please see F.A.Q. (tab above).

Each submission will be judged on two criteria:

1. The jurors are looking for work done this year that shows craft and excellence in computer graphics. They are not looking for a complete work, just that one special thing that makes you proud to share your work with your peers. Though the jury prefers recent work, this is not a strict requirement as some production stories are timeless.

2. The jurors are also looking for a compelling backstory (an impossible deadline, a late-night inspiration, an artistic argument, etc.). The backstory gives the jury an idea of what to expect from your presentation if your work is accepted.

The backstory is a critical component of the evaluation process and should be more about your experience than about the tool you used. 

For the jury to easily review your backstory, please try to keep the text concise: something that can be read out loud in about 90 seconds. Upon acceptance, you will have the opportunity to update your content.

The jury will prefer work that can be presented in person at SIGGRAPH 2015.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your submission in mid-June 2015.

If accepted, you will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that they can be included in the conference schedule and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance.

Additionally, you will need to upload a final presentation video by mid-June deadline. The format must be QuickTime, H264 encoded, 1280 x 720p, up to 90 seconds, no sound.

Note: this is a presentation format, so we strongly recommend that you present your work in person. But if you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2015, you can submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.

Registration and travel costs are at your own expense. The contributor of record who presents at the Dailies event will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2015 Recognition Policy.

26 January
Dailies submission begins.

7 May
Deadline for all Dailies submission forms and upload of materials.

Submission and Authorization forms due.

Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices sent to all Dailies submitters.

Deadline for changes to materials for publication, including short and long descriptions, backstory, and images. Deadline for presentation video.

9-13 August

SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles.

I don't get it. What is this anyway?
Please watch these recent examples of Dailies presentations.

I lit a great shot on the movie "Killer Zombies from Mars", but it's only three seconds long. How can I get that to 90 seconds?
You could show a progression of versions as you add more and more lights, or show a breakdown of various AOVs and how you adjusted the comp, or you could just loop the shot 20-30 times. It's up to you.

Can I submit a still image or a series of stills?
Yes, if it is computer generated and can hold the audience's interest while you tell the story behind it.

I don't want to get on stage. Or, I'm not sure I can be in Los Angeles for the conference. Can I just record my story as a voice-over?
We strongly prefer an in-person presentation. But if you can’t attend SIGGRAPH 2015, you can submit a short video with a sound track describing the piece. The best of these submissions may be shown during the Dailies presentation.