In place of the normal SIGGRAPH exhibition, SIGGRAPH London, in partnership with SyncSketch, has launched a unique animation competition with big prizes up for grabs – including SyncSketch credit! 

The competition invites animators to submit work based on the theme “Escape From Earth,” submitting a shot between 5 and 15 seconds to SyncSketch.

The final deadline for the competition is the 23rd of November, so get animating!

Check out the full details and prizes below: 

The prize tiers include:

1st place:

  • Mentorship from start to finish on the production of a shot with Rodrigo Costa
  • London ACM SIGGRAPH Membership for one year
  • Ramon Arango’s rigs of Appolo and Arthemis 
  • SyncSketch $300 credit coupon

2nd place:

  • London ACM SIGGRAPH Membership for one year
  • Ramon Arango’s rigs of Appolo and Arthemis 
  • SyncSketch $200 credit coupon

3rd place: 

  • London ACM SIGGRAPH Membership for one year
  • Ramon Arango’s rigs of Appolo and Arthemis 
  • SyncSketch $100 credit coupon

To submit, you need to download the Malcom rig from the following link and follow the rules carefully. Then, simply upload your submission at (no paid account required) and fill in your application through this Eventbrite, providing the Syncsketch link to your creation.

You can choose to do a fully body-mechanics shot, or a fully acting shot, or a mix of both. You can also choose existing audio from any medium or record original audio. It’s perfectly fine to add environment and props to your shots, but the quality of those props sets will not influence the final decision for the winner. 

Animations will be judged by Quality, Originality, Idea, Appeal, and Acting. 

Body-MechanicsAnimations will not be judged by Length (as long as it’s inside the 5-15 second). As well as render or any other addition to the shot (other departments work) besides animation – playblasts are just as fine as fully rendered shots. 

Competition Judges:

Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon has been working in the animation industry professionally since 1994. Joining Warner Bros. Classics in 1995, later joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1997. There he worked on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and 3, Monsters Inc, Monster U. Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, The Incredibles 1 and 2 and Ratatouille among many other projects and films.  

Marion Strunck

Marion Strunck studied Character Animation at the Animation Workshop in Denmark and is currently Lead Animator at Framestore in London. She worked on several films including Mowgli, Ready Player One, Detective Pikachu and His Dark Materials.

Ere Santos

Ere is a Canadian Animator who has been working in feature films for 3 years. He has worked at well-renowned studios such as Sony, Pixar, MPC, and DNEG. Ere’s greatest passion is in character animation and performance. He currently works as a Senior Animator at Jellyfish Pictures in London.

Simone Giampaolo

Simone Giampaolo is a London-based director and animator with an insatiable appetite for storytelling. In 2013 he graduated with Distinction from the BA(Hons) Computer Animation Arts course at the National Centre for Computer Animation in Bournemouth (UK). Simone worked as animation director and CG generalist in the commercial department at Blue-Zoo Animation on a multitude of projects for clients such as Cartoon Network, Disney, LEGO, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Lucasfilm and BBC. He’s now directing a commissioned short at Aardman Animations (which has been representing him as a short-form director since 2018).

Rodrigo Costa

Rodrigo Costa is an animator based in London. He has worked both in VFX (ILM, Framestore, MPC) and feature animation (Illumination and where he currently works, DNEG) His passion for animating is only rivalled by his passion for talking about animation and analyzing it.

Good Luck, we’re excited to see your entries!