SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival honours the best work in computer graphics

The SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival (CAF), Asia’s premier computer-generated animation and visual effects event, will showcase a worldwide collection of the year’s best works. From student films to professional projects, the festival once again showcases and celebrates some of the industry’s newest, most compelling technology-based visual artistry. 

The festival is pleased to announce four award-winning films, selected by judges from a total of 501 animation works. This was the first year the festival saw a tie in the ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ category, resulting in four award winners for the CAF Winners Screening. The international jury of industry heavyweights also selected the top 16 works for the Electronic Theater screening, and another 19 for the Animation Theater screening.

“This year saw another fantastic selection of works from artists across Asia and around the world,” said Computer Animation Festival chair, Dan Sarto. “Our winning CAF films, as well as each selection for the Electronic Theater and Animation Theater screenings, showcase the latest innovative works from an incredibly diverse and talented group of artists. Our jury helped assemble an extraordinary collection of animated projects, including 35 animated shorts, commercials, and other works, that conference attendees can watch both in Tokyo and online. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took time to share their work with us.”

Award Winning Projects

BEST IN SHOW: Twenty Something

Director: Aphton Corbin
Producer: Erik Langley
Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios
Country: USA

Adulting can be hard. Some days you’re nailing it, while other days, you’re just a stack of kids hiding in a trench coat hoping no one notices. Gia finds herself in this exact scenario the night of her 21st birthday. This is a story about the insecurities of adulting and how we’re all just faking it ’till we make it. Produced as part of Pixar Animation Studios’ SparkShorts Program.


BEST STUDENT PROJECTLe Retour des Vagues
Directors: Manon Cansell, Alejandra Guevara Cervera, Edward Kurchevsky, Francisco Moutinho de Magalhães, Hortense Mariano
Producer: Moïra Marguin
School: Gobelins, L’École de L’Image
Country: France
Distributor: Miyu Distribution

Coming back to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his past, a young man encounters the place completely stopped in time. Moving through the familiar streets, memories disorient him as he faces what he once left behind.

BEST STUDENT PROJECT: Les larmes de la Seine
Directors: Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Producer: Carlos De Carvalho
School: Pôle 3D
Country: France

17 October 1961, “Algerian workers” took to the streets to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the Police prefecture.

JURY SPECIAL: Only a Child
Director: Simone Giampaolo
Producer: Gabriella de Gara
Production Company: Amka Films, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR
Country: United Kingdom, Switzerland

Only a Child is a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and color to the original words spoken by Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. An omnibus film celebrating the environmental youth movement 30 years in the making.

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