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Breaking News: 28,400+ Fill the Halls of SIGGRAPH Conference

For Immediate Release
15 August 2008

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(Los Angeles, CA) - SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, announced today that 28,432 (pre-audit) artists, research scientists, gaming experts, developers, filmmakers, students, and academics from 87 countries joined together for the annual conference and exhibition in Los Angeles this week. Plus, more than 230 international companies exhibited - an increase in exhibits from the previous year.

"When we began planning for SIGGRAPH 2008 three years ago, the vision was to enhance the attendee experience and evolve along with the changing needs of the industry," said Jacquelyn Martino, SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Chair from IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. "The result was a dynamic, multi-sensory, and cutting-edge event."

Highlights from SIGGRAPH 2008:

  • Industry pioneers and leaders offered Featured Speakers presentations:

    Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
    Catherine Owens, Artist/Director and co-director of "U2 3D"
    Takeo Kanade, Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, and Director of the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • The newly expanded Computer Animation Festival was open to the public for the first time ever. In addition to competition and invited screenings, production sessions, and discussion panels with filmmakers/artists/producers, the Festival featured three all-star production studio nights hosted by Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Lucasfilm. The SIGGRAPH 2008 Best in Show Award and Audience Prize went to Gobelins l'école de l'image in France for the film "Oktapodi."

  • The return of the FJORG! "Viking Animator" competition, where 16 three-person teams of CG animators competed for 32 hours straight to create the best overall animation of at least 15 seconds in length. Team Grojf won the competition for their animation "The Red Truck."
    View "The Red Truck" and all the other FJORG! animations
  • Network Your Senses in 2009: Join SIGGRAPH in New Orleans
    SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, 3 - 7 August 2009.

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    SIGGRAPH 2008 will bring an estimated 30,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 11 August through Friday, 15 August 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Celebrating its 35th year, SIGGRAPH 2008 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 12-14 August 2008. More than 250 international exhibiting companies are expected. Registration for the conference and exhibition is open to the public. More details

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