SIGGRAPH announces $10,000 cash prize available to winner of themed entertainment contest

CHICAGO February 19, 2018 SIGGRAPH 2018 , the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced a one-of-a-kind Themed Entertainment Contest in partnership with Vancouver-based FlyOver Canada . The contest includes a $10,000 cash prize. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

Regarding this unprecedented contest, SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair Roy C. Anthony shared, “We are very excited to announce SIGGRAPH’s first-ever Themed Entertainment Contest and are grateful to our partners at FlyOver Canada. We invite content creators from around the world to let their minds run free, as they develop visuals their SIGGRAPH peers will never forget.

Contest entrants are invited to develop content that delivers a rich storytelling experience exploring one of four themes: Halloween/Nightmare; Flight; Chinese New Year; or Generations, the SIGGRAPH 2018 conference theme. Content must be suitable for all age groups.

FlyOver Canada utilizes state-of-the-art technology in a next-generation attraction that simulates the sensation of flight. Riders hang suspended, feet dangling, before a 20-meter spherical screen while a large format film whisks them away on an exhilarating journey. For one of its attractions, the FlyOver Canada film crew spent more than a year travelling from coast to coast to capture Canada’s most spectacular and iconic locations. The FlyOver Canada Theatre System supports special effects — such as motion, spray mist, and wind — for a truly unique ride.

SIGGRAPH subject matter experts and FlyOver Canada executives will review all entries and select four finalists — one winner will ultimately be chosen. The winning prize package includes complimentary Full Conference registration to SIGGRAPH 2018, $10,000 USD cash prize. In addition, airfare to and hotel accommodations in Vancouver for up to three nights (not to exceed $5,000 USD), and the opportunity to experience his/her exciting content in-person during a special on-site conference event.

Notable deadlines for the contest include:

  • 7 March – Contest Registration and Intent to Submit Due
  • 24 May – Content Materials Due
  • 10 July – Finalists and Winner Announced
  • 13 August – Cocktail Event and Winning Content Premiere

FlyOver Canada General Manager Lisa Adams says, “We are delighted to be working with SIGGRAPH on this wonderful contest. We know that the attendees who enjoy SIGGRAPH every year come from around the world, bringing with them next-generation talent across every area of digital arts and new technologies. We cannot wait to see what exhilarating creative content the winner of this SIGGRAPH contest will bring to our FlyOver Canada screen!”

To learn more about and participate in this unprecedented contest, visit .

For more on SIGGRAPH 2018’s partnership with FlyOver Canada, check out this blog post on the ACM SIGGRAPH Blog.



ACM , the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2018 , marking the 45th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place from 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

About FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada is a virtual flight ride that takes guests on a breathtaking aerial tour over some of Canada’s spectacular landscapes using the latest in flight ride technology. Guests sit suspended 10 to 40 feet above the ground in specialized ride vehicles, with their legs dangling, as they move in concert with the film with complete six degrees of freedom. With the addition of special effects (scent, mist, wind), riders actually feel like they are flying! FlyOver Canada is part of Pursuit. For more information about Pursuit’s collection of experiences, visit . For more information about FlyOver Canada, please visit .

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