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Cogswell College to Present U.S. Premiere of SIGGRAPH 2014’s Computer Animation Festival

Cogswell Will Showcase More Than Two Hours of Remarkable Films Culled from Around the World, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Computer Animation FestivalCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique, project-based curriculum fusing digital art, engineering and entrepreneurship, in partnership with Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH, will present the U.S. premiere of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival on Sept. 10th. The showcase will present dozens of the best computer animated films culled from around the world. The announcement was made by Jerome Solomon, Cogswell’s dean of the college, and director of Game Design & Development. Solomon also was the key volunteer in creating the festival itself as the director of the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2014.

The event will take place beginning at 7PM (PT) on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Cogswell’s “Dragon’s Den” Theater, and will be open to the public. For Ticket Information, please see: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/computer-animation-festival-us-premiere-from-siggraph-2014-tickets-12757322495

To view the promotional trailer for the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival, please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmmlsx7rZHU

To view Little Freak from Director Edwin Schaap, one of the short films which will be featured within the Computer Animation Festival, please see: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lWaDPMaDz9w

Only the top 30 pieces of work – from more than 500 submitted from all over the world – made it into this year’s Computer Animation Festival. SIGGRAPH received the best new computer generated, short film work from movie studios, schools, commercial studios, game studios, independent producers, students and other organizations.

Solomon and Karl Anderson, chair of Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH, will co-host the event. “It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH. In partnership with them, Cogswell College will have the unique opportunity to open our doors to our students and the community by showcasing the best computer graphics in the world,” said Solomon.

Adds Anderson, “The Computer Animation Festival from SIGGRAPH 2014 presents the top computer graphics from around the world, all in one place at one time, for everyone to enjoy. Having the U.S. premiere of the festival at Cogswell College following the show in Vancouver will help us reach additional members of the next generation of digital artists, animators, designers and developers.”

About the festival:
This year’s SIGGRAPH, held Aug. 10-14, 2014, in Vancouver, BC, brought together thousands of computer graphics professionals. The SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival celebrates its 41st year as the world’s most innovative exploration of computer generated animation and visual effects, showcasing a glimpse into the most talented technical and artistic digital film and video creators of the global industry.

The festival presents submissions from eight categories: Computer Animation Shorts, Games, Animated Feature Films, Visual Effects for Live-Action Feature Films, Real-Time Graphics, Student Projects, TV/Web Commercials, Animation, Visual Effects & Music Videos, and Visualizations and Simulations.

About the Silicon Valley SIGGRAPH Chapter:
Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH is a professional chapter of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. The chapter was started in 1984 and is one of the oldest SIGGRAPH chapters. The chapter is an entirely volunteer run organization focused on educating the community on the uses of computer graphics in entertainment and scientific applications. The chapter holds monthly meetings on various graphics topics.

About Cogswell College:
Designed as a “fiercely collaborative, living laboratory,” Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a WASC accredited, four-year institution of higher education with a specialized curriculum that fuses digital arts, audio technology, game design, engineering and entrepreneurship.

With a distinguished history of more than 125 years, Cogswell’s unique academic approach prepares students to move quickly into the converging global digital media industries, as well as into professions that are changing almost daily. Cogswell students are exposed to a collaborative, project-based, learning experience which integrates multi-disciplinary teams to take original projects from concept to production to implementation.

Recent Cogswell alumni were members of the Academy Award-winning production teams which worked on the blockbuster films Frozen and Life of Pi. Some of the other well-known consumer projects to which Cogswell alumni have contributed include the feature films Madagascar, and The Avengers, and the popular videogames Modern Warfare 3, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and, Gears of War 3.

September 3, 2014