Junior Computer Animation Festival Fact Sheet

STEAM for Youth! / Junior Computer Animation Festival Fact Sheet


Scott Sleap


Supported by the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Education’s
STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP), BESydney and Fizzics

Program Schedule:

Tuesday, 12 December – Friday, 15 December

Fast Facts

  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 presents the Junior Computer Animation Festival (CAF), an innovative program meticulously crafted to foster emerging talent within the computer graphics and animation sphere. With a broader mission to enhance engagement from underrepresented demographics, including youth, women, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, across the domains of science, technology, arts, and design, this initiative stands as a collaborative partnership with BESydney, the NSW Department of Education, Fizzics Education, and illustrious partners.
  • Two age categories have been curated – Junior (8 – 13 yrs) and Senior (14 – 18yrs)
  • The competition is also an opportunity to empower educators to upskill and deliver computer animation classes in the classroom, making computer animation an accessible curriculum
  • The inaugural competition is made possible through strategic collaborations with Refraction Media, Fizzics Education, and the SISP program for comprehensive program moderation and facilitation.
  • The brief and invitation for interested students to showcase their two-minute animation began in July. The review of finalists and winner selection is scheduled from 7-10 November.
  • Entries can be submitted in any of the following categories:
    • Computer Animated Shorts
    • Animated Feature Films
    • Music Videos
    • TV and Web Commercials
    • Visualisations and Simulations
    • Visual Effects for Films and TV Programs
  • The Finalists will enjoy exclusive access to SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival, along with a tour of various segments like the Art Gallery, XR, and other relevant programs. The winning animations will also be displayed prominently throughout the event.

Quote from Professor Scott Sleap, STEAM for Youth! Chair:

“Engaging the next generation is not just a goal, but a necessity. With SIGGRAPH Asia 2023’s Junior Animation Festival, we’re fostering creativity and showcasing the boundless possibilities within the world of computer graphics and animation.”

SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 Junior Computer Animation Festival Program Highlights

  • Title: Webinar Series
    A two-part series, thoughtfully designed to complement the Junior Computer Animation Festival, will showcase distinguished experts from the industry. Among them are luminaries like Rob Coleman, a Creative Director and Animation Supervisor with Academy and BAFTA nominations, who will share insights into their illustrious careers and professional journeys.
Full information about this year’s Junior Computer Animation Festival Competition can be found here: https://sispprogram.schools.nsw.gov.au/stem/stem2111/2023_junior_computer_animation_festival.html

For the overall SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 program schedule, please visit