Electronic Theatre: FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
I will not have my work finished by the submission deadline. Is it possible to submit a teaser or a trailer/promo piece as a placeholder until the actual footage is complete?
No, the jury specifically reviews the quality of the work that is submitted. The work done in a trailer or promo piece may be submitted on its own merit, but it cannot be submitted as a placeholder for other materials.
May I submit my unfinished work as a "work in progress" if it is not complete by the submission deadline?
A work in progress may be submitted if it represents at least 80 percent of the final version. If the soundtrack is not complete, the jury requests the addition of a temporary soundtrack. The "Notes to the Jury" section of the online submission & authorisation form gives you an opportunity to explain how the final piece will differ from the submitted piece.
We are an art school hoping to send in several pieces of student work. We had planned to include four or five student pieces on one reel, as one entry from our school. Is that OK?
No, students must submit separate Digital Files QuickTime) on DVD-R and separate completed and signed submission & authorisation forms. Each piece is judged on its own merit, and often pieces are viewed multiple times. We can only effectively track and review individual submissions, so: one submission, one valid online submission number, and one project per DVD-R.
Can group or collaborative projects be submitted?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, collaborative and group projects are encouraged, but only one project may be submitted per videotape/digital file and completed online submission form.
What criteria does the jury use to select pieces for the Electronic Theatre?
All submissions are juried together and based on identical selection criteria: content, technical implementation, innovation, artistic achievement, production values, creativity, originality, narrative, design, entertainment value, and advancement of visualisation in the artistic and scientific fields of digital technologies. Entries representing both technical excellence and innovation will be shown in the Electronic Theatre.
Can you tell me if there is a time limit or general suggested length that will help my submission's chances for acceptance in the Electronic Theatre?
There is no fixed or ideal time limit for submitted projects. Ultimately, technical excellence and innovation are the deciding factors. Sometimes, the jury asks submitters of longer pieces to edit for time or create a trailer for the Electronic Theatre.
Because the Electronic Theatre has a fixed run time, shorter pieces (up to 3 minutes) do have an advantage. If your work is longer, it needs to be that much better as well. Exceptional work will not be rejected because of its duration. Please note that for the jury review, submitters of pieces that are longer then five minutes are asked to indicate by timecode a shorter selection that they want to make sure the jury will view. This is an attempt to control the total time required to complete jury review.
If there is editing to be done, we would prefer that it be done pre-submission and by the submitters in order to maintain the most artistic integrity possible. However, if you are willing to edit your submission as part of acceptance, please indicate that on the online submission & authorisation form.
Will Graphite2005 have the capability to show digital files in the Electronic Theatre?
If your work is accepted, we will discuss the display options at that time.
"Affiliation" is a required field on the Electronic Theatre Submission & Authorisation Form, but I am not associated with any organisation or school. What do I do?
You may use "Self" to indicate you are independent. There is no requirement that you be associated with an organisation or school.
I would like to submit a Flash animation to SIGGRAPH 2005. Will you accept my animation on a CD?
No. For jury review, your animation sequence must be on PAL D1 (720x576 pixel resolution at 25fps) Digital File (QuickTime) on DVD-R.
I don't understand how to pack my videotape for shipping. What is a "fibre or pulp-padded mailer" and why are they not accepted?
Some inexpensive padded envelopes are stuffed with paper-based, fibrous stuffing that creates dust when ripped. This dust can damage both your DVD-R and our playback equipment. When in doubt, use bubble wrap in a plain envelope.
How do I get tickets for the Electronic Theatre?
If you are a registered Graphite2005 attendee, you can attend the Electronic Theatre at no charge. A public screening of the Electronic Theatre for non-delegates will charge a ticket fee.
What kind of feedback can I expect to receive about my submission?
Unfortunately due to the time constraints created by submission volumes, it is impossible for us to respond with any project-specific critiques or suggestions in our responses.
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