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SIGGRAPH Toronto Chapter Launches

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter announces its website launch and debut screening of the SIGGRAPH 2012 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Program.

Toronto, ON --

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter has announced the launch of its new website, and the debut Toronto screening of the SIGGRAPH 2012 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Program. On June 25th 2013, the Chapter will host an evening of education and entertainment on the big screen.

There has been an overwhelming level of interest and dedication, to the development of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter. The new website features membership opportunities, and announces the debut screening of the SIGGRAPH 2012 Electronic Theater in Toronto. ACM SIGGRAPH, host of the international SIGGRAPH conferences, is an international not-for-profit organization focused upon building and shaping the computer graphics community.

The name ACM SIGGRAPH is an acronym which stands for “Association of Computer Machinery’s Special Interest Group in computer GRAPHics and interactive techniques.” ACM SIGGRAPH has grown globally from a handful of computer graphics enthusiasts to a diverse group of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers and scientists across various industries. Toronto is now home to a local professional chapter seeking to centralize and enhance city-wide collaboration.

Toronto is home to world class professionals and innovative companies involved in all aspects of software, content, and media production. The local chapter is possible by passionate volunteers and sponsors. We are proud to announce that Side Effects Software, developer of Houdini, a procedural node-based 3D Animation and visual effects solution, as the Founding Sponsor for the Toronto Chapter.

“SIGGRAPH has played an important role in our growth as a company over the last 26 years,” says Kim Davidson, President and CEO, Side Effects Software. “The launch of a Toronto chapter, where we have our headquarters, provides a great forum for the local community of artists and developers to connect.”

The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH chapter plans to draw together and support the growth of opportunities for professionals and companies, both creatively and technically.

“We are combining our membership drive with a debut screening of the SIGGRAPH 2012 Electronic Theater to give our future members a taste of what our upcoming events will be like,” says chapter President Jacky Bibliowicz.

The annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater Program presents the world's most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creations. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the Electronic Theater. Selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for, or have received, an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

“For the Toronto Chapter’s launch event, we wanted to share the best compilation of SIGGRAPH global animations with the city, unleashing winning creativity, with recognition in surround sound,” says Valerie McCulloch, Chapter Secretary. The Royal Theater is the perfect venue for cutting-edge, digital animation. “We are thrilled and thankful to be sponsored by our host venues. The Royal has the charm of 1930s art deco design, but showcases cinema with the latest in digital and audio technology. Exceptional service for the evening will be managed in partnership by the Monarch Tavern. The Monarch Tavern will host and facilitate the post Electronic Theater networking event.”


CanWood Entertainment Inc. is demonstrating their support by delivering event production expertise.

The June 25th Electronic Theater tickets are limited in availability and can be purchased through

Interested professionals and students can enhance their Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter involvement by becoming members and volunteering. Businesses can participate as welcomed partners, and sponsorship offers are available at request. For more information, visit Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH.

Source: Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.