SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival Honors the Best in Computer Graphics

‘Twenty Something’, ‘Le Retour des Vagues’, ‘Les larmes de la Seine’ and ‘Only a Child’ named winners of the highly anticipated Computer Animation Festival Awards

Tokyo, Japan, 1 December 2021 – The SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival (CAF), Asia's premier computer-generated animation and visual effects event, will showcase a worldwide collection of the year's best works. From student films to professional projects, the festival once again showcases and celebrated some of the industry’s newest, most compelling technology-based visual artistry.

The festival is pleased to announce four award-winning films, selected by judges from a total of 501 animation works.  This was the first year the festival saw a tie in the ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ category, resulting in four award winners for the CAF Winners Screening. The international jury of industry heavyweights also selected the top 16 works for the Electronic Theater screening, and another 19 for the Animation Theater screening.

“This year saw another fantastic selection of works from artists across Asia and around the world,” said Computer Animation Festival Chair, Dan Sarto. “Our winning CAF films, as well as each selection for the Electronic Theater and Animation Theater screenings, showcase the latest innovative works from an incredibly diverse and talented group of artists. Our jury helped assemble an extraordinary collection of animated projects, including 35 animated shorts, commercials, and other works, that conference attendees can watch both in Tokyo and online. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took time to share their work with us.”

Watch the Trailer for this year’s Computer Animation Festival here.

Award Winning Projects

BEST IN SHOW: Twenty Something
Director: Aphton Corbin
Producer: Erik Langley
Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios
Country: USA
Twenty Something

Adulting can be hard. Some days you’re nailing it, while other days, you’re just a stack of kids hiding in a trench coat hoping no one notices. Gia finds herself in this exact scenario the night of her 21st birthday. This is a story about the insecurities of adulting and how we’re all just faking it ’till we make it. Produced as part of Pixar Animation Studios' SparkShorts Program.

Watch the Trailer for the ‘BEST IN SHOW’ Twenty Something here.

BEST STUDENT PROJECT: Le Retour des Vagues
Directors: Manon Cansell, Alejandra Guevara Cervera, Edward Kurchevsky, Francisco Moutinho de Magalhães, Hortense Mariano
Producer: Moïra Marguin
School: Gobelins, L'École de L'Image
Country: France
Distributor: Miyu Distribution
Le Retour des Vagues

Coming back to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his past, a young man encounters the place completely stopped in time. Moving through the familiar streets, memories disorient him as he faces what he once left behind.

Watch the Trailer for the ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ Le Retour des Vagues here.

BEST STUDENT PROJECT: Les larmes de la Seine
Directors: Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
Producer: Carlos De Carvalho
School: Pôle 3D
Country: France
Le Retour des Vagues

October 17, 1961, "Algerian workers" take to the streets to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the Police prefecture.

Watch the Trailer for the ‘BEST STUDENT PROJECT’ Les larmes de la Seine here.

JURY SPECIAL: Only a Child
Director: Simone Giampaolo
Producer: Gabriella de Gara
Production Company: Amka Films, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR
Country: United Kingdom, Switzerland
Le Retour des Vagues

Only a Child
is a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and color to the original words spoken by Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. An omnibus film celebrating the environmental youth movement 30 years in the making.

Watch the Trailer for the ‘JURY SPECIAL’ Only a Child here.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 will take place at the Tokyo International Forum, Japan and online this 14 – 17 December. For more information on the program line-up for this hybrid edition, please visit

A range of registration categories is available for both attendees who would like to attend in-person as well as virtual attendees from anywhere in the world. To register, visit:

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About SIGGRAPH Asia 2021
The 14th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia, SIGGRAPH Asia 2021, will be going Hybrid for the very first to provide attendees all over the world an option to still be a part of the event despite travel uncertainty. The in-person event will be held in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum from 14 – 17 December 2021. A selected range of conference programs will also be accessible online with networking opportunities.

The annual event attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by computer graphics research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies.

The 4-day conference includes a diverse range of juried programs, such as the Art Gallery, Birds of a Feather, Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Demoscene, Emerging Technologies, Posters, Real-Time Live!, Technical Communications, Technical Papers, and XR (Extended Reality). Curated programs include Featured Sessions, Games, International Resources Committee / Diversity & Inclusion sessions and Keynotes. A three-day exhibition to be held from 15 – 17 December 2021 will provide a business platform for industry players to market their innovative products and services to the computer graphics and interactive techniques professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit Find us on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube with the official event hashtag, #SIGGRAPHAsia and #SIGGRAPHAsia2021.

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