The "Computer Animation / Film / VFX" category has been part of the Prix Ars Electronica since its very inception. It recognizes excellence in independent work in the arts and sciences as well as in high-end commercial productions in the film, advertising and entertainment industries. In this category, artistic originality counts just as much as masterful technical achievement.



This category of the Prix Ars Electronica is open to:  
works of 2D or 3D computer animation, digital short films and narratives, character animation, abstract CG animation, scientific visualizations, commercials, music videos, visual effects, CG for the creative manipulation or enhancement of live action scenes, real-time CG, game cutscenes, machinima, generative visuals, etc.


The work entered must have been created, realized or significantly updated within the last two years. Participants may be individuals, groups, institutions, companies etc.

  • Submissions must be made by the artist(s) predominantly responsible for the work.
  • There must be only one entry per videotape or DVD.
  • All works must be submitted on Mini-DV or DVD, including specification of the necessary codecs and formats (such as PAL and NTSC). (see Format-Guide)
  • Entries on Beta-format tapes, CD-ROMs, or any other media will not be accepted.
  • The full entry will be judged as a singular, linear-time work. If you submit a DVD, the entry must play the submitted selection upon start; the jury will not access menus.

Entries can be of any length, however, if the entry is longer than 10 minutes, you have the following choices:

  1. Enter a 10-minute excerpt. If selected, only this excerpt will be shown, not the complete work (see rights). The excerpt can be created from selected portions of the longer work, but must stand alone.
  2. Enter the entire work, but select 10 minutes for jury consideration. The 10-minute selection must be entered on a separate tape or DVD. Both the 10-minute selection and the complete work must be submitted at the same time and clearly marked. If the 10-minute selection makes it into the final rounds, the jury may view the entire work before making its final decision. If selected, the entire version may be shown (see rights).
  3. Enter the entire work without a 10-minute selection. In this case, the jury will view and consider the first 10 minutes of the submitted media. If, based on the first 10 minutes, the selection makes it into the final rounds, the jury may view the entire work before making its final decision. If selected, the entire version may be shown (see rights).

Each submission will be judged on its own merit, and should stand alone. A Visual Effects submission, for example, will be judged as a complete work on its own, without regard to the quality of the film in which the work appeared. It is possible that several separate visual effects entries from one film could compete for awards.
There are no requirements as to theatrical release. Thus, for example, Visual Effects submissions need not be actual shots from released motion pictures.
We ask you to use the online registration at prixars.aec.at to register and send the signed print-out of the online registration form along with your entry material by March 6, 2009 to:

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
Hauptstraße 2
4040 Linz, Austria
Code: Prix
or per fax to +43.732.7272-674


All entries will be judged by a jury of experts in the order of their arrival and according to the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics
  • Originality
  • Excellence of execution
  • Compelling conception
  • Innovation in technique of the presentation

In addition to the works entered by participants, each jury may also nominate other works.

NICA WINNERS 1987-2008

John Lasseter (1987, 1988, 1996)
Joan Staveley
Mario Sasso/Nicola Sani
Karl Sims (1991, 1992)
Pascal Roulin
Dennis Muren/Mark Dippé, ILM
Bob Sabiston/David Atherton |
Scott Squires, ILM
Rob Legato, Digital Domain
Liang-Yuan Wang
Chris Wedge, Blue Sky Studios
Mass Illusions/POP/Digital Domain
Christian Volckman
Jakub Pistecky
Xavier de l'Hermuzière/Philippe Grammaticopolous
Pete Docter, Pixar
Romain Segaud/Christel Pougeoise
Chris Landreth
Tomek Baginski
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber
Ben Hibon
Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, Jason Walker

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