Computer Animation / Film / VFX

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.

What should you enter?

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.

Who can submit an entry?

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

Submission Details

  • Submissions must be made by the artist(s) predominantly responsible for the work.
  • All works must be submitted on DVD or uploads online including specification of the necessary codecs and formats (such as PAL and NTSC).
  • There must be only one entry per DVD.
  • 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 30 minutes, you have the following choices:

  • Enter a 10-minute excerpt. If selected, only this excerpt will be shown, not the complete work. The excerpt can be created from selected portions of the longer work, but must stand alone.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


The following materials are needed for the submission

  • Entire work or 10min-excerpt (or both) via upload or on DVD, including specification of the necessary codecs, plug-ins and formats (such as PAL, NTSC)
  • Images of the work (JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG (at maximum quality. Compressed file (like .zip .lzh file) is not acceptable.)
  • Detailed description of the work, artistic concept
  • A portrait photo and biography of the artist(s)
  • optional: additional material (stills/synopsis/ …)


All entries will be judged by a Jury of experts in the order of their arrival. In addition to the works entered by participants, each jury may also nominate other works.