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Join in the celebration of the top original, jury-reviewed interactive projects of the year. This live event showcases an electrifying sample of the latest in real-time.

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Call for Submissions

Submit to Real-Time Live!

Real-Time Live! invites you to share your cutting-edge, real-time technology demos. Whether you are demoing the latest in game technology, real-time scientific visualization, or an augmented reality app, there is no better opportunity to showcase your transformative technology than at Real-Time Live!

Submit your most astonishing, interactive projects that are advancing technology and challenging users to think beyond the familiar.

How to Submit

SIGGRAPH 2021 will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event. We look forward to celebrating 48 years of advancements in computer graphics and interactive techniques in our virtual venue. We are excited you are submitting your work for consideration. As we finalize our conference plans, visit the About the Conference page for the latest updates.

We are seeking cutting-edge, real-time work in the following areas:

  • Video games (commercial, explorations, applications)
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Artist explorations or applications
  • Military or industrial simulations
  • Research projects (physics, graphics, modeling, etc.)
  • Demoscene
  • Filmmaking technology
  • Scientific visualizations (medical/physical science, astrophysics, astronomy, etc.)
  • Machine learning
  • Anything that is interactively controlled, rendered in real time, and repeatable for a live audience


View the Sample Submission Form to get an overview of all of the details needed to complete a submission.

  1. Log into the submissions portal.
  2. Select “Make a New Submission” tab.
  3. Select the Real-Time Live! form.

In particular, please be aware of crucial information that you need to provide, including but not limited to:

  • Basic Information
    • A minute-by-minute breakdown of a six-minute presentation of your work for a live audience.
  • Representative Image
    • One “representative image” suitable for use on the conference website and promotional materials. See the Representative Image Guidelines located on the Submission FAQ page.
    • 3 x 2 aspect ratio, landscape orientation (recommended)
    • Minimum 1500 x 1000 pixel resolution
    • Minimum 300 dpi
    • Maximum 15 MB size
    • Allowed formats: jpeg
  • Video (Upload or Link)
    • Maximum two-minute segment of captured video from your project.
    • Multiple non-continuous edits are permissible.
    • Post-processing, such as image or speed enhancement, is strictly prohibited.
    • Narration explaining the content in the video is highly encouraged.
    • Minimum 720p resolution
    • H.264 codec
    • Maximum 200 MB size
    • Allowed formats: avi, mov, mp4

Additional Information

  • File Uploads
    For more information about uploading files to your submission, please see Uploading Files located on the Submission FAQ page.
  • Questions?
    For additional submission information, please see Submissions FAQ.
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Entries are judged by a panel of computer graphics and real-time technology experts from across the industry. They are looking for the best interactive work driven by real-time technology that results in compelling and innovative content for a live audience. Creativity, innovation, content, and performance will be considered. The jury will meet in early May 2021 to review each submission on the following major criteria:

  1. Innovation (pushes the boundaries of real-time rendering or immersive techniques)
  2. Interactivity (how much control and quality of interactivity allowed to the user)
  3. Creativity and originality
  4. Interest and entertainment value for SIGGRAPH 2021 attendees
  5. Production values (appropriate to context)

The jury will select the top-rated pieces for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021, and all submitters will be notified of their submission status: accepted, conditionally accepted*, or rejected. In all cases, the jury will provide detailed feedback to submitters.

*In very rare cases, submissions may be conditionally accepted. If your work is conditionally accepted, you must demonstrate your submission to a jury member via video demo so that its interactivity and/or real-time graphics aspects can be verified. Jurors who have a conflict of interest with your submission will not be permitted to review your submission.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

SIGGRAPH reviewers cannot sign non-disclosure agreements for submissions. For information on Patents and Confidentiality see the Submissions FAQ.

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Upon Acceptance

Upon acceptance, presenters will be required to:

  • Finalize Submission Materials (by 14 May 2021)
    Update information in your submission by 14 May 2021 so it can be incorporated into the conference schedule, website, and promotions.
  • Secure Permissions on Representative Image and Video (by 14 May 2021)
    Attain the proper permissions for the representative image and video in your submission by 14 May 2021. This media will be used for event-related promotional purposes. If your work references other work that is copyrighted, additional proof of permissions will be required. For more information, see the ACM Authors Portal.
  • Attend Virtual Rehearsal(s)
    Attend a mandatory virtual rehearsal in June 2021 (multiple if deemed necessary by Real-Time Live! Chair). You will be expected to demonstrate your entire presentation in six minutes or less to the Real-Time Live! Committee.
  • Present during SIGGRAPH 2021.

Presenter Recognition

To present your work at SIGGRAPH 2021, at least one contributor per submission must register at the appropriate registration level. All other contributors can register at the level of their choice.

You can find a link to the contributor recognition policy here.

ACM Rights Management Form

If your work is accepted for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2021, you must complete the ACM Rights Management Form. The form will be sent to all submitters whose work is accepted.

Your representative image and text may be used for promotional purposes. Several SIGGRAPH 2021 programs — Art Gallery, Art Papers, Real-Time Live!, Technical Papers, and all installation programs — will prepare preview videos for pre-conference promotion of accepted content, which may include a portion of the video you submitted for review. You may grant or deny us the ability to use the representative image and submitted video for these purposes.

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6 April 2021, 22:00 UTC/GMT
Submission deadline.

Early May 2021
Acceptance or rejection notices are sent to all submitters.

14 May 2021
Confirmations due, alongside submission updates and permissions for representative image and video.

June 2021
Mandatory virtual rehearsals will take place. You will be expected to demonstrate your entire presentation in six minutes or less to the Real-Time Live! Committee.

July 2021
Pre-conference meeting will be held to discuss final questions before the conference.

Summer 2021

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