Softimage and Digital Announce Winners Of 1996 Student Animation and Image Contest

MONTREAL, June 2, 1997 — Softimage Inc. and Digital Equipment Corp. today announced winners of the Softimage® Student Animation Contest, an annual international animation and image contest for schools participating in the Softimage Education Program (SEP). The contest, announced at the last SIGGRAPH conference, lasted four months and generated more than 200 entries to compete for 12 prizes totaling over $65,000 (U.S.). Grand-prize winners for both best animation and still image categories received a DIGITAL Personal Workstation with PowerStorm graphics loaded with Softimage 3D version 3.5. Softimage will announce next year’s Softimage Student Animation Contest at SIGGRAPH ’97.

The contest is part of an ongoing effort by Softimage to enhance student education by providing opportunities for student animators to excel in their computer graphics careers. Through membership in the SEP and its related programs, education institutions obtain access and major financial discounts to industry-leading software products.

“This contest is an incredible opportunity for students worldwide, not only to win prizes but to present their work to top industry professionals,” said Moshe Lichtman, president of Softimage. “By nurturing these students, we help ensure that Softimage is always current with the newest and most radical techniques in computer animation.”

“Digital has a strong commitment to continue supporting the high-end graphics market,” said Ron Locklin, Digital’s vice president of visual computing. “By co-sponsoring the contest, we hope that many students learning Softimage 3D will realize their full creative potential using our personal workstations.”

This Year’s Contest Winners

Winners were selected by a panel of international industry talent, including representatives of Digital Domain (United States), Mainframe (Canada), ZA Productions (France), Peter Spans (Germany), Sega (Japan) and Softimage. Selected winners, affiliated SEP schools and prizes are listed below.

Next Contest

Softimage will launch the next Softimage Student Animation Contest at SIGGRAPH ’97. The contest will focus on animation in several specific categories. Entry forms and guidelines for the 1997 Softimage Student Animation Contest are scheduled to be placed on the Softimage Web site, ( , Aug. 5, 1997.

For more information on the contest and the SEP, visit the Softimage Web site at ( or the Digital Equipment Corp. Web site at ( .

Company Information

Digital Equipment Corp. is a world leader in open client/server solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems. Digital’s scalable Alpha and Intel platforms, storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete and win in today’s global marketplace.

Founded in 1986, Softimage develops software for media-rich applications including video, film, interactive games and CD-ROM applications. Products include Softimage 3D (high-end animation), Softimage Eddie (compositing) and Toonz (2-D cel animation). Additional information about Softimage and Microsoft can be found via the Internet at ( and respectively.

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