Houdini 14
Splash Screen Contest

When an artist launches Houdini, the splash screen appears to introduce and inspire them as they work on their next masterpiece. The best splash screens have always come from the Houdini community and this year Side Effects is holding our second splash screen contest to find the best image for the upcoming Houdini 14 release.


Houdini 13
Splash Screen Contest Winners

Side Effects Software is pleased to announce the winners of the Houdini 13 Splash Screen Contest. There were lots of wonderful entries from around the world and it was a challenge to pick a winning entry.

CG Society: CGChallenge XXVII:
Dreamscape

A challenged to create, via a still image or video, a dreamscape of boundless possibilities, which will amaze and inspire the world.

Costume Contest Winners

For this very special contest, Side Effects joined forces with the good folks at Mixamo and Polycount to bring models, motion and cloth fx together. With this event, we encouraged all the artists to let their imagination run wild and empower them to leverage some of the latest 3D animation and cloth simulation technology.

CG Student Awards

The CG Student Awards (formerly Computer Graphics Student Awards) is an annual event which showcases and rewards excellence in computer graphics from students and recent graduates.

Side Effects Software Presents:
Apprentice Cook-Off Winners

Side Effects is pleased to announce the winners of the Apprentice Cook-off. The challenge was to create an animation or image related to the creation or consumption of food and the results are quite tasty. Check it out!

IT'S ART CG Competition :
Human Nature

"Human nature is the concept that there is a set of inherent distinguishing characteristics, including ways of thinking, feeling and acting, that all humans tend to have".

CG Society: CGChallenge XXVI:
Dreamscape

A challenged to create, via a still image or video, a dreamscape of boundless possibilities, which will amaze and inspire the world.

TDT3D: Short Films Contest

Create a short film in the theme of your choice and a chance to win a copy of Houdini Escape

[Re]Create Retro Sci-Fi Art

Re-create retro sci-fi art using Houdini's procedural tools.

TDT3D: Nature Reborn

A contest where you can determine the outcome of nature versus man

CG Society: B-Movie CG Challenge

A creative challenge to bring life back into or create a classic B-Movie

Side Effects prizes up for grabs include two copies of Houdini Master and one copy of Houdini Escape! Plus, other great prizes!

3D Total: After the Smoke Clears

A steampunk themed glimpse into the world 30 years after the big bomb falls

Winners have been announced!

CG Society: Secret Agent CG Challenge

A creative challenge exploring the secret life of spies, informants, and agents.

Winners have been announced!

CG Society: Steampunk Myths and Legends

An artistic challenge to explore gears, springs, brass and steam set around some of the world's best known stories.

Winners have been announced!

2009 Apprentice Challenge Winners

Side Effects Software announces the winner of the 2009 Apprentice Challenge.

This contest involved adding a visual effect or animated character to a pre-tracked live-action shot. Entries were posted to YouTube and each video’s popularity and ratings were used to pick the top entries for final review by a judging panel at Side Effects Software.

3D World Contest Winners

Side Effects Software and 3D World are pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 Houdini Contest.

Sergio Ciares is the winner with his highly detailed underwater scene titled Seadragon while Mark Wainwright is the runner-up with his haunting image of The Wire Man.