The current pandemic is far from over, even if scientists are working hard to find a cure or vaccine. Since we can’t really predict what will happn in the upcoming months, SIGGRAPH 2021 will be a virtual-only event, just like this year : this was just announced by the team organizing the conference.
Here is the press release :
09 November 2020: Given continued uncertainty surrounding the future of COVID-19 and worldwide travel precautions, SIGGRAPH 2021 is prioritizing the health and safety of the global computer graphics community and will move forward at this time as a virtual-only event. The conference, originally scheduled to take place 1–5 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will build upon the lead of the successful SIGGRAPH 2020 virtual event. We look forward to continuing to honor the legacy of the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry and sharing the latest innovations from our talented community. Updated dates for the conference next summer are forthcoming. Please check back here for future updates and announcements about SIGGRAPH 2021.
At this point, it is unclear wether other big events, such as the Annecy Festival, will follow the same path or if they will wait, hoping for a quick end to this crisis.