Annie Awards Deadline This Week

The deadline to receive entry forms for ASIFA-Hollywood’s 33rd Annual Annie Awards is Friday, Oct. 7. Presented by ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, the animation industry’s oldest and most prestigious kudo fest will honor outstanding achievement in animation in 22 categories encompassing film, television, commercials, short subjects and video games.

Entries submitted for consideration must be from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or were commercially released in the Unites States between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2005. All rules, category information and entry forms are available online at www.annieawards.com. All nomination judging material is due by Oct. 28, 2005, and final nominations will be announced by ASIFA-Hollywood on Dec. 5, 2005.

The coveted Annie Award for Best Animated Feature has consistently been the predictor of the Oscar for animation. Last year, The Incredibles from Pixar Animation Studios took top honors, as well as nine other Annies for directing, voice acting, effects animation, writing, music and more.

Annie winners will be announced at an annual black-tie gala celebration on February 4, 2006 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 industry insiders and will include presentations by animation luminaries and celebrities from film and television. Tickets are available to the general public, space permitting. For tickets, general information and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.annieawards.com or contact ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330.

Founded in 1972 by ASIFA member and veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature over the past three decades. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest of an international network of chapters, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include special animation events, classes, screenings, film and video archives and film preservation efforts.