Annie Awards Moved to Feb. 1

ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, has pushed the 30th Annual Annie Awards back to Feb. 1. The event honoring outstanding achievement in animation across film, television programming and commercials, video and short subjects/special projects has traditionally happened in early November.

The move means a new eligibility period of 18 months for this first transition year and a new announcement date for nominations. The timing also now mirrors the Academy Awards dates and judging period. Many industry insiders expect the Annie Awards to act as a prelude to the 2003 Oscars.

Since the conclusion of the Annie call-for-entries period in October, studios including DreamWorks SKG, Disney Television Animation, Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Imageworks have been holding special screenings for voting members featuring panel discussions with the directors, producers and other talent behind the films submitted for consideration.

Annie trophies in the form of replica zoetropes will be presented at a black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Hosted each year by prominent industry talent and celebrity presenters, the Annie Awards are open to the public and are typically attended by more than 800 guests.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in areas from production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, musical score and voice acting. Three prestigious juried awards are also awarded for lifetime achievement, special service to the art form and technical achievement. Entries submitted for consideration must be from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released in their country of origin between August 1, 2001 and December 31, 2002. ASIFA-Hollywood will announce all nominations on January 6, 2003.

For tickets and information on the 30th Annual Annie Awards, contact ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330 or visit www.asifa-hollywood.org. Media inquiries, contact Melanie Crandall at (208) 578-0013 or Gretchen Dixon at (562) 235-0991.