VES Awards Accepting Submissions

The Visual Effects Society is accepting submissions for the 4th Annual VES Awards, taking place on Feb. 15 at the Hollywood Palladium. Dec. 2 is the deadline for submissions in 21 categories, including feature film, television, commercials, music videos, video games and special venue projects. Two new categories for games have been added this year, including Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game and Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game.

A panel of nominating judges will view and vote on submissions on Jan. 7, and nominations will be announced on Jan. 9. Nominees will then be invited to give an in-person presentation of their materials during The Big Reveal bake-off on Jan. 21. VES members will be able to vote online from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10.

Last year, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban earned a Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture win for Roger Guyette, Tim Burke, Theresa Carrao and Emma Norton. Meanwhile, the tidal wave scene (overseen by Karen Goulekas, Mike Chambers, Chris Horvath and Matthew Butler) from 20th Century Fox’s The Day After Tomorrow was named the Best Single Visual Effect of the Year. Last year’s gala ceremony also say Tom Hanks presenting the lifetime achievement award to producer Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express, Forest Gump).

Headed by exec director Eric Roth, the Visual Effects Society is a professional, honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of visual effects, while improving the welfare of its members. Comprised of a diverse group of approximately 1,250 global members, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through domestic and international events.

For more information on submitting work for the 2006 VES Awards, go to www.vesawards.com.