43rd Annie Awards -- Rules & Categories

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Table of Contents

About the 43rd Annual Annie Awards

Changes to This Year's Rules

Submission Eligibility

Who May Submit

How To Enter and Submission Deadline

Mechanical Requirements For Submissions

Cost of Entry & Sponsorship

Nomination Process

Voting Procedures

Eligibility to Vote

“For Your Consideration” Screener Requirements

Key Dates and Deadlines


43rd Annual Annie Awards Categories

Production Categories

  1. Best Animated Feature
  2. Best Animated Special Production
  3. Best Animated Short Subject
  4. Best Animated Television Commercial
  5. Best Animated Television Production For Preschool Children
  6. Best Animated Television Production For Children
  7. Best General Audience Animated Television Production
  8. Best Animated Feature-Independent
  9. Best Student Film

Individual Achievement Categories

  1. Animated Effects in an Animated Production
  2. Animated Effects in a Live Action Production
  3. Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  4. Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production
  5. Character Animation in an a Live Action Production
  6. Character Animation in a Video Game
  7. Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  8. Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
  9. Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  10. Directing in an Animated Feature Production
  11. Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  12. Music in an Animated Feature Production
  13. Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  14. Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
  15. Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  16. Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
  17. Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  18. Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
  19. Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  20. Writing in an Animated Feature Production
  21. Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
  22. Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

Juried Award Categories


About the 43rd Annual Annies


Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 43rd Annual Annie Awards will be presented in 36 categories including animated feature, animated feature-independent, broadcast production(s), broadcast commercial, short subject, and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards.

The 43rd Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.


Changes to This Year’s Rules


1) A new category, Best Feature-Independent, has been added to the Production Categories this year.

This category is designed to highlight and award feature films with a smaller release strategy. For particulars and details, please see the Best Feature-Independent category description, eligibility and submission requirements.

2) The category of Best Video Game has been removed from consideration. Best Animation in a Video Game remains as an Individual Achievement category.

For particulars and details, please see the Best Animation in a Video Game category description, eligibility and submission requirements.

3) Submissions in three categories require screeners for judging purposes.

Three categories -- #1 Best Feature, #8 Best Feature-Independent and #19 Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production, now require the physical submission of DVD screeners (or a password protected on-line video link) of the full production during the submission process. Category #1and #2 submissions require 20 screeners. Category #19 submissions require 6 screeners. Correctly formatted nomination committee screeners (see Screener Requirements) must be received at the postal address below by the November 6thsubmission deadline. There will be no exceptions.

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4) Music category submissions allow supplemental materials.

While the Music categories (#20 and 21) continue to require a 5:00 representation clip, if desired, submissions can also include a full score (all music and songs) as supplemental material.

5) Storyboard submissions have been modified.

Paper submissions are now mandatory. Individual jpeg files for each storyboard panel and the finished project sequence(s) are also required. For details, please see the the Storyboarding categories (#24 and #25), eligibility and submission requirements.

6) Virtual reality projects have been added to the allowed platforms for the Special Production and Animated Short Subject.

7) Submissions must consist only of material employed in the released production.

We have now codified what has been an understood precept for many years. Cut sequences, unused music, deleted performances, omitted characters and similar surplus material will not be considered for nomination. This year, the submission eligibility rules will officially state this requisite.


Submission Eligibility

Release Dates & Venue Requirements

Entries submitted for consideration must be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. An exception will be made for animated short subjects, student films, special projects and television commercials that were not released in the United States. These may be considered for an Annie Award providing they were originally released during the award eligibility period anywhere in the world.

If materials are not readily available for judging by the November 6, 2015 submission deadline, late released projects can, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the following award cycle.

In lieu of being released, student films must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. (Please see specific Student Award rules.)

Production Content Requirements

Entries submitted for consideration in the Production categories will be nominated based on the completed production in its entirety. Entries submitted for consideration in the Achievement categories will be nominated based on work from a single production; entries will not be nominated based on a body of work (e.g. an entire television season of writing). Submissions must consist only of material employed in the released production. Cut sequences, unused music, deleted performances, omitted characters and similar surplus material will not be considered for nomination.

Team Requirements

Teams of up to five persons may be entered in all Achievement categories provided that each person has received appropriate screen credit to be an eligible member of the team.

Exceptions are the Feature & Broadcast Character Animation and Voice Acting categories which allow only one nominee, and the Direction category which allows up to three team members.



Who May Submit

Any member of ASIFA-Hollywood who has paid professional-level dues may enter submissions for Annie Award consideration, or may make recommendations for the Juried Awards.

Both studio representatives and individuals are eligible to submit entries for consideration.

A person who is not a member of ASIFA-Hollywood may join the organization when submitting their entries. Annual professional membership dues are $150.

Special Note: While the individual entering submissions mustbe a professional-level member of ASIFA-Hollywood, the potential nominee(s) listed on the submission do not have to be members of ASIFA-Hollywood.

Students submitting for the Best Student Production Award need only have an affiliate membership ($45) and, unlike all other categories, can join ASIFA-Hollywood after their project is nominated.


How to Enter (And Submission Deadline)

Entries will only be accepted through the online submissions interface.

To enter, please visit:

http://submissions.annieawards.org

On that site, you will enter information for each individual submission, upload all required materials, receive instructions for submitting any physical materials that may be required, pay for each submission, then print and return the required form for the project producer's sign off via fax or email. Detailed instructions and email-based support are both available within that system.

The deadline to receive entries (including all fees) is Monday, November 6, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time).


Mechanical Requirements for Submissions

Materials Requirements (Uploaded Digital + Delivered Physical)

For categories requiring video clips, all footage must be submitted as digital video files.

Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.

Specific instructions are given for each category during the entry process at submissions.annieawards.org.

EXCEPTION: For the Special Production, Television Commercial, Short Subject and Student categories, the entire production must be provided.

EXCEPTION: In the case of the Character Design, Production Design and Storyboarding, paper copies of artwork must be submitted via postal mail or delivery as well asmatching digital clips uploaded to the site at submissions.annieawards.org.

Specific submission requirements for each category are given during the entry process at submissions.annieawards.org.

Screener Requirements

For Best Feature (Category 1), Best Feature-Independent (Category 8) and Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Category 19), DVD screeners must also accompany the submissions.

  • Twenty (20) screeners must be submitted for Best Feature

  • Twenty (20) screeners must be submitted for Best Feature-Independent

  • Five (5) screeners must be submitted for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.

In lieu of screeners, properly formatted, password protected online screeners are acceptable.

Please see “For Your Consideration” Screener Requirements in this official rules document for details.

Labeling Requirements

All video footage must be slated at the head of picture and other printed judging materials must be clearly labeled as follows:

43rd ANNUAL ANNIE AWARDS

CATEGORY NUMBER AND NAME

PRODUCTION COMPANY/STUDIO

TITLE OF PRODUCTION

ENTRY NUMBER (GENERATED BY THE ONLINE ENTRY SYSTEM)

NAME OF INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM AND CREDIT RECEIVED

Entries that do not follow these submission and mechanical requirements are subject to disqualification.


Cost of Entry & Sponsorship

The cost to enter is $100 per submission, except for Student Annies, which are $25 per submission.

There is no fee for juried award submissions.

Entry fees and membership fees (if ASIFA Pro membership is not in good standing) should accompany the entry. While all submission materials must be received no later than November 6, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time), if necessary, entry fees may be sent later. However, entry fees not received by the November 6 deadline shall be charged an additional $250.00 for a total of $350 per late fee per entry, no exceptions.

It is incumbent upon the submitting party to notify Annie Award submissions (submissionshelp@annieawards.org) if entry fees will be late. Submissions with unpaid fees remaining at the time of the general ballot release (January 1, 2016) shall be subject to disqualification.

Annie Award sponsors may have all or partial entry fees waived, depending on sponsorship level, as follows:

1. Platinum and Gold-Level Sponsor: A waiver of all Annie Award entry fees.

2. Silver-Level Sponsor: A waiver of Annie Award entry fees for a maximum of thirty (30) entries.

3. Bronze-Level Sponsor: Five (5) Annie Award entry fees waived.

Sponsors must designate studio contacts who will act as submitters for awards covered by their sponsorship.

For further information about Annie Award Sponsorship, please visit www.annieawards.org/sponsorship or contact Gretchen Houser via email at gretchen@houserpr.com or call (562) 235-0991

Entries received without the appropriate fees shall be subject to disqualification. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Nomination Process

Nominating Committees will choose nominees from eligible entries.

The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood will appoint all Nominating Committees. A committee comprised of animation professionals qualified to judge that category will judge entries in each category. Judges in each category must have specifically worked in the category(ies) for which they will serve. All Judges must have current professional credits.

Each committee must choose from 3 to 8 nominees from the pool of eligible entries. If a Nominating Committee feels there are less than 3 entries worthy of recognition, it will be considered a “suspended committee” and must reconsider its findings to expand the nominee selection. If, after due consideration, the committee’s nomination slate remains at less than 3, the ASIFA Board of Directors will decide if the category will remain on the ballot or be suspended for that award cycle.

A Nominating Committee may, of its own volition, nominate a production, individual or team that was not submitted for award consideration, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood.


Voting Procedures

ASIFA-Hollywood members who are:

1) animation professionals and

2) whose pro-level dues are current and

3) have registered to vote and been recognized for their work in a creative or production capacity on a qualified production

...shall be eligible to vote in all categories.

 


Eligibility to Vote

Only members of ASIFA-Hollywood in good standing as ofNovember 20, 2015shall be eligible to participate in the 43rd Annual Annie Awards voting.

Voting will be conducted online, by secret ballot. Online balloting shallbegin on January 1, 2016 and end on January 25, 2016.

Invitation to Vote

All ASIFA-Hollywood professional members who have not already done so are required to register to vote.

If currently a pro-level member in good standing and have been approved to vote for the Annie Awards from 2010 to date, the member need not re-register. If a membership has lapsed has then re-enrolled, the member may need to register again in order to vote.

To register (or check for previous registration), the member must log in to his/her account at the ASIFA-Hollywood website:

https://members.asifa-hollywood.org/members/login

To register, account information must include:

  1. Member's full name

  2. Member's current email address

  3. Member number

  4. Either a current resume or a brief (150 words or less) description of the member's professional experience must be attached. Optionally, a link to the member's IMDB page and/or personal website can be submitted in lieu of a resume or description.


“For Your Consideration” Screener Requirements

“For Your Consideration” screeners for the general membership are not a requirement for any nominated project, though they are highly recommended and allowed for all categories, provided the materials and contents follow the following guidelines:

However, “For Your Consideration” screeners for the nomination process only are required for submissions in categories 1, 8 and 19. This represents a prescribed and limited number of screeners, intended solely for committee viewing.

ASIFA-Hollywood has instituted a rubric of best practices regulating “For Your Consideration” screener content and envelopes promoting Annie Awards submissions. The new requirements are very similar to AMPAS regulations; if you are preparing screeners for Academy distribution, the same materials will work for the Annies as well.

  • Screener disks must contain the entire, unedited project. No “extras” or additional material is allowed.

  • Screeners must be “play only”; no menu chapters or other descriptions.

  • If desired, a duplication or distribution warning may be added at the head of the disk and cyclical watermark supers may also be applied. If a watermark is used, verbiage is limited to “Property Of (name of studio or distribution company). Do Not Duplicate.” or similar language.

  • Screener envelopes may incorporate a basic “for your consideration” listing of the artist(s) who worked on the film. They may include a brief, unembellished synopsis of the film and the film's singular title (logo) treatment.

  • Screener disks and envelopes may not include photographs, key art or other graphics. Materials may not extol the merits of a film, and cannot contain quotes from reviews or references to other honors or awards that have been received by the film or those involved in its production or distribution. Materials may not mention or link to any website or other media site that promotes the film.Screener disks and envelopes may include a separate insert with information on screening schedules or notices of upcoming screenings, whether invitation-only or scheduled as part of a regular theatrical release, so long as the notices comply with the above described verbiage and image requisites, and the aforementioned screenings take place prior to the January 1, 2016 Annie Award ballot release.
  • If, rather than sending screeners, a password protected internet link is provided for “For Your Consideration” viewing, the same content restrictions will apply.
  • All above requisites also apply when sending DVD or CD disks in consideration for music awards. Music content must be presented either as a full score or in complete selections (no edits).
  • ASIFA-Hollywood will, upon request, provide one-time use membership mailing rosters for feature screeners and music samplers sent to the general voting membership. Properly formatted general membership “For Your Consideration” screeners and music samplers can be sent from September 3rd, 2015 but must be received by members before the general vote begins on January 1, 2016.

IMPORTANT: Screeners or music disks that have not been delivered to the general membership by midnight, December 31, 2015 will disqualify the entry.

Non-compliance with these screener requirements will jeopardize nominations.



Key Dates & Deadlines

September 1, 2015: Call for Entries

November 6, 2015: Deadline to receive Annie Award entries and materials

November 6, 2015: Deadline to become an Annies Sponsor

November 20, 2015: Deadline to renew or join ASIFA-Hollywood to be able to participate in Annie Award voting

December 1, 2015: Annie Award Nominations announced

December 11, 2015: Deadline to reserve an ad in the Program Book

December 11, 2015: Materials for Annie Awards ballot and ceremony due

December 31, 2015: Deadline for membership screener deliveries and “For Your Consideration” advertising materials

January 1, 2016: Online Balloting Begins

January 8, 2016: Bios, photos for Annie Awards Program Book due & Deadline to receive Sponsor advertising artwork

January 25, 2016: Deadline to cast Annie ballots

February 6, 2016: 43rd Annie Awards



 

43rd ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD CATEGORIES


Production Categories



1. Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

An Annie Award for Best Animated Feature shall be awarded to an animated feature in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated feature must have originally been released theatrically in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Animated productions that originally premiered in other media (e.g., television/broadcast, home video, etc.) and were later released theatrically, shall not be eligible to receive this award.

If materials are not readily available for judging, late released features may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging next year, during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production on a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

As part of the submission process, all submitted features must provide twenty (20) copies of the entire production, either on DVD or on a password protected video, for judging committee review. (See formatting requirements, page 13.)



2. Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

An Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production (“stand alone” broadcast specials, home video entertainment productions, virtual reality projects, theme park ride animation, educational films, live installations and similar projects) shall be awarded an animated special production in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated special production must have been originally produced and released in the world, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Compilations or animated productions that originally premiered in other media (e.g., theatrical or series television/broadcast) and were later released for home video, or similar stand-alone format, shall not be eligible to receive this award.

If the special production has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the special production nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released special productions may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire production must be uploaded as a digital video file. Additionally, clips from the production, not to exceed five minutes (5:00) in length, must also be uploaded as a separate digital video file. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the files as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



3. Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject

An Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject shall be awarded to an animated short subject in recognition of creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated short subject, no longer than 20 minutes in length (longer projects should be submitted in the Special Production category), must have been originally exhibited or released on any media (e.g., theatrical, television, Internet, virtual reality) in the world between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Animated main titles, interstitials, DVD bonus material, music videos and trailers may also be considered for this honor.

Individual segments other than main titles, from theatrical features, animated television/broadcast venue programs, television/broadcast venue specials, pilots or television commercials are not eligible to receive this award.

If the short subject has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the short subject nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released short subjects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire production must be uploaded as a digital video file. Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).



4. Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

An Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial shall be awarded to an animated television or broadcast commercial advertising announcement in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated television or broadcast commercial must have originally appeared on television or other qualified broadcast venue (internet, mobile device or similar broadcast) anywhere in the world between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. In cases where multiple commercials were part of an advertising campaign, each spot must be submitted as a separate entry.

If the television commercial has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the television commercial nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released commercials may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire commercial must be uploaded as a digital video file. Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).

 


5. Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

An Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production for Preschool Children (especially produced for ages infant through 5 years old) shall be awarded to an individual episode of an animated television series in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award an animated television program for preschool children must have originally appeared on television or other qualified broadcast venue (internet, mobile device or similar series broadcast) in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

This award must be given to an individual episode from an animated television series. Multiple episodes from a series may be entered, provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry. Re-runs or animated productions that originally premiered in other media (i.e. theatrical, home entertainment or other special productions) and were later shown on television are not eligible for this award.

Productions entered in this category shall not be eligible for an Annie Award for Animated Television Production Produced for Children or General Audience categories.

If the television production for pre-school children has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the television production for pre-school children nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released preschool programming may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire program must be uploaded as a digital video file. Additionally, clips from the production, not to exceed five minutes (5:00) in length, must also be uploaded in a separate digital video file. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the files as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

 


6. Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

An Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production for a Children's Audience (especially produced for ages 6 through 12 years old) shall be awarded to an individual episode of an animated television series in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award an animated television program for children must have originally appeared on television or other qualified broadcast venue (internet, mobile device or similar series broadcast)in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

This award must be given to an individual episode from an animated television series. Multiple episodes from a series may be entered provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry. Re-runs or animated productions that originally premiered in other media (i.e. theatrical, home entertainment or other special productions) and were later shown on television are not eligible for this award.

Productions entered in this category shall not be eligible for an Annie Award for Animated Television Production Produced for Preschool or General Audience categories.

If the television production for children has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the television production for children nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released children’s programming may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire program must be uploaded as a digital video file. Additionally, clips from the production, not to exceed five minutes (5:00) in length, must also be uploaded as a separate digital video file. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression). Please slate the files as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



7. Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated Television Production shall be awarded to an individual episode of an animated television series in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award an animated television program for general audiences must have originally appeared on television or other qualified broadcast venue (internet, mobile device or similar series broadcast) in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

This award must be given to an individual episode from an animated television series. Multiple episodes from a series may be entered provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry. Re-runs or animated productions that originally premiered in other media (i.e. theatrical, home entertainment or other special productions) and were later shown on television are not eligible for this award.

Productions entered in this category shall not be eligible for an Annie Award for Animated Television Production Produced for Preschool or Children’s categories.

If the animated television program for general audiences has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the animated television program for general audiences nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released general audience programming, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire program must be uploaded as a digital video file. Additionally, clips from the production, not to exceed five minutes (5:00) in length, must also be uploaded as a separate digital video file. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the files as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.


8. Annie Award for Best Animated Feature-Independent

An Annie Award for Best Animated Feature-Independent shall be awarded to an animated feature that fulfills the requirements listed below, in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated feature must:

1. be over 45 minutes in length

2. have a total theatrical distribution in the United States of fewer than 1000 screens

2. have originally been released and verifiably screened in Los Angeles County for five consecutive days between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, or

4. if not screened in LA, have placed or won a best animated feature award in 2015 at any of the following international animation festivals: Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima or Zagreb.

Animated productions that originally premiered in other media (e.g., television/broadcast, home video, etc.) and were later released theatrically, shall not be eligible to receive this award.

Feature films distributed on 1000 screens or more are not eligible for the Independent Feature Annie. Qualified independent features may submit for either the Independent Feature Award or the Best Feature Award, but not both.

If the feature has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood and materials are not readily available for judging by November 6th, 2015, late released features may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging next year, during the 43rd Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production on a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression). Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

As part of the submission process, all submitted features must provide twenty (20) copies of the entire production, either on DVD or on a password protected website, for judging committee review. Please see the section on page 15 of this document (“For Your Consideration” Screener Requirements) for further detail.

If possible, submitted independent features should also be made available for our nominating committee to screen, either in a public theatre or private screening room prior to the submission deadline.

Special Note: To ensure fair consideration, while nota requirement for this award, if a submitted film is nominated for the Best Animated Feature-Independent, during the interim between the nomination announcement and commencement of voting (December 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015), it behooves the production to distribute DVD or protected website screeners to the professional voting membership of ASIFA-Hollywood. (Upon request, ASIFA-Hollywood will provide a voting membership roster for distribution purposes.) Members must receive screeners no later than December 31, 2015. Screeners must conform to the requirements as described on page 15.


9. Annie Award for Best Student Film

An Annie Award for Best Student Film shall be awarded to an animated student-produced film in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, the submitted production must be entirely the work of an individual student or team of students from an accredited post-secondary, degree granting program anywhere in the world, and must have been produced between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Faculty may advise on the production, but all work, from concept through finished film, must be the work of a student or students. ASIFA Hollywood does not allow for hands-on involvement by professionals in key positions, including but not limited to, animators, production designers, directors, producers, camera persons, editors, writers, etc.

Exceptions to this rule allow professional actors for voice work, professional composers and musicians for orchestrations, and use of professionally recorded stock music or music in the public domain.

If the filmmaker has graduated or left such a program, the film may be submitted no later than one year from the filmmaker's date of departure. If the film was completed after the date of departure, the film must remain entirely the work of students. The non-professional requisite still applies.

ASIFA-Hollywood reserves the right to disqualify from competition any entry in which professionals have had undue influence.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire production must be uploaded as a digital video file. (Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression). Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.




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Achievement Categories

Notes:

  • For the purposes of the Achievement Awards, qualified individuals or teams who have worked on an animated, theatrically released feature production shall be considered eligible in all Achievement Feature categories.
  • Qualified individuals or teams who have either worked on an animated production for television or other broadcast venue shall be eligible to be considered in the Television/Broadcast categories.
  • Animated Effects in an Animated Production and Animated Effects in a Live Action Production categories are open to both Feature and Television/Broadcast productions.

10. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an AnimatedProduction shall be awarded to an Effects Animator or Effects Animation Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen credit on a single animated production, in any medium (e.g., theatrical, television/broadcast [single episode], special production, video game, etc.), that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).

Each clip must include clear slates:

  1. a header slate at the beginning of the clip, giving the project information as shown in the Mechanical Requirements for Submissions section of this document, as well as

  2. a slate at the head of each shot indicating which effect, or effects, the artist or team animated.

These slates are not counted towards the five-minute maximum run time.



11. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live Action Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live ActionProduction shall be awarded to an Effects Animator or Effects Animation Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen credit on a single live action production, in any medium (e.g., theatrical, television/broadcast [single episode], special production, video game, etc.), that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Because of the nature of some television/broadcast credit policies, Annie Award submission procedures will forgo the credit requirement only if the producer or director of the project signs off on the submission, thereby providing bona fides that the animation individual or team named in the entry did the work described.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).

Each clip must include clear slates:

  1. a header slate at the beginning of the clip, giving the project information as shown in the Mechanical Requirements for Submissions section of this document as well as

  2. a slate at the head of each shot indicating which effect, or effects, the artist or team animated.

These slates are not counted towards the five-minute maximum run time.



12. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Television or Broadcast Venue Production shall be awarded to a Character Animator for creative excellence in the field of animation. Teams are not eligible for this award.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as a Character Animator, on a single character, or multiple characters in a single animated television or other broadcast venue production, that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

This award shall only be given to a single individual. It may not be given as a team award. Work submitted must be actual animation produced directly by the nominee. In cases where multiple animators have worked on the same character or characters, each artist’s work must be submitted as a separate entry for consideration.

Submissions must include only work from the final film. No test shots, experimental/exploratory work, progression reels, or shots cut from the film, even if those shots are used in another context (ie: trailers, promotional materials, electronic press kits, home video extras, show reels, etc.).

If the project for which this individual is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).

Each clip must include clear slates:

  1. a header slate at the beginning of the clip, giving the project information as shown in the Mechanical Requirements for Submissions section of this document as well as

  2. a slate at the head of each shot indicating which character, or characters, the artist animated.

These slates are not counted towards the five-minute maximum run time.



13. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an animated Feature Production shall be awarded to a Character Animator for creative excellence in the field of animation. Teams are not eligible for this award.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as a Character Animator or similar description, on a single character, or multiple characters in a single animated feature production, that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

This award shall only be given to a single individual. It may not be given as a team award. Work submitted must be actual animation produced directly by the nominee. In cases where multiple animators have worked on the same character or characters, each artist’s work must be submitted as a separate entry for consideration.

Submissions must include only work from the final film. No test shots, experimental/exploratory work, progression reels, or shots cut from the film, even if those shots are used in another context (ie: trailers, promotional materials, electronic press kits, home video extras, show reels, etc.).

If the project for which this individual is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).

Each clip must include clear slates:

  1. a header slate at the beginning of the clip, giving the project information as shown in the Mechanical Requirements For Submissions section of this document as well as

  2. a slate at the head of each shot indicating which character, or characters, the artist animated.

These slates are not counted towards the five-minute maximum run time.


 

14. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an a Live Action Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production shall be awarded to a Character Animator or Character Animation Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen credit for Character Animation on a live action production, for a single character, or multiple characters in a single production, that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Submissions must include only work from the final film. No test shots, experimental/exploratory work or shots cut from the film, even if those shots are used in another context (ie: trailers, promotional materials, electronic press kits, home video extras, show reels, etc.). Exception: progression reels are allowed as part of submissions in this category.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



15. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Gameshall be awarded to a Character Animator for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate credit for animation for a single character or multiple characters in a specific video game that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Character animation in real-time game play or cinematics may be submitted.

Episodic series will not be considered as a single entry. Multiple episodes of the same game may be submitted so long as each episode is submitted separately. Post-release or supplementary material, such as expansion packs or downloadable content that includes new game play character animation may be only considered for judging if submitted as a separate entity.

If the game has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of the video game nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late released games may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips demonstrating animation must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

Full game copies may be submitted to supplement video clips. Please label this supplemental clearly with the name of the studio, the entry number (generated when the project is submitted through submissions.annieawards.org). Post the clearly labeled materials to the physical address below:

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036



16. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television or Broadcast Venue Production shall be awarded to a Character Designer or Character Design Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen credit for Character Design on an animated television production originally appearing on television or other broadcast venue in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A Character Designer or Design Team may submit either a single character, or multiple characters from a single production for consideration in this category.

In the case of an animated television series, where a Character Designer or Design Team has created a character or multiple characters for more than one episode, designs from each episode must be submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum of ten (10) sheets of designs (no original artwork, please). Each sheet submitted may be no larger than 11 x 17. Pages may contain one image or multiple images. This material must be clearly labeled with the project information as listed above under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A matching digital file for each piece of art that is being submitted, delivered in JPEG, 300dpi.



17. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to a Character Designer or Character Design Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen credit for Character Design on an animated theatrical feature or home entertainment production that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A Character Designer or Design Team may submit either a single character, or multiple characters from a single production for consideration in this category.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum of ten (10) sheets of designs (no original artwork, please). Each sheet submitted may be no larger than 11 x 17. Pages may contain one image or multiple images. This material must be clearly labeled with the project information as listed above under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A matching digital file for each piece of art that is being submitted, delivered in JPEG, 300dpi.


18. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television/ Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television or Broadcast Venue Production shall be awarded to a Director or a Team of Directors (maximum of three), for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, individual(s) must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as Director(s) on an episode of an animated television series or animated television special production originally appearing on television or other broadcast venue in the United States, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A team of Directors is also eligible to receive this award provided that each person received identical screen credit as Director on the production.

This award must be given to a Director or Team of Directors of an individual episode from an animated television series, special television production or other broadcast venue series.

Multiple episodes from a series may be entered, provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

The entire production must be uploaded as a digital video file. Additionally, clips from the production, not to exceed five minutes (5:00) in length, must be uploaded as a separate digital video file. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the files as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

 


19. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to a Director or a Team of Directors (maximum of three), for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, individual(s) must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as Director(s) on an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A team of Directors is also eligible to receive this award, provided that each person received a screen credit as Director or Co-Director on the production.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Screeners are required for this category. Five (5) DVDs or a password protected online video screener must be included with a submission in this category. (See “For Your Consideration” Screener Requirements on Page 15 of this document.)

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression). Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

A teaser or trailer for the film is not an acceptable entry.

In the event the feature has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a screening of the production, or a DVD screener, for the members of the directing nominating committee shall be required.



20. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded for creative excellence for music in the field of animation.

Eligibility: The entire music production, including main title underscore and songs, shall be judged for award consideration in this category. A partial submission will not be accepted (i.e. songs only).

Only original music and songs that were written for the production shall be eligible for this award. Main title music in a series shall only be eligible to be honored in its first season.

To qualify to receive this award, an individual or a team of individuals must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as Composer(s) and/or Lyricist(s) on an animated television or other broadcast venue production that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Multiple episodes from a series may be entered, provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production, featuring a representation of the music (score and/or songs), must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

Note: Though not necessary, if desired, submissions can also include a full score (all music and songs). This does not negate the submission clip requirement, and, if nominated, will not be part of the on-line ballot. Full scores will only be considered supplemental material for nomination judging purposes.



21. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded for creative excellence for music in the field of animation.

Eligibility: The entire music production, including main title, underscore and songs, shall be judged for award consideration in this category. Partial submission will not be accepted (i.e. songs only).

Only original music and songs that were written for the production shall be eligible for this award.

To qualify to receive this award, an individual or a team of individuals must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as Composer(s) and/or Lyricist(s) on an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production, featuring a representation of the music (score and/or songs), must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

Note: Though not necessary, if desired, submissions can also include a full score (all music and songs). This does not negate the submission clip requirement, and, if nominated, will not be part of the on-line ballot. Full scores will only be considered supplemental material for nomination judging purposes.


22. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded to an individual or team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the area of, and received appropriate screen credit for Production Design on an animated television or other broadcast venue production, that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Multiple episodes from a series may be entered, provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum of ten (10) sheets of designs (no original artwork, please). Each sheet submitted may be no larger than 11 x 17. Pages may contain one image or multiple images. This material must be clearly labeled with the project information as listed above under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A matching digital file for each piece of art that is being submitted, delivered in JPEG, 300dpi.

 


23. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Production Design on an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to an individual or team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the area of, and received appropriate screen credit for an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum of ten (10) sheets of designs (no original artwork, please). Each sheet submitted may be no larger than 11 x 17. Pages may contain one image or multiple images. This material must be clearly labeled with the project information as listed above under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A matching digital file for each piece of art that is being submitted, delivered in JPEG, 300dpi.


24. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded to a Storyboard Artist or Team of Storyboard Artists for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of and received screen credit as Storyboard Artist(s) on an animated television or other broadcast venue production originally appearing on television in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Multiple episodes from a series may be entered, provided that each episode is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum number of 300 panels on seventy five (75) storyboard pages (up to four panels per page) or less, from one or more sequences of a broadcast venue production. Storyboard pages may be no larger than 11 x 17. Each submitted page must be numbered in the lower right hand corner, indicating the specific page number and the total number of pages being submitted (i.e. 1 of 40, 2 of 40, etc.). Collating the pages into a booklet format is not necessary, but is recommended. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A digital folder, containing each individual storyboard panel (up to 300 panels) as a jpeg file. Also include the finished sequence(s), from the completed production. (Do not include story reels.) The sequence reel must be no longer than 5:00 total running time (excluding slates).

  • Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.


25. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to a Storyboard Artist or Team of Storyboard Artists, for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as, Storyboard Artist(s) on an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

This is one of the few categories for which physical and digital materials are required for each submission. Each submission must include:

Mailed, shipped or otherwise delivered:

  • A maximum number of 300 panels on seventy five (75) storyboard pages (up to four panels per page) or less, from one or more sequences of a a theatrically released animated feature film. Storyboard pages may be no larger than 11 x 17. Each submitted page must be numbered in the lower right hand corner, indicating the specific page number and the total number of pages being submitted (i.e. 1 of 40, 2 of 40, etc.). Collating the pages into a booklet format is not necessary, but is recommended. (Presentation counts!)

  • Materials must be delivered to the following address no later than the deadline of November 6th, 2015 by 5:00PM (Pacific Time):

43rd Annual Annie Awards
5042 Wilshire Blvd #22470
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org:

  • A digital folder, containing each individual storyboard panel (up to 300 panels) as a jpeg file. Also include the finished sequence(s), from the completed production. (Do not include story reels.) The sequence reel must be no longer than 5:00 total running time (excluding slates).

  • Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression).Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



26. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded to either a female or a male voice artist for creative excellence in the field of animation. Teams are not eligible for this award.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, a voice artist must have provided the voice for a single character in an animated television or other broadcast venue production originally appearing in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

A compilation of scenes from an episodic series is allowed.

Multiple voice characterizations may be entered, provided that each character is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production showcasing the voice actor's performance must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.Please slate as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



27. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to either a female or a male voice artist for creative excellence in the field of animation. Teams are not eligible for this award.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, a voice artist must have provided the voice for a single character in an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Multiple voice characterizations may be entered, provided that each character is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production showcasing the voice actor's performance must be uploaded as a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.Please slate as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



28. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded to a Writer, or a Team of Writers, for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as, a Writer(s) on an animated television or other broadcast venue production, originally appearing the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

In the case of a broadcast series, submissions must be per episode.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Three separate materials must be uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org for this category:

  • Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression. Please slate as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

  • The complete episode must also be linked or uploaded as a digital video file.

  • A PDF file of the complete script must be uploaded, as well.



29. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for an Animated Feature Production shall be awarded to a Writer, or a Team of Writers, for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received screen credit as, a Writer(s) on an animated theatrical feature that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Three separate materials must be uploaded to submissions.annieawards.org for this category:

  • Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression. Please slate as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.

  • The complete episode must also be linked or uploaded as a digital video file.

  • A PDF file of the complete script must be uploaded, as well.



30. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Editing in a Television/Broadcast Production shall be awarded to an Editor or Editorial Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen editorial credit in a single animated television production that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

Multiple programs in a series may be entered, provided that each program is submitted as a separate entry.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file not exceeding six minutes (6:00) total in length (excluding slates). Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.

Each clip must include a story reel/animatic and the final version of the scene to which it correlates.

Multiple scenes from the production may be included.

Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



31. Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

An Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Editing in a Feature Production shall be awarded to an Editor or Editorial Team for creative excellence in the field of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an individual or team must have worked in the capacity of, and received appropriate screen editorial credit on an animated feature production that was originally released in the United States between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015.

If the project for which this individual or team is nominated has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by November 6th, 2015, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 44th Award cycle in 2016.

Mechanical Requirements for Entry:

Clips from the production must be uploaded as a digital video file not exceeding six minutes (6:00) total in length (excluding slates).

Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.

Each clip must include a story reel/animatic and the final version of the scene to which it correlates.

Multiple scenes from the production may be included.

Please slate the digital video file as instructed under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions.



 

43rd ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD CATEGORIES


Juried Award Categories



32. June Foray Award

The June Foray Award may be given to an individual who has made a significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation.

The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood shall select by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote a single award recipient.

This award recipient may be selected from the pool of submitted recommendations or may be chosen from outside the recommendation pool.

At its discretion, the Board of Directors may elect not to give this award.

To Submit An Individual For Consideration:

A detailed statement describing the person's involvement in animation and how he or she has made a positive and significant impact on the animation industry and the art form may be submitted. Include any supplemental material that supports the recommendation such as articles or letters of recommendation. Label supplemental material so that it can be clearly identified and send statements to Gretchen Houser, Annie Awards Event Director, 332 Eliot Lane, Long Beach, CA 90814.



33. Ub Iwerks Award

The Ub Iwerks Award may be given to an individual or company for a technical advancement that has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

A jury appointed by the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood shall select a single nominee to be presented to the Board of Directors.

This nominee may be selected from the pool of submitted recommendations or may be chosen by the jury from outside the recommendation pool.

The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood, by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote, shall then either ratify the selection made by the jury, choose another recipient, or at its discretion elect not to give this award.

To Submit an Individual or Team/Company For Consideration:

A detailed statement describing the technical achievement and how that achievement has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

Include any supplemental material that supports the recommendation such as brochures, letters of recommendation or video, which demonstrates the technical innovation.

Label any video materials as indicated above under Mechanical Requirements for Submissions. Other supplemental material should be similarly labeled. Please include a copy of the recommendation form with the material submitted.

Please send completed submissions to Gretchen Houser, Annie Awards Event Director, 332 Eliot Lane, Long Beach, CA 90814.



34. Winsor McCay Award

A Winsor McCay Award may be awarded to a maximum of three individuals per year, in recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation in producing, directing, animating, design, writing, voice acting, sound and sound effects, technical work, music, professional teaching, or for other endeavors which exhibit outstanding contributions to excellence in animation.

An individual currently serving on the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood is ineligible to receive the Winsor McCay award.

The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood shall select by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote up to three award recipients. This award recipient may be selected from a pool of submitted recommendations or may be chosen from outside the recommendation pool. At its discretion, the Board of Directors may elect not to give an award.

To Submit An Individual For Consideration:

A statement describing the person's involvement in animation and how he or she has made a positive and significant impact on the animation industry and the art form may be submitted. Send statements to Gretchen Houser, Annie Awards Event Director, 332 Eliot Lane, Long Beach, CA 90814.



35. Annie Award for Special Achievement in Animation

An Annie Award for Special Achievement in Animation may be given to an individual, individuals, or a company for unique and outstanding achievement, made between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, not recognized by other Annie Award categories.

This special award will be given by the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote, and only when such recognition is warranted. At its discretion, the Board of Directors may decide not to select a recipient.

To Submit an Individual or Team/Company For Consideration:

A detailed statement describing the special achievement and how that achievement has made a significant impact on the art or industry of animation may be submitted. Include any supplemental material that supports the recommendation such as brochures, letters of recommendation or video, which demonstrates the achievement. Please send completed submissions to Gretchen Houser, Annie Awards Event Director, 332 Eliot Lane, Long Beach, CA 90814.



36. Certificate of Merit

Certificates of Merit shall be awarded to an individual or organization for current service to the art, craft, and industry of animation. The Board of Directors of ASIFA-Hollywood, by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote, shall choose one or more Certificate recipients or, at its discretion, elect not to award any Certificates.

 

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