ASIFA-Hollywood is currently accepting entries for the 32nd Annual Annie Awards. Deadline to receive entries is Friday, October 3, 2003. Every year, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles area-based branch of the International Animated Film Society, honors the best in film, television, game and Internet animation with the Annie Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at a black-tie gala celebration at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, on Jan. 30, 2005.
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in areas ranging from production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting, in a total of 21 categories. 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 January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004.
All rules, category information and entry forms are available online at www.asifa-hollywood.org or by contacting ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330. The deadline to receive entry forms is October 1, 2004. All nomination judging material is due by October 29, 2004. Final nominations will be announced by ASIFA-Hollywood on December 6, 2005.
"The last several years have brought enormous growth and notoriety to the Annie Awards," said ASIFA-Hollywood president Antran Manoogian. "Participation from studios, sponsors and artists is increasing along with media attention. It's a testament to the significance of the animation and to the position of the Annie Awards as the original voice of the industry."
The Annie Awards ceremony includes the awarding of trophies in the form of replica zoetropes, participation from a range of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters, special lifetime achievement awards and pre- and post-event receptions. The Annie Awards are attended by nearly 1,000 industry insiders. Tickets are available to the general public, space permitting.
Founded in 1972 by ASIFA member and veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include special animation event, classes and screenings, film and video archives and film preservation efforts. Today, there are ASIFA chapters in nearly 30 countries worldwide.