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VES Kicks Off 3rd Awards Season

Now in its third year, the Visual Effects Societys (VES) awards season opened for submissions on Sept. 1. This years awards slate features new categories, an optional day of live in-person presentations and an online view and vote system.

Submissions are welcome from visual effects artists worldwide, both VES members and non-members alike. Added awards director Jeff Okun, The VES wants to make sure it represents as many artists and practitioners as possible. Were especially interested in seeing submissions from the broadcast, commercial, gaming and video arenas.

To accomplish the VES mission of targeting all areas of visual effects, new categories have been added to acknowledge accomplishments in both the broadcast and gaming arenas. The awards slate now features 23 categories ranging from best of film, TV, commercials, music videos and gaming, to individual artists categories.

Also new this year is the online view-and-vote, according to Eric Roth, the VES newly appointed exec director. For the first time, members around the world have the opportunity to participate in what was previously just a local event. The optional in-person presentation event gives contributors a chance to share, explain and socialize, but removes the pressure of voting on one particular day. To view the Rules and Procedures for submissions, all potential entrants should visit

The VES Awards will be held in Los Angeles at the Palladium on Feb. 16, 2005.

The Visual Effects Society, founded in 1997, is comprised of distinguished visual effects artists and technologists who are professionally committed to the specialized industry of visual effects. The society provides its members with a platform for communication, education and recognition of the current and future state of the visual effects industry. Society headquarters are located in Los Angeles, with approximately 1,000 global members. For more information about VES, visit or call (310) 822-9181.