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44th Annie Awards Opens Call for Entries

Deadline for submissions to the 44th Annie Awards is October 31; ASIFA-Hollywood also conducting the 44th Annual Annie Award call for nominating committee judges.

BURBANK, CA -- The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced that its Call for Entries for the 44th Annual Annie Awards are now open!

Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 44th Annual Annie Awards will be presented in nine production categories and 22 achievement categories. Additionally, up to five honorary awards may also be granted for lifetime accomplishments, philanthropy, technical advances, special achievement and meritorious service. The 44th Annual Annie Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

To submit entries, the online portal can be found at Step-by-step submission instructions are located here, and Categories and Rules are located here.

Entries submitted for consideration will be from animated productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Exceptions are commercials, short subjects, special projects and student films, which can qualify with or without United State releases.

The deadline to become an Annie Awards Corporate Sponsor is midnight on Friday, November 4, 2016. Final deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood or to renew membership and register to participate in Annie Award voting is midnight Monday, December 16.

Now through August 26, ASIFA-Hollywood is also conducting the 44th Annual Annie Award Call for Nominating Committee Judges. The registration procedure has been simplified this year, but all judges, whether they have applied in the past or are enrolling for the first time, will need to submit a new application. To be considered for a nominating committee, judges do not need to be ASIFA-Hollywood members, but must have an established career in animation and exemplary professional credentials in at least one of the Annie Award categories. Individuals in the animation community, who are interested in being a nomination committee judge, will find the application at

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, Animation Educators Forum, animated film preservation, special events, scholarships and screenings. Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades.             

Source: ASIFA-Hollywood

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.