Grand prize winners from the Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa & Zagreb Festivals eligible to submit their work for Annie Award consideration at no charge.
BURBANK, CA -- The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced that the Annecy International Animation Film Festival has officially become a festival partner with the Annie Awards. Also joining the Annie Awards’ festival partnership is Ottawa, Hiroshima and Zagreb festivals.
As part of these partnerships, ASIFA-Hollywood has allowed the festival grand prize winners to submit their work for Annie Award consideration at no charge. This year, there are 10 festival grand prize winners who have submitted for an Annie Award. The hope is that these festival partnerships will help to expand the scope of the Annie Awards internationally.
“For years, we have been trying to enlarge the scope of the Annie Awards to include more international productions,” ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone remarked. “Adding Annecy and the other major animation festivals as Annie partners is another way to bring an expanding world-wide scope to both our event, as well as giving well- deserved industry attention to so many more worthwhile projects.”
“We are thrilled to collaborate with ASIFA-Hollywood (The International Animated Film Society), in promoting artistic animated creations,” said CITIA CEO Mickaël Marin. “This is an additional opportunity to support films and directors by giving them improved visibility competing at the prestigious Annie Awards, who give genuine acknowledgment to animation professionals.”
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 ASIFA organization, 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.