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ASIFA-Hollywood Announces Key Dates for Virtual or Live 48th Annie Awards

Rules, categories, and important dates and deadlines also announced for upcoming ceremony, set for April 16, 2021, as annual membership drive begins.

BURBANK, CALIF -- ASIFA-Hollywood announced today that while the current pandemic has been a challenge, the 48th Annie Awards ceremony will be held -- either virtually or live -- on Friday, April 16, 2021. The final decision on whether the ceremony is virtual or live will be determined this October 2020.

“What this epidemic has taught us is to be flexible in the ways we deliver our message and share our experiences,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Vice President, Sue Shakespeare. “Regardless of how the Annies ceremony is presented this year, it will honor all of the talent in our animation community with the utmost respect and inclusion.”

Key Dates for the 48th Annie Awards Ceremony Include:

  • Call for Entries - Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Annies submissions deadline - 5 p.m. (PST), Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Nominations announced at 8 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 3, 2021
  • Online balloting begins Monday, March 29, 2021 and ends Friday, April 9, 2021

All other important dates and details for the 48th Annie Awards can be found here:

The 48th Annie Awards Rules & Categories were also released today, along with the start of ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annual Membership drive. All of this information is now available on the Annies website: Questions and concerns will be answered through the ‘Open Zendesk’ tab on the site. 

"The coronavirus has had an effect on almost everything in our lives. The Annies are no exception. Every year, rules are amended and, this year, dates have been adjusted, too,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “What is most important right now is to know that the 48th Annual Annie Awards will happen on April 16, 2021."

Entries submitted for consideration will be from animated productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Exceptions are commercials, short subjects, special projects and student films, which can qualify with or without United States releases. Submissions close on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 5p.m. (PST).

Source: ASIFA-Hollywood