ASIFA-Hollywood’s celebration honors excellence in animation and returns in-person to UCLA’s Royce Hall in February 2023; entry deadline is December 13.
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced its Call for Entries for the 50th Annie Awards, honoring excellence in the field of animation. The event returns in-person to UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, February 25, 2023. This year, new categories include Best TV/Media – Limited Series, Animated Feature, Animated Feature-Independent, TV/Media Production, Sponsored Production, Short Subject, and Student Films, along with Achievement and Honorary awards.
Additional information on this year's rules, including submissions, is available here.
Entries submitted for consideration must be from animated productions released in the United States between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022. Exceptions, which can be submitted with or without United States releases, include short subjects, special projects, sponsored productions, student films, and grand prize winners from Annie Award-qualifying festivals. The submission deadline is Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 5:00 pm PST.
“This is our 50th Annie Awards, our golden anniversary, and the first time in nearly three years that we will once again be live, in person,” shared Frank Gladstone, ASIFA-Hollywood’s executive director and the Annie Awards’ executive producer. “We are planning to pull out all the stops! It is amazing to think back to the first Annies when our beloved June Foray was assured that 'no one would show up'...and 600 people did. Since then, ASIFA-Hollywood and the Annie Awards have grown in stature and influence, fulfilling our mission to celebrate animation and the people who create it, not only for one brilliant night a year at Royce Hall but throughout the year for the growing animation community, locally and worldwide.”
Important dates during the 50th Annie Awards season:
- The deadline to become an Annie Awards Sponsor is Saturday, January 28, 2023.
- The deadline to reserve advertising space in the program book is Monday, January 30, 2023.
- The deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood, renew membership, and submit voting applications to participate is Saturday, December 31, 2022, 11:59 pm PST.
Now through October 18, 2022, ASIFA-Hollywood is also conducting its Call for Judges. All judges need to submit a new application regardless of previous applications. To be considered for a nominating committee, judges do not need to be a member of ASIFA-Hollywood 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 interested in being a nomination committee judge will find the application here.
September 12 also kicks off ASIFA-Hollywood’s Call for the honorary Juried Award Nominations, now through November 14, 2022, and its Annual Membership Drive, which will continue through December 31, 2022.
In 1972 veteran voice talent June Foray (namesake of The June Forway Award) founded the Annie Awards, which have grown in scope and stature for the past five decades. The first professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation, ASIFA-Hollywood celebrates and honors the people who create it.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the largest chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (International Animated Film Association) and supports various 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.