BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces its 'Call for Entries' for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. Submissions will be accepted beginning September 3. The Annie Award is recognized by the entertainment industry as the highest and most prestigious honor given in animation by the animation industry. The 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony is set for Saturday, February 2, 2013, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles.
The 2012 Annie Awards will be presented in 30 categories including two new categories – Best Student Production and Winsor McCay Member's Choice Award. The new Winsor McCay Member's Choice Award will be on a separate ballot located on the Annie's website (www.annieawards.org). While Annie voting is limited to ASIFA-Hollywood's professional membership, all members, both professional and associate of ASIFA's worldwide chapters, will be able to vote on this award.
Entries submitted for consideration will be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Details on how to enter may be found at www.annieawards.org. The deadline to receive submissions and materials is Sunday, October 14, 2012 by 5 p.m. The deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood or to renew membership in order to participate in the Annie Award voting is Sunday, November 4, 2012. Membership information is located at www.asifa-hollywood.org.
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, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.