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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Annie Award Call For Entries

36th Annual Annie Awards Set for Friday, January 30, 2009 at UCLA's Royce Hall

BURBANK, Calif. (September 10, 2008) The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces its Call for Entries for consideration for this year's 36th Annual Annie Awards. Current Categories & Rules as well as all entry forms can be found online at www.annieawards.org.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 24 categories ranging from production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. Entries submitted for consideration will be from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or commercially released between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.

Key deadlines for this year's Annie Awards are as follows:

Entry Forms: Friday, Oct. 10
Nomination Judging Materials: Friday, Oct. 31
Deadline to become an ASIFA-Hollywood Member: November 30
Nominations announced: Monday, December 1
Ballot clips: Monday, December 8
Bios & Photos for Program Book: Friday, December 12
Advertising Reservations For Program Book: Friday, December 12
Artwork for Program Book: Friday, January 9, 2009
Ceremony Clips: Friday, January 9, 2009
Online Voting: Monday, January 12 - Friday, January 23, 2009

This year's ceremony will be held on Friday, January 30, 2009, at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA. The black-tie ceremony will feature a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent to celebrate this year's best of the best.

The Annie Awards have long recognized pioneers at the forefront of animation through nominations, juried awards and certificates of merit. In 1972, legendary voice actor June Foray organized the very first Annie Awards. Today, supported by major animation studios and production companies, the Annie Awards have grown into a much-heralded industry event and are considered an important industry benchmark and a predictor of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the largest of an international network of chapters and supports a range of animation initiatives through its membership . Current projects include an animation archive, library and museum, classes and screenings, and animated film preservation efforts.

ASIFA is the French acronym for L'Association Internationale du Film D' Animation, an organization founded in 1957 in France by a group of professional animators and chartered by UNESCO in 1960 to encourage the art of animation and further international understanding and goodwill through the animation medium. Today, there are ASIFA chapters in nearly 30 countries worldwide.

For up-to-the-minute information on the 36th Annual Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org, or email: Gretchen@annieawards.org or call: 562.209.9900. Media inquiries, please contact Gretchen Dixon, Dixon PR, at 562.235.0991 or email: Gdixonpr@aol.com.

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