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PR: ASIFA-Hollywood Now Accepting 35th Annual Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is now accepting nominations online for the 35th Annual Annie Awards at www.annieawards.org.

Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, award will be presented in twenty three categories including Best Animated Feature, Home Entertainment, Short Subject, Television Production, Television Commercial and Video Game as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.

Entries submitted for Annie consideration must be from productions that originally aired, were exhibited in an animation festival or were commercially released in the United States between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007.

The Annie Awards have long been recognizing 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. Since its inception, the winner of the most coveted and high profile Best Animated Feature Annie has gone on to claim the Oscar for animation every year, except in 2006.

Today ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest of an international network of chapters, supports a range of animation initiatives through its membership. Current projects include an animation archives, library and museum, special animation events and film preservation efforts. For more information about ASIFA-Hollywood, please visit www.asifa-hollywood.org.

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 thirty countries worldwide.

For further information about the Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org. The deadline to receive entry forms is 5:00pm PT on Friday, October 5, 2007.

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