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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Podcast: 36th Annual Annie Awards Segment One

36th Annual Annie Award Podcast
The 36th Annual Annie Awards (Segment One)
(Quicktime 7 / 33.2 megs)

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For the first time in its 36 year history, the Annie Awards ceremony will be podcast on the internet in its entirety. Today's segment includes Tom Kenny's opening monologue and the award for Best Video Game. Check back every day for another segment!

List of Nominees and Winners
Animation's Big Night: A Backstage Look at the Annie Awards
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Animation's Big Night

Annie Awards

A Backstage Look At
ASIFA-Hollywood's Annie Awards

We aren't your typical paparazzi. It was only six months ago that our creative aspirations drove us out of Orlando, Florida to pursue careers as animated filmmakers. It is conventional wisdom that the heart of the animated world beats here in Los Angeles, and it didn't take us long to realize that was where we needed to be. Somehow, between then and now, we have found ourselves residents, and because of our membership in ASIFA-Hollywood, we were granted the chance of a lifetime to see how a major award show comes to life, in an effort to discover the 36th Annual Annie Awards.

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Kathy Turner and June Foray with the
June Foray Award winner, Bill Turner

Almost immediately, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with legendary voice actress June Foray and discussing the history of the Annies. In 1972, June Foray organized the first communion of animators to recognize individuals for their artistic achievements. The two recipients were Dave and Max Fleischer and June related to us that their awards were presented at the Sportsman's Lodge banquet room by a crowd of 400 people. Now, 37 years later, the famed Annie Awards take place in UCLA's Royce Hall, delivering 32 awards before a crowd of 1800.

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The audience enjoying the show

Reciting the numbers out loud seemed to make them more impressive, and June was genuinely surprised to know that so many people had come out to show their appreciation for the art of animation. She had envisioned the awards as an "opportunity for animators to get together" because in 1972, there was no professional acknowledgment of animation. Given the expansion of popularity of the artform over the last 37 years, June said that it was an inspiration to see so many people come out and support what she had started 37 years ago.

For more info on the early days of the Annies, see this interview with June Foray.

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The after-party featured a gourmet meal
and the music of the Blue Hawaiians

Although June originally intended Annies to be awarded specifically to individuals for lifetime achievement, the Annie Awards have since broadened the scope of categories to include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Short Subject, Best Animated Television Commercial, and more.

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Presenters Brad Garret and Pat Fraley

This increased recognition has brought a lot of traditional Hollywood media talent to the event as well. Outside Royce Hall was a red carpet introduction and a slew of photographers to take advantage of it. This year's presenters included comedians and actors Fred Willard, Brad Garrett, James Hong, Seth Green and Donald Faison, among others. The master of ceremonies for the evening was the voice of Spongebob Squarepants, Tom Kenny.

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Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich
arrive with actress Clare Grant

But as aspiring animated filmmakers, it was a particular treat to be able to speak backstage with the artists and directors who are currently shaping the industry we love. Nick Park, who not only won a Winsor McCay career award this year but took home the Annie for Best Animated Short Subject with Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death and Henry Selick, who presented the award to Nick Park on stage both allowed us to spend a little time with them.

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Winsor McCay Award Honoree Nick Park
and presenter Henry Sellick backstage waiting for their cue

What is encouraging about the Annies, is that even directors whose visions lead to the creation of films as visually and stylistically distinct as Wallace and Gromit and The Nightmare Before Christmas are able to come together to celebrate the artform they share in common. Whether they use a pencil or a computer, clay or puppets, animators are a special type of artist. And at the Annies, they take time out to honor their own. This is exactly what June Foray envisioned for the event 37 years ago.

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Chris Williams accepts his award for
Storyboarding for "Glago's Guest"

Some of the other big winners of the night were James Baxter for his animation in Kung Fu Panda, Joaquim Dos Santos for directing Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chris Williams for storyboarding on Glago's Guest, and Hans Zimmer and John Powell for the music in Kung Fu Panda. Keep in mind that these are just a few of the winners and that the complete list can be found on the Annie Awards web page.

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Presenter, James Hong with his daughter, April

It wasn't just famous directors and animators milling behind the curtains of Royce Hall. More than a handful of volunteers worked tirelessly as they shepherded presenters, nominees, winners and guests seamlessly from seats to the wings to the stage to receive their awards.

The trophy assistants were constantly on point delivering to the next winner and headsets were humming up and down the halls on the heads of volunteers and stage crew. The fully catered and open bar before and after parties easily accommodated hundreds of people with live music, delicious food and an inviting atmosphere.

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Presenters Crispin Freeman and Jennifer Taylor Lawrence
prepare backstage

But an event like this doesn't happen on its own. It takes months of planning and organization by the ASIFA-Hollywood board members and a few consulted coordinators. The current President of ASIFA-Hollywood, Antran Manoogian, is one of the few people responsible for making the Annie Awards the spectacle that it is at today. Come this November, he will have been President for twenty years, and a member of ASIFA-Hollywood for thirty.

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Presenter Fred Willard has fun with the press

Antran's responsibilities to the Annies involve acting as executive producer of the event; which means overseeing rules, interfacing with staff and volunteers, working with the board of directors to put out the call for entrees and set up the judging, ballots and awards. In conversation, he had to admit that growing the Annies was no simple accomplishment. "I knew that when I started, I wanted it to be more, but ASIFA-Hollywood is a non-profit organization and run primarily on volunteer resources. Every year, we made it a little bit better." Slowly but surely, it has made the transformation into the highly respected event it is today, in great part due to his contributions.

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ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Director, Stephen Worth
and ASIFA-Hollywood President, Antran Manoogian
visit with June Foray at the after party

This evolution of the awards is evident in the nomination process. Every year the categories for nomination are refined to extract the best quality of work possible. Also, it is not required that each award be offered. He made it clear that "the goal of the Annies is to honor excellence in animation, not merely the best of the batch." Nominating committees are instructed that they should pick only the nominees whom they feel should receive an award. "However many there may be, they should all be outstanding."

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Ahmed Best receives the Annie for Voice Acting
in an Animated Television Program

The animation archive director and ASIFA-Hollywood board member Stephen Worth clarified that "the idea is that being nominated means the work is worthy enough to receive an award. From that point, it's up to the voting members of ASIFA-Hollywood to decide who their pick for the Annie will be."

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Presenters Pat Fraley and Edie McClurg

The industry really seems to appreciate the level of quality that the awards maintain as well. We spent a lot of time inquiring how people receive the news that they have been nominated. Since this is the "Oscars of animation" do people treat it as such? Annette O'Neil, the assistant coordinator of the event had this to say:

"I've broken the news to many nominees over the years, and I never cease to be amazed at the thrill this recognition carries. The Annies story involves a long, rich history of groundbreaking artists and creators; folks are thrilled to be counted in that pantheon."

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John Lasseter accepts his Winsor McCay Award
as presenter Billy Crystal looks on

After a long night of observing the animation industry, we were able to draw a few conclusions. ASIFA-Hollywood and the Annie Awards are defined by the people who participate in them. In contrast with the pomp and circumstance of most high profile awards shows, when animators get together to honor their own, it's more of a family affair. Professionals and fans alike are united in their passion for animation. It was a remarkable and inspiring experience to have been a part of it.

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Producer Melissa Cobb and the crew of Kung Fu Panda
accepting the award for Best Animated Feature

Although the characters on-screen are familiar to everyone, the artists behind the scenes are not as well known as they should be. The ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards seek to shine a light on the incredible talents responsible for the animated films that we all love. It is clear that animated filmmakers posess a different sort of inspiration than many in the movie industry. For most of them, it's not about the fame and fortune, it's about the process of creation and the catharsis of completion. The Annie Awards are the recognition of a job well done.

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Bill Plympton, whose film "Hot Dog" was nominated for
Best Short Subject draws a doodle for the press

All the nominees and winners should be proud of what they've accomplished, because the Annie Awards are truly the sincerest attempt by the animation community to honor excellence. And we couldn't be happier to be a part of it. Six months ago, we didn't know what we were signing up for when we joined ASIFA-Hollywood, but after tonight, for rags or riches, we believe in it. Thank you to everyone who organized the event, ASIFA-Hollywood members for supporting it, and the artists who give it a reason to exist. --Danny Young and Michael Woodside

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Master of Ceremonies Tom Kenny, the voice of Spongebob Squarepants kept the audience entertained throughout the evening

ASIFA-Hollywood would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees. Special congratulations to ASIFA-Hollywood Secretary, Bill Turner, the recipient of this year's June Foray Award, and Kathy Turner, Mike Fontanelli, Alex Vassilev and Amir Avni the Certificate of Merit honorees who have contributed so generously to ASIFA-Hollywood's Archive and events.

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See you next year at the 37th Annual Annie Awards!

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

36th Annual Annie Award Winners

A full list has been posted at AnnieAwards.org
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Friday, January 16, 2009

Annie Awards Invitation

www.annieawards.org
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood cordially invites you to attend the 36th Annual Annie Awards

Friday January 30, 2009
UCLA's Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Champagne Reception- 6 pm
Award Ceremony- 8 pm
Post Award Party following the Ceremony

Black Tie Optional
Hosted by Tom Kenny

General Admission Tickets- $25

Discount VIP Tickets for ASIFA-Hollywood, The Animation Guild, Visual Effects Society and Women in Animation Members- $150

Non Member VIP Ticket- $250

To order tickets or for further information, visit... www.annieawards.org
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Annie Awards Voting

Voting on the 36th Annual Annie Awards has begun. We have made every effort to be sure everyone has their voting information. If you have not received or lost your log-in information, please use the following link to access your log-in password:

https://eballot3.votenet.com/annieawards/forgetpassword.cfm?CFID=5158573&CFTOKEN;=98073307

You may then submit your email address and your information will be sent to you.

If you have recently changed your email address, please call 1-866-543-8750 to retrieve your log-in information, and then please email membership@asifa-hollywood.org to permanently update your contact information.

Please note that only members who were current as of November 30, 2008 are eligible to vote on the 36th Annual Annie Awards. If your membership expired before that date, or if you joined ASIFA-Hollywood after that date, you are not eligible to vote this year.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Annie Awards Advertising Deadline

Just a reminder, the deadline to reserve an advertisement in the 36th Annual Annie Award program book is Friday, December 19, 2008. The deadline to receive advertising artwork for the Annie Award program book is January 9. 2009.

An advertisement in Annie Awards program book provides one of the most innovative platforms for animation partners to participate in these high-profile awards and market their goods and services. There's no better way to reach over 10,000 animation industry insiders—from top studio brass to production executives, animation artists, students and fans of the art form — than in the pages of the annual Annie Awards program.

For more information, visit the Advertising/Sponsorship page.

The 36th Annual Annie Awards will take place on Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA's Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California. The Annie Awards will also be webcasted on www.annieawards.org, at a later date.

For further information about the Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org
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Monday, December 01, 2008

2008 ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature

Bolt - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Kung Fu Panda - DreamWorks Animation
$9.99 - Sherman Pictures/Lama Films
Wall-E - Pixar Animation Studios
Waltz With Bashir - Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films

Best Animated Home Entertainment Production

Batman: Gotham Knight - Warner Bros. Animation
Christmas Is Here Again - Easy To Dream Entertainment
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs - The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Justice League: The New Frontier - Warner Bros. Animation
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning - DisneyToon Studios

Best Animated Short Subject

Glago's Guest - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Hot Dog - Bill Plympton Studio
Presto - Pixar Animation Studios
Sebastian's Voodoo - Joaquin Baldwin
Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death - Aardman Animations Ltd.

Best Animated Television Commercial

Giant Monster - Curious Pictures
Long Legs Mr. Hyde - Curious Pictures
Rotofugi: The Collectors - Screen Novelties
Sarah - Z Animation
United Airlines "Heart" - Duck Studios

Best Animated Television Production

King of the Hill - 20th Century Fox TV
Moral Orel - ShadowMachine
Phineas and Ferb - Disney Television Animation
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II - ShadowMachine
The Simpsons - Gracie Films/Fox TV

Best Animated Television Production Produced for Children

A Miser Brothers Christmas - Warner Bros. Animation
Avatar: The Last Airbender - Nickelodeon
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends "Destination Imagination" - Cartoon Network Studios
The Mighty B! - Nickelodeon
Underfist: Halloween Bash - Cartoon Network Studios

Best Animated Video Game

Dead Space - Electronic Arts
Kung Fu Panda - Activision
Wall-E - Heavy Iron Studios, a division of THQ, Inc.


INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Animated Effects

Alen Lai "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" - Blue Sky Studios
Li-Ming Lawrence Lee "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Fangwei Lee "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" - DreamWorks Animation
Kevin Lee "Bolt" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Enrique Vila "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production

James Baxter "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Jeff Gabor "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" - Blue Sky Studios
Philippe Le Brun "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Victor Navone "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios
Dan Wagner "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation

Character Animation in a Television Production or Short Form

Sandro Cleuzo "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation
Joshua A. Jennings "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" - ShadowMachine
Pierre Perifel "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Valerie Hadida "Igor" - Exodus Film Group
Sang Jun Lee "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" - Blue Sky Studios
Nico Marlet "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Bryan Arnett - Mighty B! "Bat Mitzah Crashers" - Nickelodeon
Ben Balistreri - Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends "Mondo Coco" - Cartoon Network Studios
Sean Galloway "The Spectacular Spider-Man" - Sony Pictures Television
Jorge Gutierrez - El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera "The Good, The Bad, The Tigre" - Nickelodeon
Nico Marlet "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen "The Tale Of Despereaux" - Universal Pictures
Ari Folman "Waltz With Bashir" - Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films
Tatia Rosenthal "9.99" - Sherman Pictures/ Lama Films
John Stevenson & Mark Osborne "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Andrew Stanton "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios

Directing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Bob Anderson - The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XIX" - Gracie Films/Fox TV
Joaquim Dos Santos - Avatar: The Last Airbender "Sozin's Comet Pt. 3" - Nickelodeon
Craig McCracken, Rob Renzetti - Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends "Destination Imagination" - Cartoon Network Studios
Chris McKay - Moral Orel "Passing" - ShadowMachine
Alan Smart - SpongeBob SquarePants "Penny Foolish" - Nickelodeon

Music in an Animated Feature Production

Kevin Manthei - "Batman: Gotham Knight" - Warner Bros. Animation
John Powell - "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" - Blue Sky Studios
Max Richter - "Waltz With Bashir" - Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films
William Ross - "The Tale Of Despereaux" - Universal Pictures
Hans Zimmer & John Powell - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation

Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Carl Finch & Brave Combo - Click and Clack's "As the Wrench Turns" - CTTV Productions
Henry Jackman, Hans Zimmer & John Powell - "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation
Kevin Kiner - "Star Wars The Clone Wars: Rising Malevolence" - Lucasfilm Animation Ltd.
Guy Moon - Back at the Barnyard "Cowman: The Uddered Avenger" - Nickelodeon/Omation
Guy Michelmore - "Growing Up Creepie: Rockabye Freakie" - Taffy Entertainment LLC

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Ralph Eggleston "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios
Paul Felix "Bolt" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Tang Heng "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Evgeni Tomov "The Tale Of Despereaux" - Universal Pictures
Raymond Zibach "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation

Production Design in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Andy Harkness "Glago's Guest" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Tang Heng "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation
Seonna Hong - The Mighty B! "Bee Patients" - Nickelodeon
Dan Krall - Chowder "The Heavy Sleeper" - Cartoon Network Studios
Raymond Zibach "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Alessandro Carloni - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Ronnie Del Carmen - "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios
Joe Mateo "Bolt" - Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jen Yuh Nelson - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Rob Stevenhagen - "The Tale Of Despereaux" - Universal Pictures

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Butch Hartman - Fairly OddParents "Mission: Responsible" - Nickelodeon
Andy Kelly - Ni Hao, Kai-Lan "Twirly Whirly Flyers" - Nickelodeon Productions/Nelvana
Andy Schuler - "Secret of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation
Eddie Trigueros "The Mighty B! "Name Shame"- Nickelodeon
Chris Williams "Glago's Guest" - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Ben Burtt - Voice of Wall-E - "Wall-E" - Pixar Animation Studios
Dustin Hoffman - Voice of Shifu - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
James Hong - Voice of Mr. Ping - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Ian McShane - Voice of Tai Lung - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Mark Walton - Voice of Rhino - "Bolt" - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Ahmed Best - Voice of Jar Jar Binks - "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" - ShadowMachine
Seth MacFarlane - Voice of Peter Griffin - Family Guy "I Dream of Jesus" - Fox TV Animation/Fuzzy Door Productions
Dwight Schultz - Voice of Mung Daal - Chowder "Apprentice Games" - Cartoon Network Studios

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Jon Aibel & Glenn Berger - "Kung Fu Panda" - DreamWorks Animation
Etan Cohen and Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath - "Madagascar:Escape 2 Africa" - DreamWorks Animation
Ari Folman - "Waltz With Bashir" - Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films D'ici, Razor Films
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio - "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears A Who" - Blue Sky Studios

Writing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form

Joel H. Cohen - The Simpsons "The Debarted" - Gracie Films/Fox TV
Scott Kreamer - El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera "Mustache Love" - Nickelodeon
Paul McEvoy and Todd Berger - "Secrets of the Furious Five" - DreamWorks Animation
Tom Root, Douglas Goldstein, Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, Matthew Senreich, Kevin Shinick, Zeb Wells - "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II" - ShadowMachine
Chris Williams - "Glago's Guest" - Walt Disney Animation Studios


JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award
(Career achievement)

Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park for career contributions to the art of animation.

June Foray Award
(Significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)

Bill Turner

Certificate of Merit

Amir Avini, Mike Fontanelli, Kathy Turner, Alex Vassilev.

The Annie Awards are presented by...

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ASIFA-Hollywood
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Annie Tickets On Sale For Members

Tickets for the 36th Annual Annie Awards are on sale now for ASIFA-Hollywood members only.

The pre-sale price for members now through Dec. 31, 2008 is $150. The price includes the pre- and post- receptions and the Annie Awards Ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles on Friday, January 30, 2009.

For more information, please visit our website at www.annieawards.org
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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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Monday, September 29, 2008

Annie Awards: Call For Judges

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is seeking individuals interested in serving on nomination committees for the 36th Annual Annie Awards. Nominating committees shall select the Annie Award production nominations and individual achievement nominees.

Nomination judging shall take place on Saturday, November 15, 2008, at Woodbury University, in Burbank, California. Judges may also be required to do some additional judging within the following days, as well as participate in pre-selection activities, via email, prior to the judging session(s).

To apply, please visit http://annieawards.org/Judging.htm.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 17, 2008. Individuals who are selected to serve on a nomination committee, shall receive a pair of complementary VIP tickets to the 36th Annual Annie Awards, which will take place on Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA's Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

2008 Winsor McCay Award Winners Announced



This just in from the San Diego Comic-Con... At a private party for Annie Award recipients and nominees, the winners of the 2008 Winsor McCay Awards were announced. In attendance were past Annie honorees Ralph Bakshi, Bill Plympton, Antran Manoogian, and Stephen Worth.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 26, 2008) The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced its 2008 Winsor McCay Award recipients during a private reception Friday, July 25, at the Gaslamp Marriott during the annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego, California. This year's Winsor McCay recipients are: Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park (see bios below). Award recipients will claim their trophies at the 36th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Named in honor of animator Winsor McCay, best known as a prolific artist and pioneer in the art of comic strips and animation, the Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

"ASIFA-Hollywood is proud to present Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park each with a Winsor McCay Award," said Antran Manoogian, president of ASIFA-Hollywood. "Their career achievements and outstanding contributions to the art of animation are certainly worthy of being recognized with this honor."

The 2008 Winsor McCay Award Recipients are:

Judge Lasseter Park
Mike Judge is the acclaimed creator of MTV's Beavis and Butt-head and Fox's King Of The Hill. Judge started his career as an independent animator creating several short films, including Office Space with Milton and Frog Baseball, animating them on his kitchen table. Judge provides the voices for his main characters (Beavis, Butt-head and Hank Hill) and has directed a feature length version of Beavis and Butt-head, as well as several critically acclaimed live action films. His third animated series, The Goode Family, will air next year on ABC.

John Lasseter is a pioneering computer animation director and currently the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation. Lasseter, a Cal Arts graduate, began his career in hand drawn character animation at Disney in 1975. He joined Pixar when it was still an experimental unit of Lucasfilm in 1984. He added a cartoonist's vision to the world of computer graphics, combining strong storytelling with classic character animation. After winning an Academy Award for his short, Tin Toy, he led Pixar to commercial and critical success with such feature films as Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Cars.

Nick Park is the British clay animator who charmed the world with his Academy Award winning short, Creature Comforts, and hilarious characters Wallace and Gromit. He started his first film, A Grand Day Out, while still a student at the National Film and Television School. He joined Aardman Animation in 1985 and went on to complete three Wallace and Gromit shorts and co-directed two feature films, Chicken Ru and the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. His fourth Wallace and Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf and Death, will be released later this year.

Just in!

Jerry Beck discusses ASIFA and his "Worst Cartoons" show...

When Cartoons Were Crazy
When Cartoons Were Crazy

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

35th Annual Annie Awards Winners and Nominees

Winners in bold. For more information, see www.annieawards.org.

PRODUCTION CATEGORIES

Best Animated Feature

Winner: Ratatouille - Pixar Animation Studios
Bee Movie - DreamWorks Animation
Persepolis - Sony Pictures Classics
Surf's Up - Sony Pictures Animation
The Simpsons Movie - Twentieth Century Fox

Best Home Entertainment Production

Winner: Futurama "Bender's Big Score" - The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Doctor Strange - MLG Productions

Best Animated Short Subject

Winner: Your Friend the Rat - Pixar Animation Studios
Everything Will Be OK - Bitter Films
How to Hook Up Your Home Theater - Walt Disney Feature Animation
Shorty McShorts' Shorts "Mascot Prep" - Walt Disney Television Animation
The Chestnut Tree - Picnic Pictures

Best Animated Television Commercial

Winner: Power Shares Escape Average - Acme Filmworks
CVS Watering Can - Acme Filmworks
Esurance "Homeowners" - Wild Brain
Idaho Lottery: Twister - Acme Filmworks
Oregon Lottery "Alaska" - Laika/house

Best Animated Television Production

Winner: Creature Comforts America - Aardman Animations
Jane and the Dragon - Weta Productions Limited & Nelvana Limited
Moral Orel - ShadowMachine
Robot Chicken Star Wars- ShadowMachine
Kim Possible - Walt Disney Television Animation

Best Animated Television Production for Children

Winner: El Tigre - Nickelodeon
Chowder - Cartoon Network Studios
Little Einsteins - Disney Channel
Peep and the Big Wide World - Discovery Kids
The Backyardigans - Nickelodeon

Best Animated Video Game

Winner: Ratatouille - THQ, Inc.
Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Burning Earth" - THQ, Inc.
Bee Movie Game - Activision
Transformers: The Game - Blur Studios

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES

Animated Effects

Winner: Deborah Carlson - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Gary Bruins - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Ryan Laney - "Spider-Man 3" - Sony Pictures Imageworks
James Mansfield - "How to Hook Up Your Home Theater" - Walt Disney Feature Animation
Jon Reisch - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios

Animation Production Artist

Winner: John Clark - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Michael Isaak - "Bee Movie" - DreamWorks Animation
Hyun-Min Lee - "The Chestnut Tree" - Picnic Pictures
Natasha Liberman - "Growing Up Creepie "Creepie & The Candy Factory" - Taffy Entertainment LLC, Telegrael Teoranta, Discovery Communications Inc., SunWoo Entertainment, Peach Blossom Media
Jim Worthy - My Gym Partner's A Monkey "Meet the Spidermonkeys" - Cartoon Network Studios

Character Animation in a Feature Production

Winner: Michal Makarewicz - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Dave Hardin - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Alan Hawkins - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation

Character Animation in a Television Production

Winner: Eric Towner - Robot Chicken - ShadowMachine
Elizabeth Harvatine - Moral Orel "Nature 2" - ShadowMachine
Monica Kennedy - El Tigre - Nickelodeon

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Carter Goodrich - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Sylvain Deboissy - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television Production

Winner: Jorge R. Gutierrez - El Tigre "Fistful of Collars" - Nickelodeon

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Brad Bird "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Ash Brannon & Chris Buck "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Chris Miller & Raman Hui - "Shrek The Third" - DreamWorks Animation
Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi - "Persepolis" - Sony Pictures Classics
David Silverman - "The Simpsons Movie" - Twentieth Century Fox

Directing in an Animated Television Production

Winner: Seth Green "Robot Chicken Star Wars" - ShadowMachine
David Hartman - Tigger & Pooh "Turtles Need for Speed" - Walt Disney Television Animation
Raymie Muzquiz - Squirrel Boy "Gumfight at the S'Okay Corral" - Cartoon Network Studios
Howy Parkins - The Emperor's New School "Emperor's New Musical" - Walt Disney Television Animation
Gary Trousdale "Shrek The Halls" - DreamWorks Animation

Music in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Michael Giacchino - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Olivier Bernet - "Persepolis" - Sony Pictures Classics
Danny Elfman, Rufus Wainwright & Rob Thomas - "Meet The Robinsons" - Walt Disney Feature Animation
Rupert Gregson-Williams - "Bee Movie" - DreamWorks Animation
Amy Powers, Russ DeSalvo & Jeff Danna - "Disney Princess Enchanted Tales" - DisneyToon Studios/Walt Disney Video/Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Music in an Animated Television Production

Winner: Alf Clausen & Michael Price - The Simpsons "Yokel Chords" - Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox
Evan Lurie, Robert Scull & Steven Bernstein - The Backyardigans "International Super Spy" - Nickelodeon
Drew Neumann & Gregory Hinde - Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure - Cartoon Network Studios
Shawn Patterson - El Tigre "Yellow Pantera" - Nickelodeon
James L. Venable & Jennifer Kes Remington - Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends "The Bloo Superdude and the Magic Potato Power" - Cartoon Network Studios

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Harley Jessup - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Doug Chiang - "Beowulf" - Paramount Pictures
Marcelo Vignali - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Ted Mathot - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Don Hall - ‘Meet The Robinsons' - Walt Disney Feature Animation
Denise Koyama - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Sean Song - "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - IMAGI Animation Studios
Nassos Vakalis - "Bee Movie" - DreamWorks Animation

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production

Wnner: Steve Fonti - Family Guy "No Chris Left Behind" - Fox TV Animation/Fuzzy Door Ben Balistreri - Danny Phantom "Torrent of Terror" - Nickelodeon
Aldin Baroza - The Replacements "London Calling" - Walt Disney Television Animation
Dave Bennett - Tom and Jerry Tales - Warner Bros. Animation
Productions
Roy Meurin - My Friends Tigger and Pooh "Good Night to Pooh" - Walt Disney Television Animation

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Ian Holm - Voice of Skinner - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Janeane Garofalo - Voice of Collette - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Julie Kavner - Voice of Marge Simpson - "The Simpsons Movie" - Twentieth Century Fox
Patton Oswalt - Voice of Remy - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
Patrick Warburton - Voice of Ken - "Bee Movie" - DreamWorks Animation

Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

Winner: Eartha Kitt - Voice of Yzma - The Emperor's New School "Emperor's New Musical" - Walt Disney Television Animation
Scott Adsit - Voice of Clay Puppington - "Moral Orel" - ShadowMachine
Madison Davenport - Voice of Sophianna - "Christmas is Here Again!" - Easy To Dream Entertainment
Tom Kenny - Voice of SpongeBob - SpongeBob SquarePants "Spy Buddies" - Nickelodeon
Eddie Murphy - Voice of Donkey - "Shrek The Halls" - DreamWorks Animation

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Winner: Brad Bird - "Ratatouille" - Pixar Animation Studios
James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David, Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Mike Scully, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder & Jon Vitti - "The Simpsons Movie" - Twentieth Century Fox
Don Rhymer and Ash Brannon & Chris Buck & Christopher Jenkins - "Surf's Up" - Sony Pictures Animation
Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud - "Persepolis" - Sony Pictures Classics

Writing in an Animated Television Production

Winner: Ian Maxtone-Graham & Billy Kimball - The Simpsons "24 Minutes" - Gracie Films
C.H. Greenblatt & William Reiss - Chowder "Burple Nurples" - Cartoon Network Studios
Gene Grillo - Back at the Barnyard "Cowman and Ratboy" - Nickelodeon
Christopher Painter - Squirrel Boy "I Only Have Eye For You" - Cartoon Network Studios
Tom Sheppard - My Gym Partner's A Monkey "The Butt of the Jake" - Cartoon Network Studios


WINSOR McCAY AWARD WINNERS
(career contributions to the art of animation)

John Canemaker
Glen Keane
John Kricfalusi

JUNE FORAY (significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation)

Jerry Beck

UB IWERKS (technical achievement)

Jonathan Gay, Gary Grossman and Robert Tatsumi - the creators of FLASH computer software

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT ANNIE AWARD

Edwin R. Leonard - promoting the Linux open system for animation in animation studios and gaming software development

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Marcus Adams
Joseph Baptista
Steve Gattuso
Jon Reeves
Gemma Ross
Woodbury University

A Night At The Annies
Eddie Fitzgerald at the Annie Awards
Cold Hard Flash Goes to the Annie Awards
Grand Masters Of Flash: An Interview With The Ub Iwerks Award Winners
Harvey Deneroff: Annie Awards Make History

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Feb 8: The Annie Awards

Annie AwardsAnnie AwardsTHE ANNIE AWARDS
Animation's Highest Honor
Friday, February 8th, 2008
Royce Hall, UCLA
Westwood, CA
Champagne Reception 5:00pm
Ceremony Begins 7:00pm
After party to follow

For more info see the Annie Awards Website
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Get Your Message Out To The Entire Animation Industry

Advertising space is still available in the 35th Annual Annie Awards program book.

The Annie Awards will take place on Friday, February 8, 2008, at UCLA's Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California.

The Annie Awards provides one of the most innovative platforms for animation partners to participate in these high-profile awards and market their goods and services, or to congratulate this year's award nominees and recipients. There's no better way to reach 10,000 animation industry insiders- from top studio brass to production executives, animation artists, students and fans of the art form- than in the pages of the annual Annie Awards program. A glossy keepsake chronicling the evening celebration and the year's winners, the program offers a range of ad options. For those looking to support the event and highlight their businesses in an even larger way, sponsorship packages offer myriad high-profile benefits.

Proceeds from the Annie Awards will benefit the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archives.

For further information, please visit www.annieawards.org

The deadline to receive advertising artwork is January 18, 2008.

To reserve space, contact ad@asifa-hollywood.org
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Annies: Call For Judges

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is seeking individuals interested in serving on nomination committees for the 35th Annual Annie Awards. Nominating committees shall select the Annie Award production nominations and individual achievement nominees.

Nomination judging shall take place on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Woodbury University, in Burbank, California. Judges may also be required to do some additional judging on Saturday, November 17, 2007, as well as participate in pre-selection activities, via email, prior to the judging session(s).

To be considered for a judge, please visit the Forms Page and fill out the Nomination Judging Application.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, October 19, 2007. Individuals, who serve on a nomination committee, shall receive a pair of complementary VIP tickets to the 35th Annual Annie Awards, which will take place on Friday, February 8, 2008, at UCLA's Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, California.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Annie Awards Call For Entries

Annie Awards

Annie Awards Call for Entries

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 35th Annual Annie Awards. Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the Annie Awards are presented annually by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

The deadline to receive entry forms is 5pm on Friday, October 5, 2007.

Annie Awards Key Dates
  • October 5, 2007: Deadline to receive entry forms

  • October 26, 2007: Deadline to receive materials for nomination judging

  • November 30, 2007: Deadline to renew or join ASIFA-Hollywood in order to participate in Annie Award voting

  • December 3, 2007: Annie Award nominations announced

  • December 14, 2007: Deadline for ASIFA-Hollywood to receive materials for Annie Award ballot and nomination materials for program book

  • January 11, 2008: Deadline for ASIFA-Hollywood to receive clips for Annie Award ceremony

  • January 15, 2008: Online balloting begins

  • February 1, 2008: Deadline for members to cast ballots

  • February 8, 2008: Annie Award ceremony
For more information, see... www.annieawards.org
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