Annie Awards to Call for Entries In September

A new category for best independent animated feature, has been added.
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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced that the call for entries for the 43rd annual Annie Awards begins Sept. 1. The Annie Awards ceremony will be held Feb. 6 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. 

There are 36 categories, including production, individual achievement and special juried awards. A new category, best independent feature, has been added, while the best video game category has been removed.

"The best feature-independent category is designed to highlight and award feature films with a smaller release strategy,” said ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone.

Productions that were released in the U.S. between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015 are eligible for award consideration. Exceptions are commercials, short subjects, special projects and student films, which can qualify with or without U.S. releases.