The 49th Annie Awards Show is Now Going Virtual on March 12th

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The ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors announced today that the 49th Annual Annie Awards, honoring the year’s best in the area of animation, will be held in a virtual format rather than a live presentation on Saturday, February 26. The adjustment was made in response to rising concerns about the Omicron variant’s rapid spread.

There are 36 categories to choose from, including Animated Feature, Animated Feature-Independent, TV/Media Production, Sponsored Production, Short Subject, and Student Film, as well as Achievement and Honorary Awards. You can watch the event here.

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“When we announced that the Annies would be in-person this year on February 26, the Omicron variant was not even on the horizon,” commented Frank Gladstone, ASIFA’s executive director. “But now it is here and so highly infectious that, after much debate and discussion, ASIFA’s board of directors has decided, in an abundance of caution, to once again move to a virtual ceremony. We’ve also moved the date of the event by two weeks to give our production crew time to gather and edit the huge amount of additional material it takes to construct the virtual ceremony.”

Many thanks to the generous support from this year’s sponsors and advertisers: Platinum Level – Cartoon Network Studios/Warner Bros. Animation, DreamWorks Animation, LA Times, Netflix, Variety and Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Animation Studios; Gold Level – Disney TV Animation, Illumination Entertainment and Riot Games; Silver Level – The Animation Guild LATSE Local 839, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios; Bronze Level – Epic Game, GKIDS, Nickelodeon and Skydance Animation; and Education/Nonprofit Level – Sheridan College.

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About ASIFA-Hollywood

The Annie Awards, which were founded in 1972 by legendary voice actress June Foray and in whose honor the philanthropic June Foray Award was established, have grown in breadth and significance over the last four decades. ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and largest professional association committed to promoting and appreciating the art of animation and the individuals who make it.

Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (International Animated Film Association), supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, Animation Educators Forum, animated film preservation, special events, scholarships, and screenings.

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