Production Category

Best Animated Feature - Independent

An Annie Award for Best Animated Feature-Independent shall be awarded to an animated feature that fulfills the requirements listed below, in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, an animated feature must:

  1. be over 45 minutes in length

  2. have a total theatrical distribution in the United States of fewer than 1000 screens

  3. have originally been released and verifiably screened in Los Angeles County for five consecutive days between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, or

  4. if not screened in LA, has won a best animated feature award in 2018 at any of the following international animation festivals: Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima or Zagreb.

Animated productions that originally premiered in other media (e.g., Television/Broadcast, home video, etc.) and were later released theatrically, shall not be eligible to receive this award.

Feature films distributed on 1000 screens or more are not eligible for the Independent Feature Annie. Qualified independent features may submit for either the Independent Feature Award or the Best Feature Award, but not both.

If the feature has either not been released to the public or screened for the membership of ASIFA-Hollywood by October 20, 2017, a submission of required materials must be provided for the members of this category’s nominating committee or, if materials are not readily available for judging, late projects may, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the 46th Award cycle in 2018.

Mechanical Requirements for submission: Clips from the production on a digital video file, not exceeding five minutes (5:00) in length. Acceptable formats for video files are listed on

As part of the submission process, all submitted features must provide twenty (20) copies of the entire production, either on DVD or on a password protected website, for judging committee review.

Screeners must conform to the requirements as described in “Screener Requirements.

If possible, submitted independent features should also be made available for our nominating committee to screen, either in a public theatre or private screening room prior to the submission deadline.

Special Note: Screeners may be distributed to the general membership at any time after the Call for Entries has been announced (August 14, 2017).

While not a requirement for this award, if a submitted film is nominated for the Best Animated Feature, it greatly behooves a nominated production to distribute DVDs or protected website screeners to the professional voting membership of ASIFA-Hollywood. (Upon request, ASIFA-Hollywood will provide a voting membership roster for distribution purposes.)