Rules & Categories
Best Student Film
An Annie Award for Best Student Film shall be awarded to an animated student-produced film in recognition of creative excellence in the art of animation.
Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this award, the submitted production must be entirely the work of an individual student or team of students from an accredited post-secondary, degree granting program anywhere in the world, and must have been produced between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
Faculty may advise on the production, but all work, from concept through finished film, must be the work of a student or students. ASIFA Hollywood does not allow for hands-on involvement by professionals in key positions, including but not limited to, animators, production designers, directors, producers, camera persons, editors, writers, etc.
Exceptions to this rule allow professional actors for voice work, professional composers and musicians for orchestrations, and use of professionally recorded stock music or music in the public domain.
If the filmmaker has graduated or left such a program, the film may be submitted no later than one year from the filmmaker's date of departure. If the film was completed after the date of departure, the film must remain entirely the work of students. The non-professional requisite still applies.
Unlike other Annie submissions, students submitting for the Best Student Production Award need only have a student membership ($45) and, unlike all other categories, can join ASIFA-Hollywood after their project is nominated.
ASIFA-Hollywood reserves the right to disqualify from competition any submission in which professionals have had undue influence.
Mechanical Requirements for submission: The entire production must be uploaded as a digital video file. (Acceptable formats for video files are listed on vimeo.com/help/compression.