Rules & Categories
Release Dates & Venue Requirements
Entries submitted for consideration must be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
An exception will be made for animated short subjects, student films, special projects and television commercials that were not released in the United States. These may be considered for an Annie Award, providing they were originally released during the award eligibility period anywhere in the world.
If materials are not readily available for judging by the October 20, 2017 submission deadline, late released projects can, at the production’s discretion, be held for judging during the following year's award cycle.
In lieu of being released, student films must have been completed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. (Please see specific Student Award rules.)
Production Content Requirements
Entries submitted for consideration in the Production categories will be nominated based on the completed production in its entirety.
Entries submitted for consideration in the Achievement categories must be nominated based on work from a single production; entries will not be nominated based on a body of work (e.g. an entire television season of writing).
Submissions must consist only of material employed in the released production. Cut sequences, unused music, deleted performances, omitted characters and similar surplus material will not be considered for nomination.
Teams of up to five persons may be entered in all Achievement categories provided that each person has received appropriate screen credit to be an eligible member of the team.
Exceptions are the Voice Acting categories which allow only one nominee, and the Direction category, which allows up to three team members.