Rule Seven: Special Rules for the Animated Feature Film Award

Submission Packet

  1. DEFINITION
    An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique.  Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique.  In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture's running time.
  2. ELIGIBILITY
    1. Except as indicated above, motion pictures in this category must meet all the requirements in Academy Awards Rules Two, Three and Four.
    2. At least eight eligible animated features must have been theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.
  3. SUBMISSION
    1. An entry form naming the intended award recipient(s) and including the signatures of all the credited producer(s) and director(s) is required.  This is to insure that all parties are properly informed, and that agreement on the designated award recipient(s) is settled prior to submission.
    2. The award recipient(s) shall be designated by those responsible for the production of the film.  The designated recipient(s) must be the KEY CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL most clearly responsible for the overall achievement OR a TWO-PERSON TEAM with shared and equal director credit.  (The shared director credit must be approved by the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Executive Committee.)  A maximum of two statuettes will be awarded.
    3. The print or copy submitted for Academy Awards consideration must be identical in content and length to the print or copy used for the qualifying exhibition.  All entries submitted must include an English-language synopsis of the film.
    4. Prints should be marked ANIMATED FEATURE FILM ENTRY and shipped PREPAID to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.  Those entries not chosen as nominations for final balloting will be returned to the sender at Academy expense.  Prints submitted will be retained by the Academy until the voting process is completed and will not be loaned for use by others during the period of the voting process.
    5. The deadline for receiving the entry form, synopsis, cast and credits list, filmographies of the key creative individual(s) named for award purposes and stills is Thursday, November 1, 2012.  The deadline for receiving the film print is Friday, November 9, 2012.  Foreign entries also must comply with this rule.
    6. Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they comply with the rules governing those categories.
    7. An animated feature film may be submitted in only one Awards year for Academy Awards consideration.
  4. VOTING
    1. A Chairperson, appointed by the Academy President, shall head one or more Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee(s).  An invitational letter will be sent from the Chairperson to a list of active and life Academy members requesting their participation.  Those serving on the committee(s) will be required to see 80 percent of the submitted eligible films at meetings of the committee(s) or in a theatrical setting.  Viewing Animated Feature Film entries on DVD or by streaming will NOT qualify a member for voting purposes in this category.
    2. All submissions sent to the Academy will be screened by the Animated Feature Film Award Screening Committee(s).  After the screenings, the committee(s) will vote by secret ballot to nominate from 2 to 5 motion pictures for this award.  In any year in which 8 to 12 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, either 2 or 3 motion pictures may be nominated.  In any year in which 13 to 15 films are released, a maximum of 4 motion pictures may be nominated.  In any year in which 16 or more animated features are released, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.

      1. The committee(s) will view all motion pictures entered and mark all entries 10, 9, 8, 7 or 6 with the guidelines of 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair) or 6 (poor).  Those productions receiving an average score of 7.5 or more shall be eligible for nomination.
      2. If only one production receives an average score of 7.5 or more, the Executive Committee may recommend to the Board of Governors that a Special Achievement Award for Animated Feature Film be made to that production.
      3. If no production receives an average score of 7.5 or more, the Executive Committee shall recommend to the Board of Governors that no award be made for Animated Feature Film for the current Awards year.
    3. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Executive Committee shall have the right and responsibility to resolve all questions of eligibility, rules interpretations and the designation of award recipients.
    4. Final voting for the Animated Feature Film award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.
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