If you are a fan of animated films and series, then you will probably enjoy the Annie Awards. They are a little more lax than the Oscars, and they often times screen some pretty hilarious clips as acceptance speeches and callouts. You will also get to see how your favorite characters and films rank at the end of the night. This year the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced that the 44th Annual Annie Awards are set to commence on Monday, August 22. The 44th Annie Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

The awards honor excellence in the field of animation, this year the Annie Awards will be presented in 9 production categories (Best Feature, Broadcast Production, Short Film, etc.) and 22 achievement categories (Best Animation, Direction, Production Design, Music, Voice Acting, etc.). Additionally, up to 5 honorary awards may also be granted for lifetime accomplishments, philanthropy, technical advances, special achievement and meritorious service. If you are submitting, the academy has some advice.

“While the actual submission site will not open until the 22nd, as in past years, we thought it would be helpful to give Annie submitters a preview of the process,” said ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “Past submitters have told us that this helps make submissions easier when the Call for Entries actually begins.”

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, 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. Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past four decades.