Dear VES Awards Submitters:
2020 has turned out to be a historically challenging year, especially considering the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic not only taking the lives of so many people, but also forcing organizations all over the globe to adapt to the unique conditions being imposed by the new coronavirus. The VES is no exception. But you may be certain of one thing: we will honor this year’s finest visual effects work, come what may. The VES Awards will go on!
Here is important information that will help submitters navigate the Awards:
Until further notice, and for the 19th Annual VES Awards only, feature films that had a previously planned 2020 theatrical release may premier this year on a commercial streaming channel or VOD service instead, and may thus qualify in the current VES Awards. However, submitted feature film projects, whether streaming or in theatrical release, must meet all other eligibility requirements of their respective VES Awards category. This rule applies to feature film projects only.
While submissions must still have been released during the 2020 calendar year to qualify, the timetable for the 19th Annual VES Awards has been extended to give submitters more time to prepare and submit their entries. The date that the VES Awards will be presented has been set for April 6, 2021. THIS DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The VES will keep members informed via eblasts if the date changes.
Please pay close attention to the new schedule, and be on the look-out for announcements in forthcoming eblasts.
Other changes to the Rules & Procedures are relatively minor.
We kept the format of the Rules & Procedures (R&Ps) the same as last year’s so that you can quickly find and access all the information you need from within any category’s “home” page. Everything you need to know to prepare an entry can be found with a click on the Category page you are interested in.
We refined the rules for Category 24 – Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal Project. The rules for other categories remain largely the same.
The cost of submission remains at US $460.00 per entry.
Please remember that only ONE submission per project is allowed in the General Categories (categories 1 through 8). If more than one facility wishes to make a submission for a given project in one of those categories, they must coordinate their submission through either the overall VFX Supervisor or overall VFX Producer to submit a joint entry. Only in broadcast or streaming categories may multiple submissions be allowed under limited circumstances.
We continue to encourage entrants to submit optional PDFs of written supplemental material for posting to the View & Vote site.
And finally, the expected date of the 19th Annual VES Awards presentation is April 6, 2021! We hope you will participate in this year’s awards regardless of the state of the coronavirus pandemic.
Address your questions, if any, to [email protected],
BUT PLEASE REVIEW THE R&PS BEFORE SENDING US AN EMAIL