Welcome to the 18th Annual VES Awards2016-08-13T00:07:24-07:00

Rules and Procedures – Preface

Dear VES Awards Submitters:

We at the VES are very gratified by the positive reception that the VES Awards continue to receive from our community. Our aim is to keep the Awards fair, meaningful, and open to as many artistic specialties as possible while at the same time being responsive to trends in our field and address concerns of our members.

New Category

On that score we announce with great pleasure the introduction of a new category, category #24 – Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project. We introduced this category after careful consideration and discussion with prominent members of the Special Effects community.

Even as we introduced this new category, we kept the requirement to enter the Special Effects Coordinator/Supervisor in the 5th slot in six of the eight general categories. Please remember to include the SFX Supervisor (where applicable) when submitting an entry. We took this action because not all submitters will want to enter category 24.

Inclusion of Animation in Four Categories

At the urging of animation industry leaders and after considerable study by the Awards Committee, animation projects now will be eligible to compete in Category #16 – Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project. This decision reflects industry trends where live action and animation production are blending. Additionally, in recognition of the legions of compositors working in animation, animation compositors will now be eligible to compete in all compositing categories (cats. #21 through 23). 
We made some minor changes in the definitions of several categories and therefore urge you to read the definitions carefully if you plan to enter one of these categories.
Tail Slate
One other change we want you to be aware of: We now require a VES Tail Slate on all entries. The tail slate (an upside-down version of your VES Head Slate) needs to be attached to all viewing clips. Tail slates will be generated automatically when you make your submission. Please see the heading Upload Order in the Rules & Procedures for each category for details.
We kept the format of the Rules & Procedures (R&Ps) the same so that you can quickly find and access all the information you need to make a submission in any category from within that category’s “home” page. Short summaries are available on each category page, along with “Click for details” links which will open up the full instructions for that section. Everything you need to know to prepare an entry can be found with a click on the Category page you are interested in.
The cost of submission remains at $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, 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 are multiple submissions allowed under limited circumstances.
Although there is no longer a requirement to submit printed copies of written supplemental material we still encourage entrants to submit optional PDFs of written supplemental material for posting to the View & Vote site.

And finally, the date of the 18th Annual VES Awards show is January 29, 2020! We hope to see you there.

Address your questions, if any, to awards@visualeffectssociety.com,