Academy key dates for the 2018 Awards season are:
Sunday, November 18, 2018 Governors Awards
Monday, January 7, 2019 Nominations voting opens
Monday, January 14, 2019 Nominations voting closes
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, February 4, 2019 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Finals voting opens
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Finals voting closes
Sunday, February 24, 2019 91st Oscars
Archive: Call for entries (short animation):
An animated film is defined as a motion picture in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame techniq ue, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: narrative or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include but are not limited to hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutout animation, pinscr een, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects created frame-by-frame, and drawing on the film frame itself. Motion capture and real-time puppetry are not by themselves animation techniques. An animated short film has a running time of 40 minutes or less. An animated feature film has a running time of more than 40 minutes. In an animated film, animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. In addition, a narrative animated film must have a significant number of the major characters animated. If the picture is created in a cinematic style that could be mistaken for live action, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is substantially a work of animation rather than live action. Documentary short subjects that are animated may be submitted in either the Animated Short Film category or the Documentary Short Subject category, but not both
To be eligible for award consideration for the 91st Awards year, a short film must fulfill one of the following qualifying criteria between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018. This qualification must take place within two years of the film’s completion date:
1. The picture must have been publicly exhibited for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County for a run of at least seven consecutive days with at least one screening a day prior to public exhibition or distribution by any nontheatrical means .
2. The film must have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival, as specified in the Short Film Qualifying Festival List, regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means . Proof of the award must be submitted with the entry.
3. The film must have won a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal award in the Academy’s 2018Student Academy Awards competition in the Animation, Narrative, Alternative or Foreign Film Category
The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, Sunday February 24, 2019. They will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.