Monday, March 05, 2007

Official Categories for 2007 "ELANS"

The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) have completed their list of Official Categories for the "Elans" Award: Video Gaming, Animation, and Students of the Digital Arts.

On Monday, February 26th, Producers of the CAEAA held panel discussions with Vancouver reps from each industry, then took the resulting 'Category' and 'Criteria' selections and sent them to all three sectors, to ensure the 2007 Elans reflected the industries they were awarding.

"The panels constituted a perfect cross-section of many companies and institutions from each industry," reports Holly Carinci, CAEAA Owner and "Elans" Producer.

"I was very impressed with the way they determined the best categories for this coming year’s awards."

Each industry not only chose the Categories they wanted to see for the Canadian Awards, but also for the new International Awards that have been added.

"Including the rest of the world into our awards is an incredibly exciting addition for all involved," said Carinci.

"The mere nature of these three sectors involves global technology and while we are setting out to define Canada's important role in these booming industries, we recognize the fact that communication between the countries is key, and what better way to accomplish that than through accolade."

This year the Submission for Nomination process will be held in two separate segments: Student Submission for Nomination opens Monday, March 5th and closes Friday, June 1st. The Animation and Video Game Submission for Nomination opens Monday, June 4th and closes Friday, August 31st.


The 2007 "Elans" will be held Friday, November 2nd at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. The state-of-the-art structure, regarded as the premiere entertainment facility in the city, will host nearly 2000 worldwide guests and participants including yours truly, reporting from the "Elans" for the second year.

The day following the Awards Night, the CAEAA Producers, with their Event Partners Ernst & Young, Electronic Arts (EA), Autodesk and the British Columbia Provincial Government will host a high-end networking day at their Official Hotelier The Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver for CEOs and Upper Management who attended the 2007 "Elans".

Other players already onboard to support the Awards includes: Foundation 9/Backbone Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, next level games, Studio B Productions, Western Imperial Magnetics, David Kaye Productions, Selkirk College, The Art Institute of Vancouver, Emily Carr Institute, Sheridan College, Vancouver Film School, "Elan" statuette artist Dean Lauzé of D’Arts and the Awards Auditing firm, Buckley Dodds & Assoc.s.

"As the Movie Industry goes to Hollywood for its Oscars, so will the world of Video Gaming and Animation come to Canada for their Elans", declared Carinci.

And the Categories are:

ELECTRONIC GAME CATEGORIES

1. GAME OF THE YEAR
2. BEST CONSOLE GAME
3. BEST PC GAME
4. BEST NEW VIDEO GAME COMPANY
5. BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE
6. BEST CHARACTER
7. BEST ART DIRECTION
8. BEST HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR (psp, ds, etc...)
9. BEST GAME DESIGN OF THE YEAR
10.BEST MOBILE/CASUAL/ARCADE GAME OF THE YEAR
11 BEST WRITING FOR A GAME PRODUCTION

VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME
OUTSTANDING INNOVATION IN GAMING
INTERNATIONAL VIDEO GAME OF THE YEAR

ANIMATION CATEGORIES

1. BEST FEATURE LENGTH ANIMATED PRODUCTION
2. BEST ANIMATED PRODUCTION (Television Series)
3. BEST ANIMATED SHORT SUBJECT
4. BEST DIRECTION in a FEATURE LENGTH ANIMATED PRODUCTION
5. BEST DIRECTION in an ANIMATED TELEVISION SERIES
6. BEST MALE VOICE OVER IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE OR TELEVISION PRODUCTION
7. BEST FEMALE VOICE OVER IN AN ANIMATED FEATURE OR TELEVISION PRODUCTION
8. BEST ORIGINAL MUSICAL SCORE
9. BEST SOUND DESIGN
10. BEST STORYBOARDING
11. BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN OR ART DIRECTION
12. BEST WRITING IN AN ANIMATED PRODUCTION

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE LENGTH ANIMATED PRODUCTION
BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED PRODUCTION (Television Series) **

STUDENT ANIMATION AND ELECTRONIC GAME CATEGORIES


1. STUDENT ANIMATED OR MOTION GRAPHIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
2. STUDENT GAME OF THE YEAR
3. BEST ORIGINAL SOUND DESIGN/MUSICAL SCORE FOR AN ANIMATED PRODUCTION OR GAME
4. BEST Student ART DIRECTION - GAME PRODUCTION
5. BEST STUDENT ART DIRECTION - ANIMATED PRODUCTION
6. BEST STUDENT WRITING FOR AN ANIMATED OR GAME PRODUCTION

"READY TO ROCKET" AWARD (ANIMATION AND GAMES)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR

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