VES Awards Submissions Are Open

Submissions are now open for the 21st Annual VES Awards, and entries will be accepted through Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 11:59PM (PST). Click here for more details on the Emerging Technology Award and all awards categories as well as the full rundown on VES Awards rules and procedures.

The VES Emerging Technology Award is a new honor to be bestowed at the annual VES Awards, starting at the upcoming ceremony in February 2023. This award honors the inventors of a novel and uniquely innovative tool, device, software or methodology of outstanding value to the art and science of Visual Effects, Gaming or Animation.

Importantly, this award celebrates individuals: the production developers, R&D technical directors, software engineers and creators of the technology behind the visuals. The nominees are the primary, individual contributors to the technology – not artists that use the technology, not the company within which the technology was developed, nor the managers who supported it, unless they are also contributors. This award recognizes the developers who work at the studios and facilities, hand-in-hand with the artists to solve technical problems for specific content.

In defining the criteria for the Emerging Technology Award – in its simplest form, a new technology (software, hardware, workflow) is developed over a period of time which could be several years. The technology is eligible for submission in the same year that the technology sees its first substantial and impactful use for relevant project work (visual effects, animation, games).

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