A guide to the guilds, academies, institutes and associations

LAFCA (Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.)

Backstory: Founded in 1975, the org honors cinematic achievements.

Kudo: The L.A. Film Critics Awards were first handed out in 1975; approximately 16 plaques will be given for 2009.

Membership: Org is composed of approximately 50 critics from Los Angeles-area periodicals plus TV, radio and Internet outlets.

Voters: All awards are voted on by the entire membership.

Key dates: Jan. 16 Awards will be presented

Email: bsimon@anet.net

Website: lafca.net

MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) (Golden Reel Awards)

Backstory: Founded in 1953, the org honors professional sound and music editors in film and TV with kudos in various areas of sound editing including dialogue, ADR, special effects, Foley and music.

Kudo: The Golden Reel Award was first given in 1953; 16 categories will be awarded in 2010.

Membership: Approximately 475 members consisting of people in all facets of the sound industry. Some members serve on special nominations panels.

Voters: The general membership votes on feature film categories; in all other categories, such as episodic TV, a blue-ribbon panel narrows submissions down to eight noms and then selects a winner.

Key dates:

Dec. 4 Entry forms due for submissions aired or released Jan. 1-Nov. 30, 2009

Jan. 15, 2010 All nomination ballots due

Jan. 27, 2010 Final ballots distributed

Feb. 17, 2010 All final ballots due

Feb. 20, 2010 Winners announced

Contact: (818) 506-7731

Email: mail@mpse.org

Website: http://www.mpse.org

NAACP (Natl. Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People) (Image Awards)

Backstory: Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in America. The NAACP annually recognizes the artistic achievements of people of color in motion pictures, television, recordings and literature. The awards also honor projects and individuals promoting social justice and diversity through the arts.

Kudo: First given in 1969, Image Awards will be handed out in more than 50 categories in 2010.

Membership: More than 500,000 members.

Voters: After submissions are received, a committee of 300 entertainment industry pros and NAACP leaders select five noms in each category. From there, the national members of the org’s Crisis magazine and the leadership of the org’s 2,000 branches make final selections.

Key dates:

Nov. 23 Ballots were mailed to nominating committee

Jan. 21, 2010 Online voting begins

Feb. 17, 2010 Online voting ends

Feb. 26, 2010 Image Awards Show

Contact: (323) 938-5268

Email: imageawards@naacpnet.org

Website: http://www.naacpimageawards.net/41/home/

NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS

Backstory: Founded in 1966, this national crix org honors excellence in filmmaking.

Kudo: The first NSFC Awards were given in 1966.

Membership: There are 63 members

Voting: Awards are voted on by the general membership. Committees make recommendations for the experimental and nonfiction awards.

Key dates: Not available.

Toppers: David Sterritt, chairman; Elisabeth Weis, executive director

Contact: Elisabeth Weis

Email: lizfilm@nyc.rr.com

NBR (National Board of Review)

Backstory: The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema. In an effort to avoid government censorship of films, the NBR became the unofficial clearinghouse for new movies. It “honors the distinctive voice of the individual artist, honoring excellence and supporting freedom of expression in film as well as film history.” The organization also works to foster commentary on all aspects of film production and underwrites education film programs and seminars for film students. The NBR also awards scholarships and grants to promising film students and directors, ranging from $500 to $5000

Kudo: In 1929, the NBR was the first group to choose the 10 best English-language movies of the year and the best foreign films. Approximately 22 awards were handed out this year as the NBR celebrated its centennial.

Membership: Approximately 120 members made up of young film professionals, journalists, educators, students and historians.

Key dates: Dec. 3 Awards were announced

Topper: President Annie Schulhof

Contact: 212-465-9166

Email: nbr@nbrmp.org

Website: http://www.nbrmp.org

NYFCC (New York Film Critics Circle)

Backstory: Started nearly 70 years ago

Key dates: Not available

Website: http://www.nyfcc.com/

OFCS (Online Film Critics Society)

Backstory: Founded in 1997, the OFCS is a professional association for film journalists, scholars and historians who publish their reviews, interviews and essays exclusively or primarily in online media. Admission is open to writers who are affiliated with an online magazine, news service or information resource.

Key dates: Not available

Email: gc@ofcs.org

Website: http://www.ofcs.org

PGA (Producers Guild of America)

Backstory: The Screen Producers Guild was founded in 1950. It merged with the Television Producers Guild in 1966, and then amalgamated with the American Assn. of Producers in March 2001. Today, the org seeks to advance the profession of film, TV and new media producers while honoring their work.

Kudo: The Producers Guild Awards were established in 1989. The org gives out eight honors, not including honorary distinctions like the Milestone, Vanguard and Career Achievement awards.

Membership: More than 3,500 members including producers, exec producers and associate producers working in the film, TV and new media industries.

Voters: For most competitive honors, segments of the membership in film and television pick five productions in each category, which become the noms. The sole exception is the new feature documentary category, for which the nominees is selected by a blue-ribbon panel composed of experienced documentary film producers, along with at least one member of the PGA’s board of directors. The entire membership votes for the winners in all categories.

Key dates:

Dec. 7, 2009 Theatrical motion picture and longform television nomination polls open

Jan. 4, 2010 nomination polls close

Jan. 5, 2010 Nominees announced; final polls open

Jan. 22, 2010 Final polls close

Jan. 24, 2010 Producers Guild Awards presented

Topper: President Marshall Herskovitz

Contact: 310-358-9020

Email: emily@producersguild.org

Website: http://www.producersguild.org

SAG (Screen Actors Guild) (SAG Awards)

Backstory: Founded in 1933, SAG is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors and honors members for performances in film and TV.

Kudo: The SAG Actor Awards began in 1995. The Actor statuettes are given out in five film and eight television categories. In 2008, SAG instituted the first honors for film and television stunt ensembles. The Life Achievement Award was first presented in 1962.

Membership: Nearly 120,000 members including actors, singers, dancers, stunt performers, voiceover and background performers and puppeteers.

Voters: Each April, the SAG Awards’ film and television nominating committees are selected at random, each consisting of 2,100 members. Each committee then nominates performers in the film and television categories for the entire active membership to vote upon in January. Life achievement kudos are selected by the national honors and tributes committee.

Key dates:

Oct. 28, 2009 Submissions closed

Nov. 25, 2009 Nominations ballots were mailed

Dec. 14,
2009 Nomination ballots due at the elections firm by 5 p.m. PT

Dec. 17, 2009 Nominations announced

Dec. 29, 2009 Final ballots mailed to members

Jan. 21, 2010 Final ballots due at the elections firm by 12 noon PT

Jan. 23, 2010 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented

Topper: Chair of Sag Awards Committee JoBeth Williams

Contact: 310-235-1030, 323-549-6707

Email: awardsinfo@sagawards.org

Website: sagawards.org

VES (Visual Effects Society)

Backstory: VES is a professional honorary society dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of visual effects and to upholding the highest uniform standards and procedures for the visual effects profession. VES is the entertainment industry’s only official organization representing the extended community of visual effects practitioners including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives.

Kudo: The first VES awards were given out in 2002.

Membership: Approximately 1,800 global members contributing to all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to musicvideos, games and new media; members include visual effects supervisors, visual effects directors, vfx directors/supervisors, producers/project managers, production pipeline managers, etc.

Voters: All members, including associate members, in good standing are eligible for the final voting.

Key dates:

Nov. 30, 2009 Submissions were due

Jan. 16, 2010 Nomination judging panels meet and vote

Jan. 18, 2010 Nominations nnnounced

Feb. 11-22, 2010 Online viewing and voting by members

Feb. 28, 2010 VES Awards event

Topper: Executive Director Eric Roth

Contact: 818-981-7861

Email: info@visualeffectssociety.com

Websites: http://www.vesawards.com, http://www.visualeffectssociety.com

WGA (Writers Guild of America)

Backstory: The Authors Guild was formed in 1912 and changed to the WGA in 1933. The org honors the work of writers in the film, TV and multimedia industries.

Kudo: The Writers Guild Awards were first handed out in 1947; trophies will be given out in 2010 for 2009 work in 25 categories, not including honorary kudos.

Membership: More than 11,000 members who work for screen, broadcast, cable and interactive in entertainment and news.

Voters: Competitive awards for film and TV scribes are selected by all current members in good standing. Nominees for honorary awards (including the Laurel for lifetime contribution to film screenwriting) are selected by previous recipients. Final honorees are chosen by the guild’s board of directors. Final honorees are chosen by the WGA West’s board of directors and the WGA East’s Council (each has their own honorary awards).

Key dates:

Nov 6, 2009 Preliminary TV online balloting online began

Jan 11, 2010 Screen nominees announced

Jan 13, 2010 Final screen and final TV series online balloting begins

Jan 20, 2010 Videogame writing award nominees announced

Feb 5, 2010 Deadline for final screen and final TV online ballot voting

Feb 20, 2010 62nd Annual Writers Guild Awards held

Topper: WGA West president John Wells; WGA East president Michael Winship

Contact: WGA West — (323) 951-4000, (800) 548-4532, (323) 782-4569 (for Award info); WGA East — 212-767-7800; 212-767-7835 (awards)

Websites: http://www.wga.org, http://www.wgaeast.org

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