AVN Announces Four New Awards Categories:

AVN  has created four new Awards categories for its January 2004 Awards Show. The new categories areBest Amateur Tape, Best Amateur Series, Best Marketing Website — Production Company and Best Retail Website.

In the late 1990s, AVN changed its Best Amateur Tape and Best Amateur Series Awards categories to Best Pro-Am or Amateur Tape and Best Pro-Am or Amateur Series. Starting with the 2004 Awards Show, amateur productions and pro-am productions will be divided into separate categories.

The new Best Amateur Tape and Best Amateur Series categories are for "completely amateur productions, with no professionals shooting them or performing in them," said AVN Publisher and Editor Tim Connelly.

Pro-Am productions, those amateur productions with professional directors or performers, will be recognized in the Best Pro-Am Tape and Best Pro-Am Series categories.

The Best Marketing Website — Production Company category is for free Websites "strictly devoted to marketing adult product," Connelly said. "Just informational Websites. If it's a pay site, it doesn't qualify. Neither do porn performers' sites." In additional to video and DVD production companies, Connelly said, novelty companies' marketing sites also qualify for the new category.

The Best Retail Website category is for non-pay sites that sell adult products. "Strictly for-sale adult sites," Connelly said, such as, for example, adultdvdexplorer.com.

A complete list of AVN Awards categories, including the four new ones, can be found at the bottom of this story.

On a related topic, Connelly again reminded all adult producers that to be considered for AVN Awards nominations this year, productions must be released by Sept. 30.

To be considered for a 2004 Awards Show nomination, a production must have been released between Oct. 1, 2002 and Sept. 30, 2003, Connelly said. The 21st annual AVN Awards show will be held Jan. 10, 2004 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

"The Sept. 30 cut-off date is only two months away," Connelly said, "so producers should plan on releasing tapes, films or DVDs they want considered for awards nominations on or before that date."

AVN Managing Editor Mike Ramone, meanwhile, reminded producers that Sept. 30 is also the deadline for them to provide AVN with their lists of tapes, scenes, performers, box covers and marketing campaigns they want to be considered for awards nominations.

Producers are also reminded to provide the magazine with two copies of each tape, DVD and/or scene they would like nominated. A list of the AVN Awards categories follows this article.

"Such lists are invaluable tools AVN uses to insure that the nominations process is as fair and all-encompassing as possible," Ramone said.

The lists, tapes and DVDs should be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Mike Ramone 

Managing Editor

Adult Video News

9414 Eton Ave. Chatsworth, Ca. 91311

Attn: Awards Nomination

The lists also can be e-mailed to [email protected] or faxed to him at 818-718-5799.

Connelly said that like last year, producers can request that their comedies and foreign features be nominated in the Best Film and Best Video Feature categories. DVD producers, meanwhile, can pre-nom classic and all-sex DVDs for Best DVD. However, if those productions are not eventually nominated in the Best Film, Best Video Feature or Best DVD categories, producers cannot then request that they be nominated as Best Sex Comedy, Best Foreign Feature, Best Classic Release on DVD or Best All-Sex DVD, Ramone said.

Nominations for the 2004 Awards Show will be announced in November.


2004 AVN Award Categories:

(New categories boldfaced)

Best Film

Best Video Feature

Best Gonzo Tape

Best Gonzo Series

Best Sex Comedy

Best All-Sex Video

Best All-Sex Film

Best Continuing Video Series

Best Vignette Tape

Best Vignette Series

Best Anal-Themed Feature

Best Anal-Themed Series

Best All-Girl Feature

Best All-Girl Series

Best Ethnic-Themed Video

Best Ethnic-Themed Series

Best Oral-Themed Feature

Best Oral-Themed Series

Best Amateur Tape

Best Amateur Series

Best Pro-Am Tape

Best Pro-Am Series

Best Foreign Feature

Best Foreign Vignette Tape

Best Foreign Vignette Series

Best Alternative Video

Best New Starlet

Best Male Newcomer

Female Performer of the Year

Male Performer of the Year

Female Foreign Performer of the Year

Male Foreign Performer of the Year

Best Director — Film

Best Director — Video Best Director — Non Feature

Best Director — Foreign Release

Best DVD

Best Interactive DVD

Best Classic Release on DVD

Best DVD Extras

Best All-Sex DVD 

Best DVD Menus 

Best DVD Packaging 

Best DVD Authoring

Best Actor — Film

Best Actor — Video

Best Actress — Film

Best Actress — Video

Best Supporting Actor — Film

Best Supporting Actor — Video

Best Supporting Actress — Film

Best Supporting Actress — Video

Best Non-Sex Performance — Film or Video

Best Tease Performance

Best Solo Sex Scene

Best Packaging

Best Box Cover Concept

Best All-Girl Sex Scene — Film

Best All-Girl Sex Scene — Video

Best Anal Sex Scene — Video

Best Anal Sex Scene — Film

Best Oral Sex Scene — Video

Best Oral Sex Scene — Film

Best Sex Scene Coupling — Film

Best Sex Scene Coupling — Video

Best Group Sex Scene — Film

Best Group Sex Scene — Video

Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production

Most Outrageous Sex Scene

Best Screenplay — Film

Best Screenplay — Video

Best Art Direction — Film

Best Art Direction — Video

Best Cinematography

Best Videography

Best Editing — Film

Best Editing — Video

Best Special Effects

Best Music

Best Specialty Tape — Big Bust

Best Specialty Tape — BDSM

Best Specialty Tape — Other Genre

Best Specialty Tape — Spanking

Best Specialty Tape — Foot Fetish

Best Transsexual Tape

Best Overall Marketing Campaign — Company Image

Best Overall Marketing Campaign — Individual Title or Series

Best Marketing Website — Production Company

Best Retail Website

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