The producers of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) are announcing the opening of their award submissions on Monday, June 5th. Submission deadline for nominations is Friday, July 14th.

The CAEAA worked closely with their Foundation Sponsors (Level One of Sponsorship only open to the three industries being awarded) to create categories, criteria and a nomination guideline that veterans from the three sectors of the awards were happy with. The result is a total of 45 categories, all of which are attached for the media today in order to have a preview of what will be posted on the CAEAA website on Monday. "In the case of the Video Gaming categories and criteria, we were lucky enough to have as an advisor Todd Mowatt who has also accepted our offer as Head Judge for the Video Gaming categories," says Holly Carinci, Producer of the CAEAA. Mowatt has a long and illustrious career as a media member in the video gaming industry and was one of the 37 judges for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2006.

The first annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA 2006) will take place on Thursday, September 14th, 2006, at the fabulous River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. This year's awards event will honor Canadian achievements in three sectors of the Electronic and Animated Arts industry: talent development (New Media and Animation Art Schools), animation, and video game development.

Sponsors already behind the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts 2006 include EA, Ubisoft, A2M, Autodesk, Foundation 9, Studio B, Voicebox, Nitrogen, Bardel, Western Imperial Magnetics, David Kaye Productions, Budget Monks, British Columbia Film, Sheridan Institute, VanArts Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Selkirk College, and The Art Institute of Vancouver.

For more information on the first year of this high tech/high glam awards event, visit www.caeaa.com.