Monday, June 10, 2013

Tid Bits about AVN



2014 Nominees will be announced in late November. 


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for a 2014 AVN Award nomination, a movie or product must have been released between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013, and be in stock with either 10 wholesale distributors or 100 retail stores.
If a movie is released via VOD first, the VOD must be live by Sept. 30, 2013 with the DVD released by Oct. 15, 2013.

 

2014 Award Categories and Descriptions


Pleasure Products

Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer - Small: Any sex toy manufacturer distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service with 20 or fewer SKUs.
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer - Medium: Any sex toy manufacturer distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service with 21-150 SKUs.
Best Pleasure Product Manufacturer - Large: Any sex toy manufacturer distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service with 151 SKUs.
Best Lubricant Manufacturer: Any lubricant manufacturer distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service.
Best Enhancement Manufacturer: Any manufacturer of edible or topical enhancement products distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service.
Best Lingerie or Apparel Manufacturer: Any manufacturer of lingerie or other apparel products distinguished by exceptional product design, packaging, marketing, and customer service.
Best Fetish Line: Any line or range of products specifically designed for a fetish market.
Best Product Line for Men: Any line or range of products specifically designed for men.
Best Product Line for Women: Any line or range of products specifically designed for women.


Retail & Distribution


Best Adult Distributor – Any distinguished full-service distributor of DVD, sex toys, lingerie, accessories or any combination thereof.
Best Boutique - Any single brick-and-mortar store that sells DVDs and pleasure products primarily to women and couples and is distinguished by exceptional appearance, design, product mix and service.
Best Online Retail Store: Any store that has only an online presence (no brick-and-mortar retail outlets) that sell DVD, sex toys, lingerie, accessories or any combination thereof, distinguished by exceptional appearance, design, product mix and service.
Best Retail Chain - Small: Any chain of two or to five brick-and-mortar adult retail outlets that sell DVD, sex toys, lingerie, accessories or any combination thereof, distinguished by exceptional appearance, design, product mix and service.
Best Retail Chain - Large: Any chain of five or more brick-and-mortar adult retail outlets that sell DVD, sex toys, lingerie, accessories or any combination thereof, distinguished by exceptional appearance, design, product mix and service.

Web & Technology

Best Affiliate Program - A Web network comprised of a minimum of five regularly updated  membership sites judged on ease of accessibility, content quality and design.
Best Alternative Web Site – Web site that is targeted to a specific niche or community, with content that falls outside the “mainstream” of adult.
Best Dating Web Site - Website offering clearly sex-focused matching services.
Best Live Chat Website- Live chat must be primary business model of site.
Best Membership Site- Best adult web site that charges a monthly fee for subscribers to access adult content.
Best Solo Girl Website - The top new female performer on the internet. Performer must have a website focused specifically on her that has debuted in the 12 months. Judging will be based on the performer's body of work on her site, including video, photo and editorial content.
Best Photography Website - Website showcasing the work of an erotic still photographer.
Best Porn Star Website- The top female porn star on the internet (formerly Web Starlet of the Year). Performer must have a website focused specifically on her. Judging will be based on the performer’s body of work on this site only.
Best Retail Website - Best website designed for sales and/or rentals of adult DVDs, sex toys and/or other adult products.
Best Studio Website  - Best web presence from an adult production company.
Best Web Premiere – A single title or movie or web series that has its world premiere on a particular website or VOD site, which has not been released on DVD.
Hall of Fame (Internet Founders Branch) - Business people who have had enormous positive impact in the internet sector and who have been in the adult industry at least 10 years. (NOT A VOTING CATEGORY)

Video

Best 3D Release- The DVD or online release which best utilizes the third dimension to convey hard- or soft-core eroticism, to tell an adult-oriented story or both.
Best Actor - Best lead acting performance by a male that includes at least one sex scene.
Best Actress - Best lead acting performance by a female that includes at least one sex scene.
Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene - Best sex scene between three or more women.
Best All-Girl Release - Title whose sex scenes involve only women.
Best All-Girl Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best All-Sex Release - Movie with no set-ups, dialogue or any other contextual or interstitial element aside from tease segments between sex scenes, with consideration given primarily to sexual heat and attention to production value.
Best Amateur Release - Title that involves all non-professional performers.
Best Amateur Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Anal Release - A release marketed as Anal, where the predominance of sex scenes includes anal sex.
Best Anal Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Anal Sex Scene - Sex scene with two or more performers (at least one man and one woman) where the sex is predominantly anal.
Best Animated Release - Feature or vignette involving more than 50% computer-generated or hand-drawn action.
Best Art Direction - Overall look of production including sets and costumes.
Best BDSM Release - Bondage or S/M themed title which may include humiliation, tickling, spanking, latex fetish, ballbusting, facesitting or other domination or submission themed sexual acts.
Best Big Bust Release - Features and markets big breasts.
Best Big Bust Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Big Butt Release - Feature or vignettes marketing big-butt women.
Best Big Butt Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Boy/Girl Sex Scene - Sex scene involving one man and one woman.
Best Celebrity Sex Tape - Recognizes the best sex video featuring a celebrity.
Best Cinematography - Recognizes the craftsmanship with which a video or movie is a shot and the overall quality of the picture's look.
Best Classic Release - A high-quality adult release making its debut on DVD (originally shot before 1995).
Best Comedy - Title emphasizing a strong comedic element.
Best Continuing Series - Any series that did not debut but had at least two volumes released during the eligibility period, falling within the All-Sex, Gonzo, Wall-to-Wall, Vignette or other genre without its own series category.
Best Director, Feature - For story-based productions.
Best Director, Foreign Feature - For story-based productions shot outside the U.S.
Best Director, Foreign Non-Feature - For gonzo, all-sex, etc. productions shot outside the U.S.
Best Director, Non-Feature - For gonzo, all-sex, etc. productions shot inside the U.S.
Best Director, Parody – For a parody project.  
Best Double-Penetration Sex Scene - Sex scene involving female being penetrated by males vaginally and anally simultaneously.
Best DVD Extras - Extras produced to enhance DVD experience (behind-the scenes, interviews, bloopers, director’s commentary, etc.)
Best Editing - Recognizes the craftsmanship with which a movie is assembled.
Best Educational Release - Sexual instruction or adult-industry related instruction in a feature or featurette form.
Best Ethnic Release - Asian - A release marketed as "Asian" with a predominance of Asian performers.
Best Ethnic Release - Black - A release marketed as "Black" with a predominance of Black performers.
Best Ethnic Release - Latin - A release marketed as "Latin" with a predominance of Latin performers.
Best Ethnic Series – Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period featuring Asian, black or Latin performers.
Best Feature - A story-based title with a beginning, middle and end tied together by more than just a connecting device.
Best Fem-Dom Strap-on Release - Production in which the sex scenes involve a female penetrating a man's anus with a strap-on dildo.
Best Foot/Leg Fetish Release - Title that emphasizes foot and/or leg worship or sex acts with feet/legs.
Best Foreign All-Sex Release - An all-sex release shot outside the U.S.
Best Foreign All-Sex Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Foreign Feature - A story-based productions shot outside the U.S.
Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene - Best sex scene between two women.
Best Gonzo Release - A reality-based production in which the cameraperson's presence is acknowledged, often via interaction with those onscreen.
Best Gonzo Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Group Sex Scene - A sex scene with four or more performers including at least one man and one woman.
Best Internal Release - Production in which the majority of the sex scenes feature the male(s) ejaculating inside the vagina or anus of the female(s).
Best Interracial Release - A release marketed as "Interracial" with interracial sex.
Best Interracial Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Makeup- Best use of makeup to enhance a production.
Best Male Newcomer - New male performer who has had the most impact during the eligibility period (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Best MILF Release - Production featuring older women/actual mothers.
Best MILF Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Music Soundtrack - Best use of music to enhance a production; recognizes entire musical score of a title.
Best New Line - New imprint from established video production company.
Best New Series - Series which debuted during eligibility period (minimum 2 titles on market).
Best New Starlet - New female performer who has had the most impact during the eligibility period (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Best Non-Sex Performance - Best acting performance by a male or female that does not include sex but could include nudity.
Best Older Woman/Younger Girl Release – Production focusing on sex simultaneously involving at least one older woman and one younger girl, with or without males.
Best Oral Sex Scene - Sex scene involving two or more performers (one male and one female) emphasize fellatio.
Best Oral Release - Titled marketed as and including mostly oral sex scenes.
Best Oral Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Orgy/Gangbang Release - Title marketed as and including mostly group sex scenes.
Best Original Song - Original song written for a specific adult production or series.
Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Company Image - The marketing of one company over an entire year.
Best Overall Marketing Campaign, Individual Project- The marketing of one individual title or project.
Best Packaging - Recognizes the appeal and overall quality of a release's package design.
Best Parody – Comedy - Title spoofing or mimicking a mainstream TV show, movie and/or public figure(s).
Best Parody – Drama – Title faithfully recreating a dramatic TV show, movie or other mainstream source material.
Best POV Release - Title emphasizing sex from the shooter's point-of-view.
Best POV Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best POV Sex Scene - Sex scene shot from the shooter's point-of-view.
Best Pro-Am Release - Title that involves non-professional performers along with at least one professional performer.
Best Pro-Am Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Romance Movie - Movie featuring a romantic theme/storyline, marketed specifically toward women or couples and/or released under a romance or couples-themed line.
Best Screenplay – Recognizes craftsmanship of the writing for any original scripted title.
Best Screenplay - Parody - Recognizes craftsmanship of the writing for any scripted title based on a mainstream work. [Formerly Best Screenplay – Adapted.]
Best Selling Title of the Year - Based on the weekly AVN Charts, a compilation of reports from traditional retailers and online retailers across the U.S. (NOT A VOTING CATEGORY)
Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production - Sex scene involving two or more performers (at least one male and one female) shot outside the U.S.
Best Softcore Release – Production containing no explicit sex acts, but features a predominantly sex-oriented theme. [Used to be called Best Alternative Release.]
Best Solo Release - Title featuring all single female masturbation scenes.
Best Solo Sex Scene - Single female masturbation scene.
Best Special Effects - Recognizes craftsmanship of visual effects in a title.
Best Specialty Release, Other Genre - Best niche title of any type not specified in another category (i.e. midgets, hirsute, stocking fetish, wrestling, BBW, bukkake, etc.)
Best Specialty Series, Other Genre - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period. i.e. - squirting
Best Squirting Release - Production featuring female ejaculation in the majority of its sex scenes.
Best Star Showcase - Movie centering around one female performer, by both incorporating her name into its title and featuring her in all of its sex scenes.
Best Supporting Actor - Best secondary acting performance by a male that includes at least one sex scene.
Best Supporting Actress - Best secondary acting performance by a female that includes at least one sex scene.
Best Tease Performance - Best display of non-sex seduction by a female performer.
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – G/B/B - Sex scene involving three performers (at least one man and one woman).
Best Three-Way Sex Scene – G/G/B
Best Transsexual Release - Production starring trans-gender performers.
Best Transsexual Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Best Transsexual Sex Scene - Sex scene involving at least one transsexual performer.
Best Vignette Release - Movie whose scenes depict self-contained stories or scenarios, with or without a connecting device.
Best Wall-to-Wall Release - Movie containing a collection of scenes some or all of which are prefaced by interviews, set-ups or other interstitial material; framing styles may be varied or uniform.
Best Young Girl Release - Production featuring and marketing young girls (ages 18-21).
Best Young Girl Series - Must have three total in the same series released and two released within the eligibility period.
Clever Title of the Year - Recognizes creative titling, clever parody or just plain outrageous titling of an adult production. Not based on quality of production, simply marketing.
Crossover Star of the Year- The adult performer who most penetrated the mainstream world during the eligibility period.
Director of the Year (Body of Work) - Awarded for a body of work rather than one particular title.
Female Foreign Performer of the Year - Awarded to a woman for a body of work during the eligibility period predominantly produced outside the U.S. (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Female Performer of the Year - Awarded to a woman for a body of work during the eligibility period predominantly produced in the U.S. (sex, acting and marketability all factored in).
Hall of Fame - Actors, actresses, directors, behind-the-scenes craftspeople who have had enormous impact and have been in the adult industry at least 10 years. (NOT A VOTING CATEGORY)
Male Foreign Performer of the Year - Awarded to a man for a body of work during the eligibility period predominantly produced outside the U.S. (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Male Performer of the Year - Awarded to a man for a body of work during the eligibility period predominantly produced in the U.S. (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year - Awarded to a woman for a body of work during the eligibility period predominantly characterized as MILF, Cougar or Older Woman productions.
Most Outrageous Sex Scene - A sex scene that is creatively unique and has impact beyond the normal eroticism found in a sex scene; typically depicts something shocking or outlandish.
Movie of the Year - Winner will be chosen among the winners of the following 10 top races: Best All-Sex Release, Best All-Sex Release – Mixed Format, Best All-Girl Release, Best Gonzo Release, Best Vignette Release, Best Comedy, Best Feature, Best Foreign Feature, Best Parody – Comedy and Best Parody – Drama.
Transsexual Performer of the Year - Awarded to a transgender performer for their entire body of work during the eligibility period (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Unsung Male Performer of the Year - Awarded to a man for his entire body of work during the eligibility period who AVN feels has previously gone unrecognized (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Unsung Starlet of the Year - Awarded to a woman for her entire body of work during the eligibility who AVN feels has previously gone unrecognized (sex, acting and marketability all considered).
Visionary Award - (Not a voting category).
Reuben Sturman Award- Awarded to an individual or individuals who have had enormous impact protecting the First Amendment, Free Speech, Privacy Rights or other major issues concerning the adult industry. Named after adult industry forefather Reuben Sturman.

The Fan Awards

Best Body
Favorite Movie
Favorite Porn Star
Hottest Sex Scene
Twitter Queen