The Bleatsheet – July 2023

Hello! Long time, no bleat!

We thought that we’d update you just before the summer on everything that we’ve been up to this year so far, and everything that is yet to come!

From the beginning of June, the BAA’s welcomed two new members to the team, Ellys and Erykah! Ellys is working with the BAA’s as Events Administrator and Erykah is focusing on Marketing and Communications! 

Ellys is the Events Manager and Programmer for Cardiff Animation Festival and has helped to run five editions of the festival, including the first touring programme across Wales in 2022/23. Ellys also organises monthly screenings for Cardiff Animation Nights, a free animation event in Cardiff and online. Ellys is looking forward to a new challenge with joining the BAA team and is excited for the 2024 edition!

Erykah has a background in Media and Communications and is graduating from Cardiff University this month! She has worked with a wide range of companies across Cardiff over the last two years, gaining experience in lots of creative sectors, from Theatre to Film, and lots in between. She’s most excited to get the BAA’s back on everyone’s radar in the lead up to the 2024 awards!

We have now announced the date for the 2024 BAAs as the 7th of March 2024, so make sure you mark your diaries in preparation for a night of animation celebration.

We also have a new update of the BAA logo ready for 2024, so watch out for any new content with the yellow sheep on it! 

We’ve also recently shared with you that three categories are already open for submissions! These are:

  • Best Postgraduate Film Award
  • Best Undergraduate Film Award
  • Best Short Film Award

All three categories are FREE to enter on FilmFreeway via this link: 

Make sure that you read all of the T&C’s and are aware of the deadline – 7pm on 29th September 2023!

Remaining Categories of the BAAs to open in September – 

The twenty remaining categories will be opening in September.

We will remind you again closer to the time, and give you all of the details on how to submit, and when the deadline is.

Make sure that you follow us on social media for the latest news.

Instagram/Facebook/Threads – @britishanimationawards  Twitter – @baawards  

Manchester Animation Festival is now Academy Award Qualifying Festival –

Our friends over at Manchester Animation Festival (MAF) have shared the exciting news that they are now an official Academy Award® Qualifying Festival! This means that any recipient of their Short Film Award, will be eligible for consideration in the Short Films competition of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run. This is amazing news for MAF, and for the Animation community, we’re super excited for everyone! 

Cardiff Animation Nights are open for submissions – 

For the first time ever, filmmakers can now submit their films to Cardiff Animation Nights! You can submit animated films of any genre and up to 20 minutes in length through FilmFreeway. Each month a programme of short films will be selected to be screened either online or in-person.  All films screened in 2023 will be eligible for the Cardiff Animation Nights 2023 awards in December, with a winning film to be selected by a jury of industry professionals! To find out more and to submit your film head to

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