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The British Animation Awards Winners 2024

Here are all the wonderful winners of 2024. Congratulations to all!

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Thanks from the BAAs 2024!

20 March 2024. Now the dust has settled, the BAA team just want to say one big thank you to everyone involved in the BAAs this year. The animation community throughout the UK has so much to be proud about….we couldn’t have done it without you!

The BAAs would also like to thank the amazing volunteers who gave up so much of their time and worked hard making the night the success that it was, thank you: Christopher Wright, Sophie Torry Cook, Isabella Newbold, Tom Lynas, Lucy Highet, Martha Williams, Hannah Lee Miller, Ruby Argo, Elena Garcia Sirvent, Alfie Williams, Yusuf Mohammed Uddin, Oliver Gallagher, Louis Chevis.

Congratulations again to all nominees, winners and everyone who supported and helped us. Here’s to 2026…..please continue to support the keeper of the rainbow cape! Best wishes (l-r) Ellys, Helen, Kieran, Harriet xxx

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The British Animation Awards 2024 winners were announced at a fun-filled ceremony on the evening of March 7th, at the BFI South Bank. The ceremony, hosted by comedian Henning Wehn, revealed the 22 award winners.

All the winners can be found here. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

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BAA 2024 Nominations

BAA All Sponsors 2024

Here are all the nominations for the British Animation Awards 2024. 

All winners will be announced at the BAA ceremony on Thursday 7th March 2024 at NFT1, BFI Southbank, London, SE1 8XT.

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Directors: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Mikolaj Pilchowski
Art Directors: Alicja Gapińska, Natalia Garbaciak

Ms. Marvel

Head Creative: Ian Spendloff
Lead Designer: David Lochhead

Puffin Rock and the New Friends

Director: Jeremy Purcell
Art Director: Design Team

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Directors: Neil Boyle, Kirk Hendry
Sound Designer: Will Cohen

The Smeds and The Smoos

Directors: Daniel Snaddon, Samantha Cutler
Sound Designer: Adrian Rhodes

The Sound Collector

Director: Chris Tichborne
Sound: Tom Angell

Jeremy, my Father

Director: Miranda Peyton Jones

Something More

Director: Mary Martins

Another Presence

Director: Simon Ball

A Taste For Music

Director: Jordan Antonowicz-Behnan

Mog’s Christmas

Director: Robin Shaw
Key Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Zawe Ashton, Amelie Law, Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Charlie Higson, Miriam Margolyes, Teddy Skelton, Maggie Steed

The Amazing Maurice

Directors: Toby Genkel, Florian Westermann
Key Cast: Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Thewlis, Himesh Patel, Ariyon Bakare, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton, Hugh Bonneville, Rob Brydon, Julie Atherton

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Directors: Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy
Key Cast: Jude Coward Nicoll, Tom Hollander, Idris Elba, Gabriel Byrne

The Moonseeker

Directors: Diana Blázquez Martín, Katherine Galley


Director: Yunxin Zou


Director: Sena Miyazaki

Death of the Gods

Director: Leto Stojanovic Meade

Spring Roll Dream

Director: Mai Vu

The Wolf of Custer

Director: Tanya J Scott

Crab Day

Director: Ross Stringer

Lloyd of the Flies – Gummy Goes Off

Directors: Matthew Walker, Jane Davies
Writers: Andrew Barnett Jones, Ciaran Murtagh

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Directors: Neil Boyle, Kirk Hendry
Screenwriter: Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud – Olden Days

Director: Edward Foster
Writer: Edward Foster

Dead End: Paranormal Park – 210 The Watcher’s Test

Director: Liz Whitaker
Writer: Hamish Steele

Beatriz Diosdado Masa

Nominating studio: Blue Zoo

Aiesha Penwarden

Nominating studio: Skylark Films/Big Squid Ink Ltd.

Malachi James

Nominating studio: Blue Zoo

Hey Duggee

Directors: Grant Orchard, Sander Jones

The Very Small Creatures – series 2

Director: Lucy Izzard


Directors: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Mikolaj Pilchowski

The Adventures of Paddington – series 3

Directors: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew

Tweedy & Fluff

Director: Chris Randall

The Sound Collector

Director: Chris Tichborne

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud

Director: Edward Foster

Lloyd of the Flies

Directors: Matthew Walker, Jane Davies

Dead End: Paranormal Park

Director: Liz Whitaker


Director: Dominic Minns

The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe – The Prince and the Valiant Quest

Directors: Eva Lee Wallberg, Christian Boving-Andersen

Lego City No Limits

Director: Ben Steer

Beware of Trains

Director: Emma Calder

Silly Duck

Director: Alec Smith

Wallace & Gromit in The Grand Getaway

Directors: Bram Ttwheam, Finbar Hawkins

The Line Experiments

Director: Antoine Perez

Carry You

Director: Flora Caulton

Tell Me Where To Go

Directors: Peter Beatty, Joseph Boyle

Late Nights – DeathByRomy & Adult Swim 

Director: Golden Wolf

The Beatles Vs The Stones

Director: Andrew Kelleher

Two Gracious Uncles Smooched to the Beat

Director: Jon Dunleavy

Hairy Houdini

Director: Trevor Hardy

Mog’s Christmas

Director: Robin Shaw
Music: David Arnold

Tweedy & Fluff

Director: Chris Randall
Music: Beth Porter and Ben Please

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Directors: Neil Boyle, Kirk Hendry
Music: Stuart Hancock

Blown Away

Director: Steve Small

Channel 4: The Great British Bake Off 2023 Official Trailer

Director: JuanPe Arroyo

The Lords of Water

Director: Golden Wolf

Alzheimer’s Research UK ‘Change The Ending’

Director: againstallodds

Ask me how I am

Directors: Zan Barberton, Joseph Clark

Inner Polar Bear

Director: Gerald Conn

Captain Fall

Directors: Adam Parton, Peter Merryman


Director: Chris Capstick

The Tiny Chef Show

Directors: Rachel Larsen, Chris Tichborne

Supa Team 4

Director: David Osborne

A Bear Named Wojtek

Director: Iain Gardner

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse

Directors: Peter Baynton, Charlie Mackesy

Peter and the Wolf

Directors: Stephen McNally, Elliot Dear

Mog’s Christmas

Director: Robin Shaw

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

Director: Sam Fell

A Cat Called Dom

Directors: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Directors: Neil Boyle, Kirk Hendry

Puffin Rock and the New Friends

Director: Jeremy Purcell

The Amazing Maurice

Directors: Toby Genkel, Florian Westermann

Christopher at Sea

Director: Tom CJ Brown

The Debutante

Director: Elizabeth Hobbs

All Gucci My Broski

Director: Harry Plowden

The winning film will be announced at the BAAs on the 7th March. The winning film received the highest number of audience votes from 14 screenings throughout the UK in partnership with animation universities and other organisations.

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There's just one week left to submit your animated short film for the following #BAA24 categories:

Best Short Film

Best Undergraduate Film

Best Postgraduate Film

Find out more information and submit your film here:

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2024 BAA’s Open for Entry with Major New Category for Best International Animated Series

The British Animation Awards (BAAs) officially opened for entries at midday on 12th September with the announcement of an exciting new category for Best International Animated Series. In another move that reflects the growth in longer formats, there will be separate awards for Best Long Form Animation and Best Feature Film.

“The BAAs are delighted to return in 2024 to celebrate and showcase the outstanding achievements the UK industry has created over the last couple of years. By introducing the new Best International Animated Series category, we recognise the great collaborations of co-productions and partnerships between UK producers and international studios.”

BAA Director, Helen Brunsdon

For the Best International Animated Series Award, UK companies and individuals are invited to enter a single animated series episode (not multiple episodes) produced in an international co-production arrangement. The BAAs welcome productions that have been majority-produced outside the UK.

The BAA Categories include: Best Design, Best Use of Sound, Best Factual, Best Voice Performance, Best Undergraduate Film, Best Postgraduate Film, Writers Award, Lamb Award, Best Children’s Pre-School Series, Best Children’s Series, Best Music Video, Wildcard, Best Original Music, Best Animation in a Commercial, Social Good Award, Best International Animated Series, Best Long Form Animation, Best Feature Film, Audience Award, Best Short Film.

The closing date for student entries is the 29th September and the closing date for all other categories is the 30th October. 

For further information and submission details please refer to the main terms and conditions on the British Animation Awards FilmFreeway page:

For any general updates, please refer to the British Animation Awards website:

All other links can be found here:


For further information contact:

Valerie Taylor or Erykah Cameron

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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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Congratulations to all the BAA 2022 Winners and nominees!

The British Animation Awards Winners have all been announced at the BAA ceremony March 10th 2022. 



Best Design

Jingle Jangle – A Christmas Journey (Storybook sequence)

Designed by Ian Spendloff
VFX Producer: Lucy Hare

Best Use of Sound

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Directed by Sean Mullen
Sound by Adrian Rhodes
Produced by Martin Pope, Michael Rose

Best Factual

Save Ralph

Directed by Spencer Susser
Produced by Arch Film Studio

Best Voice Performance

Menna Trussler as Beryl in Affairs of the Art

Directed by Joanna Quinn
Produced by Les Mills

Best Undergraduate Student Film


Directed by Miles Jezuita
Produced by Rainie Kim

Writers Award

Affairs of the Art

Directed by Joanna Quinn
Written and produced by Les Mills

Best Postgraduate Student Film

O Black Hole!

Directed by Renee Zhan
Produced by Jesse Romain

Lamb Award

Production Coordinator Hodan Abdi

Nominated by Illuminated Films

Best Children’s Pre-School Series

Pip and Posy

Directed by Jeroen Jaspaert and Matt Tea
Produced by Vici King

Best Children’s Series


Directed by Chris Capstick
Produced by Joe Moroney

Best Children’s Choice

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Directed by George Sawyer
Produced by Sueann Rochester

Cutting Edge

Dead Pixels

Directed by Jamie Jay Johnson, Asa Movshovitz
Produced by Tanya Qureshi

Best Music Video

Der Stuhlkreis

Directed by Ged Haney



Directed by Osbert Parker

Best Immersive Animation

The Beast

Directed by Grant Berry & Dane Winn
Produced by Belinda Isaacs, Lizzie Hicks

Best Original Music

Robin Robin

Directed by Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
Music by The Bookshop Band Ben Please and Beth Porter
Produced by Helen Argo

Best Animation In A Commercial

Airwick ‘Breathe of Nature’

Directed by Peter Szewczyk
Produced by NERD Productions

Social Good


Directed by Anna Ginsburg, Caitlin McCarthy
Produced by Zoe Muslim

Best Longform

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Directed by Jean- Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio E Rodriguez (Co-Director)
Produced by Julie Lockhart, Lara Breay

Audience Award – Best Short Film

Black Slide

Directed by Uri Lotan
Produced by Amit Russell Gicelter, Andrew Lord

Audience Award – Best Music Video

Time to Recover

Directed by Tony Comley
Produced by Laura Duncalf

Best Short Film

Affairs of the Art

Directed by Joanna Quinn
Produced by Les Mills

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The BAAs Go Bigger in Britain

For the first time The British Animation Awards (the BAAs) are delighted to announce additional live events on the evening of March 10th 2022.

The main awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, London will be live streamed to four additional gatherings in Salford, Stirling, Cardiff and Bristol where the great and the good of the British animation world will be celebrating together.

The BAAs have partnered up with Manchester Animation FestivalWild Child Animation in Stirling, Cardiff Animation Festival and Encounters Festival in Bristol to put on their party hats and celebrate in style at their respective venues: University of SalfordCodebase in Stirling, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and Watershed, Bristol. 

Presented by comedian Miles Jupp and headline sponsored by Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe the London ceremony will unveil the latest names to join the list of illustrious winners from past years which includes Nick Park, Joanna Quinn, Tim Burton, Martin Freeman, Simon Tofield and Gorillaz.

For tickets and availability please contact:

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**British Animation Awards 2022 - Nominations**

Here are the nominations for the BAAs 2022. Book the date of Thursday 10th March to find out the winners. Good luck to all.



Best Design

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Aurélien Predal, Nathan Crowley, Till Nowak

Jingle Jangle – A Christmas Journey

Ian Spendloff

Raised by Wolves

Steve Small

Circle Square – Junglehouse

Greg McLeod

Best Use of Sound

Elliot from Earth – Wednesday pt2

Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Rhys Byfield, Mikey Please

Hilda – The Deerfox

Andy Coyle

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud – Burning Wheels

Ed Foster

Zog and the Flying Doctors

Adrian Rhodes

Pip And Posy – Swapsies

Jason Heath

Best Factual

Save Ralph

Spencer Susser


Osbert Parker

Best Voice Performance

Save Ralph – Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais

Spencer Susser

Affairs of the Art – Menna Trussler

Joanna Quinn

The Adventures of Paddington – Ben Whishaw

Jez Hall, Chris Drew

Hilda – Bella Ramsay

Andy Coyle

Moominvalley – Bel Powley

Steve Box

Best Under-Graduate Film

To be a Goat

Milda Kargaudaite

True Colours

Hanna Lea Wyttenbach

Case closed

Lucy Gatenby

@Scroll Alice

Céline Ufenast


Miles Jezuita

Writers Award

Myles McLeod for Circle Square – Pizza Mystery

Greg McLeod

Les Mills for Affairs of the Art

Joanna Quinn

Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith for Ron’s Gone Wrong

Jean- Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio E Rodriguez

Madeleine Brettingham for The Rubbish World of Dave Spud – Twinfestation

Edward Foster

Mark Burton and Giles Pilbrow for Shaun the Sheep – The Flight Before Christmas

Steve Cox

Best Post Graduate Film

O Black Hole!

Renee Zhan

Other Half

Lina Kalcheva

Eating In The Dark

Inari Sirola

Lamb Award

Sanna Räsänen

Nominated by One6th

Teifi Cadwallader

Nominated by Cloth Cat

Lisa-Mae Evans

Nominated by Blue Zoo Animation

Emilie Brown

Nominated by Blue-Zoo Animation

Hodan Abdi

Nominated by Illuminated Films

Best Children’s Pre-School Series

Hey Duggee

Grant Orchard, Sander Jones

The Adventures of Paddington

Jez Hall, Chris Drew

Circle Square

Greg Mcleod


Chris Capstick

Pip and Posy

Jeroen Jaspaert and Matt Tea

Best Children’s Series

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

George Sawyer


Chris Capstick

Hilda – The Deerfox

Andy Coyle

Cutting Edge

Save Ralph

Spencer Susser


Alex Robinson

Dead Pixels S2

Jamie Jay Johnson, Asa Movshovitz

Best Music Video

Rocket Freudental – Der Stuhlkreis

Ged Haney

Mama Jerk and the Ladyfingers – Mountain

Harrison Fleming

Foo Fighters – Chasing Birds

Emlyn Davies, Josh Hicks

Christy Moore – The Voyage

Jessica Patterson

Jamie Cullum – Age of Anxiety

Neil Pymer



Osbert Parker

Boris Johnson Eats A Pot Noodle In The Bath

Ross Butter


Cameron Carr

Squib – When All of This is Over

Baz Sells

Hench Girl Summer

Beatriz Antunes

Best Immersive Animation

Peace of Mind

Ben Steer

The Beast

Grant Berry, Dane Winn

Madrid Noir

James A Castillo

Best Original Music


Music by: Michael Keeney and Kris Stronge, Directed by: Gráinne Mc Guinness

I Am Odd

Composer: Benjamin Giroux, Mike Connaris

Robin Robin

Composer: Ben Please and Beth Porter

Edgar’s Christmas

Music Composer: Mike MacLennan

Love Monster – Super Sound Day

Theme music: Jeremy Warmsley
Score Composed by: Esther Joy Lane
Score Composed by: Hannah Charman

Best Animation In Commercial

The Girl Who Built a Rocket

Neeraja Raj

Airwick – Breath of Nature

Peter Szewczyk

Save Ralph

Spencer Susser

Moto GP Returns

Anton Alfimenko

Social Good


Anna Ginsburg, Caitlin McCarthy

Diabetes Symptoms

Angie Phillips, Phoebe Halstead

Up River – a Shadventure on the River Severn

Tom Stubbs

You Being You

Kong Studio

Sinking Feeling

Mark Spokes

Best Longform

Sesame Street’s – The Monster At The End of the Story

Mark Taylor

Ron’s Gone Wrong

Jean- Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio E Rodriguez

Shaun the Sheep – The Flight Before Christmas

Steve Cox

Best Short Film


Studio Desk, Kathrin Steinbacher, Emily Downe

Meow or Never

Neeraja Raj

Save Ralph

Spencer Susser

Black Slide

Uri Lotan

Affairs of the Art

Joanna Quinn

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The Animator's Survival Kit - Joanna Quinn in discussion with Imogen Sutton

The BAAs were delighted to host a brilliant in conversation with Joanna Quinn and Imogen Sutton on the recently released mini book publications of the Richard Williams Animator Survival Toolkit. Please check it out here and a big thanks to Kieran Argo, Joanna Quinn and Imogen Sutton for an in-depth interview.

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The British Animation Awards – Thursday March 10th 2022 – is now open for submissions. Please take a look at the categories and make your submissions on FilmFreeway HERE.

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2020 Awards Artwork

Final shout out this week to Derek Hayes, Grant Orchard and Steven Appleby for their amazing generous prizes to the 2020 Awards. Thank you!

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Prize Artwork 2020

Huge shout out this week to Alys Scott-Hawkins, Paul Galloway and Rich Webber for their amazing artwork donated as prize art for the BAAs in 2020.

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BAA Announce New Partnership with RubyBlosse

The British Animation Awards team up with RubyBlosse Events Agency.

The British Animation Awards announce today an exciting new partnership with leading events agency RubyBlosse.

The BAAs are the leading biennial awards ceremony in the UK and celebrate the outstanding contributions to the world of animation from British creatives and companies.

Clare Ruby & Sophie Morgan set up RubyBlosse Events five years ago, having worked in the event industry for twenty years prior to that. Throughout their careers in the event industry they have planned and delivered a huge number of diverse events working with Prime Ministers, royalty and celebrities. They have consulted into numerous organisations to review and design event strategies and launched many new events (TechSmart, IBC Leader’s Summit and Kindfest to name a few). They love the creative nature of designing and delivering events.

Clare Ruby from RubyBlosse says:

The British Animation Awards is a high profile and super exciting event in the international animation industry calendar, and we are thrilled to be bringing our experience and ideas to the 2022 event after the success of the 2020 event at London’s National Film Theatre. Building on the success of that event, the 2022 event on 10 March, will encompass new ideas and features, and we think you’ll love it!”

Helen Brunsdon director of BAA says:

“For the next British Animation Awards we want to keep all the best aspects of previous ceremonies and also offer some new and exciting strands and highlights. RubyBlosse, with their expertise ideas and amazing track record, fit the bill exactly. We are delighted to be working with Clare and Sophie and look forward to making an even better BAAs in 2022.”

The next BAAs are on March 10th 2022


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2020 Prize Artworks

Take a minute to look at a few more of the 2020 BAA prize artworks and artists in the ‘Raising the BAAs’ gallery.

Huge thanks this week go to Jim Le Fevre, Nathan Jurevicius and Richard Keith-Wolff

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Prize Artwork 2020

Take a look at the amazing 2020 BAA prize artwork and artists in the ‘Raising the BAAs’ gallery.


This week we give thanks to Mole Hill, Felix Massie and Sara and Simon Bor.

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We're BAAck!! Hello from Helen and Kieran!

After a challenging and disrupting time for us all we’re now back on the case working hard to bring you BAA 2022  – the 14th British Animation Awards. 

We certainly didn’t think the March 2020 event at the Southbank was going to be the last big UK animation physical gathering of the year so we were delighted it all went so well.

You can see a group picture of the wonderful 2020 winners along with their names on the homepage of the website.

Please sign up to the newsletter so we can keep you informed of submission deadlines, along with any new activities or events and some of the treats we have in store for the next big BAA of 2022.

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The National Film Festival of Animation in Rennes, France is happening soon!

BAA is delighted to partner with the French Association of Animation Cinema (AFCA) to present a short series of online events including a programme of highlights from the 2020 BAA Public Choice films plus a case study of UK/French co-production plus an insight into the UK Tax Credit system. There will also be opportunities during the sessions to meet some of the experts and creatives and answer any questions.

The online festival runs from the 7th until the 20th of April so please do take a look if you can.


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Raising the BAAs - 2020 Update

In the ‘Galleries‘ section of the website you can find the ‘Raising the BAAs’ page which is a treasure trove of amazing artists who have contributed prize artwork over the years.

Over the coming months we will be publishing the art from the 2020 awards along with short biographies, quotes and photos of the contributors.

This will give you an opportunity to become more familiar with the artist and their clever, beautiful and generous gifted artwork.

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**Coronavirus/Covid-19 UPDATE**

Wednesday 11th March

The British Animation Awards has been monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we continue to regularly check and follow guidance from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation as well as local government.

THE BRITISH ANIMATION AWARDS on Thursday 12th March at BFI Southbank – is going ahead.

There will be extra hand sanitisers around the venue and may we politely remind everyone of the importance of maintaining good hand hygiene at all times.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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[caption id="attachment_3277" align="alignleft" width="300"]Chris Garbutt Chris Garbutt and friend[/caption]

The British Animation Awards team were over the moon when Chris Garbutt of Pinky Malinky fame kindly agreed to design the first-ever BAA delegate bag for 2020. The bag also features The Cartoon Museum in London who are one of the BAAs esteemed sponsors this year.


[caption id="attachment_3474" align="alignright" width="300"]BAA2020 Delegate Bag Design BAA2020 Bag Design by Chris Garbutt[/caption]

For those not familiar – Chris, along with Rikke Asbjoern created Pinky Malinky. Pinky Malinky is a wacky American children’s series for Nickelodeon and Netflix that first aired in 2019 featuring no ordinary boy Pinky who just happens to be a hot dog! It’s a fast-paced hilarious rollercoaster of a show.

[caption id="attachment_3321" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Chris Garbutt Pinky Malinky[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3473" align="alignright" width="300"] Pinky Malinky characters[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3471" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pinky Malinky backgrounds[/caption]

Chris graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1998 with a First Class BA Honours degree in Graphic Arts and Illustration. Soon after completing his degree, Chris left West Yorkshire to peddle his wares in London, Paris and then the USA. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Chris works in the animation industry for TV, Features and Commercials, enjoying various roles from creating, executive producing, show running, producing, writing, directing and art directing, to storyboarding, character design and background design. Projects have included The Amazing World of Gumball, Gorillaz, The Fairly Odd Parents, Mr Bean, Robotboy, and Stressed Eric.

He and Rikke are currently producing a brand new animated project that they created at Netflix Animation Studios.

Thanks Chris for ensuring nobody goes home empty-handed.

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BAA LAMB Award Nominees Announced. Friday 6th March 2020

Five nominees were announced today for the inaugural LAMB Award at the British Animation Awards. This new award, sponsored by Disney and introduced under the stewardship of new BAA Director Helen Brunsdon bridges the gap between current categories that recognise student achievements and general best-in-class awards, and is open to any young professionals working in the animation and VFX industry.

The entrants were judged by a panel of experts and the winner will be announced on 12th March at the 13th edition of the biennial event, which is being held at the BFI in London and hosted by comedian Miles Jupp.

Each candidate was nominated by a UK Studio and required to have over 12 months but under 5 years experience and demonstrate great future potential. A strong track record of work so far helped with the assessments.

The nominees are:

Rory Hunter nominated by Fonic

Katie Gascoyne nominated by Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Roxannah (Roxi) Linklater nominated  by Aardman

Kadesha Drija nominated by Cloth Cat Animation

Corinne Ladeinde nominated by NERD Productions

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The British Animation Awards (BAA), the only ceremony in the UK devoted to rewarding animation, has announced the five finalists for the Best Immersive Award 2020, recognising the most innovative and exciting use of immersive technology in animation. The winner will be announced on 12th March at the 13th edition of the biennial awards, which is being held at the BFI in London and hosted by comedian Miles Jupp.

Virtual reality story Glimpse, from directors Benjamin Cleary and Michael O’Connor, is a highly emotive visual feast set in the imaginative mind of a panda.

We Live in an Ocean of Air, directed by Marshmallow Laser Feast, is a multi-sensory immersive installation that illuminates the invisible – but fundamental – connection that ties the human and natural worlds.

Porton Down, directed by Callum Cooper, is an illustrated cyberdelic descent into the chequered past of a government’s human experimentation programme.

1943 Berlin Blitz, directed by David Whelan, is a breath-taking virtual reality experience that joins the crew of a Lancaster bomber on an air raid over Berlin during World War Two.

Britannia VR: Out of your Mind, directed by Kim-Leigh Pontin is set two years after the Roman invasion of Britannia and allows viewers to choose whether to immerse themselves in a world of Roman imperialism, or a psychedelic world of druid mysticism.

The panel of experts judging the entrants comprises Steve Blake, Principal Visual Media Consultant Digital Solutions, Jacobs; Jessica Driscoll, Head of Immersive Technology, Digital Catapult; Cathy Hutton, Freelance Creative Director at Pablo; Mitch Turnbull, Documentary TV, Film and XR Producer/Director and consultant, Founder of Bramble Media Ltd; and Saint Walker, Deputy Dean/Director, Escape Studios, Pearson College London.

All the finalists’ works will be available to view first-hand at the offices of Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, at a date to be announced. This date will be published on the BAA website and via their social channels.

One of UK animation’s landmark events, The British Animation Awards (BAA) have been celebrating all that is great about the industry in the UK since their introduction in 1996. BAA are passionate about the art form and help to support, promote and credit the very best of the past couple of year’s productions. The winners receive an original artwork produced by some of the finest artists and animators working in the creative industries.


For further information: 

Valerie Taylor, Publicity Consultant 

E mail:

Tel: + 44 7889 666594

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What the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund means for the industry

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Lupus Films © Tiger Tea Productions

British Animation Awards sponsor, the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund, gives us an insight into the invaluable work that they do…

Developing and sustaining a world class animation workforce is the mission of the ScreenSkills Animation Skills Fund. Much like the British Animation Awards, we strive to support the talent working hard in our industry to make exceptional animated productions.

To give you some background, less than 10 years ago our industry was in sharp decline, faced with international competition from countries who could offer substantial tax breaks making their production budgets more attractive to the public service broadcasters in the UK. Thanks to research and lobbying by Animation UK, the Animation Tax Relief was launched in 2013 and since this time, the industry has doubled in size. To meet the demands of the production boom, the industry acknowledged the need to skill-up the workforce and Creative Skillset (predecessor to ScreenSkills) led the campaign for the formation of the Animation Skills Fund. 

Productions claiming the tax relief, such as the BAA-nominated The Tiger Who Came to Tea, pay a small percentage of their budget into the fund. This contribution enables us to invest in the skills development of the animation workforce at all levels. The fund’s spending is guided by a council made up of industry leaders from across the country as we believe that, through united action, we can build a stronger, highly skilled and diverse workforce.

Initiatives that we have supported to develop professionals’ careers include Animated Women UK’s (AWUK) Helen North Achieve Programme, which has had a demonstrable impact on the careers of the 72 women who have participated to date. We are continuing to support this work and assist AWUK in extending the offer to reach more people nationwide. In recognition of the storyboarding skills gap, we will be supporting Lupus Films to upskill storyboard artists to improve their drawing and visual storytelling skills. We aim to roll this out further across the UK to other studios, and with further job roles, through the support of studios coming together to deliver this programme at scale.

We aim to inspire the next generation to consider careers in animation through a variety of projects. We provide careers information online, including recently producing a lesson plan aimed at eight to 11 year-olds that uses assets from Lupus Films’ The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Through our collaboration with Into Film on producing and distributing the resource, it has the potential to reach 20,000+ primary schools across the UK. And for older students we are supporting 3Dami and the NextGen Skills Academy to train young people nationwide to run Blender workshops which they in turn teach to more than 1,500 young people at schools’ clubs whilst encouraging them to consider careers in animation.

Discussions are under way about other initiatives designed to address skills gaps and create a more inclusive industry, include Toon Boom software training, up-skilling layout artists, production coordinator and production manager training, and a programme to enable people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to step up in their careers to more senior levels.

With further investment from the industry we will be able to support more talent, so visit for information on how you can help shape the future of the industry.



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BAA 2020 Finalists Announced


  • Sally Hawkins, Bella Ramsey and Clara Ross amongst the nominees for Best Voice
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Zog and The Snail and the Whale, Aliens Love Underpants and … Panta Claus vie for honours for Best Long Form
  • Aardman lead the nominations with six nods including one for Best Music Video for the film ‘Daddy’ for Coldplay.

London, February 14th 2020: The finalists were announced today for the prestigious British Animation Awards 2020. Rewarding the very best in British animation across a variety of categories, the British Animation Awards (BAAs) – now in their 24th year – attract the great and the good from across the industry to this biennial celebration of their craft. This year’s ceremony, being held at London’s BFI Southbank on 12th March 2020, will unveil the latest names to join the list of illustrious winners from past years which includes Nick Park, Joanna QuinnTim Burton, Martin Freeman, Simon Tofield and Gorillaz.

This year’s finalists include in the Best Voice Performance category renowned British actors Sally Hawkins (PaddingtonThe Shape of Water) and Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones, who are nominated for their work on The Snail and the Whale and as Hilda in Hilda – The Hidden People respectively. They are up against strong competition from the cast of The Rubbish World of Dave Spud and young newcomer Clara Ross for The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

The Best Long Form category includes nominations from some of Britain’s leading animation companies. In A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon by Aardman Animations, our hero saves an amazing alien from a sinister organisation; two festive family favourites from Magic Light Pictures, Zog and The Snail and the Whale tell of an accident-prone dragon learning the ropes, and an adventure-seeking snail’s taste of the big wide world on a voyage courtesy of her hump-backed friend; another Christmas hit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea from Lupus Films, is a delightful adaptation of Judith Kerr’s evergreen story; and Aliens Love Underpants And…Panta Claus from Tiger Aspect sees the aliens save Christmas for everyone when they help Santa deliver all his presents by spaceship. .

Contenders for the Best Children’s Series award include The Amazing World of Gumball from Cartoon Network – which waltzed away with the prize at the past two awards –the Shaun the Sheep series from Aardman, Moominvalley from Gutsy animations, The Rubbish World of Dave Spud from Illuminated Films and 101 Dalmatian Street from Disney.

Up for the Best Animation in a Commercial award is the charming take on The Wind in the Willows for The Wildlife Trusts, the commercial Whatever You Call It by Moth Studio for Marie Curie and the organic baby food NatureNes by Studio AKA for Nestle.

Productions for Coldplay’s Daddy, Daniel O’Sullivan’s Honour Wave and Sivan Talmor’s Sad Heart are competing for Best Music video, created by the inventive talents of Aardman, Greg McLeod and Karni and Saul (aka SulkyBunny, who won a Public Choice Award in 2018 for Katie Melua’s Perfect World) respectively. 

The family favourites Hey DuggeeThe Adventures of Paddington and Clangers are each nominated for the Best Children’s Pre-School Series award.

Some of the leading British animation courses are represented in both Best Undergraduate and Best Postgraduate Student film categories including nominees from Falmouth University School of Film and Television, University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Arts University Bournemouth and the Royal College of Arts London. In an encouraging sign for the industry, all four finalists in the Best Undergraduate category are women.

New for 2020 is the Best Social Good Award, with nominations for Voicing CSA: The Mouse from Katie Steed, helping adult survivors of child sexual abuse; What Is Beauty from Anna Ginsburg, in honour of International Women’s Day; and New Mindset from Danny Capozzi, created for United For Global Mental Health.

Four additional award categories will be announced on the night.  While the bulk of the awards are decided by a panel of industry experts, the two Public Choice Awards – for Favourite Short Film and Favourite Music Video – are voted for by audiences at screenings held across the UK in early 2020.

BAA Director Helen Brunsdon said:

“Animation leads the way in visually imaginative and innovative forms of storytelling. From a record number of submissions, I am delighted to see rich and diverse talent make it through to the final stages of the various categories. The nominated finalists for 2020 are shining examples of the best in the business. I wish them all the best of luck and look forward to the big night on March 12th at the BFI South Bank where all will be revealed.”

The BAAs are the only awards to recognise all forms of animation and reward the work of both new and established animators across all aspects of the UK Animation scene, from student work to commercials, children’s entertainment, short and experiential films, music videos and new technologies.

The awards themselves (the BAAs) are unique artworks, featuring sheep, created especially for the occasion by a range of leading international and UK animation artists: a measure of the worldwide respect felt for British animation. 

Full details of all the finalists are listed below.

Best Longform

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw

Zog – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon

A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Dir:  Will Becher, Richard Phelan

Aliens Love Underpants And…Panta Claus – Dir: Steve Edge

The Snail and The Whale – Dir: Max Lang – Daniel Snaddon

Best Voice Performance

Clara Ross as Sophie- The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw

Bella Ramsey as Hilda, Hilda- The Hidden People -Dir: Andy Coyle

The Cast- The Rubbish World of Dave Spud- Donkey – Dir: Edward Foster

Sally Hawkins as The Snail- The Snail and the Whale – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon

Best Childrens Series

The Amazing World of Gumball-The Possession -Dir: Mic Graves

Shaun The Sheep- Squirreled Away – Dir: Carmen Bromfield Mason

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud: Bad Computer – Dir: Edward Foster

Moominvalley – Dir: Steve Box

101 Dalmatian Street- The Longest Night – Dir: Miklos Weigert

Best Childrens Pre-School

The Adventures of Paddington – Dir: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew

Hey Duggee- The Tree Badge – Dir: Grant Orchard, Sander Jones

Clangers- The Visitor – Dir: Joanne Chalkey, Chris Tichborne

Best Animation in a Commercial

The Wind in the Willows- The Wildlife Trusts – Dir: Thomas Harnett O’ Meara, Matthew Day

Whatever You Call It – Dir: Moth Studio

NaturNes- First Family – Dir: Manddy Wyckens, Marc Craste

Best Music Video

Coldplay- Daddy – Dir: Asa Lucander (Aardman)

Sad Heart – Dir: Karni and Saul

Honour Wave – Dir: Greg McLeod

Writers Award

Shaun The Sheep: Baa-Gherita – Dir: Steve Cox

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud – The Wrinkly Bus – DIR; Edward Foster

The Amazing World Of GUMBALL: The Agent – DIR: Mic Graves

 Best Post Graduate Film

In Her Boots – Dir: Kathrin Steinbacher (RCA)

Music and Clowns -Dir: Alex Widdowson (RCA)

My Dads Name Was Huw. He Was an Alcoholic Poet – Dir: Freddie Griffiths (RCA)

Best Short Form Content

A Whale’s Tale – Dir: Giovanna Utichi, Robin Celebi

Crow – Dir: Simon Tofield

Chris P Duck – Dir: Tom Gran, Martin Woolley

Best Original Music

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw

Aliens Love Underpants And… Panta Claus – Dir: Steve Edge

The Amazing World of Gumball: The Singing – Dir: Mic Graves

Best Social Good

Voicing CSA: The Mouse – Dir: Katie Steed

What Is Beauty – Dir: Anna Ginsburg

New Mindset – Dir: Danny Capozzi

Best Commissioned Animation

Pokémon Go Planet Pokémon – Dir: Joe O’Connor

Conception: Catie & Jen- Dir: Moth Studio

The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster’ – Dir: Smith & Foulkes

Best Film or TV Graphics/Motion Design

Da Vinci Learning –  Second Home Studios

Queens of Mystery –  Sly Fox Productions

E4 Party in My Mouth – Sun and Moon

Best Under-Graduate

Border / Line – Dir: Megan Earls (UCA)

Dear England – Dir: Marta Lemos (UCA)

Towels – Dir: Prawta Annez (Falmouth University)

Cats Can’t Swim, Dir: HaiLing Morgan (Arts University Bournemouth)

Best Short Film

4:3 – Dir: Ross Hogg

Black Earth Rising –  Dir: Steve Small Studio AKA

Roughhouse – Dir: Jonathan Hodgson

Bloomers – Dir : Samantha Moore

Fabric of You – Dir: Josephine Lohoar Self

Children’s Choice

Shaun The Sheep- Squirrelled Away – Dir: Carmen Bromfield Mason

The Adventures of Paddington – Dir: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew

101 Dalmatian Street- The Longest Night – Dir: Miklos Weigert

Best Use of Sound

Clangers- Travelling Salesman – Dir: Joanne Chalkley, Chris Tichborne

The Amazing World of Gumball – The Future, Dir: Mic Graves

The Snail and the Whale – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon


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Event- Framing the Globe!

Calling all animation professionals!

British Animation Awards, British Council Film and Creative Europe Desk UK Wales presents:   Framing the Globe – Animation for the World

When: Thursday 12th December 2019 10:30 – 17:30 

Where: Suite 55, Gate 3, Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS

What: A free one-day event on animated short film and exporting to international markets and audiences. 

Leading industry experts and successful animators offer their insights and knowledge on production funding, how to plan for festivals and help build a cultural toolkit to export your animation to the world. 

This event is aimed at emerging and established animation professionals.

Topics and highlights include:

  • Funding opportunities for production and distribution 
  • Co-productions and distribution companies
  • Creative distribution strategies: how to approach festivals, networking and to optimise your audience
  • Talent and strategy advice
  • Spotlights on success – stories from leading successful animators

To book your place (first come, first served) please email: stating why you would like to attend along with your employment status.

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Raising the BAAs

Every Tewesday for the next few weeks the British Animation Awards will look back over the years at a selection of the amazing artists and animators who have kindly created outstanding artworks for BAA to hand out as prizes.

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BAA 2020 submissions now open

We are now open for submissions to all the categories for the 2020 British Animation Awards.

All entries are via Film Freeway which you can access from the button below:



October 31st 2019 – Early Bird Discount Entry Fee

November 30th 2019 – Final Deadline (Full fees apply)

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Andy Wyatt's thoughts on the BAAs

Andy Wyatt and Monkey

I have been attending the biannual British Animation Awards since the beginning in 1996, in various guises; as a freelancer, as a studio owner, as an educator and now as a sponsor working with Toon Boom. The awards themselves are incredible and show off the amazing talent of creative individuals working in British Animation. The evening itself is a fantastic ceremony and celebration of everything that reminds us why we work in this business!

Andy Wyatt, Toon Boom Business Development – UK and Ireland

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