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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: https://filmfreeway.com/BritishAnimationAwards 

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 cardiffanimation.com/can

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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. 

BAA!

BAA 2022 WINNERS

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


Suburb

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


Milo

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

Wildcard


Timeline

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


Typically

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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**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.

BAA!

BAA 2022 NOMINATIONS

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

Timeline

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

Suburb

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

Milo

Chris Capstick

Pip and Posy

Jeroen Jaspaert and Matt Tea

Best Children’s Series


The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

George Sawyer

Milo

Chris Capstick

Hilda – The Deerfox

Andy Coyle

Cutting Edge


Save Ralph

Spencer Susser

Sub-Surface

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

Wildcard


Timeline

Osbert Parker

Boris Johnson Eats A Pot Noodle In The Bath

Ross Butter

Strange

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


Sol

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


Typically

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


FlattenTheCurve#1

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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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 screenskills.com/industry/animation for information on how you can help shape the future of the industry.

https://www.screenskills.com/industry/animation

 

 

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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:

GO TO FILM FREEWAY

Deadlines

October 31st 2019 – Early Bird Discount Entry Fee

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

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