BAA Adds Best European Animated Feature Category
Press Release from British Animation Awards
In recognition of the exciting developments in European animated feature films in recent years, the British Animation Awards (BAA) 2010 will feature a special category for Best European Animated Feature. Any European-made feature film that has been theatrically released in any EU member country in 2008 and 2009 is eligible.
In the UK, Aardman Animations have led the field in terms of animated features, although there are now several studios developing features in England, Scotland and Ireland. It is also clear that, as has been demonstrated by the Cartoon Movie Forum, co-production within Europe is clearly of vital importance.
Jayne Pilling, Director of BAA, comments: “The aim of the Best European Animated Feature Award is to draw attention to the incredible richness and diversity of animated features across European. They speak with a resolutely distinct voice. The UK has traditionally been a difficult theatrical market for non-Hollywood animated features, but this has, finally, begun to change. It is significant that Time Out magazine’s recent Top 100 Animated Films list, going back through a century’s history, did at least contain KIRIKOU and PERSEPOLIS.
We’re in discussion with the National Film Theatre about a season of Euro animated features, not yet released in cinemas, to encourage distributors. Finally, there are our unique prizes – individual artworks created specifically for the winners for previous editions by such internationally renowned names as Michel Ocelot, Richard Williams, Nick Park, Tim Burton, Jan Pinkava, Sylvian Chomet, Joanna Quinn, Gaelle Denis, Regina Pessoa, Raoul Servais, Piotr Sapegin, Igor Kovalyov... the entire list is very long, and features many Europeans So we thought it would be nice to give some European filmmakers a chance to win one!”
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.britishanimationawards.com
Deadline: November 30th, 2009.
The British Animation Awards will take place at the prestigious venue, BFI SouthBank, on April 8th, 2010.
Entry for this category is free.