British Animation Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the British Animation Awards 2014 are announced; held every two years, the British Animation Awards reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories. 

The finalists have been announced for the British Animation Awards 2014. Held every two years, the British Animation Awards (BAAs) reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories. 

Finalists include Bill Nighy who is up for a BAA in the Best Voice Performance category for his work on The Hungry Corpse. In the Best Long Form category Aardman’s The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists is up against the Oscar-nominated Magic Light Pictures’ Room on the Broom and Lupus Films’ The Snowman & The Snowdog.  

Peppa Pig is up for a second BAA for Best Pre-School Series for Peppa Pig “Mr. Bull in a China Shop.”

In the Best Music Video Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion, Atoms for Peace: Before Your Very Eyes and Savages: Marshal Dear go head-to-head, while the Best Short Film category will be contested by Mikey Please for Marilyn Myller, Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim for Everything I can See From Here and Felix Massie for In the Air Is Christopher Gray.

Elsewhere, ads for Honda, Talk Talk, TSB and Barclays have nominations for Best 2D and 3D Commercial, whilst Passion Pictures’ BBC Olympic trail: Stadium UK is up against Agile Film’s animated end credits for the film Filth and Blue Zoo’s promotional sequence for the new series of Gumball in the Best Film/TV Graphics

Several animation studios are in the running for multiple awards this year. Beakus and Aardman have each been nominated for three awards. Astley Baker Davis have two nominations for Best Pre-school and Best Voice Performance.  The Royal College of Art in London has produced two of the three finalists in the Best Student Award category, whilst Fieldtrip also has two nods in the Best 2D Commercial category.

The three Public Choice Awards, voted for by the public, will be announced at the awards Ceremony which will be held at the BFI on London’s Southbank on March 7th. 

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 world-wide respect felt for British animation. Previous BAA artists include Nick Park, Tim Burton and Chuck Jones. Artists contributing BAAs this year include illustrator Pete Williamson, Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield and director and writer Chris Shepherd.

The full list of finalists is shown below:

Best Voice Performance 
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: Nanny's Magic Test | Morwenna Banks | Astley Baker Davies
The Hungry Corpse | Bill Nighy | Beakus Ltd
Compost Corner | Tim Dann | CITV

Best Long Form
Room on the Broom | Max Lang & Jan Lauchauer | Magic Light Pictures.
Pirates: In An Adventure with Scientists | Peter Lord | Aardman Animations & Sony Pictures Animation
The Snowman & The Snowdog | Hilary Audus | Lupus Films.

Best Pre-School Series
Peppa Pig: Mr Bull in a China Shop | Philip Hall & Joris van Hulzen | Astley Baker Davies for Nick Jnr & eOne entertainment.
Q Pootle 5: The Groobie Woogie | Adam Shaw | Snapper Productions & Q Pootle Ltd for CBeebies.
Sarah & Duck: Bobsleigh | Tim O\'Sullivan | Karrot Animation for CBeebies

Best Children’s Series
Shaun the Sheep: The Stand Off | Lee Wilton | Aardman Animations for CBBC
Compost Corner | Westley Wood | CITV
Amazing World of Gumball: The Apology | Ben Boquelet & Mic Graves | Cartoon Network Studio Europe / SOI Studio.

Best Mixed Media Children’s 
Baby Jake: Popping Peas | Maddy Darrall & Rafa Canales | Darrall Macqueen Ltd for CBeebies.
Num Tums: No 5 | Steve Smith | Beakus Ltd for CBeebies
Get Squiggling Letters: Letter A | Dan Edgley & Adrian Hedley | Dot to Dot Productions Ltd for CBeebies.

Best Music Video
Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion | Peter Baynton | Radish Pictures Ltd for Escapist Records.
Atoms for Peace: Before Your Very Eyes | directed by Andrew Thomas Huang | Colonel Blimp for XL Recordings
Savages: Marshal Dear | Gergely Wootsch | Beakus Ltd for Matador Records

Best Commissioned Animation
NPSCC: Sarah's Story | Moth Collective | Moth Collective for YCN.
Apodemy | Katerina Athanasopoulou | Independent Production for the Onassis Foundation
RSPB: Vote for Nature | Morgan Powell & Neil Kidney | Seed Animation for RSPB.

Best 2D Commercial
Barclay's: Life Skills | Marc Reisbig | Fieldtrip for BBH.
WWF: We Don\'t Farm Like This | againstallodds | Fieldtrip for John St.
Mindfull | Shay Hamias & Will Barras | Th1ng for M&C Saatchi

Best 3D Commercial
TSB: The Story | Marc Craste | Studio AKA for Joint London.
Talk Talk: Model Britain | Daniel Kleinman | Glassworks & Rattling Stick for CHI + Partners.
Honda: Hands | Smith & Foulkes | Nexus Productions for Wieden + Kennedy, London

Best Film/TV Graphics
Filth Credits | Frater | Agile Films.
BBC Olympics: Stadium UK | Pete Candeland | Passion Pictures.
Gumball: Machine | Damian Hook & Daniel Fuller | Blue-Zoo Productions

Best Short Film
Marilyn Myller | Mikey Please | Blink Ink
Everything I Can See From Here | Sam Taylor & Bjorn-Erik Aschim | 
In the Air Is Christopher Gray | Felix Massie | Nexus Productions

Best Student Film
Anomalies | Ben Cady | Royal College of Art.
Shirley Temple | Daniela Sherer | Royal College of Art.
Day I Killed my Best Friend | Antonio J Busto Algarin | Middlesex University

Student Excellence
Laughing Policeman | Marcus Armitage | University for the Creative Arts
Gutenberg | Amalie Vilmar | University of Westminster
I am Tom Moody | Ainslie Henderson | Edinburgh College of Art 

Best Motion Graphics
Handle with Care | Jun Iwakawa | Ticktockrobot
Darkside | Darren Dubicki | Aardman Animations | 
Apocalypse Rhyme | Oliver Harrison | Animate Projects and Lupus Films for Channel 4

Source: British Animation Awards

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