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British Animation Awards - Winners!

The British Animation Awards (BAA) were presented Friday, March 15, 2002 at a gala ceremony at the National Film Theater in London. Created in 1996, BAA is a bi-annual event, and since its inception has covered all aspects of the UK animation scene, from student work to commercials, children's entertainment, short and experimental art films, and new technologies, scenario and craft. The big winner of the evening was director Michael Dudok de Wit, who picked up three awards including Best Short Film for his Academy-Award winning film FATHER AND DAUGHTER. In the new category for Best European Animated Film, the Aardman/DreamWorks favorite CHICKEN RUN tied with Michel Ocelot's KIRIKOU ET LA SORCIÈRE. Fan fave Gorillaz picked up an award for Best Music Video, Barry Purves' HAMILTON MATTRESS won Best Television Special and The Children's Choice award went to Dave Unwin's WAR GAME. The awards presented at the BAA are known as the "baa's." These unique artworks are created and signed by a fellow artist-animator. The BAA artist guidelines for creating an award ask that the "baa" have one or more sheep in it, with the option for a visual reference to the UK and/or animation.

Below is the full list of BAA winners, along with the artist that created the specific award. Congratulations to all the winners!

Best Pre-School Childrens Series 64 ZOO LANE: KEVIN THE CROCODILE Directed by An Vrombaut

"baa" created by Alexander Bubnov, France

Best Childrens Series ALBIE Directed by Francis Vose

"baa" created by Ken Lidster, UK

Children's Choice

WAR GAME Directed by Dave Unwin "baa" created by Mike Smith Best TV Special HAMILTON MATTRESS Directed by Barry Purves "baa" created by John Webster, UK

Best Student Film DOG Directed by Suzie Templeton "baa" created by Colin Batty, UK

Best Comedy Series

PEOPLE'S BRITAIN Directed by Chris Shepherd

"baa" created by Cordell Barker, Canada

Best Animation at the Cutting Edge IN ABSENTIA Directed by The Brothers Quay

"baa" created by Igor Kovalyov & Jerzy Kucia

Best Short Film

FATHER AND DAUGHTER Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit

"baa" created by Michel Ocelot, France Most Creative Use of New Technologies/New MediaNOVELTY Directed by Leigh Hodgkinson "baa" created by Mario Cavalli, UK

Best Animated Commercial: DirectionQ4 MUSIC.COM Directed by Sam Morrison"baa" created by Phil Mulloy, UK

Best Animated Commercial: Craft/AnimationAERO: "Kiosk" Directed by Alyson Hamilton "baa" created by Stephen Weston, USA

Best ScenarioFATHER AND DAUGHTER Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit "baa" created by Amanda Forbis, Canada

Craft AwardFATHER AND DAUGHTER Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit"baa" created by Wendy Tilby, Canada

Best Music Video

GORILLAZ: "Clint Eastwood" Directed by: Peter Canderland & Jamie Hewlett "baa" created by Vehicle (Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes), UK

Best European Animated Feature (Tie)KIRIKOU ET LA SORCIÈRE Directed by Michel Ocelot "baa" created by Michael Dudok de Wit, UK/HollandCHICKEN RUN Directed by Peter Lord & Nick Park "baa" created by Graham Ralph, UK

International Short Film Award

TUNING INSTRUMENTS Directed by Jerzy Kucia

"baa" created by Run Wrake, UK

Public Choice

Cinema audiences in 17 venues across the UK voted for their favorites.

Public Choice: Favorite Commercial

TENNETS "Pintlings" Directed by Darren Walsh

"baa" created by Derek Hayes, UK

Public Choice: Favorite Music Video

COLDPLAY "Don't Panic" Directed by Tim Hope

"baa" created by Jonathan Hodgson, UK

Public Choice: Favorite Film

METALSTASIS Directed by Matthew Hood

"baa" created by Andreas Hykade, Germany