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Finalists Announced for 2016 British Animation Awards

‘Stick Man,’ ‘Shaun The Sheep: The Movie’ and ‘Children of the Holocaust’ battle for honours in Best Long Form; ‘Clangers,’ ‘Hey Duggee’ and ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ nominated in Best Preschool; ‘Amazing World of Gumball,’ ‘Scream Street’ and ‘Rastamouse’ lock horns for Best Children’s Series.

LONDON -- The finalists were announced today for the prestigious British Animation Awards 2016 in the twentieth year since their inception. Held every two years, the British Animation Awards (BAAs) reward the very best in British animation across a variety of categories. This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s BFI Southbank on March 10th, 2016. Previous winners across 20 creative, groundbreaking years for the industry include such illustrious names as Tim Burton, Nick Park, Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield, Harry Potter and the Gorillaz.

This year’s finalists include internationally acclaimed actors Martin Freeman and Chris O’Dowd who are up for a BAA in the Best Voice Performance category for their work on Stick Man and Puffin Rock respectively. They face stiff competition from William Vanderpuye for his lively voice performances in hugely popular children’s animation Rastamouse.

Magic Light Pictures’ epic Christmas story Stick Man is also up for honours in the Best Long Form category where it takes on Aardman Animations’ joyful Shaun the Sheep: The Movie and Fettle Animation’s moving film for BBC Learning Children of the Holocaust.

In the children’s categories Coolabi Productions & Factory The Clangers will be over the moon if they pick up the award for Best Pre-school Series. Other contenders in the category include Studio AKA’s Hey Duggee and Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay. Meanwhile, the Best Children’s Series category will be contested by Coolabi Productions & Factory’s Scream Street, Three Stones Media/The Rastamouse Company’s Rastamouse and Turner Broadcasting’s multi-award winning The Amazing Adventures of Gumball.

Sainsburys’ adorable festive feline Mog the Cat is hoping to spring to success in the Best Use of Animation in a Commercial category but faces competition from Anchor Butter’s Little Elephants and the Mariposa sofa family.

In the Best Music Video Benjamin Scheuer: Cookie-tin Banjo, James: Moving On and Amaro and Walden’s Joyride are up for honours while the Best Short Film category will be contested by Daniel Gray and Tom Brown’s Teeth, Robert Bradbrook’s Dead Air and Kristian Andrews’ Let’s Play Nomad X.
Several animation studios are in the running for multiple awards this year. Magic Light Pictures and Moth Collective, a rapidly rising young studio set up by recent graduates, have both been nominated for three awards, while Coolabi Productions & Factory and Three Stones Media/The Rastamouse Company each have two nominations. And The Royal College of Art in London and the University of Creative Arts in Farnham have each produced two finalists in the Student Award categories.

The animation students and fans will also have a chance to reward their favourite work in the Public Choice Awards for Favourite Short Film and Music Video and the very youngest viewers will also have their say in the Children’s Choice Award, where a panel of young children will choose from the finalists in both the children’s categories.

“We are incredibly excited to be putting on this wonderful celebration of British animation in the 20th year since the British Animation Awards began,” BAA Director Jayne Pilling commented. “We’ve had some fantastic winners over the years but the calibre of this year’s finalists prove that the animation industry is in better health than ever!”

The BAAs are the only awards to recognise all forms of animation and reward the work of both new and established animators for short films, animated graphics for film and television, children’s series, music videos and commercials.

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. Artists contributing BAAs this year include: Oscar-winning animators Nick Park and Daniel Greaves and award-winning author/illustrator David Melling.

The full list of BAA Finalists can be seen below:

Best Long Form Animation

  • Stick Man
    Directors Jeroen Jaspaert & Daniel Sanddon
    Producers Michael Rose & Martin Pope
    Produced by Magic Light Pictures
  • Children of the Holocaust
    Director Zane Whittingham Animation Ryan Jones, Oana Nechifor & Laura Tattersfield
    Producer Kath Shackleton
    Produced by Fettle Animation for BBC Learning
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Movie
    Directors/Script Mark Burton & Richard Starzak
    Producers Julie Lockhart & Paul Kewley
    Produced by Aardman Animations for Studio Canal

Best Voice

  • Rastamouse: Discovery Day
    Voice William Vanderpuye as Zoomer, Professor, Brandston, Rubba (Twin), Spike Cheez, FATS, Bagga-T and Signora G.
    Director Derek Mogford
    Producers Eugenio Perez & Gregory Boardman
    Produced by Three Stones Media/The Rastamouse Company for CBeebies
  • Stick Man
    Voice Martin Freeman as Stick Man
    Director: Jeroeon Jaspaert
    Producers Michael Rose & Martin Pope
    Produced by Magic Light Pictures
  • Puffin Rock: Night Lights
    Producers Paul Young, John McDaid, Nora Twomey & Laura Campbell
    Produced by Dog Ears Ltd for Nick Jr.

Best Children’s Series and Children’s Choice Award

  • Scream Street: Resus Rocks
    Director Geoff Walker Animation
    Producer Phil Chalk
    Produced by Coolabi Productions & Factory, in association with ZDF Enterprises for CBBC Co-funded by the European Union
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: The Shell
    Directors Mic Graves & Ben Bocquelet
    Producer Sarah Fell Animation
    Produced by Turner Broadcasting for Cartoon Network
  • Rastamouse: School of Rock Director Derek Mogford
    Producers Eugenio Perez & Gregory Boardman
    Produced by Three Stones Media/The Rastamouse Company for CBeebies

Best Pre-School Series

  • HEY DUGGEE: The Omelette Badge
    Director Grant Orchard
    Producer Janine Voong
    Produced by Studio AKA for CBeebies
  • Clangers: I am the Eggbot
    Directors: Mole Hill and Chris Tichborne
    Series Producer Dan Maddicott
    Produced by Coolabi Productions Ltd & Factory for CBeebies
  • Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Goodbye
    Directors Colin Williams & Darren Vandenburg
    Producer: Colin Williams
    Produced by Sixteen South for Nick Jr.

Best Music Video

  • Amaro & Walden’s Joyride
    Director Tim McCourt & Max Taylor
    Producers Electric Theatre Collective
    Produced by The Line in collaboration with Hugo Chegwin & Fred Berry
  • James: Moving On
    Directed and produced by Ainslie Henderson
    Produced by An Independent Production for BMG
  • Benjamin Scheuer: Cookie-tin Banjo
    Directed and produced by Peter Baynton
    Produced by Radish Pictures for Escapist Records

Best Commissioned Animation: Promotional

  • HIAS: For The Refugees
    Directors Moth Collective
    Producer Sovev Media
    Produced by Moth Collective for HIAS
  • What Do You See?
    Director Sally Arthur
    Producer Melissa Blackburn
    Produced by Unchosen for Unchosen
  • Forest 500
    Directors Moth Collective
    Producer Moth Collective
    Produced by Moth Collective for the Global Canopy Programme

Best Commissioned Animation: Documentary

  • Hiroshima
    Director Angus McKeown
    Producer Lewis James (BBC)
    Produced by Made in Colour for CBBC/BBC Newsround
  • Modern Love: A Kiss
    Director Moth Collective
    Producer Nicholas van der Kolk
    Produced by Moth Collective for The New York Times
  • Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal Depression
    Series Directed and produced by George Sander-Jackson
    Produced by Mosaic Films for Wellcome Trust & Maudsley Charity

Best Short Film

  • Teeth
    Directors Daniel Gray & Tom Brown
    Produced by Holbrooks Films
  • Dead Air
    Director Robert Bradbrook
    Producer Casey Herbert
    Produced by Bright Cold Day Films & Bradbrook Films with support from the Arts Foundation
  • Let’s Play Nomad X
    Directed and produced by Kristian Andrews
    Produced by Kristian Andrews Production

Best Animation in a Commercial

  • Sainsbury’s: Mog Christmas Calamity
    Director James Rouse (Outsider)
    Senior Producer Heather Kinal (Framestore) & Benji Howell (Outsider)
    Produced by Outsider & Framestore for AMV BBDO
  • Anchor: Little Elephant
    Directors Kyra & Constantin
    Producer Matt Saxton
    Produced by Passion Picture for Creature London
  • Mariposa: Family
    Director nextdoor (Jack Cunningham)
    Producer Jo Bierton
    Produced by Nexus Productions for Barber Osgerby

Best Film/TV Graphics

  • Food Network: Criminal Baking
    Director Andrew Kelleher
    Producer David Anderson
    Produced by Dog & Rabbit for Food Network
  • The Power of Privacy
    Directors: Callum Cooper & Matthias Hoegg
    Producer Carrie Budge
    Produced by Carrie Budge for The Guardian
  • Hiroshima: Bun’s Story
    Director Angus McKeown
    Producer Lewis James (BBC)
    Produced by Made in Colour for CBBC/BBC Newsround

Best Use of Sound

  • Stick Man
    Sound Designer & Mixer Adrian Rhodes Music René Aubry
    Directors Jeroen Jaspaert & Daniel Snaddon
    Producers Michael Rose & Martin Pope
    Produced by Magic Light Pictures
  • Dead Air
    Sound Barnaby Templer, Fonic
    Director Robert Bradbrook
    Producer Casey Herbert
    Produced by Bright Cold Day Films & Bradbrook Films with support from the Arts Foundation
  • Sarah & Duck: Paisley Sea
    Music Tamera Dawkins
    Audio Effects & Mix Ben Hood at Platform Post
    Director: Tim O’Sullivan
    Producer Jamie Badminton
    Produced by Karrot Entertainment for CBeebies & BBC Worldwide

Best Student Film: Undergraduate

  • Coupling
    Director Cat Hayes
    Produced at Staffordshire University
  • Pollock
    Director Henry Dunbar Animation
    Produced at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham
  • Man Up You
    Director Katie Lenton
    Produced at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham

Best Student Film: Postgraduate

  • The Bigger Picture
    Director Daisy Jacobs
    Produced at the National Film & Television School
  • Small People with Hats
    Director Sarina Nihei
    Produced at the Royal College of Art
  • Mr Madila
    Director Rory Waudby-Tolley
    Produced at the Royal College of Art

Source: British Animation Awards

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.