Industry News  |  24 October 2019

The British Animation Awards (a.k.a. the BAAs) has announced the categories for its 2020 awards. One of UK animation’s landmark events, this will be the 13th awards to be held since their introduction in 1996.

The prestigious biennial BAA ceremony will be held at BFI Southbank, London on March 12th 2020, attended by the great and the good of the British animation industry. The evening will once again be hosted by the comedian Miles Jupp.

The BAA is inviting entries for animation produced in the UK in 2018 and/or 2019 in the following categories:

  • Best Animation in a Commercial
  • Best Design Graphics
  • Best Long Form Animation
  • Best Voice Performance
  • Best Use of Sound
  • Best Children’s Pre-School Series
  • Best Children’s Series
  • Best Music Video,
  • Best Short Film,
  • Best Commissioned Animation,
  • Writer’s Award,
  • Best Original Short Form Content
  • Best Post-Graduate Student Film
  • Best Under-Graduate Student Film
  • Innovation
  • Best Original Music
  • Social Good

In addition, there are Public Choice Awards for Favourite Short Film and Favourite Music Video, which are voted for by audiences at screenings held across the UK in early 2020. Young animation fans get their say too as a panel of children selects the Children’s Choice Award from finalists in the children’s categories.

“Taking over the BAAs from the founding director Jayne Pilling has been a formidable task. I’d like to thank her on behalf of all for her amazing legacy with the BAAs. We are working hard to continue and develop the BAAs which are a firm fixture in the UK animation calendar.  We urge animators and producers in every part of the UK to get their submissions in before the deadline at the end of November. I hope the BAAs in 2020 will offer the animation industry a warm glow of respect and support that we all need from time to time.”

Helen Brunsdon, Director, The BAAs

The BAAs sheep-themed awards are unique works of art from some of the most respected artists and animators. Previous winners include Tim Burton, Nick Park, Simon Tofield, Harry Potter, Gorillaz and Martin Freeman.

Applicants can submit their work directly on, or via the BAA website. The closing date for entries is 30 November, 2019.