Industry News  |  17 February 2020

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Zog and The Snail and the Whale, vie for honours for Best Long Form, whilst Aardman leads nominations with six nods including one for Best Music Video for the film ‘Daddy’ for Coldplay.

The finalists have been announced for the prestigious British Animation Awards 2020. Rewarding the very best in British animation across a variety of categories, the British Animation Awards (BAAs) – now in their 24th year – attract the great and the good from across the industry to this biennial celebration of their craft. This year’s ceremony, being held at London’s BFI Southbank on 12th March 2020, will unveil the latest names to join the list of illustrious winners from past years which includes Nick Park, Joanna Quinn, Tim Burton, Martin Freeman, Simon Tofield and Gorillaz.

This year’s finalists include in the Best Voice Performance category renowned British actors Sally Hawkins (Paddington, The Shape of Water) and Bella Ramsey from Game of Thrones, who are nominated for their work on The Snail and the Whale and as Hilda in Hilda – The Hidden People respectively. They are up against strong competition from the cast of The Rubbish World of Dave Spud and young newcomer Clara Ross for The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

The Best Long Form category includes nominations from some of Britain’s leading animation companies. In A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon by Aardman Animations, our hero saves an amazing alien from a sinister organisation; two festive family favourites from Magic Light Pictures, Zog and The Snail and the Whale tell of an accident-prone dragon learning the ropes, and an adventure-seeking snail’s taste of the big wide world on a voyage courtesy of her hump-backed friend; another Christmas hit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea from Lupus Films, is a delightful adaptation of Judith Kerr’s evergreen story; and Aliens Love Underpants And…Panta Claus from Tiger Aspect sees the aliens save Christmas for everyone when they help Santa deliver all his presents by spaceship. .

Contenders for the Best Children’s Series award include The Amazing World of Gumball from Cartoon Network – which waltzed away with the prize at the past two awards –the Shaun the Sheep series from Aardman, Moominvalley from Gutsy animations, The Rubbish World of Dave Spud from Illuminated Films and 101 Dalmatian Street from Disney.

Up for the Best Animation in a Commercial award is the charming take on The Wind in the Willows for The Wildlife Trusts, the commercial Whatever You Call It by Moth Studio for Marie Curie and the organic baby food NatureNes by Studio AKA for Nestle.

Productions for Coldplay’s Daddy, Daniel O’Sullivan’s Honour Wave and Sivan Talmor’s Sad Heart are competing for Best Music video, created by the inventive talents of Aardman, Greg McLeod and Karni and Saul (aka SulkyBunny, who won a Public Choice Award in 2018 for Katie Melua’s Perfect World) respectively. 

The family favourites Hey Duggee, The Adventures of Paddington and Clangers are each nominated for the Best Children’s Pre-School Series award.

Some of the leading British animation courses are represented in both Best Undergraduate and Best Postgraduate Student film categories including nominees from Falmouth University School of Film and Television, University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Arts University Bournemouth and the Royal College of Arts London. In an encouraging sign for the industry, all four finalists in the Best Undergraduate category are women.

New for 2020 is the Best Social Good Award, with nominations for Voicing CSA: The Mouse from Katie Speed, helping adult survivors of child sexual abuse; What Is Beauty from Anna Ginsburg, in honour of International Women’s Day; and New Mindset from Danny Capozzi, created for United For Global Mental Health.

Four additional award categories will be announced on the night.  While the bulk of the awards are decided by a panel of industry experts, the two Public Choice Awards – for Favourite Short Film and Favourite Music Video – are voted for by audiences at screenings held across the UK in early 2020.

“Animation leads the way in visually imaginative and innovative forms of storytelling. From a record number of submissions, I am delighted to see rich and diverse talent make it through to the final stages of the various categories. The nominated finalists for 2020 are shining examples of the best in the business. I wish them all the best of luck and look forward to the big night on March 12th at the BFI South Bank where all will be revealed.”

Helen Brunsdon, BAA Director

The BAAs are the only awards to recognise all forms of animation and reward the work of both new and established animators across all aspects of the UK Animation scene, from student work to commercials, children’s entertainment, short and experiential films, music videos and new technologies.

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 worldwide respect felt for British animation. 

Full details of all the finalists are listed below.

Best Longform
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw
Zog – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Dir:  Will Becher, Richard Phelan
Aliens Love Underpants And…Panta Claus – Dir: Steve Edge
The Snail and The Whale – Dir: Max Lang – Daniel Snaddon

Best Voice Performance
Clara Ross as Sophie- The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw
Bella Ramsey as Hilda, Hilda- The Hidden People -Dir: Andy Coyle
The Cast- The Rubbish World of Dave Spud- Donkey – Dir: Edward Foster
Sally Hawkins as The Snail- The Snail and the Whale – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon

Best Childrens Series
The Amazing World of Gumball-The Possession -Dir: Mic Graves
Shaun The Sheep- Squirreled Away – Dir: Carmen Bromfield Mason
The Rubbish World of Dave Spud: Bad Computer – Dir: Edward Foster
Moominvalley – Dir: Steve Box
101 Dalmatian Street- The Longest Night – Dir: Miklos Weigert

Best Childrens Pre-School
The Adventures of Paddington – Dir: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew
Hey Duggee- The Tree Badge – Dir: Grant Orchard
Clangers- The Visitor – Dir: Joanne Chalkey, Chris Tichborne

Best Animation in a Commercial
The Wind in the Willows- The Wildlife Trusts – Dir: Thomas Harnett O’ Meara, Matthew Day
Whatever You Call It – Dir: Moth Studio
NaturNes- First Family – Dir: Manddy Wyckens, Marc Craste

Best Music Video
Coldplay- Daddy – Dir: Asa Lucander (Aardman)
Sad Heart – Dir: Karni and Saul
Honour Wave – Dir: Greg McLeod

Writers Award
Shaun The Sheep: Baa-Gherita – Dir: Steve Cox
The Rubbish World of Dave Spud – The Wrinkly Bus – DIR; Edward Foster
The Amazing World Of GUMBALL: The Agent – DIR: Mic Graves

 Best Post Graduate Film
In Her Boots – Dir: Kathrin Steinbacher (RCA)
Music and Clowns -Dir: Alex Widdowson (RCA)
My Dads Name Was Huw. He Was an Alcoholic Poet – Dir: Freddie Griffiths (RCA)

Best Short Form Content
A Whale’s Tale – Dir: Giovanna Utichi, Robin Celebi
Crow – Dir: Simon Tofield
Chris P Duck – Dir: Tom Gran, Martin Woolley

Best Original Music
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Dir: Robin Shaw
Aliens Love Underpants And… Panta Claus – Dir: Steve Edge
The Amazing World of Gumball: The Singing – Dir: Mic Graves

Best Social Good
Voicing CSA: The Mouse – Dir: Katie Steed
What Is Beauty – Dir: Anna Ginsburg
New Mindset – Dir: Danny Capozzi

Best Commissioned Animation
Pokémon Go Planet Pokémon – Dir: Joe O’Connor
Conception: Catie & Jen- Dir: Moth Studio
The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ‘59 Telecaster’ – Dir: Smith & Foulkes

Best Film or TV Graphics/Motion Design
Da Vinci Learning –  Second Home Studios
Queens of Mystery –  Sly Fox Productions
E4 Party in My Mouth – Sun and Moon

Best Under-Graduate
Border / Line – Dir: Megan Earls (UCA)
Dear England – Dir: Marta Lemos (UCA)
Towels – Dir: Prawta Annez (Falmouth University)
Cats Can’t Swim, Dir: HaiLing Morgan (Arts University Bournemouth)

Best Short Film
4:3 – Dir: Ross Hogg
Black Earth Rising –  Dir: Steve Small Studio AKA
Roughhouse – Dir: Jonathan Hodgson
Bloomers – Dir : Samantha Moore
Fabric of You – Dir: Josephine Lohoar Self

Children’s Choice
Shaun The Sheep- Squirrelled Away – Dir: Carmen Bromfield Mason
The Adventures of Paddington – Dir: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew
101 Dalmatian Street- The Longest Night – Dir: Miklos Weigert

Best Use of Sound
Clangers- Travelling Salesman – Dir: Joanne Chalkley, Chris Tichborne
The Amazing World of Gumball – The Future, Dir: Mic Graves
The Snail and the Whale – Dir: Max Lang, Daniel Snaddon