The winners of the British Animation Awards (which happen every two years) have been announced, with, perhaps predictably (but no less deserved for that), national treasures Aardman Animation picking up two major gongs, scoring in the Best Children’s Series for Shaun the Sheep and the Children’s Choice Award for Wallace and Gromit: a Matter of Loaf and Death. The winner of the European Animated Feature gong was, I am delighted to say, The Secret of Kells, the Irish-French co-production which was one of my favourite films of 2009 (although I must note that despite an Oscar nomination, a BAA win and taking the Audience Choice Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival it still hasn’t had a proper UK release, which reflects badly on UK distributors, I think); my review of Kells from last year’s Film Fest is here.
One of the things I like about the BAA is that it covers a good range of animation, not just TV or film series but also areas like student films (where the new talent is coming from) and music videos and adverts, which is where a lot of animators earn their daily crust between working on short or feature length projects of their own. Philip Bacon won the Best Student Film for Yellow belly End, while the best animation in a music video went to Karni and Saul’s work on Float for Flogging Molly. Stephen Irwin’s Black Dog’s Progress won the Best Short Film award; for the full list check the BAA site.