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Jonathan Hodgson, Ross Hogg, Aardman Animations in the finalists of the 24th British Animation Awards.

The finalists were announced for the prestigious British Animation Awards 2020 (12 March 2020, BFI Southbank, London). The awards reward biennially the very best in British animation across a variety of categories– now in their 24th year – attract the great and the good from across the industry to this biennial celebration of their craft.

In this edition, Aardman Animations led the nominations with six nods including one for Best Music Video for the film 'Daddy' for Coldplay.

In the feature film category (Best Long Form category), we get Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Aardman Animations), Zog (Magic Light Pictures) The Snail and the Whale (Magic Light Pictures), The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Lupus Films), and Aliens Love Underpants And…Panta Claus (Tiger Aspect)

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 best short film category has a range of subjects and techniques. Here we find 4:3 by Ross Hogg, Black Earth Rising by Steve Small Studio AKA, Roughhouse by Jonathan Hodgson, Bloomers by Samantha Moore, Fabric of You by Josephine Lohoar Self.

Three Royal College of Art films are nominated for Best Postgraduate films: In Her Boots by Kathrin Steinbacher, Music and Clowns by Alex Widdowson, and My Dads Name Was Huw. He Was an Alcoholic Poet by Freddie Griffiths. In the Best Undergraduate film award, the finalists are Border / Line by Megan Earls (University of Creative Arts Farnham), Dear England by Marta Lemos (University of Creative Arts Farnham), Towels by Prawta Annez (Falmouth University), and Cats Can’t Swim by HaiLing Morgan (Arts University Bournemouth).

Contenders for the Best Children’s Series award include The Amazing World of Gumball from Cartoon Network, 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 Wind in the Willows for The Wildlife Trusts, Whatever You Call It by Moth Studio for Marie Curie and NatureNes by Studio AKA for Nestle.

The complete BAA nominees' lineup:

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 Studio
Queens of Mystery - Foxcub Films
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

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. 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. This year’s ceremony will be held at London’s BFI Southbank on 12th March 2020.

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