The finalists for the prestigious British Animation Awards 2020 have been revealed. Recognizing 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 March 12, 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.
The Best Long Form category includes nominations from some of Britain’s leading animation companies. Joining categories like Best Voice Performance, Children’s Series, Animation in a Commercial, Music Video, Pre-School Series and Undergraduate / Postgraduate Student Film, 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 U.K. 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,” said BAA Director Helen Brunsdon. “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.”
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 U.K. animation scene, from student work to commercials, children’s entertainment, short and experiential films, music videos and new technologies.