The winners of the ninth British Animation Awards were announced last week during the award ceremony at the BFI, Southbank. Hosted by comedian Thom Tuck, the biennial awards honour the best achievements in the field of animation.
Big name winners included Aardman Animations for their Dot commercial created for Nokia, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 took the Best Film/TV Graphics Award and The Gruffalo’s Child and Maska were jointly awarded the prize for Best Long Form animation.
In the student category, Royal College of Art graduate Mikey Please took home the best film award for The Eagleman Stag.
The Eagleman Stag, which won a BAFTA in 2011, has been shown at film festivals across the globe from the Los Angeles Film Festival to SxSW and AFI.
The monochromatic stop-motion animation tells the tale of man obsessed with time and aging, who will go to any length to counter time’s effect.
Runners up for the Best Student Film award were Eamonn O’Neill and Mathhias Hoegg, also both graduates of the Royal College of Art. O’Neill’s I’m Fine Thanks is a trippy and colourful animated short exploring a boy’s descent into madness after a childhood of rejection and loneliness.
Hogg’s film, Thursday, depicts a world in the not too distant future, where automatic palm readers replace oyster cards, elevators rise into space and cheeky blackbirds cause powercuts. You can watch the full animation below:
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