The winners of the 2022 British Animation Awards have been announced with Britain’s two Oscar-nominated short films Affairs of the Art and Robin Robin winning their categories.

Affairs of the Art, created by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, picked up three awards: Best Short Film, Writers Award and Best Voice Performance (for 86-year-old Little Britain star Menna Trussler as ‘Beryl’).

Robin Robin, Aardman Animations’ Netflix Original film about an optimistic robin raised by a family of mice, won the award for Best Original Music for its score written by The Bookshop Band – Ben Please and Beth Porter.

London-based animation studio Magic Light Pictures was successful in two categories, with BBC-One Christmas special Zog and the Flying Doctors winning for Best Use of Sound and Milkshake! and Sky Kids series Pip and Posy, picking up the award for Best Children’s Pre-School.  Meanwhile, the Best Children’s category was won by Fourth Wall’s feline-focused series Milo, also shown on Channel 5’s Milkshake!

One of the closest-fought categories of the night was the Best Long Form category, which saw victory for Locksmith Animations’ debut feature Ron’s Gone Wrong. Directed by Jean-Phillipe Vine, Sarah Smith and Octavio E Rodriguez, the film tells the story of a socially-awkward middle-schooler who befriends a defective robot.

Best Animation in a Commercial category was Airwick for its Breath of Nature campaign, directed by Peter Szewczyk of Nerd Productions.  And the Best Music Video Award went to animator Ged Haney, with his video for Rocket Freudental’s ‘Der Stuhlkreis’.

A hard-hitting film featuring the voices of some of Hollywood’s hottest stars picked up the award for Best Factual.  Save Ralph, an animated short film warning about the cruelty of testing on animals, produced for the Humane Society International, was written and directed by Spencer Susser and featured the voices of Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron and Oliver Munn.  Meanwhile, the Social Good category was won by Typically, a film aiming to remove the taboo surrounding periods, produced for period poverty charity Bloody Good Period and directed by Anna Ginsburg and Caitlin McCarthy.

In two of the new categories for 2022, the Best Immersive Animation award was picked up by Grant Berry and Dane Winn’s The Beast, while the Wildcard category was won by Osbert Parker’s Timeline.

The Cutting-Edge award was won by Jamie Jay Johnson and Asa Movshovitz’s E4 series about a role-playing fantasy game Dead PixelsAnd this year’s Design Award was won by Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, a Netflix Original directed by Ian Spendloff, with VFX by Lucy Hare.

Some of the leading British animation courses were represented in the 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, Royal College of Arts London and National Film & Television School. The winners were Renee Zahn’s (NFTS) O Black Hotel! for Best Postgraduate Student Film and Miles Jezuita’s (Arts University Bournemouth) Suburb for Best Undergraduate Student Film.

Introduced in 2020, The Lamb Award bridges the gap between current categories which recognise student achievements and general best-in-class awards, and is open to any young professionals working in the animation and VFX industry.  The winner of the 2022 Lamb Award is Production Coordinator Hodan Abdi, who was nominated by Illuminated Films.

Three awards on the night were decided by members of the public, voting for their favourites in a special online poll.  The winners of these audience awards were:  Tony Comley’s Time to Recover for Best Music Video, Uri Lotan’s Black Slide for Best Short Film and Sky Kids’ hit children’s series The Brilliant World of Tom Gates for the Children’s Choice Award.

BAA Director Helen Brunsdon and Producer Kieran Argo said: “We have been amazed at the quality of the entrants for this year’s British Animation Awards and would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and nominees.  After a particularly tough couple of years animation continues to be one of the most productive and creative industries in the UK”.

The full list of finalists and winners


Best Long Form

Sesame Street’s: The Monster at The End of the Story – Dir: Mark Taylor

Ron’s Gone Wrong – Dir: Jean- Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio E Rodriguez (Co-Director)

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas – Dir: Steve Cox


Best Voice Performance

Taika Waititi and Ricky Gervais – Save Ralph

Menna Trussler – Beryl in Affairs of the Art

Ben Wishaw – The Adventures of Paddington

Bella Ramsey – Hilda: The Fifty Year Night

Bel Powley- Little My in Moominvalley


Best Children’s Series

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – Dir: George Sawyer

Milo – Dir: Chris Capstick

Hilda: The Deerfox – Dir: Andy Coyle


Best Children’s Pre-School

The Adventures of Paddington – Dir: Adam Shaw, Chris Drew

Hey Duggee – Dir: Grant Orchard, Sander Jones

Circle Square – Dir: Greg Mcleod

Milo – Dir: Chris Capstick

Pip and Posy – Dir: Jeroen Jaspaert, Matt Tea


Best Animation in a Commercial

The Girl Who Built a Rocket – Dir: Neeraja Rj

Breath of Nature – Dir: Peter Szewczyk

Save Ralph – Dir: Spencer Susser

MotoGP Returns – Dir: Andton Alfimenko


Best Music Video

Rocket Freudental, Der Stuhlkreis –  Dir: Ged Haney

Mama Jerk and the Ladyfingers, Mountain – Dir: Harrison Fleming

Foo Fighters, Chasing Birds – Dir: Emlyn Davies, Josh Hicks

Christy Moore, The Voyage – Dir: Jessica Patterson

Jamie Cullum, Age of Anxiety – Dir: Neil Pymer


Writers Award

Circle Square: Pizza Mystery – Myles Mcleod

Affairs of the Art – Les Mills

Ron’s Gone Wrong – Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud: Twinfestation – Madeleind Brettingham

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas – Mark Burton and Giles Pilbrow


Best Post Graduate Film

O Black Hole! – Renee Zhan – National Film & Television School

Other Half – Lina Kalcheva – National Film & Television School

Eating in the Dark – Inari Sirola – Royal College of Arts London


Best Short Film

FlattenTheCurve#1 – Dir: Studio Desk, Kathrin Steinbacher, Emily Downe

Meow or Never – Dir: Neeraja Raj

Save Ralph – Dir: Spencer Susser

Black Slide – Dir: Uri Lotan

Affairs of the Art – Dir: Joanna Quinn


Best Original Music

Sol –  Music by Michael Keeney, Chris Strong, Dir – Gráinee McGuiness

I Am Odd – Composers Benjamin Giroux, Mike Connaris

Robin Robin  – Music: The Bookshop Band – Ben Please and Beth Porter, Dir – Dan Ojari, Mikey Please

Edgar’s Christmas – Composer Mike MacLenan, Dir Kyra Buscho and Constantin Paeplow

Love Monster – Theme music: Jeremy Warmsley, Score composed by Esther Joy Land and Hannah Charman, Dir Rufus Blackstock


Best Social Good

Typically – Dir: Anna Ginsburg, Caitlin McCarthy

Diabetes Symptoms – Dir: Angie Phillips, Phoebe Halstead

Up River: A Shadventure on the River Severn – Dir: Tom Stubbs

You Being You – Dir: Kong Studio

Sinking Feeling – Dir: Mark Spokes


Best Under-Graduate

To Be a Goat – Milda Kargaudaite – University of Creative Arts in Farnham

True Colours – Hanna Lea Wyttenbach – Arts University Bournemouth

Case Closed – Lucy Gatenby – Falmouth University School of Film and Television

@Scroll Alice – Céline Ufenast – University of Creative Arts in Farnham

Suburb – Miles Jezuita – Arts University Bournemouth


Best Use of Sound

Elliot from Earth: Wednesday pt2 – Dir: Mic Graves, Tony Hull, Rhys Byfield, Mikey Please

Hilda: The Deerfox – Dir: Andy Coyle

The Rubbish World of Dave Spud: Burning Wheels – Dir: Ed Foster

Zog and the Flying Doctors – Adrian Rhodes, Dir Sean Mullen

Pip and Posy: Swapsies – Jason Heath, Dir Jeroen Jaspaert, Matt Tea


Best Design

Ron’s Gone Wrong – Dir: Jean- Philippe Vine, Sarah Smith, Octavio E Rodriguez (Co-Director)

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Dir: Ian Spendloff

Raised By Wolves – Dir: Steve Small

Circle Square: Jungle House – Greg McLeod


Best Factual

Save Ralph – Dir: Spencer Susser

Timeline – Osbert Parker


Lamb Award

Sanna Räsänen  – Art Director and Puppet Maker- Nominated by One6th

Teifi Cadwallader – Animator – Nominated by Cloth Cat

Lisa-Mae Evans – Mid Look Development Artist Nominated by Blue Zoo Animation

Emilie Brown – Lead Props Modeller – Nominated by Blue-Zoo Animation

Hodan Abdi – Production Co-ordinator – Nominated by Illuminated Films


Cutting Edge

Save Ralph – Dir: Spencer Susser

Sub-Surface – Dir: Alex Robinson

Dead Pixels S2 – Dir: Jamie Jay Johnson, Asa Movshovitz


Wildcard (Awarded to animations of any duration deemed ‘extraordinary’)

Timeline – Dir: Osbert Parker

Boris Johnson Eats a Pot Noodle in the Bath – Dir: Ross Butter

Strange – Dir: Cameron Carr

Squib: When All of This is Over – Dir: Baz Sells

Hench Girl Summer – Dir: Beatriz Antunes


Best Immersive Animation

Peace of Mind – Dir: Ben Steer

The Beast – Dir: Grant Berry & Dane Winn

Madrid Noir – Dir: James A Castillo


British Animation Awards Audience Award: Short Film

Black Slide – Dir: Uri Lotan


British Animation Awards Audience Award: Music Video

Time to Recover – Dir: Tony Comley


Children’s Choice Award

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – Dir: George Sawyer




Jon Creamer

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