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BAFTA announces rules for British Short Animated Films
Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

ee-bafta-film-awardsThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) today announced it rules for participating at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014.


For a British Short Animated Film to be eligible for a BAFTA Film award, it should have been completed between 1 June 2012 and 31 October 2013. No exceptions will be made.


The prerequisite of festival screening at one of the BAFTA-recognized festivals  does NOT apply to short animated films to enter the BAFTA competition. Yet, animated films not first screened at a festival/cinema/online might be eligible for the Television/Television Craft/Children’s Awards instead of the Film Awards.


Generally speaking, if the animated film's first exhibition was in a cinema, at a film festival or online, then it will be eligible for the Film Awards -  as long as its first public exhibition was not on television (please contact Bradley Down This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.)


Films should run under 40minutes, and have a substantial British contribution in the majority of the following areas:


o Production company
o Finance
o Director
o Producer
o Writer
o Film only: principal cast and crew
oAnimation only: key animation and creative talent

Previously entered films are not eligible. Films may be fiction or non fiction (a new addition to BAFTA rules), so animated documentaries can also apply.


Entries that are part of a television programme/series, feature film or music promotional video are not eligible. Films in a language other than English may only be submitted with English subtitles, or in an English language version.


Film schools and colleges are advised to submit no more than three films, although, in exceptional circumstances and with prior permission, BAFTA may consider accepting up to two extra films per school. All student films must be submitted by the film school or college.


Three nominees will be selected to compete for the BAFTA Award for British Short Animation.

Entries for British Short Animation will open on Monday 12 August and close on Wednesday 30 October. The online entry form will be available  at (from Monday 12 August).


The previously announced key dates:


Wednesday 13 November - Entry deadline (excluding British Shorts and British Short Animated FIlms)
Wednesday 11 December - Round One Voting opens
Thursday 19 December - Screening deadline for 'qualified' films

Friday 3 January 2014 - Round One Voting closes
Wednesday 8 January - Nominations Announcement; Round Two Voting opens
Wednesday 12 February - Round Two Voting closes
Friday 14 February - All entered films to open for general release by this date
Saturday 15 February - Nominees' Party
Sunday 16 February - EE British Academy Film Awards


Nominations will be announced on Wednesday 8 January and the ceremony will take place on Sunday 16 February at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden and will be broadcast by the BBC.


BAFTA awards honor both feature animated and short animated films.  Pixar's Brave (Marc Andrews, Brenda Chapman) and The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson) won the 2013 BAFTA awards in their respective feature and short animated film category.


Animated feature films (no more than 3 nominees selected each year) are not restricted to UK films, and have different eligiblity conditions.


Download the complete rule book for the 2014 BAFTA awards.





Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:36