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Audience members at the British Animation Film Festival
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The twelfth annual British Animation Film Festival was held at The British Museum in the heart of London with an amazing selection of animated films.

The BAFF aims to highlight the best in British and International animated entertainment and is an incredible opportunity to meet some of the brightest up and coming animators in the world and see the work they are producing. The 2024 official selection will be announced in April. Until then, have a look at last year's films!

SHORT FILM SCREENING 1

The exterior of the British Museum at sunset
Still from the short animation "Hugging"
Still from the short animation "Ashta"
Still from the short animation "Hermit"
Still from the short animation "Still Here"
Still from the animated music video "The Beatles Vs. The Stones"

When you hug people goodbye after a social event, there is always that moment when they squeeze you more forcefully than before. A polite way of letting you know they're about to withdraw...

HUGGING

1m | Adam Wells

A young prince brings a fruit as an offering to an old temple but comes face to face with the divinity he worships. Ashta is a tale of desire, spirituality, and the destruction of the natural world that

surrounds us.

ASHTA

5m | Ryan Bechara

In pursuit of their greed, a Hermit loses sight of the world around them.

HERMIT

2m | Sarah Benson

All the horrors we imagined for the future have come true. The end of our planet is near. While, the rich are able to live out their days with dignity, the poor must fight tooth and nail for the simplest of pleasures: even a breath of fresh air.

STILL HERE

6m | Guido Ekker

​​​​The battle of the bands, at last. Animated slapstick and anarchy as two bone-fide giants of music attempt to outdo each other with trickery, silliness and cake fights. With a specially made music track that takes from both bands to make something brand new. Why don't we do it in the road?

THE BEATLES VS. THE STONES

3m | Andrew Kelleher

Still from the short animation "Dead Horse"

DEAD HORSE

4m | Ruby Helen Taylor

A wolf on the hunt enters a familiar forest where all is not what it seems; an unknown beast encroaches on their territory and so the wolf becomes the prey.

Still from the animated music video "Worms" by Ashnikko

WORMS - ASHNIKKO

3m | Raman Djafari

Ashnikko in a monstertruck and a squad of develish beasts ride towards the sunset to battle the angelic overlord robots.

Still from the short animation "Interbeing"
Still from the short animation "The Secret Diary of a Highrise"
Still from the short animation "The Smile"
Still from the short animation "Sweethearts"

Paralysed by the enormity of climate change and the sense of powerlessness it brings, a father experiences an existential crisis. Through this process, he discovers the concept of Interbeing - a philosophy that reconnects us with the natural world.

INTERBEING

4m | Ben Sinclair

The brief memoirs of a high-rise tower block, finding it's way in the big city.

THE SECRET DIARY OF A HIGHRISE

3m | Stephen James Ong

When a world-famous film star is accused of eating his female co-stars, his career goes down the drain. That wipes the smile off his face!

THE SMILE

15m | Erik van Schaaik

SWEETHEARTS

3m | Jessica West

A couple tries to survive lock-down together and slowly realise things aren't so perfect when confined to living with together in a small space.

SHORT FILM SCREENING 2

Still from the short animation "Beltane"
Still from the short animation "Dog Under Bridge"
Still from the short animation "Institution"
Still from the short animation "Bonnes Feuilles 1984"
Still from the short animation "Curiosa

While camping in the British countryside, Josh stumbles into and desecrates a liminal space one May Day eve. Lured deeper into the woods, Josh is 'Fae-led’ and separated from Sarah, before being offered a stark choice - to become king for a year, the consort of a Fae Queen, or wither and perish alone.

BELTANE

5m | Helena Houghton

"I'm a dog who lives in the park under a bridge. Awooooooooo"

A DOG UNDER BRIDGE

13m | Tang Rehoo

This cinematic animated/shadow puppet film portrays a frightening world of myth, monsters and demons, telling stories of contemporary and historical colonialism, institutional racism, social injustice, social revolt and rebellion. 

INSTITUTION

7m | Cole Morris

In a totalitarian society ruled by domination, violence and based on ignorance, the main character, Winston, breaks Party’s rules. He is arrested and tortured by O’Brien, whose role is to re-educate those who have committed a crime against Big Brother.

BONNES FEUILLES 1984

3m | Arthur Navet

The story of overly curious Mary, who visits her boyfriend's flat for the first time, just to discover it’s been stripped bare of all personal belongings. After being denied an explanation, she climbs into his head.

CURIOSA

10m | Tessa Moult-Milewska

Still from the short animation "Offerlamm"

OFFERLAMM

6m | Tova Persson

A sheep writes a letter to his sister whilst being prepared for a ritual.

Still from the short animation "The Bridge"

THE BRIDGE

4m | Bernardo dePaulo Romero

A short film about mental and animal health inspired by a real life-saving friendship

Still from the short animation "The Skatebook"
Still from the short animation "Meet Cute"

What's this noise? Who's that skater down the alley trying to land the same trick for the nth time? If you want to know better, have a look at the animated pages of the Skatebook, which reveal the thoughts, memories, hopes and fears of the expanding skateboarding scene in London

THE SKATEBOOK

5m | Sofia Negri

Inspired by the silent films of the 1920s, Meet Cute tells the story of a fateful day between two people waiting for the bus.

MEET CUTE

3m | Shawn Patrick Tilling

The British Animation Film Festival Lottie Reiniger List is for screenplays of outstanding quality. These projects are up for the title of Best Unproduced Screenplay.

THE LOTTIE LIST

AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS

BEST 2D ANIMATION

BEST 3D ANIMATION

A DOG UNDER BRIDGE

BONNES FEUILLES 1984

DEAD HORSE

HERMIT

INTERBEING

OFFERLAMM

SWEETHEARTS

THE SECRET DIARY OF A HIGHRISE

ASHTA

BELTANE

CURIOSA

HUGGING

INSTITUTION

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

INSTITUTION

THE BEATLES VS. THE STONES

WORMS | ASHNIKKO

BEST STUDENT ANIMATION

A DOG UNDER BRIDGE

ASHTA

CURIOSA

OFFERLAMM

SWEETHEARTS

INSTITUTION

THE LOTTE REINIGER AWARD

FIVE ORCS | KEVIN RYAN

AN INNER TRUTH | TEMI DIAZ

BEAR SONG | PETER MICHAEL KERSHAW

BEST UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY

BONDS, FUNDS AND TWO SMOKING TROWELS | ATHANASIA BATZIOU

ZAHEERA AND THE JINN | VICTORIA DOOK

THE BRIDGE

MEET CUTE

THE BEATLES VS. THE STONES

THE SKATEBOOK

THE SMILE

WORMS | ASHNIKKO

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