“We’re honored & humbled to be nominated for a BAFTA Award. Every acknowledgement is - of course – thrilling, but when you’re recognized by another country’s academy… well, to put it like the Brits, ‘we’re absolutely chuffed!’” – Kelli Bixler, Executive Producer, “Tumble Leaf”
The 2018 British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards nominations were announced and Season 4 of “Tumble Leaf” was nominated in the Best Animated International Pre-School category!
BAFTA has a long and illustrious history, thanks to the dedicated, passionate individuals who created it and provided for its’ survival.
A Brief History of BAFTA
In post-war Britain, at the height of popularity with their British Studio-owned films being shown in their studio-owned cinemas, the British studios (Ealing, Rank, Elstree to name a few), found themselves in the middle of a post-war economic tornado. New laws and taxes were being put upon the lucrative British film industry.
In April of 1947, in the Hyde Park Hotel suite of Michael Balcon (Ealling Studios), and eleven men and one woman, all of like-minds, felt the need to establish a national body that could adequately represent the creative influences in British films. That national body became The British Film Academy. Along with Michael Balcon, the famous pioneers in the BFA were, David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Laurence Olivier, and many others. After an extensive amount of time, a not-for-profit financial infrastructure was in place, a board of directors was appointed, and the BFA was operational.
In 1958, the BFA merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television.
In 1976, Queen Elizabeth, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, and The Earl of Mountbatten of Burma officially opened the organization’s headquarters in London. In March of that year the Society became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. BAFTA. The British Academy Children’s Awards is a branch of BAFTA that was formed in 1996.
BAFTA is an independent charity with a mission to, ”…support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public”.
We’re in Great Company
INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION PRE-SCHOOL
DOC MCSTUFFINS Production Team - Brown Bag Films/Disney Junior
THE STINKY AND DIRTY SHOW Production Team - Brown Bag Films/Prime Video
TUMBLE LEAF Kelli Bixler, Drew Hodges - Amazon Studios and Bix Pix Entertainment/Prime Video
VAMPIRINA Chris Nee, Norton Virgien, Nicky Phelan - Brown Bag Films / Disney Channels Worldwide/Disney Junior
A Celebration to Remember… Either Way!
“Looking forward to attending the ceremony and meeting a whole new set of amazing television creators. Oh, and bringing home one of those nifty masks as a souvenir would be nice too." –Drew Hodges, Creator/Executive Producer, “Tumble Leaf”
The British Academy Children’s Awards is BAFTA’s annual ceremony that celebrates and rewards the very best in global children’s media.
Since 1996, BAFTA’s Children’s Awards has been the definitive arbiter of excellence. It is an occasion that welcomes an entire industry as it comes together to celebrate the outstanding achievements - as individuals, as teams, and as an industry – of the past year.
The Awards is a must-attend event for everyone working in the children’s media industry with unrivalled networking opportunities.
The tickets include a Champagne Taittinger reception, three course dinner with wine, Awards ceremony and after party
Guests will be seated at tables for the ceremony and dinner.
Date: 25 November 2018
Venue: Roundhouse, London
Dress Code: Stylish
You can bet that all fingers will be crossed here at Bix Pix, on November 25th! Drew will be across the pond at the ceremony… and I’m sure that he’ll be stylish!
Wondering about the NEWMore information about may be found on their website: BAFTA
And if you STILL want more… Kidscreen has the scoop on ALL the Noms!
There have been a few changes within the British Academy’s Children’s Awards. One of special note is this: “In response to the increased output and impact of international programming on a young audience, and the wealth of entries received in recent years, the International category will be expanded to three separate categories: International Pre-School, International Animation and International Live Action.” - bafta.org