BAFTA Wants Your Shorts

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is now accepting entries for its Short Animation Award. BAFTA is dedicated to promoting, supporting and rewarding excellence in film, television and interactive entertainment.

The competition is open to international entries. Past winners include Nick Park for the Wallace and Gromit shorts, Mark Baker for The Hill Farm, The Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet for The Old Lady and the Pigeons and Michael Dudok de Wit for Father and Daughter.

The Short Animation Award will be presented at The Orange British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb. 12, 2005. The ceremony will be broadcast around the world.

The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 1, 2004. Films must be no more than 30 minutes in duration and may be submitted on 16mm or 35mm film or on Digital Beta. The winning film will automatically qualify for the Oscars. Rules and entry forms are available at BAFTA’s website (www.bafta.org/film/shorts.htm).