18 November, 2009
Baf09 Day 5: BAF Awards
The penultimate highlight of BAF (Just before the party at the Midland Hotel) is the awards ceremony, were the best of the best get chosen both by the jury and, in the case of the audience award, well, the audience!
The show, hosted by Barry Purves, is always full of surprises and this year among the special guests and jury members that presented the awards was the one and only ‘Dangermouse’ who arrived to announce a winner! (Albeit in an accent slightly different to his usual one – perhaps he’s moved to Manchester since leaving our screens all those years ago?).
This year many excellent professional films fought for a gong; CGI charmer ‘French Roast’ won the award and those disappointed not to see highly-tipped ‘Alma’ win were happy to see it take away the Grand Prix instead.
Student films could easily give the professional films a run for their money and it was the quirky ‘Bruce’ that won the much deserved prize.
In the ‘Short Short’ film category it was snappy biopic ‘The Stupid Table’ which took away the prize, beating CGI numbers such as ‘The Pianographer’ and hand-drawn mini masterpieces like ‘Highly Overated’. The music video category was also filled with as much variation; in the end ‘Hey’ walked away the winner.
The commercials category was taken away by ‘Audi Unboxed’ and it was Russia’s high-action CGI film ‘Masha and the Bear – How They Met’ which won the TV Series category. Films for Children was won by Studio AKAs ‘Lost and Found’ which, I’m sure will stay in the memory of anyone who watches it.
After the awards it was on to the closing night party where high profile guests shared the fun with students from all over the country.
For more detail about al the award winners have a look at the BAF09 website.