November 3, 2010

Great News! We’ve have been nominated for not just one, but TWO industry awards, with ceremonies happening at the end of November.

Our very own ZingZillas game, The Big Coconut Adventure has been shortlisted for this year’s Children’s BAFTAs in the Interactive category, while the BIMA awards 2010 have popped ZingZillas into the final five, within the Media and Entertainment category. BIMA have also placed us amongst the Special Categories for both music and motion graphics. Those chosen for the special categories have already been entered as part of the main competition giving us more chances to win on the night!

In another BAFTA category a further project we were involved with has been nominated: Magic Lantern’s Alphablocks, in the Primary category.   We were Magic Lantern’s interactive partners for Alphablocks and did the technical implementation for the interactive episodes.  This was another project where we worked alongside animation partners, Blue Zoo.

The BAFTA awards were born in April 1947 when some of the greatest filmic minds got together and decided “to recognise those who had contributed outstanding creative work towards the advancement of British film.” Since then categories have expanded from film and television to include video games and interactive media.  The Children’s Awards were instigated to recognise the challenges facing film makers, game designers, editors and directors as they find new and inspiring ways to educate and entertain children of the digital generation. This year’s host will be 2007’s previous winner in the Presenter category Barney Harwood whose charm and delightfully entertaining patter should see us through the evening.

The BIMA awards have also been around a while, created in 1985 the ‘British Interactive Media Association’ is made up of digital agencies forming an industry-wide body representing digital companies across the UK. With over 30 categories in this years awards ceremony and the standard being exceptionally high, we’re certainly hoping Zingzilla’s Big Coconut Adventure makes an impact!

Plug-In won a BAFTA last year for Big and Small, one of our all time favourite projects – it was the first award given to a pre-school project in the interactive project category and the big question on our minds is, can we win it again this year?!

The BAFTA Children’s Award ceremony will take place on 28th November and the BIMA awards will be on 25th November 2010.

On a local note, us Brightonians will be joined by some friends at both ceremonies this year and our congratulations go out to Littleloud, Lambent Productions, Cogapp, Clearleft and Jolly Wise, all also nominated.

Good luck everyone!