BAFTA Children’s Awards

Sunday 22nd November saw the 20th British Academy Children’s Awards ceremony take place at the Roundhouse. The ceremony celebrates the best film, television, games and online media across children’s entertainment over the past year.

BAFTA worked with Ultimate Experience to begin the day with the BAFTA Kids Red Carpet Experience, a TV Presenting Masterclass with Ben Shires, Katie Thistleton and celebrity judge Connor Byrne from The Dumping Ground. The children also took part in a photoshoot with Naomi Wilkinson and Radzi Chinyanganya and met nominees and presenters arriving on the red carpet for the Awards.

In the evening, winners were rewarded at a glittering ceremony hosted by Doc Brown. Celebrity guests included Michael Palin, Keith Chegwin, Pat Sharp, Dick and Dom, Katy Hill and Floella Benjamin. Catering was provided by Create.

Doc Brown opened the show with a rap, breaking down the awards into some impressive numbers. There were repeat successes from last year's Awards, with the teams from Katie Morag and Old Jack's Boat winning in the Drama and Pre-School Live Action categories repectively.

Cartoon Network show The Amazing World of Gumball win its third BAFTA for Animation and it's sixth award for the show overall. CBBC presenters Sam and Mark were also celebrating, winning in the Presenter Category for the second time.

New talent picking up awards included the team for I Am Leo (My Life), which won in the Factual category. I Am Leo (My Life) is an eye-opening and intimate documentary, which aired on CBBC as part of anti-bullying week, following the life of transgender 13 year old Leo Waddell. Watch Leo's moving acceptance speech here.

The results of the BAFTA Kids Vote were also announced. Seven to fourteen year olds were given the chance to have their say on their favourite film, television programme and game; thousands of votes were cast to decide the winners three categories: Minions (Film), The Next Step (TV Programme) and Minecraft (Game). Visit the new BAFTA Kids website for more on the winners, information about upcoming BAFTA Kids events around the country and to take part in our latest space-themed challenge!

This year’s Special Award was presented to Jocelyn Stevenson, writer and producer for many children’s television programmes including Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street, and more recently The Hoobs and Bob The Builder.