Sixteen South Wins Children's BAFTA

Belfast-based animation studio named Independent Production Company of the Year at British Academy Children’s Awards in London

Northern Ireland’s Sixteen South has won the Independent Production Company of the Year category at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media, held at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday night.

The Belfast-based animation company, best known for Lily’s Driftwood Bay, recently opened a new £1million studio and employs over 100 people. Set on the fictional, rugged Island of Arranish, Lily’s Driftwood Bay is about a little girl who creates an imaginary world from treasures she finds washed up on the beach.

With funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI, the show is the first international series of its kind to be created and produced completely in Northern Ireland. It has been sold to over 100 countries and airs locally on Nick Jr, Milkshake, RTÉ2, RTÉjr and Netflix.

Sixteen South is also currently working on new production Claude, an adaptation of the best-selling book series by Alex T. Smith which has been picked up by Disney Junior and is due to air in over 50 eleven minute instalments next year.

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In a Facebook post the firm said they were 'stunned and over the moon' to have won the award.

The Children's BAFTA success follows on from Lily’s Driftwood Bay winning the 'Children's and/or Animation' category at last week's Royal Television Society Awards for Northern Ireland. Previously the show's score, composed by Score Draw Music, has been recognised for Best Music/Sound Design at the Irish Animation Awards.

The development team behind Zodiak Kids Studios’ Secret life of Boys, which was filmed in Northern Ireland, also won the Interactive – Original category at the British Academy Children’s Awards. With a second series currently in production, the show follows Ginger Boxwell as she flies from Australia to the UK to spend the summer with four cousins she's never met before. Both series received funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI.

Richard Williams, CEO Northern Ireland Screen, said: 'We are delighted for Sixteen South on winning the Independent Production Company of the Year award. It is a fabulous achievement and speaks volumes for the growth, success and future potential of the kids and animation sectors in Northern Ireland. The sector just keeps going from strength to strength with Sixteen South leading the way. We're also extremely pleased to have supported Zodiak Kids who were very worthy winners for their innovative storytelling in Secret Life of Boys.'