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Art awards: Post journalist honoured at ceremony.

Byline: John Revill

A company which designed the website for the godmother of punk fashion Vivienne Westwood and a firm which made an animated advert for Munch Bunch yoghurts were recognised at the Birmingham Screen Festival Awards last night.

3form Ltd and The CharacterShop both won Creative City awards sponsored by Birmingham City Council as part of the Business Support for Creative Industries programme.

The awards, for outstanding innovation and outstanding business development, were presented by council chief executive Lin Homer at the awards at Millennium Point last night.

Each winner received a metal and glass trophy and a cheque for pounds 1,000.

3form, which is based in Digbeth, won the Creative City award for outstanding innovation for its content management software which allows customers to take control of their own websites. The technology allows customers to update and edit their own website without the need for outside consultants.

The BSCI initiative helped the company secure new premises in Eastside, and in the six months since they first came into contact with the scheme they have expanded their team and are expecting to double their turnover this year.

Stefan Lewandowski, director of 3form.net, said: 'The software is about empowering customers and encouraging more and more people to come back to their website because it is always changing.'

The CharacterShop won its award for outstanding business development.

The company, which was established in October 2002 and currently employs six people, is about to begin work on an animated series of Bible stories for the BBC which will be broadcast in 2006.

Its work can be seen in the Munch Bunch animations for Nestle, while the company also designs, produces and directs CGi special effects.

And the winners were

2004 Birmingham Screen Festival Award Winners1. Norman Beaton Film and Television Drama Award (for outstanding achievement in the area of multi-cultural drama) -British film director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, Bend it Like Beckham)2. Birmingham Screen Festival Best Newcomer Award (sponsored by BBC Birmingham) -Sarah Lancashire for direction, and scriptwriter Damian Fitzsimmons, for Viva Las Blackpool, an afternoon play for BBC.

3. Birmingham Screen Festival Award for Application of Technology (sponsored by the Technical Innovation Centre) -Winner Blitz Games of Leamington.

4. Birmingham Screen Festival Special Award for Lifetime Achievement -The Birmingham Post Arts Editor Terry Grimley in recognition of his support of the film and television industry of the region.

5. Samuelson Award for Achievement in Drama -screenwriter Andrew Davies ( Pride and Prejudice, Tipping the Velvet, Bridget Jones's Diary).

6. Birmingham Screen Festival People's Favourite Film Award -Jay Benedict (lead actor) on behalf of Carmen which was voted the most popular film in the Festival by Festival ticket buyers.

7. Birmingham City Council Creative City Award for Outstanding Innovation -website designers 3Form Ltd.8. Birmingham City Council Creative City Award for Outstanding Business Development -animation studio, The Character Shop.

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