Nominations 2017

The Irish Animation Awards are delighted to announce the nominees for the second Irish Animation Awards.

The awards, sponsored by RTÉ Jr, The Irish Film Board & Philip Lee, will take place in Dingle on Saturday March 25th.

The Irish Animation Awards was created to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming.

Thank our judges for generously giving their time & helping us in our mission to celebrate the talent in the Irish Animation industry.

We would like to thank our judges for generously giving their time & helping us in our mission to celebrate the talent in the Irish Animation industry

We would like to thank everyone that entered. There was a significant increase in entries since the first Irish Animation Awards reflecting the substantial growth in the industry.

Congratulations & Best of Luck to all the nominees.

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years)

‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ – Production Team

‘Little Roy’ – JAM Media Production team

‘Puffin Rock’ – Maurice Joyce: Director

Kid’s Choice Award For Best Animated Series

‘Danger Mouse’ – Peter Lewis

‘Roy’ – JAM Media Production team

‘Wander over Yonder’ – Peter Lewis: Producer, Gillian Comerford: Director, Pete Slattery: Animation Director

Best Animated Short Film

‘City of Roses’ – Andrew Kavanagh: Director

‘Geist’ – Alex Sherwood: Director, Ben Harper: Director, Sean Mullen: Director

‘Second to None’ – Vincent Gallagher

Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years)

‘Doc McStuffins: Welcome to McStuffinsville’ – Chris Nee, Kent Redeker

‘Octonauts: The Great Swamp Search’ – Stephanie Simpson

‘Puffin Rock: The First Snow’ – Davey Moore, Sara Daddy

Best Writer for an Animated Series

‘Brain Freeze: (DNA): Is Every Human Being Unique?’ – Colm Tobin & Aidan O’Donovan

‘Roy: Karma Chameleon’ –  Dave Rice

‘Roy: ROY 2.0’ – Mark Hodkinson

Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film

‘Brain Freeze’ – Ian Benjamin Kenny

‘Go Jetters’ – Rob Fletcher, Mario Bortas, Rodrigo Rocha

‘Wander Over Yonder’ – Peter Lewis: Producer, Gillian Comerford: Director, Deirdre Behan: FX Lead

Best Animation for Apps and Gaming

‘Her Majesty’s SPIFFING’ – Production Team, William Barr & Alan Martin

‘The Little Acre’ – Pewter Games Production Team

‘Little Roy’s Wonder Doodler’ – Niall Mooney: Director, Will Wivell: Animator, Travis McNulty: Animator
Scott McDonnell:Producer

Best Design and Art Direction

‘Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes’ – Ian Benjamin Kenny

‘Octonauts’ – Stephen O’Connor

‘Puffin Rock’ – Lily Bernard, Stefano Scapolan

Best Director of an Animated TV Series

‘Danger Mouse’ – Rob Cullen

‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’ – Tim Harper, Colin Williams

‘Little Roy’ – Alan Shannon

Best Animation

‘Puffin Rock’ – Animation Team

‘The Day Henry Met a Camera’ – Gilly: Director, Susan Broe: Producer, Andrew Dawson: Animation Director

‘Two by Two – Oops! The Ark Has Gone’ – Moetion Films Animation Team

Best Music and Sound Design

‘Brain Freeze’ – Stephen Kelly. Steve Lych & Giles Packham.

‘Danger Mouse’ – Dominic Lawrence: Supervising Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Sol O’Carroll: Sound Editor, Andy Kirwan: Sound Editor

‘Go Jetters’ – Carl Cullen: Supervising Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer, Edward Costello: Sound Editor

Best Irish Feature Film or Special

‘Song of the Sea’ – Tomm Moore

‘Two by Two – Oops! The Ark Has Gone’ – Moetion Films Team

‘Wander over Yonder: My Fair Hatey’ – Producer: Peter Lewis, Director: Gillian Comerford, Animation Director: Pete Slattery/Stephen McGann

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Meet our Judges

Meet our wonderful judges, they have been judging the entries since mid February.We saw a significant increase in entries this awards & would like to thank our judges for generously giving their time & helping us in our mission to celebrate the talent in the Irish Animation industry.The nominee shortlist will go live tomorrow.

Best of luck to all the entrants & thank you for supporting the Irish Animation Awards.


Jackie Edwards is head of BBC Children’s acquisitions and independent animation. Edwards has worked at BBC since 2008, overseeing titles such as ‘Octonauts’, ‘Bing’, ‘Hey Duggee’, ‘Rastamouse’, ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ and ‘The Clangers’.
Helen McAleer is the chief global development officer for the Walker Group, and MD of Walker Productions, tasked with leading a global team responsible for shaping the Walker Group companies (UK, US, and Aus/NZ) and their properties and products.

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years)

Jesse Cleverly (Wildseed Studios – ‘Counterfeit Cat’, ‘Pinky and Perky Show’). Jesse Cleverly is Creative Director at Wildseed Studios, a next generation entertainment company investing in new creators and new ideas; nurturing talent and creating fresh, exciting and original content for the digital age.

Camilla Deakin (Lupus Films – ‘The Hive’, ‘Toot the Tiny Tugboat’). Camilla co-founded Lupus Films in 2002 and has produced animation and live action films and series for the BBC, Channel 4, Five, ITV, Disney and Cartoon Network. Most recent projects include animated feature ‘Ethel & Ernest’ and half-hour special ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’

Kids Choice Award for Best Animated Series

The children of Caherleaheen School, Dingle, Co.Kerry.

Best Animated Short Film

Sarah Muller: Head of Children’s at Channel 5, Sarah Muller is a passionate advocate of UK children’s content and has developed a number of projects including ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Strange Hill High’, ‘Harriet’s Army’, ‘Wolfblood’, ‘The Dumping Ground’ and ‘Just William’.

Gareth Lee: the manager of Animation Skillnet, which was set up in 2013 to provide subsidised training solutions for the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland. Gareth also works at Ballyfermot College of Further Education where he ran the Animation and Game Design degree programme for over 5 years. He currently runs the new VFX and 3D Technology programme at the college.

Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years)

David Freedman: has written, directed, produced and executive produced extensively in animation. Recent credits include Series Director for ‘King Arthur’s Disasters’, and Disney Channel’s ‘Groove High’, English adaptations for Studio Ghibli including the Oscar nominated ‘When Marnie Was There’, ‘Only Yesterday’ and the 26 part Emmy Award winning, Amazon series, ‘Ronja the Robber’s Daughter’. Other produced feature work includes ‘Santa’s Apprentice II’ for Gaumont.

Mellie Buse: has written and developed a host of pre-school animated shows including ‘Angelina Ballerina’, ‘Fireman Sam’, ‘Little Robots’ and ‘The Magic Roundabout’.  She was Head Writer on Cbeebies ‘Guess With Jess’ and she script edited all series of the Bafta Winning ‘Charlie and Lola’.  Most recently Mellie co-created, wrote and produced the mixed content hit show ‘Grandpa in My Pocket’ for Cbeebies.

Best Writer for an Animated Series

Dan Berlinka: is a BAFTA-winning writer, director and producer. Recent credits include ‘Thunderbirds are Go’’ (ITV), ‘The Sparticle Mystery’ series 3 (Sparticle Productions/CBBC), ‘Shaun the Sheep’ (Aardman/CBBC), and ‘Hollyoaks’’ (Lime/C4), as well as being the head writer, producer and director of the BAFTA-winning online drama ‘Dixi’ (Kindle/CBBC).

Elaine McElroy: is a freelance Script Editor and Development Producer in animation. Credits include Animation Production Manager on two award winning series of ‘KNTV’, Script Editor on Emmy nominated comedy education series ‘Ask Lara’ and Script Editor on ‘Toot the Tiny Tugboat’. Previous roles also include Development Producer at Red Kite Animation and Animation Producer at Super Umami.

Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film

Tom Flaherty: is a Lead Animator at Double Negative. After graduating from The Irish School of Animation (aka Ballyfermot Senior College) he moved to London to start his animation career. Over the past 20 years he has worked on 23 visual effects films, (including ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Harry Potter’) Over 20 commercials, (including John Lewis’s ‘Monty the Penguin’) 2 short films (including ‘Beans’) 5 computer games and has also supervised the production of animated TV shows. He is currently finishing up DC’s ‘Wonder Woman’.

Darren Cranford: is the co-founder and creative director at Keyframe Digital Productions Inc, where he has directed a number of projects including ‘Ollie: The Boy Who Became What He Ate’, ‘Pinky Dinky Doo’ and award-winning special’”The Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree’,Darren has also directed and supervised VFX for multiple live-action productions including ‘Warehouse 13’ for NBC/Universal, and Showcase’s successful ‘Lost Girl’ series

Best Animation for Apps and Gaming

Jim Jagger (Rockstar Games) is an Animation Director in the video game industry. During his career he has been part of many projects, including titles such as ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Tony Hawk Pro Skater’.

Andrew Pearce : Executive Producer for Flaunt Productions, Andrew Pearce creates high-end CG animation for features, broadcast, games and commercials. From Flash idents to photoreal CGI epics, Andrew’s most notable work includes the viral trailer for’ Dead Island’, (which picked up a Gold Lion at Cannes) and an action and comedy filled trailer for ‘Age of Empires Online’.

Best Design / Art Direction

Stephen Silver worked as a Character Designer and Supervisor for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing characters for ‘Kim Possible’, ‘Danny Phantom’ and Kevin Smith’s ‘Clerks’ the animated series, and many more

Curtis Jobling is the designer of BAFTA-winning ‘Bob the Builder’, as well as creator of hit BBC shows ‘Frankenstein’s Cat’ and ‘Raa Raa the Noisy Lion’. He is also the author/illustrator of numerous books for children of all ages.

Best Director of an Animated TV Series

David Burgess is currently the Animation Supervisor on ‘The Lego Movie 2’ at Animal Logic, Vancouver. He was also Head of Character Animation at Dreamworks, where during the past 15 years, he worked on a number of features including ‘Trolls’, ‘Turbo’ and ‘Monsters Vs Aliens’. Previously, across 10 years at Disney Feature Animation, David worked on a number of hand drawn films such as ‘Tarzan’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’

Mark Walsh: CEO of and with 18 years at Pixar, Mark A. Walsh is the Writer-Director of short film ‘Partysaurus Rex’ and was Animation Lead on Academy Award winning films ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Ratatouille’. Mark has also contributed to ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Monsters Inc’, ‘Toy Story 2’, ‘Toy Story 3’, ‘A Bug’s Life’, ‘Up’, ‘Presto’, & ‘The Good Dinosaur’.

Best Animation

Erica Derby has worked in the animation industry for 30 years, as an artist and as a producer. Erica co-owns and runs her own studio, Spider Eye, and has developed and produced many series and films for the BBC, Disney, Cartoon Network and CITV among others.

Leanne Passafonti is a Development and Production Executive with 10+ years’ industry experience spanning Nickelodeon, Red Kite Animation and Bright Box Creative. Leanne has worked on a broad range of global kids’ content, including the hit live action show House of Anubis, George of the Jungle and Ella Bella Bingo. Most recently, she developed, script edited and wrote scripts for preschool series Emmy & GooRoo and has developed several animated projects for Chinese broadcasters CCTV and Toonmax Media. Leanne is now based full-time in LA.

Best Music/Sound Design

Mick Cooke is a BAFTA-winning composer and songwriter. He was a member of Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years and worked as composer on the animated preschool series ‘Zack & Quack’ (Nick Jr) and ‘Boj’ (CBeebies).

John Cobban is a sound designer and dubbing mixer working in film, television and animation. Has worked on numerous Bafta winning and nominated films.  credits include ‘EVE’, ‘OOglie’s, ‘Monkey Love Experiments’, ‘Hedz’, Murder series, ‘Two doors Down’. He has won 2x Royal Television Society Awards for Sound.

Best Irish Feature Film or Special

Sebastien Laudenbach is a Filmmaker and Director who has completed 7 short films including ‘Diary’ (awarded in Clermont-Ferrand in 1999), ‘Hugs in the kitchen’ (pre-selected for César 2004) and ‘Vasco’ (Semaine de la Critique – Cannes 2011). ‘The Girl Without Hands’ (‘La Jeune fille sans mains’) marks his feature

Karen Vermeulen has worked for 15 + years in the distribution & co-production of kids animation and live-action series, at companies such as National Geographic Kids, Disney, Zodiak Kids and now American Greetings Entertainment. Credits include ‘Zack & Quack’ on Nick Jr, ‘Floogals’ on Sprout, ‘Fort Boyard’ on Disney Channel, and most recently ‘Buddy Thunderstruck’ launching on Netflix 10th March 2017.
Thank you so much to our judges for all their hardwork!
An extra special thank you to Jackie Edwards, Helen McAleer, Sarah Muller, Mellie Buse & Curtis Jobling who have returned as judges for the second year, your support of the awards are really appreciated.

Irish Animation Awards Announce a NEW category for “Best Irish Feature & Special”


Irish Animation Awards Announce a NEW category for “Best Irish Feature & Special”

This year we see the second Irish Animation Awards taking place on Saturday 25th March 2017 at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel in Dingle. With the growing success of animation throughout the international arena the Irish Animation Awards are delighted to announce the introduction of a new category for “Best Irish Feature & Special”.

The Irish Animation Awards is kindly sponsored by Irish Film Board and RTÉ, it is Animation Irelands biennial awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming industries. The introduction of this new category will bring the number of awards to 15 categories overall.

“Bord Scannan na hEireann/the Irish Film Board is delighted to support the Irish Animation Awards at Animation Dingle, honouring the best of Irish talent. The Irish animation sector is going from strength to strength and we are very proud to be able to support and invest in Irish animation producers, writers and director creating original animation content.” James Hickey, CEO, Irish Film Board.

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The first Irish Animation Awards is now sold out!

Thank you for supporting the awards, we’re looking forward to hosting an excellent night in the Dingle Skellig next Friday.

We are opening a waiting list in case any tickets become available, please email

Sneak Peek



We’re very excited to give you a sneak peek of the wonderful concept for the first Irish Animation Awards statuette, created by the talented Eimhin McNamara.

The statuette incorporates elements of the Animation Ireland logo on a rotatable perspex disk, which pivots upon a stand.

The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device to create an illusion of motion.

We couldn’t imagine a more fitting design for the Irish Animation Awards, thank you Eimhin!

The statuette is currently being built in Santry by the Lee Brothers.

Eimhin McNamara, the designer, is an animator, film maker, teacher and member of Paper Panther Productions.

Check out more of Eimhin’s work in the links below







Judges’ Shortlist 23rd February

Hi everyone,

We’re very excited to announce our judge’s shortlist this Monday the 23rd of February.

We’ll be announcing the nominations for each category on our Facebook page and Twitter from 2pm before publishing the full list of nominations on our website later in the day.

So if you haven’t followed or liked us on Twitter and Facebook make sure to do it today.

Best of luck to everyone who entered, fingers crossed you receive a nomination.

And a huge thank you to all our judges.


Dingle Skellig Package Deals




We have some great packages available which include accommodation at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, Animation Dingle Passes and Tickets for the Irish Animation Awards.

Deal One includes 1 night Bed with Full Irish Breakfast plus Awards Dinner & party, Animation Dingle Pass.

Deal Two includes 2 nights Bed with Full Irish Breakfast plus Awards Dinner & Party Friday night, Animation Dingle Pass.

Deal Three includes 3 nights Bed with Full Irish Breakfast plus Awards Dinner & Party Friday night, Animation Dingle Pass.

Dingle Skellig are also offering room only deals, €75 per person for two people in a standard room and €100 for one person in a standard room.

You can book the room only deals by email and by phone with Breda or Sheila at 066 915 0200.

The hotel has some great amenities such as a Lesiure Club, with swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, and offers childcare.




We are very happy to announce our panel of judges for the inaugural Irish Animation Awards.

We are extremely grateful to all of our judges who have generously agreed to give of their time and experience to the awards.

Each category has been appointed two judges that work together to decide the shortlist and choose the final winner.

We have also appointed two Chairs to the judging panel.

Chairs – Jackie Edwards and Helen McAleer

Jackie Edwards is the Executive Producer of Cbeebies Animation and Acquisitions working on animated series such as Tree Fu Tom, Driver Dan’s Story Train, What’s the Big Idea, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Rastamouse.

Helen McAleer is the Chief Global Development Officer for Walker Group. Helen founded Walker Productions to develop Walker owned content across various media platforms.

1. Best Animated Preschool Series – Jamie Badminton and Karen Davidsen

Jamie Badminton is a Co-Founder and Creative Director at Karrot Entertainment. He was the Producer of the BAFTA and Prix Jeunesse nominated Sarah and Duck. Karrot is currently focussing on developing further animated series and have produced a second series of Sarah and Duck.

Karen Davidsen has over 20 years’ experience in the industry and is currently the Director of Production for Global Content at HIT Entertainment. Karen was previously Director for Production and Original Programming for Walt Disney Company

2. Kid’s Choice Award

This winner of this award will be picked by the pupils of Scoil Iognáid Rís, the local national school in Dingle.

3. Best Animated Short Film – Sarah Muller and Tim Patterson

Sarah is currently Head of CBBC Acquisitions and Drama Development. Previously she was the Managing Director of Elephant Productions specialising in development and production of animation.

Tim Patterson is VP, Director of Programming at Nickelodeon UK with over 30 years experience in the broadcast industry

4. Best Animated International Short Film- Howard Litton and Michiel Snijders

Howard is a Children’s Media Consultant and Executive Producer. He was Managing Director of Nickelodeon for 15 years and during his tenure Nick UK won 15 BAFTA awards and was named Kid’s Channel of the Year in 2009.

Michiel is a Producer and co-owner of il Luster Productions. He has produced over 40 short animated films and has moved into producing animated series and features.

5.  Best Writer for Preschool Animation – Mellie Buse and Danny Stack

Mellie is a Producer, script writer, editor and consultant. She co-founded Adastra Creative which has produced BAFTA nominated Grandpa In My Pocket.  Previously Mellie has been script editor on Charlie & Lola and head writer and creative producer on The Hoobs.

Danny has been a scriptwriter and consultant for over ten years. He has extensive scriptwriting credits for high profile series such as The Octonauts, Fleabags, Roy and The Thunderbirds. He is currently co-directing children’s feature Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?

6. Best Writer for an Animated Series – Dave Ingham and Jocelyn Stevenson

Dave Ingham is an award winning writer and animator who has written for many high profile shows such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam, Horrid Henry, Shaun the Sheep and Charlie & Lola.

Jocelyn Stevenson has worked in children’s television for over thirty years as a writer, creator, producer and executive producer. Her credits include Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Pingu.

7.Best Animation for Apps and Gaming – Eric Huang and Dominic Minns

Eric is Development Director at Made in Me, an award winning digital agency in London specialising in children’s entertainment. Eric joined Made in Me from Mind Candy and he looks after IP development, Made in Me apps and Me books and digital bookshop for kids.

Dominic is Creative Director at Plug in Media where he has led the company’s interactive digital content for over 10 years. Dom directs all Plug in Media’s projects including Psychoville Returns, Big and Small and Zingzillas.

8.Best Design/Art Direction- Curtis Jobling and Fergal Reilly

Curtis is Creative Director at Bada Bing and is the designer of worldwide hit Bob the Builder and the author/illustrator of numerous children’s’ books. Early work on Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit and Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks led him to design BAFTA winning Bob in 1997.

Fergal is currently directing the upcoming 3D, CG animated Angry Birds feature. He began his career as a story/concept artist for Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros and Sony/Columbia Pictures. His credits include The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

9. Best Director- Dean DeBlois and Jørgen Lerdam

Dean DeBlois is the Oscar nominated and Annie Award Writer and Director of How to Train Your Dragon 2, How to Train your Dragon and Lilo and Stitch.

Jørgen Lerdam is a Director from Denmark.  He has directed many features including Little Brother Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure, Jungle Jack- The Star and Olsen Gang Gets Polished.

10. Best Animation – Morgan Francis and Genevieve Dexter

Morgan is the founder of Spider Eye which creates TV Series, short films, specials, commercials and VFX in 2D and 3D. He directed the hit series Jungle Junction and co-directed Moshi Monsters: The Movie.

Genevieve has over 20 years experience in the industry she is best known for founding CAKE Entertainment in 2002. CAKE’s programming such as King Arthur’s Disasters, Skunk Fu! and Tiny Planets was nominated for many BAFTA’s. Genevieve has since founded Serious Lunch whose current projects include The Wombles and Horrible Science

11. Best Music/ Sound Design – Matthew Slater and Tom Gray

Matthew is an experienced musician and composer with over 17 years in the industry. His credits include major BBC1 six part series Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival, the acclaimed BBC2 series Sandhurst, Channel 4’s Dispatches and CBBC’s Tilly and Friends. Our second judge Tom Gray teamed up with Matthew on Tilly and Friends. Tom is a Mercury award winning songwriter of the band Gomez.

12. Best Student Short – Giant Animation and Treehouse Republic

Giant Animation is an innovative, Dublin based animation studio dedicated to the development and production of premium animated content for all platforms. Giant Animation Studios has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA), selected for competition in Annecy 2012 and has also won two consecutive Digital Media Awards for Best Animation in 2012 and 2013.

Treehouse Republic, funded in 2010, has grown into an award winning creative content and digital production studio. Treehouse Republic creates everything from video animation and visual effects to motion graphics, live action images, interactive games, app development and e-learning tools whilst developing their own dangerously funny animation series. They recently presented their latest project Dragon Fist at Cartoon Forum 2014.