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Introducing Our Judging Panel

 

Animation Ireland believes in a fair and transparent evaluation for all entrants to the Irish Animation Awards. The judging process is carefully considered  and commits to providing objective and quality assessment on all projects submitted. By consulting with the AI Board and IAA committee we choose respected industry professionals, the majority of whom are international and with no direct relation to any of the projects. We assign two judges per category based on each judge’s own reputation and expertise.

All of our judges are briefed on their assigned category and taken through an orientation process, during which they are introduced to their co-judging partner, the overall awards program and how to best appraise the competing projects; all in-line with the IAA  judging criterion which is set out by the AI Board and IAA Committee. The criteria and marking system vary for the appropriate category, and include benchmarks such as; effectiveness of storytelling, strength and clarity of communication; pacing, timing and flow; and audience connection. We appointed a Chair Judge Jackie Edwards (BBC) to assist in resolving any judging issues that may arise.  All winners are kept in strict confidence between the judges and the IAA Coordinator until the awards ceremony.

Animation Ireland saw another significant increase in entries this year and our wonderful judges have been judging entries since January.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our judges for generously giving their time and helping us in our mission to celebrate the talent in the Irish Animation industry.

Our Judges

Chair Judge: Jackie Edwards (BBC/ CBeebies)

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years): Patricia Hidalgo (Turner)  & Jillianne Reinseth (Entertainment One) 

Best Animated Short Film: Beth Parker (Disney) & Sheila de Courcy (Sheila de Courcy) 

Best International Short Film: Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag Films)  & Moe Honan (Moetion Films) 

Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years): Eryk Casemiro (Nickelodeon) &  Mellie Buse (ADASTRA)

Best Writer for an Animated Series: Richelle Wilder (Adorable Media) &  Ciaran Murtagh (Ciaran Murtagh)

Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film: Ryan Woodward (Ryan Woodward)  &  Sueann Rochester (Axis Animation) 

Best Animation for Apps, Gaming and Interactive: Colum Slevin (Oculus/ Facebook)  & Chris Conlon (Pewter Games) 

Best Design and Art Direction:  Shannon Tindle (Netflix)  & Bridget Phelan (Aardman Animations) 

Best Director of an Animated TV Series: Geoff Walker (Factory/NBC Universal) &  Sarah Cox (Aardman Animations) 

Best Animation: Keith Sintay (Encore Hollywood)  &  Stuart Sumida (Anatomical & Animation Consultant/ Disney/ Dreamworks) 

Best Music: Sharon Fullarton (ARTEUS)  & Peter Decraene (Creative Conspiracy) 

Best Sound Design: Shannon Mills (Skywalker Sound) &  John Cobban (ARTEUS) 

Best Irish Feature Film or Special: Matthias Lechner (Disney) &  Mark Oftedal (The Monk Studio) 

Best Newcomer: Ernie Gilbert (Wild Canary/ Disney Jr) &  Davey Moore (Davey Moore)

Kid’s Choice Award For Best  Pre-School Animated Series(up to 6 yrs)

Pupils from Scoil Choca Naofa, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

Kid’s Choice Award For Best  Animated Series (6-12 yrs)

Pupils from Scoil Uí Riada Gaelscoil, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

Kids’ Choice Awards Announced for the Irish Animation Awards!

Animation Ireland is thrilled to announce the nominees of the Kids’ Choice Awards! After much deliberation, our expert judging panels consisting of pupils from Scoil Choca Naofa (up to 6 years) and Scoil Uí Riada Gaelscoil (6-12 years)  have released their shortlists for the two awards for Best Animated Series-voted by children, for children.

Once again, Animation Ireland would like to thank everyone who has entered for these categories, and a very special thank you to the fantastic pupils for their seals of approval, and to the dedicated teachers at Scoil Choca Naofa and Scoil Uí Riada Gaelscoil for giving their time to help us judge these awards.

Congratulations to all the nominees-we wish them the very best of luck!

Please note: The Irish Animation Awards are kindly hosted at the Animation Dingle Festival. Please be aware that your Irish Animation Awards ticket does not allow access to festival events; and your Animation Dingle Festival Pass does not allow entry to Animation Ireland’s, Irish Animation Awards.

Drum roll please…!

And the nominees are…

 

Kids’ Choice Award For Best  Preschool Animated Series (up to 6 years)

Claude  -Sixteen South

Pete The Cat: A Groovy New Year- Amazon Studios/ Cartoon Saloon

Little Roy: You are what you eat- JAM Media

Pinkalicious & Peterrific:  Gnome at Home- Sixteen South

The Doc Mc Stuffins Christmas Special– Brown Bag Films

 

Kids’ Choice Award For Best  Animated Series (6-12 years)

Brain Freeze 3– Kite Entertainment/ Turnip & Duck

Danger Mouse– Boulder Media

Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own– Boulder Media

Space Chickens in Space– Gingerbread Animation

Transformers Cyberverse: Megatron is My Hero– Boulder Media

 

 

 

Animation Ireland Announces the Irish Animation Awards 2019 Nominations!

Animation Ireland is delighted to announce the nominees for the third Irish Animation Awards which will take place in Dingle on Saturday 23rd March, home to the Dingle Film Festival and Animation Dingle.

The awards are kindly sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet, Philip Lee, Celaction, Screen Skills Ireland, Brophy Gillespie and Gorilla Post.

We would like to express our gratitude to the esteemed IAA judging panel for generously giving their time and expertise, and helping us on our mission to celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming industries.  We also have judges from two National Schools who are currently deliberating on the ‘Kids Choice Awards’- this shortlist will be available in the coming weeks!

Finally, Animation Ireland would like to thank everyone who has entered. There was a significant increase in entries since previous Irish Animation Awards, reflecting the substantial growth in the industry.

Congratulations to all the nominees-we wish them the very best of luck!

Please note: The Irish Animation Awards are kindly hosted at the Animation Dingle Festival. Please be aware that your Irish Animation Awards ticket does not allow access to festival events; and your Animation Dingle Festival Pass does not allow entry to Animation Ireland’s, Irish Animation Awards.

And the nominees are…

 

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years)

Claude- Sixteen South

Doc McStuffins Christmas Special- Brown Bag Films

Pablo: Back and Forth -Paper Owl Films/ Kavaleer Productions

Pete the Cat: Sandcastles- Amazon/Cartoon Saloon/Surfer Jack        

Vampirina: Going Batty – Brown Bag Films


Best Animated Short Film

The Overcoat- Sean Mullen/ Giant Animation

Angela’s Christmas -Damien O’Connor/ Brown Bag Films

The Wiremen -Jessica Patterson/ JAM Media

Late Afternoon– Louise Bagnall/ Cartoon Saloon

The Bird and the Whale- Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther



Best International Short Film

All the Things- Chris Guyot & Paul McMahon (USA/IRL)

My Mother’s Eyes- Jenny Wright (UK)

The Masque of Blackness– Epoh Beech (UK)



Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years)

Becca’s Bunch: Acorn King– Amy Stephenson & Shane Langan
Claude- Ciarán Morrison & Mick O’Hara/ Sixteen South

Peek Zoo- Emma Hogan/ Dream Logic Studios

Mya Go Karting– Amy Stephenson & Shane Langan/ Piranha Bar

Doc McStuffins Christmas Special– Chris Nee, Brown Bag Films

 

Best Writer for an Animated Series

Space Chickens in Space: Food Fight -Kristina Yee/Gingerbread Animation

Space Chickens in Space: Alpha Chuck -Mike Heneghan/ Gingerbread Animation

Space Chickens in Space: Floofy Flibby Kiss-Kiss- Ciarán Morrison & Mick O’Hara / Gingerbread Animation

Transformers Cyberverse: Megatron Is My Hero -Peter Di Cicco/Boulder Media

Vampirina: Home Scream Home -Chris Nee/ Brown Bag Films

 

Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film

Becca’s Bunch -Niall Mooney, Marc Bell, Mark Byrne/JAM Media

Brain Freeze 3 -Ian ‘Benjamin’ Kenny/ Kite Entertainment, Turnip & Duck

Space Chickens in Space – Paul Ruttledge/ Gingerbread Animation

Cúl an Tí: Laoi an Lagáin -Lily Bernard & Cúl an Tí team/ Cartoon Saloon

Pete The Cat: Blackout!– Amazon/Cartoon Saloon/ Surfer Jack

 

Best Animation for Apps, Gaming and Interactive

Aurora– Pink Kong Studios

Eden Isle: Resort Paradise– Simteractive

Get Curious -Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ Windmill Lane

Hungry Caterpillar Play School -Touchpress

Pablo’s Art World Adventure -Paper Owl Films

 

Best Design and Art Direction

The Bird and the Whale– Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther Productions

Cúl An Tí: Fé Blath– Ross Stewart/ Cartoon Saloon

Deposits-Trevor Courtney/ Igloo Animations

Becca’s Bunch: Legendary– Conor Finnegan, Francisco de Borja Espana Guillot, Niall Mooney, Rafa Diaz Canales/ JAM Media

Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes– Hugh Farley & Ian Kenny

 

Best Director of an Animated TV Series

Danger Mouse– Aidan McAteer &  Rob Cullen/ Boulder Media

Littlest Pet Shop -Gillian Comerford/Boulder Media

Peek Zoo– Kealan O’Rourke/ Dream Logic Studios

Space Chickens in Space– Tommy & Markus Vad Flaaten/ Gingerbread Animation

The Day Henry Met- Gary Gill/ Wiggleywoo

 

Best Animation

Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes– Hugh Farley & Ian Kenny

Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree– Tim Frost/ Ink & Light & Kinomind Films

Pete the Cat -John Peavoy, Dave Ridges, John Walsh/ Cartoon Saloon     

The Bird and the Whale– Eimhin McNamara & Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther  

Vampirina: Acrobat Boris – Matteo Ceccotti/ Brown Bag Films Team

 

Best Music

Danger Mouse: MeltedSanj Sen and Dominic Lawrence /Boulder Media

Peek Zoo- Niall Byrne/ Dream Logic Studios

Late Afternoon– Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Cartoon Saloon

The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special– Dan Petty, Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis, Stuart Kollmorgen/Brown Bag Films

The Bird and The Whale– Chris McLoughlin/ Paper Panther Productions

 

Best Sound Design

Angela’s Christmas– Steven Maher and Peter Blayney/ Brown Bag Films

Danger Mouse– Dominic Lawrence and Sol O’Carroll/ Windmill Lane

Pins and Needles– James Nolan/ Brown Bag Films

Space Chickens in Space – Shane O’Toole, Barry Reid,Mark Fitzpatrick/Gorilla Post

Transformers: Matrix of Leadership – Dominic Lawrence, Simon Bird and Ryan Quinn/ Windmill Lane


Best Irish Feature Film or Special

Angela’s Christmas– Damien O’Connor/ Brown Bag Films

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen – Kaspar Jancis, Telegael, Nukufilm, Grid Animation, Calon

Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree– Katerina Vykhodtseva, Ink & Light

The Breadwinner– Nora Twomey, Cartoon Saloon

 

Best Newcomer (New Category!)

Daily Madness

Paper Panther

Pink Kong Studios

Radii Animation

The Rusted Pixel

 

Kids’ Choice Award For Best  Preschool Animated Series (up to 6 years)

Claude  -Sixteen South

Pete The Cat: A Groovy New Year- Amazon Studios/ Cartoon Saloon

Little Roy: You are what you eat- JAM Media

Pinkalicious & Peterrific:  Gnome at Home- Sixteen South

The Doc Mc Stuffins Christmas Special– Brown Bag Films

 

Kids’ Choice Award For Best  Animated Series (6-12 years)

Brain Freeze 3– Kite Entertainment/ Turnip & Duck

Danger Mouse– Boulder Media

Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own– Boulder Media

Space Chicken in Space– Gingerbread Animation

Transformers Cyberverse: Megatron is My Hero– Boulder Media

 

Animation Ireland’s 3rd Irish Animation Awards, Saturday 23rd March 2019

 

It’s that time again- animation lovers, makers, shakers and movers! It’s Animation Ireland’s 3rd Irish Animation Awards!

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Kerry landscape, surrounded by the charm and magic of Dingle; we’ll be set to celebrate the best Animation, VFX and Gaming that Ireland has to offer on Saturday 23rd March 2019. 

Ireland’s Animation Industry is a world class sector internationally and is a recognised leader for TV, Film, Games and Visual Effects, with Irish animation studios receiving numerous awards and accolades for their productions.  Animation Ireland’s third awards ceremony aims to acknowledge and honor this sensational creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming industries, and to continue to put Ireland on the global map as the best country in the world to make animation!

The awards will take place at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel on Saturday the 23rd of March 2019, which is also home to the Dingle Film Festival and Animation Dingle. There are 17 categories in total  including a brand new category for 2019 with ‘Best Newcomer‘. We are really looking forward to going back to our beloved Dingle again in March 2019 for what has become an internationally renowned and celebrated event.

Entries for the 3rd Irish Animation Awards 2019 will be open from October 12th – December 10th 2018. 

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IAA 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.

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.

Chairs

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 Motional.ai 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 irishanimationawards@gmail.com