Irish Animation Awards 2019

Irish Animation Awards to highlight another stunning year for Irish studios with biggest ceremony yet

The 2019 Irish animation Awards, taking place on Saturday 23rd March, are set to once again highlight the brilliance and talent of the Irish animation sector. This year’s ceremony, which is hosted by animation trade association Animation Ireland, has seen a huge upsurge in the number of entries and four new award categories.

Among the nominations this year are the two Oscar nominated films from Cartoon SaloonThe Breadwinner and Late Afternoon, as well as nominations for stunning virtual reality animations such as Pink Kong Studios’ Aurora. Paper Panther’s The Bird and the Whale and Brown Bag Films’ Doc McStuffins Christmas Special picked up four nominations. However, Gingerbread Animation’s Space Chickens in Space is way out in front with seven nominations in total.

Looking at the nominations you can really see the truly impressive amount of breath-taking work being produced in Ireland at the moment. Ireland’s position as one of the world’s best locations for animation is now firmly cemented. This year we have four new awards and our very hard working judges have been extremely busy with the number of entries. There are 16 categories in total and one of our new awards is the Kids’ Choice Award, with the winner being chosen by primary school children across the country. Another new category is Best Newcomer, which shows the continuing increase in the amount of new studios being set up. The new award categories and the sheer volume of entries reflect the substantial growth in the sector over the past two years.

Moe Honan, Industry Chair – Animation Ireland

The biennial awards ceremony is sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet, Philip Lee, CelAction, Screen Skills Ireland, Brophy Gillespie and Gorilla Post.

Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing 25 member studios who employ more than 1,500 people nationwide. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the sector now generating over €100 million for the economy annually as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 120 countries worldwide.

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Full List of Nominees:

Award Category Nominees
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
  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
  The Bird and the Whale– Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther
  Late Afternoon– Louise Bagnall/ Cartoon Saloon
  The Wireman -Jessica Patterson/ JAM Media
  Angela’s Christmas -Damien O’Connor/ Brown Bag Films
Best International Short Film   All the Things– Chris Guyot & Paul McMahon
  My Mother’s Eyes– Jenny Wright
  The Masque of Blackness– Epoh Beech
Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years) Becca’s Bunch: Acorn King– Amy Stephenson & Shane Langan
  Peek Zoo– Emma Hogan/ Dream Logic Studios
  Claude– Ciarán Morrison & Mick O’Hara/ Sixteen South
  Doc McStuffins Christmas Special– Chris Nee, Brown Bag Films
  Mya Go Karting– Amy Stephenson & Shane Langan/ Piranha Bar
Best Writer for an Animated Series Vampirina: Home Scream Home -Chris Nee/ Brown Bag Films
  Space Chickens in Space: Food Fight -Kristina Yee/Gingerbread Animation
  Space Chickens in Space: Alpha Chuck -Mike Heneghan/ Gingerbread Animation
  Transformers Cyberverse: Megatron Is My Hero -Peter Di Cicco/Boulder Media
  Space Chickens in Space: Floofy Flibby Kiss-Kiss– Ciarán Morrison & Mick O’Hara / Gingerbread Animation
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
  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
  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
  Cúl An Tí: Fé Blath– Ross Stewart/ Cartoon Saloon
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: Melted– Sanj Sen and Dominic Lawrence /Boulder Media
  The Bird and The Whale– Chris McLoughlin/ Paper Panther Productions
  The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special– Dan Petty, Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis, Stuart Kollmorgen/Brown Bag Films
  Late Afternoon– Colm Mac Con Iomaire/Cartoon Saloon
  Peek Zoo– Niall Byrne/ Dream Logic Studios
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 the Spider Queen– Kaspar Jancis, Telegael
  Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree– Katerina Vykhodtsev, Ink & Light
  The Breadwinner– Nora Twomey, Cartoon Saloon
Best Newcomer Daily Madness
  Paper Panther
  Pink Kong Studios
  Radii Animation
  The Rusted Pixel
Kids’ Choice Award For Best  Preschool Animated Series 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 MouseBoulder Media
  Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own– Boulder Media
  Space Chicken in Space– Gingerbread Animation
  Transformers Cyberverse: Megatron is My HeroBoulder Media
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