Last night, March 13th, the first ever Irish Animation Awards took place at the Dingle Skelligs Hotel in Dingle. This was Animation Ireland’s inaugural awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding creative talent we have within the Irish Animation, VFX and gaming industries.

Big winners on the night were Dublin based animation studio Brown Bag Films, who received 3 awards for Henry Hugglemonster as Best Animated Preschool Series, and co-wins with Acamar Films for Bing as Best Design/Art Direction and Best Director of an Animated TV Series.

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Kite Entertainment’s Brain Freeze won the Kids Choice Award for Best Animated Series, with Aidan McAteer’s Irish Film Board financed short Deadly taking home the prize for Best Animated Short Film. Daisy Gould’s Outlines won Best Animated International Short Film.

Ballyfermot College of Further Education’s Julie Rush won the Best Student Film for her short Wounded.

Two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore, of Kilkenny based studio Cartoon Saloon, received The Murakami Award, and two standing ovations for his work on The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

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Winners of each category received 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.

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.

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The Irish Film Board/Bord Scannan na hEireann is chief sponsor of both Animation Ireland and the Irish Animation Awards. Visit the Irish Animation Awards website, Facebook, or Twitter for further information about the awards, judges and shortlists.

The Nominees are:

TV Section

Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years): Henry Hugglemonster (Brown Bag Films)
Winners: Colm Tyrrell (Producer), Norton Virgien (Supervising Director)

Kids Choice Award for Best Animated Series: Brain Freeze (Kite Entertainment)
Winners: Colm Tobin (Producer), Ian Benjamin Kenny (Director)

Short Film

Best Animated Short Film: Deadly (Kavaleer)
Winners: Aidan McAteer (Director), Shannon George (Producer)

Best Animated International Short Film: Outlines (Daisy Gould)
Winner: Daisy Gould (Director)

Craft Section

Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years): Punky (Geronimo Productions)
Winner: Andrew Brenner

Best Writer for an Animated Series: Roy (Jam Media) – Episode: Snookered
Winner: Trevor J. Colgan

Best Animation for Apps and Gaming: ShipAntics: The Legend of The Kikibeast (Studio PowWow)
Winners: Production Team

Best Design/Art Direction: Bing (Brown Bag Films & Acamar Films)
Winners: Stephen O’Connor (Art Director), Stephen Robinson (Art Director)

Best Director of an Animated TV Series: Bing (Brown Bag Films)
Winners: Nicky Phelan (Director), Jeroen Jaspaert (Series Story Director)

Best Animation: Bord Gais Networks ‘Tommy McAnairney’ (Piranha Bar)
Winners: Gavin Kelly (Director), Simon Burke (Lead 3D/Character Design/ Lighting), Sam Boyd (Rigging/ Lead Animator)

Best Music/Sound Design: Lily’s Driftwood Bay (Sixteen South)
Winners: Music and Sound Design Team

Best Student Film: Wounded (BCFE)
Winner: Julie Rush (Director)

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