Alan Holly’s animated short Coda was a big winner at the 17th Mecal, the International Short and Animation Film Festival of Barcelona, winning Great Animation Award for the Best Short Film from the Animation Section.

Coda beat out 50 films from 12 countries to take the top animation prize, with 5,500 entries reduced to 350 competing for 8 awards.

Coda tells the story of a lost soul’s revelatory encounter with the spectre of death in a Dublin park. The film stars Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate, Standby) and Orla Fitzgerald (The Guarantee) and was produced under the Frameworks animation scheme. It has already won prizes including Best Animated Short Film at SXSW, Most Creative Short at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Best Animation at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Academy Awards® in the category of Best Animated Short Film.

Coda was funded by the Irish Film Board, RTÉ, and the Arts Council and is promoted by Wildcard Distribution.

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