The good news for Irish animation continues to roll in with news that three animated series, The Day Henry Met, Punky, and Bing, and animated short Somewhere Down the Line have received nominations at the Pulcinella Awards. These awards form part of the Cartoons on the Bay festival in Venice, Italy.
The Day Henry Met from Wiggleywoo and Bing from Brown Bag Films compete against one another in the TV Series for Preschool category. The former is the story of 4-year-old Henry, who meets a new person every day. The latter, which is a co-production with Acamar Films and Tandem Films, is based on the massively popular book series Bing by author and illustrator Ted Dewan.
The other series nominated, is an Irish animated television series created by Lindsay J. Sedgwick and produced by Dublin based Monster Animation and Design. It tells stories from the everyday life of Punky, a little girl, who has Down syndrome. It is nominated in the Educational and Social Issues Work category, having previously won the Best Children’s Film award at the International Disability Film Festival in November 2014.
Cartoon Saloon’s Somewhere Down the Line competes in the Short Film category. The film, which is directed by Julien Regnard, was produced under the Irish Film Board/RTÉ short film scheme and tells the story of a man’s life, loves and losses through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. It recently won the award for Best Animation at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival.
The Cartoons on the Bay festival takes place in Venice, Italy, from April 16-18 2015. For more information, see their website.