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Dingle International Film Festival has been voted by Animation Magazine as one of the Top 25 Can’t- Miss events in The World. The festival finds itself on this list with some of the most established and highly regarded events from around the world including; Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival in France, founded in 1960; Comic-Con International in San Diego, founded in 1970; American Film Market in Santa Monica, founded in 1981 and The Annie Awards in Los Angeles, founded in 1972 and know as the biggest awards show dedicated to animation.

Included in the esteemed lists also from Ireland were John Rice, CEO, JAM Media and Paul Young, CEO, Cartoon Saloon in The Top 25 Executives to Watch, Treehouse Republic made The Top Animation Companies to Watch and The Irish School of Animation, which forms part of Ballyfermot College of Further Education, made The Top 25 Schools to Hire From.

Animation Magazine is the largest animation website and only international magazine in the world devoted to breaking daily news and in-depth articles and had this to say about their reasons to attend Dingle IFF, “The festival is a great networking opportunity for professionals and animation students to mingle with the cream of the international broadcasters, publishers, animation companies and talent from around the world”.

Animation Dingle has been part of Dingle International Film Festival now for 4 years, it is home to The Murakami Award, received by Tomm Moore this year, director of Song of The Sea and had contributions from Disney, Nickelodeon, CBBC, RTE, Penguin, Walker Books and many more as part of it’s Animation Conference this year.

The list is printed in the just published 250th edition of Animation Magazine and as part of this celebratory edition the magazine decided to put together a list of “250 of the most dynamic and innovative people, companies, products and projects was compiled to chronicle this moment in the history of animation — a little bit of where we’ve been, but a lot more about where we’re going. ”

The list is broken down into 10 categories:

  • Animation Companies to Watch
  • VFX Companies to Watch
  • Executives to Watch
  • Creatives to Watch
  • Essential Software Developers
  • Can’t-Miss Events
  • Schools to Hire From
  • Agents to Watch
  • TV Shows Destined to be Classics
  • Animated Box Office Champs of All Time

[quote title=”Maurice Galway – CEO, Dingle IFF”]We are delighted to be among such established names in the business and I know this has come out of the exceptional programme we put together with our partners JAM Media this year in Dingle. To know Animation Magazine and it’s readers are so aware of the festival is very exciting and very satisfying to realize we are having such a reach world-wide.[/quote]

[quote title=”Animation Magazine”]With longevity in publishing becoming increasingly rare in the digital age, it was clear that something special was needed to celebrate this, the 250th issue of Animation Magazine.  Since the first issue in 1987, Animation Magazine has been there to chronicle the growth of animation from a small part of the overall entertainment business to one of the most exciting industries in the world. And as animation as an artform and a business stands here in 2015 more successful and vibrant than ever — and poised only to continue to grow — it seems an apt moment to celebrate. In the end, the list is one we carefully curated to offer an eclectic mix of promising newcomers and old favorites that have proven worthy of the recognition. So we hope our readers find the lists useful: that they might remind you how deep the animation industry is; that they might open your eyes to a new company, executive, talent or event that will help your efforts succeed. And most of all, we hope they remind you how amazing it is to be involved in animation, whether it’s as a creator, a business person or just as a fan. [/quote]

The 2016 Dingle International Film Festival will open on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th and run to March 20th.

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