Irish short animated films Geist and A Coat Made Dark have picked up awards at the prestigious Ciné Court Animé festival in Roanne, winning the Grand Prix International du Jury and the Grand Prix Expérimental du Jury respectively.

Geist sees a shipwrecked fisherman take shelter in an abandoned house on a remote island, but soon realise he is not alone. The film previously won the Best Animated Sequence in a Short Film award at the Galway Film Fleadh, as well as picking up last year’s IFTA for Best Animated Short.

This beautiful film, from Giant Animation, was directed by Alex Sherwood, Sean Mullen, and Ben Harper. It was produced under the Frameworks short-film scheme, which is co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council.

A Coat Made Dark, directed and written by Jack O’Shea, sees two burglars strike it rich after stealing a mysterious coat.  So begins a comic tale in which Midnight, an anthropomorphized dog and his human servant Peter struggle for power, courtesy of the coat.

Produced by Damien Byrne for Still Films, it features the voices of Hugh O’Connor, Declan Conlon and Antonia Campbell-Hughes. The film which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh was produced under the Frameworks short-film scheme, which is co-financed by Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Arts Council.

The 8th Ciné Court Animé festival took place from March 20th to 26th.

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