Last night’s Irish Animation Awards was a massive success. It was a celebration of how much hard work the entire industry puts into their craft and credits the exceptional talent that shines through all that hard work. Meabh, Caoimhe and Gary all have to be commended on their efforts in putting the event together.
Held in the Skelligs Hotel, it was a perfect event to climax an already excellent Animation Dingle and contribute overall to the Dingle International Film Festival. Unlike the previous 3 years, Sharon and myself couldn’t make it to the majority of Animation Dingle this year due to work commitments. When we did arrive Paul Young, David Maybury and Ian Hamilton informed me that I had missed ‘some mighty craic’ and a great atmosphere throughout. Animation Dingle itself seems to be going from strength to strength every year and I wish it all the best success in the future. I did muck in a little and sit on the speed pitching panel with other industry professionals. The point of the exercise was to meet students, entry level graduates and people new to the industry. They pitched their ideas, their portfolios and themselves in less than three minutes, and it was up to the panel to give them constructive feedback and point them in the right direction in their endeavours.
Overall the combination of Dingle International Film Festival, Animation Dingle, the Irish Animation Awards and Dingle itself, which is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, has created an event to compete with some of the top animation festivals across the globe. Congratulations to all the parties involved in organising and funding the event, all the winners who took home that awesome Eimhin McNamara-designed trophy and to the Irish animation industry for making such an impact on the international animation market that it merits an award ceremony like the Irish Animation Awards.