Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pegbar 9th of April 2010, the Sugar Club!

We’re having another event!

Friday night, 9th of April in the Sugar Club. Doors @ 7.30pm and it is €7 in

Guest speakers include:

Andrew Kavanagh, Director in Kavaleer, will be introducing and screening Kavaleer’s award winning short ‘Hasan Everywhere’.

Peter McNally , Technical Artist in Havok, will be giving us an insight into the best ways artists & animators can get into posts within Games Companies

And Neil Kidney, Director in Seed Animation, will be sharing his experiences in setting up Seed Animation and the challenges of moving his company to London.

Billy Shing will bring us to a close with a DJ set to end the spectacular night.

Hope to see people there! Should be a cracker!

Friday, March 19, 2010

annecy and song of the sea teaser

So a quick first off, here's a 'Song of the Sea' teaser from Cartoon Saloon

and then great news from the film board about Old Fangs and Miss Remarkable and her Career

Two Irish Animation Films Selected for Annecy Film Festival in France

The Irish short animation films Old Fangs and Miss Remarkable & Her Career have been officially selected for the 50th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June.

The two shorts are among the 39 shorts selected for competition from nearly 2,000 submissions received by the festival.

Old Fangs, written and directed by Adrien Mergeau, tells the story of a young wolf who decides to confront his father who he had not seen since he was a child. The film was produced by Ross Murray for Cartoon Saloon, the Irish production company behind the Oscar animated feature The Secret of Kells.

Old Fangs is continuing in its growing success, having previously screened at the renowned Sundance Film Festival in January as well as receiving an Honourable Mention for Best Animation at last year's Galway Film Fleadh. The film was produced under the Frameworks short animation scheme funded by the IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Meanwhile Miss Remarkable & Her Career, written and directed by Joanna Rubin Dranger and produced by Jeremy Purcell, is a darkly comedic animated story which depicts Miss Remarkable as she struggles with her own demons, crushing parental expectations and rising above a career meltdown. It recently had its world premiere during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

The film was the first co-production project for Galway-based company A Man & Ink, who co-produced with partners Lisbett Gabreilsson Film AB (Sweden) and Bullitt Film (Denmark). It received finance from the IFB, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fund.

The Annecy Film Festival which was founded in 1960 is the world's largest event entirely focused on animation. It will take place June 7th - 12th.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

news, news and more news

Jimmy Murakami
recently talked in the powerscourt centre on Thursday 11th

and had this great article article written in the late Feb about himself

Paul Bolger
has two short live action films he wrote and directed in post production. One is called Power Struggle - a dystopian view of a near future Ireland - and the other is called Comb - a Banshee story story with a difference. Comb stars Jack Walsh of Killinaskully fame. Paul co-produced these shorts with Mark Kelly of Grey Man FIlms.
Paul is also working with Aardman on one of their new features and writing 2 more shorts to which he hopes to shoot in the coming months.

On top of all this Paul is writing, animating and directing a 2.5 minute short film for the The Flying Machine project from BreakThru FIlms. It is part of a larger celebratory feature on Chopin. and is set to a piece of the composer's music - it will be released later in 2010 as part of the 200 year centenary of Chopin and is commissioned, through BreakThru, by the Polish government.

Matthew Talbot Kelly
's new short film - The Trembling Veil of Bones - had its irish premiere
at the DIFF. its a co-production between the IFB, Canada's NFB and Glimpse
Digital Ltd.

The film's web site is here:

Jason Tammemagi is in the midst of the second series of Fluffy Gardens (, a preschool
show for children. Jason writes and directs it so it's keeping himself very busy. There are around ten left to produce and, as far as I know, the second series should be launching on RTE in April. Monster are producing 40 episodes for the second series (each episode is 7 minutes long) which brings the total number of episodes to 80, plus a Christmas special. It brings us to about 10 hours of Fluffy Gardens. The show airs in the UK and Ireland, all across Europe, in Australia, Latin America and elsewhere (as far as Thailand and Korea).

Scott Altman launches a new website and directs a new music video for digitalism

Granny O'Grimm
on iTunes ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’ is now also available to purchase on iTunes, so you can own it to watch whenever you feel the need for a bedtime story with a twist!

Darragh O'Connell
talks to the Irish Times about his Oscar Experience

Tomm Moore
says a few words on the Carson Daly Show

Lorcan Finnegan directed a fake infomercial for VSO Ireland, 6 x 10 sec stings for 
the National Lottery's 'deal or no deal' and 3 x 20 sec TV commercials for Dubliner Cheese.

Dale Robinson from Box Creative have a new web series they produced and launched &

Thursday, March 4, 2010

awards awards and events

Granny O'Grimm's Oscar Nomination

Award-winning Irish animation studio, Brown Bag Films has secured its second Academy Award® nomination in 8 years with its short animated film ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’. Brown Bag Films was previously nominated in 2002 for the short film ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins®’.

The six-minute film of ‘Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty’ is directed by Nicky Phelan, produced by Darragh O’Connell for Brown Bag Films and written and performed by comedian Kathleen O’Rourke. It tells the story of a seemingly sweet old lady who terrifies her little granddaughter at bedtime with her dark version of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale.

The Secret of Kells

Cartoon Saloon were delighted to accept the Best Animation IFTA on Saturday night on behalf of all the talented and dedicated artists, animators, cast and crew that worked on our first feature film. It was an extra honour for Tomm Moore to win the Rising Star award too.

Tomm Moore and the rest of the team at Cartoon Saloon are ecstatic to receive an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Animated Feature for their debut feature film THE SECRET OF KELLS. Best Animated Feature is a huge category to be in, with Cartoon Saloon sharing the nominations with major studios Pixar, Fox, Focus and Disney, and beating other major studios to the short list.

Director Tomm Moore said “The nomination for The Secret of Kells in the animated feature category of the Academy Awards ® is a huge surprise and honour. It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the entire crew and all our partners in the production”. The Secret of Kells (now on DVD across Ireland) was also recently nominated in the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE category in THE ANNIE AWARDS, (Animation’s Highest Honour), along with 3 IFTA nominations.

Kavaleer Productions win two Digital Media Awards

Kavaleer Productions have collected two prizes at the annual Digital Media Awards for the short film Hasan Everywhere. The animation company won the award for best use of film or animation and also collected the prestigious Grand Prix award on the night.

The Digital Media Awards presents awards in twenty one categories to various projects, companies and organisations. The winner is those who produce the most stylish, creative and pioneering work in the digital media sector. The Grand Prix award is a special commendation for outstanding excellence, this award goes to the project that received the highest average mark from the judges. The judges commented that Hasan Everywhere is a beautifully executed animation with an excellent story that is both gripping and haunting. They also said that the project's creativity and craft shone through and that the project bespeaks a creator in high command of their craft.

Kavaleer Productions, based in Dublin's Digital Hub, were awarded for their work on the short film Hasan Everywhere. Based on the friendship of an Israeli novelist and Palestinian artist the film depicts an animated version of love and friendship across the divide. The piece was directed by Andrew Kavanagh and produced by Ciara Gillan.

Speaking about the victory Andrew says, " I am honoured and delighted that the jury recognized Hasan Everywhere and am overwhelmed that the film won the overall Grand Prix as well as the Film & Animation category. I think it's a fitting tribute to Hasan Hourani and I would like to thank the Hourani family for trusting me to make this film, and Dorit Rabinyan for sharing her story with me."

Ciara Gillan says, "Andrew and I were delighted to be given the opportunity by Hasan's family and Dorit to tell their story. The past two and half years have been a challenging and rewarding journey. It's great to have all of this and the beauty of this film recognised. Thanks again to the Digital Media Awards."

An Oscars Night out

BCFE are having an Oscar party on Sunday March 7 starting at 11pm. The event
will take place in the BCFE Media building. Admission is strictly by ticket
only. Tickets cost 20 euro (Students 10 euro). There will be a supper at
11.30, a pre-show Trailer at 12 midnight and live Oscar coverage from 1am.
There will be a bar facility. Tickets will be available in the college in
both the Main Building and Arts building on Thursday, Friday 3-4th March.

And some other great links.....

Damien Farrell's report on Kidscreen

David Levy's report on Kidscreen

The Irish Times had a great article on Ballyfermot. 'Toontime in Ballyfermot'

An interview with Nicky Phelan