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


Leeann H said...

The American trailer makes TSOK even more epic now... XD

Once again, am 200 miles too far for parties and events. :(

galvinator said...

exciting times for irish animation... what've we got contending next year?

dan spencer said...

giant animation robots that will inslave Irish Animation?? Only time will tell I suppose :)

I know my oscar nomination wont be for a while anyway