Saturday, April 3, 2010

news and events from all over the internet

Ok a big update as follows:

Voodoo Dog

Paul and Noel Donnellon get great praise from the Irish Times for the title Sequence they created for Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. Their work can be found at

Other work of theirs includes the opening sequence for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers .

The Secret of Kells begins its Los Angeles lauch and is snowballing with success across the States. Here are just some of the many links to avail of:,0,6599746.story

Also the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells from Cartoon Saloon is the only English-language film to make it into the final for best European animated feature in the Brit Awards. Other films include French-language films Lascars (Round da Way, France) and Panique au Village (A Town Called Panic, Belgium) taking the other two positions

Whilst Kells is grabbing all the attention and hype Song of the Sea press is on the rise and gaining interest fast. Here is an article from the Irish Film & TV Network

News from Animation Ireland............

Ross Stewart, the Art Director of the Oscar nominated Irish film 'The Secret of Kells', is to exhibit new paintings in Newtownards this month. A collection of his new work will be shown alongside paintings by fellow Irish artists Jonny McEwen, Carol Graham and Robert McLearnon in the Battletown Gallery, Newtownards. The exhibition opens on 23rd March and runs until 24 April. Ross Stewart has exhibited across Ireland and the UK over the last 11 years and his work is held in public and private collections internationally

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Jam Media’s 'ROY' wins Royal Television Society Award
Dublin, March 16th - JAM Media is delighted to announce their latest HD kid’s series ‘Roy’ winning the coveted RTS award for Best Children’s Drama. Commissioned CBBC Roy is a brilliant hybrid comedy series for children staring young Roy, an eleven year old boy with a remarkable difference! Roy is a quite unlike any other existing animated series to date and that is what seduced CBBC’s Anne Gilchrist: “I've loved the idea of Roy from the moment I heard about it – it’s funny, poignant and totally mesmerising to see how an animated boy copes with living in a world of real people. This drama has real relevance to children and deals warmly with the bemusing situation of being a 'fish out of water'.

News for Students...........................Best in the Show 2010 is coming up. Check out the article in Film Ireland and how to enter at the Digital Hub Exhibit.

Irish founder of Lightstream LA, Garrett Kelleher, makes news in Variety

Our very own selves get a mention about our up and coming Pegbar event in Animation Magazine again.............many thanks to Animation Magazine & Thomas Mclean

Also in Animation Magazine news is Monster Distribution.

Heres is an extract of Thomas Mclean's article.

Indian Fables, a new 3D CG animated series from Accel Animation Studios, will debut at MIP-TV courtesy of Monster Distributes.

The series, for children 3-8, is available in high-definition and was recently acquired by Disney Channel in India for an April 5 premiere.

The series is based on Thirukural, a famous collection of ancient couplets that has been translated into nearly every language on Earth. It also features a colorful cast of animal character who explore universal themes such as friendship, generosity and honesty.

The annual MIP-TV conference and market is set for April 12-16 in Cannes, France. Visit for more info.

And the link itself:

Barley Films have posted up a good bit of news on their website

24 March 2010 - Croatian screening for “Agricultural Report”
The film has been selected for the 3rd SEFF - Sisak Eco Film Festival in Sisak, Croatia. It will be screening in competition with ten films from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA, UK and France during April 2010. The festival promotes ideas concerning environmental protection and sustainable development.

12 March 2010 - "Donkey" selected for Oberhausen Festival in Germany
"Donkey" has been selected to screen in the Kids and Youth Competition at the 56th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, running from the 29th of April to the 4th May 2010.

10 March 2010 - "Rooster" and "Agricultural Report" screen in Canada
“The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky" and "Agricultural Report" will screen at the Cine Gael Irish Film Society in Montreal, Canada on March 26th.

Brown Bag’s 'Olivia’ is going to be in competition in the TV Series section of the Annecy this year. Director Darragh O'Connell tells all on Brown Bag's Blog:

Also, Brown Bag Films closes its Canadian office as Alan Gregg accepts his new position as commissioning editor in Teletoon.

From Cathal Gaffney's twitter, - The govenment launch 'Innovation Ireland -the smart economy' report today. 'Animation' isnt even mentioned once! & Follow Cathal's twitter at

Flickerpix's short animated film on the devastating effects of Malaria was aired last Friday on BBC ONE for SPORTS RELIEF, to an estimated audience of ten million viewers.

The film, which was originally commissioned by COMIC RELIEF last year was written by Richard Curtis and narrated by The Office's Martin Freeman.

SPORTS RELIEF was a great success this year, raising a staggering £31,633,091 - money which will make a world of difference to people living unimaginably tough lives, both here in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

Kavaleer were proud to announce that their TV show Garth & Bev and their short film Hasan Everywhere have both made official selection for the prestigious Cartoons on the Bay festival, taking place in Rapallo, Terre di Portofino, Italy from the 15th to 18th of April.!

Kavaleer's short animation film Hasan Everywhere also showed in the Irish Film Institute in front of the European film Lourdes.

Zink Films have a new and exciting showreel up on their website

With all the hype of the Oscars & Ballyfermot calming down a little, here is a really good follow up article by the Irish Times published at the start of the month.

'Toon Time in Ballyfermot'

David O’Reilly features in an article on the popular 'Music Vs Theatre' blog. You can check it out here:

Application date for Frameworks is announced! Find out more at.....

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