Animation Skillnet launches Winter schedule!

Animation Skillnet have launched their latest Winter courses, workshops and events for November and December.  For more information and how to book your place, click on the links below. Workshops and Events: 1) Schoolism Live – Dublin 2018 2) Animation Returners Course: Digital Skills (2 Saturdays & Sundays) Evening Classes: 3) Advanced 3D Modelling, Scultping and Rendering in Maya and ZBrush with Darko Mitev... Read more...

Animation Ireland announces call for entries to the Irish Animation Awards

Animation Ireland, the representative body for animation studios in Ireland, have today (12th October 2018) announced that that entries are now open for the 2019 Irish Animation Awards. The 2019 awards ceremony will take place in Dingle on 23rd March 2019 and is Animation Ireland’s biennial awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding, world-class creative talent within the Irish... Read more...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’ Wins Major Award in Germany

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’, the recently completed Telegael (Ireland), Nukufilm (Estonia), Grid (Belgium) and Calon (Wales) co–production has picked up the Best Animated Feature award at the Schlingel Festival for Children and Young People held recently in Chemnitz in Germany. It beat off competition from 124 films from 51 countries, including “The Breadwinner” and “White Fang”. Schlingel is... Read more...

Budget 2019: Screen Ireland Welcomes Increase of €2 Million to Capital Budget, Section 481 Extended to 2024 Alongside Regional Boost of 5%

€16.2 million capital budget for 2019 — an additional €2 million on 2018 figures Irish tax incentive for film, television and animation Section 481 extended to 2024 Time-limited Regional Uplift of 5% to be introduced Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland, the national development agency for the film, television and animation industry, welcomes the increase of €2 million to its capital budget and the extension... Read more...

Animation Skillnet: driving retention in the Animation Industry and further commitment from the Government in Budget 2019

Animation Skillnet continues to drive employee retention in the Animation Industry as the predominant learning network for companies of all sizes in the animation, games and VFX sector. Member companies work collaboratively to share best practice and to respond effectively to the specific skills needs of the sector. The network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs of members. During... Read more...

Animators Want Tax Relief Preserved Animation Ireland makes pitch to minister

Animation Ireland chairman John Phelan has called on the government to extend the tax relief for the sector in Section 481 of the Finance Act beyond 2020, and to make the application process quicker and more efficient.  Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios and  represents 25 members which employ more than 1,500 people. Phelan said: “We have also been calling... Read more...

Apple buys animated film from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon: Studio is best known The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells films

  Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon has confirmed a deal with Apple that sees the technology giant buying a new animated film it is making called Wolfwalkers. The move come as the iPhone-maker looks to move into backing original new content. Apple is believed to be investing as much a $1 billion in content as it prepares to go head-to-head with streaming services... Read more...

Three Irish Animation Projects Set to Pitch at Major Animation Finance Forum

Cartoon Forum, one of the world’s leading pitching and co-pro forum for animated TV projects, is currently underway in Toulouse, with three Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland-supported projects — Cartoon Saloon’s Silly Sundays, Mutiny Group’s Birdie and Pictor Productions’ Flix — pitching at the event. For 3 days, Irish producers will pitch their project in front of 1000 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 38 countries. Silly Sundays,... Read more...

Yabba dabba doo! Irish studio to work on Flintstones spinoff

A Dublin animation company has entered into a deal with Warner Brothers to work on a new spin-off of the iconic Flintstones cartoon. Salty Dog Pictures is providing overseas animation services for the new series, Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs! Producer Warner Brothers has commissioned it to make 24 episodes, which is about half of the series. The low-profile company recently worked... Read more...