Animation Ireland at the Galway Film Fleadh

Animation Ireland is proud to be a part of two panel discussions at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh on Friday and Saturday. The National Talent Academy for Animation will also be taking in a Fleadh Forum on the Thursday. Full details below.

Talk 1 – Thursday July 7th – 11am – Galmont Hotel – Veranda Lounge


In 2020, Screen Ireland supported the establishment of the National Talent Academy network – 2 National Talent Academies for Film and Television, and Animation, and 3 crew hubs. The network was established to increase scale across skills development for the industry, as well as respond to the need for more crew training.

This session will be introduced by Gareth Lee (Skills Manager Screen Ireland) and Andrew Byrne (TV Manager Screen Ireland).


  • Alan Duggan (National Talent Academy for Film and Television)
  • Deirdre Barry (National Talent Academy for Animation)
  • Jade Travers (Crew Hub East)
  • Lorraine Higgins (Crew Hub West)
  • Paul Ryan (Crew Hub South)

Moderator: Sheila de Courcy

Talk 2 – Friday July 8th – 3pm – Galmont Hotel – Lough Atalia Suite


As part of a series of events, workshops and one to one mentorships, Animation Skillnet, Animation Ireland, Ardán, and Screen Ireland are hosting a ‘Pitching your Animation Project at Festivals and Market’ panel discussion at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh.

The difference between a good and a great pitch is down to delivery. If you can’t inspire the room, you won’t be memorable. So, we’ve gathered a number of industry experts to share their practical experience of preparing and pitching animated projects at festivals and markets around the world. These Industry leaders will share some advice including the do’s & don’t of attending and some general insider tips.

This is informal panel is suitable for new, emerging and established filmmaker ideal for anyone who wants an introduction to this area (including students) and/or Producers and Companies preparing for their first animation festivals.

This programme is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)

Please note this event has a limited capacity and is first come, first serve. For more information or any questions please email

Talk 3 – Saturday July 9th – 10am – Galmont Hotel – Veranda Lounge


Join our industry panellists as they discuss transferable skills, and their own experiences working between live action and animation.

Moderator Ronan McCabe CEO Animation Ireland


  • Deirdre Barry Programme Director National Talent Academy for Animation
  • John Rice CEO and Co-Founder JAM Media
  • Kevin O’Brien Head of Editing Boulder Media

*Additional panellist to be confirmed.

Animation Screenings at Galway Film Fleadh

The organisers of the Galway Film Fleadh have also curated some incredible works of animation: an experimental art film (Folds), a documentary travelogue(Archipelago), a beloved children’s book adaptation (The Exploits of Moominpappa) and a short film programme of emerging Irish animators, display a diversity of styles and audience demographics for animation.


Klostės, translated as pleats or folds, is a black-and-white non-verbal feature film created by the people of Kaunas, Lithuania, and Irish artist Aideen Barry. The film was commissioned by Kaunas 2022, The European Capital of Culture. It takes inspiration from architectural modernism and the hidden histories associated with the unique building heritage of Lithuania’s former capital.


An animated film about invented islands. About a physical, imaginary, linguistic, political territory. About a real or dreamed country, or something in between.

The Exploits of Moominpappa

Moomintroll gets stung by a wasp and must lie in bed. Moominpappa wants to cheer him up by telling him about his own adventurous youth. Pappa talks about his misunderstood childhood, how he escapes from an orphanage, and about his historic meeting with an inventor called Hodgkins. He reveals his struggles in hefty storms on the boat Oshun Oxtra, and all his adventures in the autocrat Daddy Jones’ kingdom. Pappa establishes a colony, befriends a ghost and, one stormy night, he rescues Moominmamma from the sea. And the rest is history.

Irish Talent: New Shorts 10, Animation

This selection of shorts celebrates the creative cornerstone of Irish film: the animation industry. We showcase the latest work from established directors and the best in new Irish animation from the country’s recent graduates.
Please note, this programme is not recommended for children.

The Galway Film Fleadh runs from July 5th to July 10th. Find out more here: