Désirée Finnegan Appointed as New Chief Executive at Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland

Following a competitive international recruitment process, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (Screen Ireland), the national agency for the development of the film, television and animation industry, is delighted to announce the appointment of Désirée Finnegan to the role of Chief Executive, taking over the position previously held by James Hickey. Originally from Dublin, Désirée Finnegan has most recently held the position of... Read more...

Delays over tax guidelines ‘devastating’ parts of film sector: Lobby accuses revenue of dragging its feet over information on section 481 scheme

Film industry groups have said that delays in issuing new guidelines for the state’s film tax break scheme are having a “devastating” impact on the parts of the Irish sector. The section 481 tax break scheme allows producers to write off millions of euros, and has been credited by the industry with driving growth of the sector in Ireland. However,... Read more...

Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey wins Prestigious Murakami Award at the Irish Animation Awards

The 2019 Irish Animation Awards ceremony was held in Dingle last night (Saturday 23rd March) and the big winner was Nora Twomey, who won the prestigious Murakami Award for outstanding contribution to animation. The Irish director was the driving force behind Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated feature The Breadwinner. The new animation studio Paper Panther Productions scooped up three awards, including... Read more...

Irish animators representing best of Ireland in Miami at world’s largest animation event

The leading lights in Irish animation are in Miami this week (week commencing Monday 11th February) to represent Ireland at the Kidscreen Summit, the most important annual event in the world animation calendar. The Irish delegation is led by Animation Ireland, the representative body for Irish animation studios, and is linking up with Enterprise Ireland and the Consulate General of... Read more...

Animation Ireland Announces the Irish Animation Awards 2019 Nominations!

Animation Ireland is delighted to announce the nominees for the third Irish Animation Awards which will take place in Dingle on Saturday 23rd March, home to the Dingle Film Festival and Animation Dingle. The awards are kindly sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet, Philip Lee, Celaction, Screen Skills Ireland, Brophy Gillespie and Gorilla Post. We would like to express our gratitude to the esteemed... Read more...

9 Story Media Group Acquires Asian Animation Studio

9 Story Media Group has acquired PT Bali Animation Studio and PT Bali Animasi Solusi Ekakarsa (collectively known as “BASE”), a full service CGI animation studio located in Bali, Indonesia. Founded in 2015 by Lily Wang and Daniel Harjanto Setyawan, BASE provides high quality animation work for clients around the world and employs 270 personnel. Terms of the transaction were... Read more...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen’ nominated for the National Film Awards UK

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen  co-produced by Telegael (Ireland), Nukufilm (Estonia), Grid Animation (Belgium) and Calon (Wales) has been nominated for Best Animation Film at this year’s National Film Awards UK where it will compete against ‘Early Man’, ‘Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires’, ‘Peter Rabbit’, ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ and ‘Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero’. The National Film Awards is... Read more...

‘Late Afternoon’ was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars!

The list of 2019 Oscars nominations has been announced, and among these were a few films of Irish interest, with Cartoon Saloon‘s ‘Late Afternoon’ nominated for Best Animated Short. Written and directed by Louise Bagnall, Late Afternoon introduces us to Emily, an elderly woman who finds herself disconnected from the world around her. As she drifts back through her memories to relive... Read more...