Youtube Kids Animation Dingle Student Award 2021 Winners Announced!

This year’s Virtual Animation Dingle presented by JAM Media took place throughout this week; delivering an incredible lineup of guests and speakers and is brought to you from a virtual Dingle including the iconic Dick Mack’s Pub, the Phoenix cinema and usual Animation Dingle haunts.   Attendance was high and energetic with over 2,500 participants at the Festival across all the... Read more...

RTS Ireland Television Awards announces Nominees for 2021

RTS Ireland is delighted to announce that Dara Ó Briain will be among those recognised in the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021. Dara will receive the BAI Outstanding Contribution Award and nine other award winners will be revealed in a programme to be broadcast at 11pm on Virgin Media One on Tuesday March 30th, presented by Muireann O’Connell. 27... Read more...

Virtual Animation Dingle Goes Global

Tucked away in the most westerly point of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way, lies Animation Dingle in Dingle Town, presented by Jam Media. No stranger to guests and celebrities, Dingle welcomes strangers to its shores.  Animators gather annually in Dingle town to be part of this unique, boutique festival.  Animation Dingle, run in partnership with Screen Ireland, prides itself... Read more...

Irish Animation Studios Celebrate a Winning Year

Ireland’s animation studios are experiencing a major creative and commercial boom. With Cartoon Saloon’s acclaimed feature Wolfwalkers dominating the headlines and competing in the Oscar feature race once again, Irish animation is in the spotlight once again. We had the chance to speak with Andrew Byrne, Screen Ireland’s Project Manager for Animation and TV Drama to find out more about the recent growth... Read more...

Oscars 2021: Irish film Wolfwalkers nominated as best animated feature

Cartoon Saloon’s fourth nomination puts Kilkenny studio in race with Pixar’s Soul Wolfwalkers, made by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, has been nominated for an Oscar. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers, produced in Kilkenny, has been nominated as best animated feature for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. This is the Irish studio’s fourth nomination in the category and, locked... Read more...

Cormac Slevin is promoted to Head of Production for Lighthouse Studios

Cormac Slevin’s recent promotion to Head of Production is the latest in a string of strategic hires and promotions at Lighthouse.  With over 30 years of experience in the animation industry, Cormac first joined the studio back in 2017. It was early days for Lighthouse back then, and Cormac was actually one of the very first crew members. He has... Read more...

Lighthouse Studios launches new Transition Year programme and celebrates its 4th Birthday!

In a second-level environment otherwise punctuated with exams and study, Transition Year allows students to explore areas of interest not otherwise found on the curriculum. Part of the programme entails a work experience placement, where students have the chance to secure work within their chosen industry. As we all know, early access to opportunity is vital for nurturing talent. This... Read more...

Irish animation Wolfwalkers leads 2021 Annie Awards with 10 Nominations

Following its nomination at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Ross Stewart and Tomm Moore’s Wolfwalkers has garnered 10 Annie Award nominations. The film, which has won widespread critical acclaim since its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is nominated for Best Independent Animated Feature and Best Direction for Ross Stewart and Tomm Moore, amongst a host of other awards including:... Read more...

2021 Business to Arts Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Business to Arts Awards was announced and BBF are delighted to be listed under the Judges’ Special Recognition Award for our partnership with Children’s Books Ireland on Bookbag, our book gifting initiative. November 2020 saw our sixth rollout of Bookbag delivered in a new virtual format to St Catherine’s Infant School, where over 400 books were received and artists collaborated to... Read more...