Éire Bheoga: a Celebration of Irish Animation at Expo 2020 Dubai

Éire Bheoga: A Celebration of Irish Animation at Expo 2020 Dubai is supported by Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and taking place from the 14th – 17th March. The three day line-up during St Patrick’s Week features screenings, live performances and panel discussions on the power and strength of the Irish animation industry.

Curated by the Galway Film Fleadh and supported by Animation Ireland, the programme features screenings from five time Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, including feature films The Secret of Kells and Wolfwalkers. The programme also features a line-up of Irish animated shorts, including Brown Bag Films’ Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty at the Al Wasl PlazaIn the Festival Garden and Cartoon Saloon’s Late Afternoon. A screening of Song of the Sea will be followed by a performance from Irish band Kíla, award-winning musical partners on animated features like Wolfwalkers.

Éire Bheoga is a tribute to the power of Irish animation and its remarkable success story, with international acclaim for major Irish animation studios, and the sector’s rapid growth over the past decade.

Ronan McCabe (CEO, Animation Ireland), Amna Abulhoul (Creative Director Expo 2020 Dubai) and Paul Young (CEO, Cartoon Saloon) at the Animation Panel in Dubai

Louise Ryan, Marketing and Communications Manager, Fís ÉÍreann / Screen Ireland said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is an opportunity to showcase the absolute best in innovation and artistic achievement. The prominence of Irish animation at our national pavilion is a testament to both the immense talent of Irish storytellers and the important place filmmaking occupies within our national cultural reputation. Irish animation continues to have a global impact and I am incredibly proud of the industry’s representatives at Éire Bheoga: A Celebration of Irish Animation. I’d also like to thank the Galway Film Fleadh for all of their work on curating and working on this project.”

Ronan McCabe, Chief Executive, Animation Ireland said: “It’s been wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase Irish animation to the world in microcosm at EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The programme of events highlights the creativity and talent of Irish animation studios. The goodwill and support from all our stakeholders and everyone involved at the Irish Pavilion has been really encouraging as Irish animation continues to have such an impact globally.”