Free Event: Star Wars Screening and Q&A featuring directors of Aau’s Song, Dan Clarke and Nadia Darries!

South African directors Dan Clarke and Nadia Darries will be in Galway to give a screening and talk on their acclaimed short film Aau’s Song, which appears on the Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 short animated film anthology. The event will launch AnimationXchange Galway, a new monthly animation forum in Galway, aimed at inspiring and networking animators and enthusiasts from around the region as part of a vision to build an animation hub in the area.

Clarke and Darries will share their perspectives of the creative journey of writing and directing a short film for the iconic Star Wars brand, as a follow-on to their participation in the Kilkenny Animated festival. Aau’s Song was widely praised by critics: it was ranked as “the best episode” of Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 by Screenrant. Empire called it a “highlight” and Polygon called it “a perfect note to end the season on”.

Nadia Darries is a director, animator and co-founder of Goon Valley Animation, with an avocation for songwriting. Born in the Cape Flats in South Africa, Darries has worked on high-end animated film and motion design as an animator, project manager, creative director and director since 2015. Her experience includes animating at Triggerfish on the award-winning BBC films Stick ManRevolting Rhymes, and The Highway Rat.

Daniel Clarke is a Cape Town-based director and artist working in animation, film and illustration. He started his career in animation in 2008 at Triggerfish, where he has served as production designer, art director and director on projects such as the feature film Khumba and BBC Christmas specials Stick Man, and The Snail and the Whale. In 2018, along with James Clarke and Daniel Snaddon, he completed the graphic novel Kariba.

Seating is limited, so please book as soon as you can. We hope to see you there.

Venue: Portershed in Galway City
Date: Tuesday 3 October
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm

Entry is free for all and refreshments will be available.

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