Irish Animation Awards nominees announced as event goes virtual

The nominees for the 2021 Irish Animation Awards have been announced today (Wed 14th April) by Animation Ireland, the trade association for Irish animation studios. 

The biennial awards ceremony will take place virtually for the first time on Friday 21st May.  And will once again highlight the brilliance and talent of the Irish animation sector. The 2021 Irish Animation Awards feature four new categories, including Best Storyboarding, Best Editing, Best Student Film and Best New Irish IP. 

Among the nominations in the 20 categories this year is Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated film ‘Wolfwalkers’, which was nominated in all seven available categories. Giant Animation’s ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’, which aired on BBC One on Christmas Day, racked up four nominations.

For their preschool series, ‘Chico Bon Bon; Monkey with a Tool Belt’, Brown Bag Films picked up three nominations, while Vamperina, Dorg Van Dango, Ballybraddan, Bug Diaries and Pablo also picked up multiple nods.

According to Animation Ireland’s Chief Executive, Ronan McCabe, the awards this year highlight the continued growth and creativity in the sector; ‘’It has been an unprecedented year for Irish animation, but the quality of the work  produced here in Ireland has once again been world class. It’s really heartening to see that the sector has continued to produce outstanding work and that the future remains bright for Irish animation. As with every other year, the 2021 Irish Animation Awards is a time to celebrate the strength and vibrancy of the sector.’’

Ronan went on to say; ‘’We have four new award categories this year, and one which I am really looking forward to is Best Student Film. Animation Ireland has been working hard over the past five years to develop education opportunities in animation and to encourage more students to get involved in a great career choice. Given the current situation, this year’s event will be virtual, but we’re still going to be putting on a great show. It will be a half-day event, with two industry panels, in partnership with Animation Skillnet, Screen Skills Ireland and Women in Animation, followed by the awards ceremony in the evening.’’ 

The Irish Animation Awards are sponsored this year by Screen Ireland, RTÉ, Northern Ireland Screen, BAI, Enterprise Ireland, Gorilla Post, Toon Boom Animation, Philip Lee, Brophy Gillespie and Laztech.

Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing 32 member studios, who employ more than 2,000 people nationwide. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the sector now generating almost €200 million for the economy annually, as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 120 countries worldwide.

Ends.

Please note: Ronan McCabe is available for interview.

For more details on the Irish Animation Awards please visit www.irishanimationawards.ie 

For more information on Animation Ireland please visit www.animationireland.com 

Contact:

Rory Sweeney

Paul Allen & Associates

18 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2

01 676 9575/086 897 6442

And the nominees are …

Best Animated Preschool Series

Claude – Twinkle Toes TerrySixteen South
Pins and Nettie – Season 1Daily Madness
PabloPaper Owl Films
Bug DiariesLighthouse Studios
Hungry Bear TalesTreehouse Republic

Best Animated Kids Series 6+

Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, CheeseKavaleer
Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon
Sylvie Bloom – Corona Corona CoronaDog Day Media
BallybraddanGeronimo Productions
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With a Toolbelt – Gigantic Glue BallBrown Bag Films

Best Animated Short Film

Brother EzekielBoulder Media; Leon Elliott
Her SongÉabha Bortolozzo, Jack Kirwan
The VoyageJAM Media; Jessica Patterson
The Dead Hands of DublinPink Kong Studios; Leo Crowley
Greenpeace- There’s a Monster in my KitchenCartoon Saloon; Tomm Moore, Fabian Erlinghauser

Best International Short Film

Right NowGiant Ant
SantiagoAndrey Koulev
War GameBlayne Fitzpatrick/ Enter Yes Studio
Broken CandleFelix Kiner
Something BorrowedMicky Wozny

Best Writer for Preschool Animation

PabloPaper Owl Films; Andrew Brenner
Jessy and NessyJAM Media; Shane Langan, Amy Stephenson
Mya Go – Slimy ZooPiranha Bar; PJ Moloney & Robert Carr
Vampirina – Vampire ChaperoneBrown Bag Films; Chelsea Beyl, Mia Resella, Jeffrey King
Doc McStuffins – BedazzledBrown Bag Films; Randi Barnes, Chris Nee, Michael Stern

Best Writer for an Animated Series

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese – Neighbourhood WatchdogKavaleer; Baljeet Rai, Henry Gifford
Dorg Van Dango – Dorg Needs a ShotCartoon Saloon; Nick Murphy
Ballybraddan – Affection & RejectionTreehouse Republic; Noel McGee, Nora King
Fantasy IrelandIgloo Animations; Ciarán Morrison, Mick O’Hara
Dorg Van Dango – Dorg Has a PimpleShane Langan, Amy Stephenson

Best Animation for Apps, Games and Interactive

TOT COP;Mooshku
Empire Of SinRomero Games
Lego, Duplo, WorldTouch Press

Best Art Direction and Design

SunburnStudio Meala
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With a Toolbelt – Gigantic Glue BallBrown Bag Films
Zog & the Flying DoctorsMagic Light Pictures/ Giant Animation
GreenPeace – There’s a Monster in the KitchenCartoon Saloon
WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon

Best Director of an Animated Series

Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon; Fabian Erlinghauser, Matt Ferguson
My Little Pony – Pony LifeBoulder Media; Adrian Ignat
Bug DiariesLighthouse Studios; Gilly Fogg
Pins & Nettie – Season 1Daily Madness; Lindsey Adams
Pinkalicious & PeterificSixteen South ; Jamie Teehan

Best Animation Sequence

WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon
Greenpeace – There’s a Monster in my KitchenCartoon Saloon
SunburnStudio Meala
Zog and the Flying DoctorsMagic Light Pictures/ Giant Animation
Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon

Best Music

Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon
Pins & Nettie – Season 1Daily Madness
Claude – Twinkle Toes TerrySixteen South
WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon
Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse CheeseKavaleer

Best Sound Design

Dead Hands of DublinPink Kong Studios
WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon
Angela’s Christmas WishBrown Bag Films/ Windmill Lane
Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon/ Gorilla Post
DangermouseBoulder Media/ Windmill Lane

Best Irish Feature or Special

WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon; Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Angela’s Christmas WishBrown Bag Films; Damien O’ Connor
Zog and the Flying DoctorsMagic Light Pictures/ Giant Animation; Sean Mullen
The Christmas LetterDream Logic; Kealan O’ Rourke
SolPaper Owl Films; Gráinne Mc Guinness

Best Storyboarding

Zog and the Flying DoctorsMagic Light Pictures/ Giant Animation
Greenpeace – There’s a Monster in my KitchenCartoon Saloon
SunburnStudio Meala
Transformers: Rescue Bots AcademyBoulder Media
WolfwalkersCartoon Saloon

Best Editing

WolfWalkersCartoon Saloon
Greenpeace – There’s a Monster in my KitchenCartoon Saloon
Dorg Van DangoCartoon Saloon
Vamprina – Bora and the Banshee/ A tale of Two HollowsBrown Bag Films
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With A Toolbelt – EP103 “Runaway Robot”Brown Bag Films

Best Student Film

HUSKYDarragh Scott
TunaCliona Noonan
CTRL + ALT + ZHolly Keating
ShergarCora McKenna
TenantSarah Benson

Best Irish IP

TOT Cops – The Cake CaperMooshku
Pins and Nettie – Season 1Daily Madness
Claude – Twinkle Toes TerrySixteen South
Critters TV – Series 1Turnip & Duck
Jessy and Nessy – Where Else Can We Find Echoes?JAM Media

Best Newcomer

Studio Meala
Alt Animation
Little Moon Animation
Taunt Studio
Turnip & Duck

Kids Choice Awards for Best Preschool Series (up to 6 years old)

PabloPaper Owl Films
Sir MouseSalty Dog Pictures
OllieInk & Light Films
Bug DiariesLighthouse Studio
Critters TVTurnip & Duck

Kids Choice Award for Best Animated Kids Series (over 6 years old)

Transformers: Rescue Bots AcademyBoulder Media
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey With a ToolbeltBrown Bag Films
BallybraddanGeronimo Productions
Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse CheeseKavaleer Productions
Dorg van DangoCartoon Saloon