“My Father’s Dragon” has its world premiere at BFI London Film Festival.

Cartoon Saloon’s latest feature film My Father’s Dragon, directed by Academy Award®-nominated Nora Twomey premiered on October 8th at The BFI London Film Festival. Nora was joined in London by the two lead actors Jacob Tremblay and Gaten Matarazzo.

The film is inspired by the Newbery-honored children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer’s adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.

My Father’s Dragon has its North American premiere at the Animation Is Film Festival on October 22 and it will be available on Netflix from November 11th.

Kilkenny Animated returns to Kilkenny

Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse Studios hosted the 4th edition of the Kilkenny Animated festival on September 30th – October 3rd. The programme was filled with workshops, talks, exhibitions, tours and comedy. 

Some of the highlights included a behind the scenes look at Cartoon Saloon’s upcoming feature My Father’s Dragon and Lighthouse Studios’ shows The Cuphead Show and El Deafo, comedy from Dylan Moran, Matt Diffee and Aoife Dooley and guided tours around the Cartoon Saloon studios.

You can see the full programme of events on their website to whet your appetite for Kilkenny Animated 2023!

Animation Legal Eagles give Intellectual Property workshop at Kilkenny Animated Festival

A legal workshop aimed at educating creatives and producers on how to protect original Intellectual Property with a view to adapting it for the big screen was recently held as part of the Kilkenny Animated Festival which took place at the end of September in Kilkenny.

Rob Grimes, General Counsel for Lighthouse Studios and Catherine Keane, Head of Legal Affairs at Cartoon Saloon looked at the legal and commercial aspects and considerations of developing and adapting intellectual property into a TV or Feature Film production.

This unique workshop outlined the basic concepts around copyright as well as the potential pitfalls faced by creatives and production studios when adapting original IP into a commercially successful animated Feature film or TV series. The workshop also highlighted the critical importance of cooperation between commercial and creative partners. 

It is hoped to roll out the workshop again at a future date.