The National Talent Academy for Animation programme update

It has been a busy third quarter for the National Talent Academy for Animation, and we have continued to build strong relationships with studios, crew, college lecturers and students around the country. The support for our programmes has been fantastic and our database has continued to grow, including members from many different industries and at different career stages. Interaction with and feedback from all of these members has been key to the development of our programmes. 


  1. The NTAA Mentorship Programme: 8 Mentorships in total ran from May to October across 8 key areas of animation (Scriptwriting, Storyboarding, Editing, Studio Set-up, VFX, Design, I.P Development and Music Composition). The feedback has been hugely positive so far and another round of Mentorships will be held in 2023.
  2. The Pre-Production Workshop Series: 4 of the 6 workshops have been completed taking in over 50 participants so far. Workshop 5 centres around Animatic Editing and will be taking place on November 12th and 13th with the final workshop focusing on Scene Prep to take place in December/January.
  3. The 2D Animation Transition 4 week Course in Toon Boom Harmony: 8 participants completed the course in late September and are currently working on their showreels in the hopes of securing job interviews.
  4. The 2D to 3D Animation Transition 6 week Course in Maya: 8 participants just started the 6 week course on Monday November 7th.
  5. New website: Kooba have designed a new website and we are currently in the process of populating it with new content whilst working alongside the newly recruited Lorg Media to help with social media marketing
  6. Outreach: The NTAA has made appearances at many events this year in an attempt to connect with new audiences and establish new partnerships. Some of these events include: Ploughing Championships, Kilkenny Animated, National Youth Film & Animation School screening event, Junior Film Fleadh, UCD Games Society, Screen Ireland Industry Day
  7. Science On Screen Commission: In partnership with Ardán and CURÁM, the NTAA have launched their first commission, which centres around creating a 40 second piece of animation to explain emerging scientific research. Applications are currently being reviewed and a decision on the 2 successful teams is expected before the end of November.

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