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Irish Animation Studios Celebrate a Winning Year

Ireland’s animation studios are experiencing a major creative and commercial boom. With Cartoon Saloon’s acclaimed feature Wolfwalkers dominating the headlines and competing in the Oscar feature race once again, Irish animation is in the spotlight once again. We had the chance to speak with Andrew Byrne, Screen Ireland’s Project Manager for Animation and TV Drama to find out more about the recent growth... Read more...

Oscars 2021: Irish film Wolfwalkers nominated as best animated feature

Cartoon Saloon’s fourth nomination puts Kilkenny studio in race with Pixar’s Soul Wolfwalkers, made by Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, has been nominated for an Oscar. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers, produced in Kilkenny, has been nominated as best animated feature for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards. This is the Irish studio’s fourth nomination in the category and, locked... Read more...

Cormac Slevin is promoted to Head of Production for Lighthouse Studios

Cormac Slevin’s recent promotion to Head of Production is the latest in a string of strategic hires and promotions at Lighthouse.  With over 30 years of experience in the animation industry, Cormac first joined the studio back in 2017. It was early days for Lighthouse back then, and Cormac was actually one of the very first crew members. He has... Read more...

Lighthouse Studios launches new Transition Year programme and celebrates its 4th Birthday!

In a second-level environment otherwise punctuated with exams and study, Transition Year allows students to explore areas of interest not otherwise found on the curriculum. Part of the programme entails a work experience placement, where students have the chance to secure work within their chosen industry. As we all know, early access to opportunity is vital for nurturing talent. This... Read more...

Irish animation Wolfwalkers leads 2021 Annie Awards with 10 Nominations

Following its nomination at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, Ross Stewart and Tomm Moore’s Wolfwalkers has garnered 10 Annie Award nominations. The film, which has won widespread critical acclaim since its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is nominated for Best Independent Animated Feature and Best Direction for Ross Stewart and Tomm Moore, amongst a host of other awards including:... Read more...

2021 Business to Arts Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Business to Arts Awards was announced and BBF are delighted to be listed under the Judges’ Special Recognition Award for our partnership with Children’s Books Ireland on Bookbag, our book gifting initiative. November 2020 saw our sixth rollout of Bookbag delivered in a new virtual format to St Catherine’s Infant School, where over 400 books were received and artists collaborated to... Read more...

WolfWalkers comes home for Kilkenny’s special Kila concert celebration on Lá le Pádraig

As the crew from Cartoon Saloon bask in the glow of multiple nominations and award wins for their latest feature film, WolfWalkers, they are taking time out from the virtual red carpet to play their part in Kilkenny’s celebration of our national holiday.  WolfWalkers draws heavily on the rich Irish mythology, folklore and landmarks readily available in Kilkenny. Scenes from... Read more...

Cartoon Saloon’s Wolfwalkers nominated for a Golden Globe!

One of the founders of Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon says every award nomination comes as a ‘great surprise’. Their latest film Wolfwalkers has been nominated for a Golden Globe – the second time the studio has been nominated. All three of the studio’s previous feature films have been nominated for Oscars. Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon partner and creative director,... Read more...