Sponsors announced for the Irish Animation Awards

Animation Ireland has announced today that Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and RTÉ will be the headline sponsors for the 2023 Irish Animation Awards. This year’s ceremony takes place in Galway on Saturday 27th May.

Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and RTÉ have been heavily involved in supporting the Irish Animation Awards since its inaugural ceremony in 2015 . This year’s other sponsors include Northern Ireland Screen, Coimisiún na Meán (formerly known as BAI), Creative Europe Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Nickelodeon and Milkshake!

The awards are the premier event in the Irish animation calendar and celebrate the creative brilliance and talent of the Irish animation sector. With awards in 22 categories and the judging is now underway by a panel of leading industry professionals.

Commenting on the announcement of the sponsors, Animation Ireland Chief Executive, Ronan McCabe, said; ‘’Once again we are thrilled to have the wonderful support of Screen Ireland and RTÉ, who have been fully behind us since the first Irish Animation Awards in 2015. I must also extend a huge thank you to all of our other sponsors who play such an important role in supporting Irish animation and making this event happen. Once again, the talent and quality of productions this year has been immense and it is going to be a brilliant event showcasing the best of Irish animation.’’

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

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing forty-two member studios, who employ more than two thousand people on the island of Ireland. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the  industry now generating almost €200 million for the economy annually, as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 180 countries worldwide.

Full List of Sponsors:

Headline Sponsors:      

Screen Ireland       Best Design and Art Direction
Best Director of an Animated TV Series

RTE            Kids Choice for Best Animated Preschool Series 

Title Sponsors:       

Enterprise Ireland     Best New Irish IP

Coimisiún na Meán   Best Animated Preschool Series 

Excellence in Industry Award: Northern Ireland Screen     

Drinks Reception: Cartoon Saloon       

Conference session sponsors: 

Creative Europe Ireland    
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet

Individual Award Sponsors:    

AonBest Animated Kids Series (over 6 years old)
Brophy GillespieBest VFX Animation
Brown Bag FilmsBest Innovation in Animation
CMAIBest Irish Feature Film or Special
CorpayBest Writer for an Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years old)
Gorilla PostBest Writer for an Animated Series (over 6 years old)
Gorilla PostBest Storyboarding
Magnet PlusBest Animated Sequence
Milkshake!Best Music Design
National Talent AcademyKids Choice for Best Animated Kids Series (over 6 years old)
Paper OwlBest Animated Student Film
PixitBest Animated Short Film
TG4Best Sound Design
Toon BoomBest Editing
TriggerfishBest International Animated Short Film
TyrellBest Apps/ Games and Immersive