Animation Dingle Festival is delighted to announce that it has been approved as an Academy qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards.
From 2021 onwards, the recipient of Animation Dingle’s Best Irish Professional Short Award will now be eligible for consideration in the Animation Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
This years winning Best Irish Professional Short HER SONG at Animation Dingle, is now eligible for qualification. Described by festival judges as a ‘Powerful Irish story, an affecting film, emotive, dark, sad and painful’ HER SONG, directed by Éabha Bortolozzo and Jack Kirwan and produced by Greg Connolly tells the story of Eve who learns of her Grandmother’s harrowing history in a Mother & Baby home. Woven through her past is the mythological and misunderstood figure of the Banshee, whose comforting presence inspires the strength she needs to tell her story. The Award was sponsored at this year’s Virtual Animation Dingle by the IDA.
The festival is no stranger to Academy Awards® nominated and winning animators, who have presented at the festival including: Don Hall (Big Hero 6); Madeline Sharfian (Burrow); Richie Baneham (Avatar); Patrick Osborne (Feast); Bonnie Arnold, (How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy); Bob Peterson, (Finding Nemo, UP); Peter Lord, (The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!) Tomm Moore (Secret of Kells, Song of The Sea, Wolfwakers), Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner); Dean DeBlois, (How To Train Your Dragon Trilogy) and Jimmy T. Murakami (The Magic Pear Tree). Animation Dingle is delighted to augment this with its new Academy status.
Each year Animation Dingle Festival, presented by Jam Media, provides space for industry and third level participants to join together, celebrating the best in class of animated content. The event is made up of conferences, screenings, workshops, and the annual Animation Dingle Awards. Animation Dingle recognises and rewards animation talent through these Awards.
Animation Dingle receives submissions from animation professionals and students across Ireland and Internationally. Their rigorous adjudication process then selects shorts and features for screening at the Festival and for their various Award categories.
Submissions are now open for the 2022 festival and can be made through FilmFreeway.
The festival is excited to be announcing this and working towards celebrating the 10th Animation Dingle Festival on March 11-12 2022.