Irish director David O'Reilly’s ‘The External World’ has taken the top prize at the 13th Animated Dreams film festival in Tallinn, Estonia
‘The External World’ is an animated short written by O’Reilly and Vernon Chatman and tells the story of a boy who learns to play the piano. The film also won the audience award at the festival. It was produced by David’s own production company Henning Kamm. The film previously picked up the Best Animation award at the 2011 IFTAs.
The jury at the festival was comprised of Anna Solanas (Sontana In Motion, Cabaret Kadne) from Spain, film critic Nobuaki Doi from Japan and Andres Mand (Kapsapea, Elu Ja Surm) associate professor and head of the animation department at Volda University College in Norway, from Estonia.
This competition featured more than 30 shorts from 20 different countries. The festival is a sub-event of the Black Nights Film Festival.