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Festival News: 'Broken Tail' at Wildlife Fest, Wins for 'Nothing Nowhere' & 'Paradiso', Irish in Cartoon Tributes
08 Sep 2011 :
'Broken Tail' nominated at Wildlife Film Festival
RTÉ and Monster Animation nominated for Cartoon Tributes, Crossing the Line’s ‘Broken Tail’ double nomination at Wildlife Film Festival, ‘Paradiso’ wins at Nairobi and ‘Nothing Nowhere’ wins at Action/Cut Short Film Competition.

Cartoon Tributes

RTÉ and Monster Animation have both received nominations for the Cartoon Tributes 2011, the Cartoon European Association of Animation Film’s annual Awards for outstanding contributors to animation.

RTÉ nabbed a nomination for Broadcaster of the Year, for its support for animated productions on RTÉ Two and RTÉjr. Home-grown animation broadcast by RTÉ includes Monster animations ‘Punky’, which follows a little girl with Down Syndrome and upcoming Keg Kartoonz upcoming series ‘Mad Cows’. The Irish state broadcaster faces competition from M6 Kid (France), Cartoonito (TBS) (UK/France) and Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) (Switzerland).

Dublin based studio Monster Animation was given the nod for Producer of the Year for their work on internationally recognised animation series ‘Fluffy Garden’ and ‘Ballybraddan’. Other nominees sharing a category with Monster include French companies Planet Nemo Animation and Tele Images Production, along with Luxembourg’s LuxAnimation.

The winners of the Cartoon Tributes will be announced at the next edition of Cartoon Forum, which will take place in Sopot, Poland from 13-16th September. Monster Animation and Design will be joined by other Irish animators including Treehouse Republic, Telegael Media Group, A Man & Ink, Double Z Enterprises at the 2011 Cartoon Forum.

Broken Tail

Crossing the Line Films has received a double nomination for their tiger documentary ‘Broken Tail’ at the leading Wildlife Film Festival Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA. Produced and co-directed by John Murray (Living the Wildlife), ‘Broken Tail’ was nominated for Best Conservation Program and Best Hosted or Presenter-led Program. ‘Broken Tail’ follows Irish Cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson for 600 days as he tries to piece together the journey of wild tiger ‘Broken Tail’.

‘Broken Tail’ was funded by the IFB, RTÉ, along with CBC, SWR, ZDF, ARTE, MEDIA, Nature for WNET, BBC. The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival will take place from October 3-7th in Wyoming.

Nothing Nowhere

Dublin based writer/director Ian Campbell’s debut short film has won the Best Foreign Film Award in the annual Action/Cut Short Film competition in Los Angeles. ‘Nothing Nowhere’ is an ultra low-budget supernatural thriller which was filmed in Bray, Co. Wicklow. It follows lead character, JK, on the run from drug-dealers, as he hides in a church where the consequences of his actions are played out over and over again. The two leads are Patrick Dunne and Nigel McGuinness.

The Action/Cut Short Film Competition is based in LA and aims bring high quality filmmakers to the attention of the Hollywood film industry. MovieMaker magazine named in one of the top 10 shorts festivals in the world. Now in its seventh year, the competition drew over 1,000 applicants. Winning directors receive introductions to Hollywood players as well as cash prizes.


Derry based documentary ‘Paradiso’, has won the award for Best Documentary at the Kenya Screen Festival in Nairobi, bringing its total international awards to 15. Directed by Alessandro Negrini and produced by Margo Harkin (Waveriders) of Bessom Productions, the documentary follows Derry musician Roy Arbuckle as he organised a local dance night in an attempt to get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again.

The hour long documentary was commissioned by the BBC and developed through Sources2 and Media. The Kenya Screen Festival took place this August in Nairobi.

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