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Irish Animation to take Centre Stage at Annecy 2012
20 Oct 2011 :
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Screen Directors Guild (SDGI) has announced that Ireland will be the global spotlight of the renowned Annecy Animation Festival 2012.

The Annecy International Animation festival is partnering with SDGI to pay tribute to Irish animation at the leading French animation festival. A huge body of retrospective and current Irish animation (features, short films, TV programmes) will be seen by leading players at Annecy’s annual festival and market. They will be screened as part of the general programme in theatres across the festival.

SDGI is curating the programme with Annecy and will host a number of panel discussions, receptions and an exhibition. Executive Director of SDGI, Birch Hamilton said “We have a huge amount of talented animation directors in Ireland and the fact that Annecy has chosen Ireland as the spotlight country for the global animation showcase is a great recognition of the world-class animation produced in Ireland today.”

Irish animation has flourished in the past few years producing features, TV and shorts including Oscar nominated ‘The Secret of Kells’, ‘The Octonauts’, ‘Olivia’, ‘The Amazing World of Gumball – The Quest’ , the ‘Niko’ films and ‘Tilly and Friends’. Ireland also swept the board at the Cartoon Forum in September with Monster Animation’s Gerard O’Rourke (Punky, Fluffy Garden) picking up a prize for Producer of the Year and RTÉ winning Broadcaster of the Year.

Annecy Animation Festival is the world’s largest event focused entirely on animation and the 2012 festival will get underway in Annecy, France from June 4th to 9th. Last year’s country in spotlight at was the USA.

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