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Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet launch VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship 2016/17
05 Oct 2016 : Katie McNeice
A day-long symposium will take place on Saturday, October 22nd at the Morrison Hotel to coincide with the launch, with informative and insightful talks on the latest advances in the areas of VFX, animation, games and VR.

The event which boasts local and international speakers lined up from leading VFX and Animation studios will be followed by a special Dublin screening of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ hosted by The Visual Effects Society London. This screening is followed by a Q&A with VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill (Children of Men). Both the screening and Q&A are free of charge.

Event Speakers

  • Sharon Calahan, Cinematographer, Pixar Animation Studios (Avatar, Lord of the Rings)
  • Richard Baneham, VFX/Animation Supervisor  (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Iron Giant)
  • Troy Saliba Animation Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Haunted Mansion)
  • Chris Landreth, Director and Animator (Ryan, The End, Bingo)
  • Simon Kay, Motion Capture Supervisor, Double Negative (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Antman)
  • Mary Pike, 3D Modeller and Modelmaker, The Workhouse (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Elysium)
  • Wouter Tulp, Character Designer (The Seventh Dwarf)

Traineeship Programme

The six-month programme is designed to develop skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector.  It comprises of a mix of practical on-the-job training accompanied by specialist training and mentorship through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland. 

Participating studios for the 2015 traineeship included Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media, JAM Media, Screen Scene VFX and Windmill Lane VFX.

Sorcha Loughnane, Training Executive, Screen Training Ireland:
“We are delighted to partner with industry to offer these graduate traineeships in a sector that is growing at such a rapid pace.  Irish animation studios are recognised as world leaders, and our award-winning VFX studios are steadily growing in international reputation.  The traineeship addresses critical skills needs, while the launch event gives the sector access to the absolute cutting edge of Irish and global talent.”

The VFX and Animation Symposium is supported by Screen Training Ireland, Animation Skillnet, the Irish Film Board, the Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Ireland and the Visual Effects Society.


Register at Animation Skillnet by Friday October 7th
Tickets are €50 for waged participants and €25 for unwaged

For further information email  sorcha.loughnane @ screentrainingireland.ie or garethlee @ campus.ie

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