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Entries are now open for the 2021 Irish Animation Awards
22 Jan 2021 : News Desk
Animation Ireland chief executive Ronan McCabe.
The 2021 Irish Animation Awards has been announced and Animation Ireland has called on studios to submit their entries before the deadline of Friday, January 29th.

This is the 4th Edition of the Awards, which are held every two years, and they will be presented as a virtual event.

 In 2019, the 3rd Irish Animation Awards were held in Dingle with Paper Panther Productions leading the way with three awards: Best Animation, Best Design & Art Direction, and the inaugural Best Newcomer Award for The Bird and the Whale. Organized by Animation Ireland and celebrated as part of the Animation Dingle festival and conference, the IAAs attracted large delegations from Netflix, Disney, the BBC, Amazon Prime, Nickelodeon and other major international players. Other notable honourees included Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner, Brown Bag Films for Vampirina, Boulder Media/Windmill Lane’s Danger Mouse, and Murakami Award honouree Nora Twomey (director, The Breadwinner).

Commenting on the 2021 Awards, Animation Ireland chief executive Ronan McCabe said; “It has been a tough year for Irish animation, but the quality of the outstanding work we produce here in Ireland has once again been world-class. It’s really heartening to see that the sector has continued to produce such exceptional work and that the future remains bright for Irish animation. As with other years, the 2021 Irish Animation Awards is a time to celebrate the strength and vibrancy of the sector.”

The 2021 Irish Animation Awards feature four new categories, including best storyboarding, best editing, best student film, and best new Irish IP, which brings the total to 20; a considerable increase from 12 in 2017. Entries are open for all animation productions released between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2020, and the Awards will be held on May 21st.

McCabe further added; “We have four new award categories this year, and one which I am really looking forward to is Best Student Film. Animation Ireland has been working hard over the past five years to develop educational opportunities in animation and to encourage more students to get involved in a great career choice. There are 20 awards in total, and it’s crucial that studios and animators submit their entries before the closing date of Friday 29 January.” The biennial awards ceremony is sponsored by RTÉ, Screen Ireland, Philip Lee, Brophy Gillespie, and Gorilla Post.

Winners of each category will receive a statuette designed by animator, filmmaker, and teacher Eimhin McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope, which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios. The animation sector directly employs more than 2,000 people; a number that is rapidly growing year on year. Animation Ireland now has 34 member studios, up from 25 in 2018 and just 14 in 2015.

For more details on the Irish Animation Awards please visit www.irishanimationawards.ie.

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