David O’Reilly’s short animation ‘The External World’ has been nominated for this year’s Cartoon d’Or, which will be presented at an awards ceremony on Sept 15th during the Cartoon Forum in Sopot, Poland.
‘The External World’ has been nominated alongside three German shorts, including UK/Germany co-production ‘The Gruffalo’, and productions from Poland and the Netherlands. The IFTA winning short animation follows the story of a little boy learning to play the piano. ‘The External World’ is co-written by David and Vernon Chatman (Jackass: The Movie).
The nominees were chosen by a jury composed of Stéphan Bernasconi (France), Tony Loeser (Germany) and Victor Maldonado (Spain). The winning director will receive a prize of €10,000 at the award ceremony on September 15th. David O’Reilly is a graduate of the National Film School at IADT, Dun Laoghaire who previously won the 2009 Cartoon d’Or for his animated short ‘Please Say Something’.
The Cartoon d’Or was created in 1991 and is a European animation prize that is awarded annually to a prize-winning film from Cartoon’s partner festivals. Previous winners include Nick Park in 1991 (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run).
The Cartoon Forum will take place from 13th-16th September and 600 participants have already registered to attend. The trailer for ‘The External World’ can be viewed here: www.theexternalworld.com.