The 2019 Irish Animation Awards kicked off last weekend in Dingle. A great celebration of Ireland’s animation success and talent was had throughout the course of the weekend. With animation rapidly growing in Ireland there was no stopping the fantastic atmosphere and pride during the awards and events over the IAA weekend.
With Gorilla Post as a sponsor for the awards, they were delighted to have their very own Barry Reid, Shane O’Toole and Mark Fitzpatrick nominated for “Best Sound Design” for their work on Gingerbread / Disney’s animated series ‘Space Chicken’s In Space’. The show which was nominated for multiple awards took home two awards on the night – “Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film” and “Kid’s Choice Award For Best Animated Series (6-12 years)”.
Gorilla are proud to have worked on many other projects nominated on the night including – ‘Late Afternoon’ (Cartoon Saloon), “Pete The Cat” (Amazon Studio / Surfer Jack / Cartoon Saloon), ‘Captain Morten and The Spider Queen’ (Telegael / Salamander Films), ‘Hopscotch & The Christmas Tree’ (Ink & Light), to name a few.
The variety of animation and projects celebrated at the awards is a testament to the immence talent that Ireland has within the industry.
Nora Twomey was awarded the “Murakami Award” on the night with a standing ovation from all. Her feature film ‘The Breadwinner’ won for “Best Irish Feature Film or Special” earlier in the night.
With celebration carrying on till late, a great weekend was had by all. Congratulations to the nominees and winners!
The full list of winners can be seen below. Here’s to the next awards!
Best Animated Preschool Series (up to 6 years)
Vampirina: Going Batty – Brown Bag Films
Best Animated Short Film
The Wiremen: Jessica Patterson/ JAM Media
Best International Short Film
All the Things- Chris Guyot & Paul McMahon (USA/IRL)
Best Writer for Preschool Animation (up to 6 years)
Becca’s Bunch: Acorn King- Shane Langan & Amy Stephenson
Best Writer for an Animated Series
Vampirina: Home Scream Home -Chris Nee/ Brown Bag Films
Best VFX as part of Animated TV Series or Film
Space Chickens in Space – Paul Rutledge/ Gingerbread Animation
Best Animation for Apps, Gaming and Interactive
Aurora- Pink Kong Studios
Best Design and Art Direction
The Bird and the Whale- Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther Productions
Best Director of an Animated TV Series
Danger Mouse- Aidan McAteer/ Boulder Media
The Bird and the Whale- Eimhin McNamara & Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther
Danger Mouse: Melted- Sanj Sen and Dominic Lawrence /Boulder Media
Best Sound Design
Danger Mouse- Dominic Lawrence and Sol O’Carroll/ Windmill Lane
Best Irish Feature Film or Special
The Breadwinner- Nora Twomey/ Cartoon Saloon
Paper Panther Productions
Kid’s Choice Award For Best Pre-School Animated Series (up to 6 years)
The Doc Mc Stuffins Christmas Special-Brown Bag Films
Kid’s Choice Award For Best Animated Series (6-12 years)
Space Chickens in Space- Gingerbread Animation