Irish Animation Awards 2019!

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

Best Animation

The Bird and the Whale- Eimhin McNamara & Carol Freeman/ Paper Panther

Best Music

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

Best Newcomer

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

Murakami Award

Nora Twomey

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