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My Father's Dragon Leads 2023 Irish Animation Awards

Ireland's animation industry goes from strength to strength. The country continues to punch above its weight and is able to hold its own on the world stage with much larger nations. The Irish Animation Awards, first held in 2015 were established to celebrate the best in animation produced in the Emerald Isle.

Animation Ireland, the trade association for Irish Animation Studios has announced the nominations for the fifth edition of The biannual Irish Animation Awards. The ceremony is set to take place on Saturday 27 May in Galway. This will be the first in-person event since 2019, due to the Covid pandemic.

This year a record 53 Irish productions were nominated. Leading the pack with seven nominations is Cartoon Saloon's feature produced for Netflix My Father's Dragon, directed by Oscar nominee Nora Twomey. Preschool series Odo, produced for the UK's Channel 5 has six nominations and RTÉ’s preschool Series Ray Of Sunshine has five nominations.

Winners will receive one of the best looking awards out there.Based upon the early animation device the Phenakistoscope, the statuette is designed by animator, filmmaker and teacher Eimhín McNamara.

Animation Ireland's Chief Executive Ronan McCabe said "It has been another superb year for Irish animation and we now have a record number of Irish productions being nominated. There are nominations from Oscar and Bafta winners alongside stunning work from student producers, and the quality across the board is immense. It’s really heartening that the future remains bright for Irish animation.’’

He added "’It will be great to be back having our awards in person again for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic. We are running a full day event with industry panels and discussions taking place in the morning, followed by the awards ceremony in the evening. Baz Ashmawy is back with us to host the awards ceremony again, so we’ll definitely enjoy that. I must also extend a huge thank you to all of our other sponsors who play such an important role in supporting Irish animation and making this event happen."

The event's headline sponsors are Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and RTÉ. Other sponsors include Northern Ireland Screen, Nickelodeon, Milkshake, Cartoon Saloon and Brown Bag Films.

Best Animated Preschool Series

Ada Twist
Circle Square 
Kiva Can Do!
Ray Of Sunshine

Best Animated Kids Series 6+

Boy Girl Dog   Cat Mouse Cheese
El Deafo
Karma's World
Tales From Dún   Draíochta
The Cuphead   Show!

Best Animated Short Film

Lady Betty
Memento Mori
Nana's Terrifying Zoom Call
Soul Office

Best International Short Film

Cha Cha
GMAN: a qixia in space
The Stranger

Best Writer For Preschool Animation

Fia’s Fairies - Chick A Bye Baby 
Happy The Hoglet - Happy Hogfairy
Kiva Can Do! - Beach Ready Yeti
Odo - Doodle Song
Ray Of Sunshine - Under The Weather

Best Writer For An Animated Series

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese- Junked
Tales   from Dún Draíochta - Rocker and the Puca
Tales From Dun Draiochta- Lusmore And The Rapping   Fairy
Tales From Dun Draiochta- The Scottish Giant
The Royals Next Door- Royal Re-Enactment

Best Animation For Apps, Games And Interactive

Cat Burglar
VOOKS- Life Of   Pele
VOOKS- The   Solar System With Ellen

Best Art Direction And Design

Ada Twist
Empty Little   People
The   Imagination Machine

Best Director Of An Animated Series

El Deafo
Karma's World
Ray Of Sunshine
Transformers BotBots

Best Animation Sequence

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese
Coming Home
My Father’s Dragon
The Cuphead Show!
Gas Networks Tommys Promo

Best Music

Critters Tv
Empty Little People
My Father's Dragon
Ray Of Sunshine
Red Rabbit

Best Sound Design

Memento Mori
Monster Hunters: Legends Of The Guild
My Father's Dragon
My Little Pony

Best Irish Feature Or Special

Adam Saves Christmas
Pinkalicious And Peterrific
My Father’s Dragon
The Ghastle Ghoul

Best Innovation In Animation

A Thing   Called Joy 
Face2Face - Charles   & Camilla 
Fias Fairies   
Myth Masters   

Best New Irish IP

Alva's World
Happy The Hoglet
The Imagination Machine
The Wee Littles

Best Student Film

Fall Of The Ibis King
His Dancing Shoes
Small Hours
Small Makings Of A Storm
Witch Of The Woods

Best Editing

Ada Twist
Boy Girl Dog Cat   Mouse Cheese
El Deafo
Happy The Hoglet
My Father's Dragon

Best Storyboarding

El Deafo
Karma's World
My Father’s Dragon
Ray Of Sunshine
Transformers: BotBots 

Best VFX in animation

Mimi's World
My Father’s Dragon
The Cup Head Show!
The Imagination Machine
Wendell And Wild