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Animation Dingle is back for its fifth year and with a new look for 2017. Taking place on 24th and 25th of March.

However, the deadline for early submission is the 4th of November so get your entries in animators and be in with a chance of showing your feature/ short film at Animation Dingle this year!

You can find out more information on the submissions at

Físín book

We have exciting news for you screen writers out there! The deadline for Físín has been extended till the 31st of October 2016. So get those creative juices flowing and send us in your film idea! To be within a chance to get €5,000 to help make your idea come to life. Click on the image above to make your dream a reality!

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Dingle IFF has pulled together a talented team from across the wider film industry to select the open submissions programme for its 2017 screenings.


The next deadline for submissions is November 4th.


Joining our Artistic Director, Maurice Galway, we are proud to announce the following viewing panel for each category.


FEATURE LIVE ACTION FILMS: Mandy Kean, Director of Cinema EUR, Soho House & Co, Gerard Stembridge, writer and director and Brian MacEvilly, screenwriter. As European Director of Cinema for Soho House & Co, Mandy Kean’s portfolio is diverse with a range of exciting projects. In addition to programming the members’ clubs in the UK and the Group’s public cinemas – the iconic Electric Cinema on Portobello Road and the Electric Cinema Shoreditch; Mandy is a board member of the Dingle International Film Festival. Gerard Stembridge’s film work includes Guiltrip, About Adam, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Nora and Alarm. He has also written for television, theatre and he is well-known for his radio work with Dermot Morgan. Brian MacEvilly lives in Dingle, his feature scripts Independence Pass and The Full Irish garnered him the Grand Prize in the 2015 Nashville Film Festival and his short script Fire also made the Final 5 out of over 1,000 entries at the 2015 Austin Screenwriters Conference.


Viewing the many FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES, Dingle IFF are happy to welcome, Mark Christopher Covino, independent film maker and Brenda Ní Shúillleabháin, renowned documentary film maker. Mark Christopher Covino has worked on several productions over the years including the highly acclaimed Black Panther documentary, What We Want, What We Believe. In 2012, Mark’s first feature film, A Band Called Death, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and subsequently won the Audience Award at South by Southwest 2013. His recent documentary, The Crest, premiered in Dingle last year. Hailing from Ventry,Brenda Ní Shúillleabháin, is no stranger to Dingle or the Film Festival. Her works include Bibeanna, Bibeanna Mheiriceá, Rince ar Phár (six documentaries on literature in modern Irish), Men of Ventry, and recently, Submarine and Decent Men. She is currently working on Rianta mo Chos, (a series on the connection between person and place), and Holy War in Dingle, (a history of Protestantism on the Peninsula).


Our SHORT LIVE ACTION category will be adjudicated by writer/director, Audrey O Reilly, and the inimitable film critic, John Maguire. Audrey O’Reilly’s short films have screened in festivals from Aspen to Edinburgh to Cannes with In Loving Memory winning the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. Her short Clare sa Speir has been included on the Irish Leaving Certificate syllabus for over ten years while Teenage Cics, a six part TV drama series she co-wrote and directed for TG4, was voted one of its top three dramas ever. She is currently developing Lockerbie, a feature film about the 1988 air disaster, cited to be directed by acclaimed director Jim Sheridan and a second feature about composer Antonio Vivaldi, to be directed by Oscar/Palm D’Or winner Bille Auguste. John Maguire, film critic, journalist and broadcaster with almost 20 years experience writing and talking about film and film culture in Ireland, is an astute and intuitive critic. For the last 8 years he has written a weekly film review column and long-form feature interviews for the Sunday Business Post, Ireland’s premier business and politics newspaper and for many years he contributed a weekly film review to Ireland’s most popular breakfast radio show, Ian Dempsey on Today FM, among other long-standing national radio and television contributions.


We are delighted to announce that Bob Jackson will be adjudicating our SHORT DOCUMENTARY panel. Bob Jackson is a filmmaker, author, music producer and lecturer based in Cork city, Ireland. His first feature film, A Doctor’s Sword, was released in Irish cinemas in 2015 to huge critical, as well as audience, acclaim and in 2016, was nominated for an IFTA (Irish Film & Television Award). The documentary has screened at film festivals in Ireland and throughout the world, has been broadcast on terrestrial television in Ireland and will be released in UK cinemas in late 2016.


The next deadline for submissions is November 4th


Festival takes Place March 23-26 2017



Outside Skelligs

Animation Dingle and its partnership with JAM Media has been shortlisted for the 25th Allianz Business to Arts Awards.

The Allianz Business to Arts Awards has been recognising and championing the spirit of collaboration between businesses, artists and arts organisations that develop creative partnerships for 25 years.

JAM Media & Animation Dingle will compete in the Best Mid-Size Sponsorship Category with some tough competition.

Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive, Business to Arts, states, “2016 is a special commemorative year for Ireland and it marks the silver anniversary of the Allianz Business to Arts Awards. In our 25th year, we have received the highest number of applications to date, displaying the best examples of creative partnerships between corporates and cultural communities. We are inspired by the creativity, innovation and cost effectiveness demonstrated by the various nominations this year. These cultural partnerships cement our ethos, that when creativity and business acumen come together, astounding things can be achieved”

Animation Dingle is set in magical Dingle, on the most westerly peninsula of Europe. Animation Dingle, in partnership with JAM Media and Dingle IFF, is now in its 4th year and celebrates student creativity and excellence in Irish and International animation.

The festival was created for students, has been moulded by them, and is composed of three parts—Conference, Screenings and Awards. Already it has been listed by Animation Magazine in their TOP 25 EVENTS IN THE WORLD NOT-TO-MISSED! Back in 2012, Dingle IFF invited JAM Media to profile their company, but as it turned out, nobody turned up to the event. Alone in a vast empty room, Dingle IFF and JAM considered the success of the animation industry in Ireland today and the need for a platform to connect industry with the student population. Out of this conversation, Animation Dingle was born in 2013, running for 1 day in St. James’ Church, and this year the festival was sold out weeks in advance and is attracting in major overseas guests, such as: Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming, Amazon Studios; David Levine, Disney; Oscar winners Richie Baneham (Avatar) and Patrick Osborne (Feast); Alexi Wheeler, Nickelodeon; Lana Castleman, Kidscreen; Cécile Blondel, Gobelins of Paris; Jackie Edwards, CBBC; Christian De Vita (Fantastic Mr. Fox); Oscar nominated Tomm Moore (Song of The Sea); Jimmy T. Murakami (Snowman).

Along with interactive events such as our Pitch & A Pint and Sketch Day, over 125 films were screened at the festival from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Canada, UK, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and Ireland to packed houses. Animation Dingle also showcased Irish animation works at The 31st Santa Barbara IFF and The Toronto Irish Film Festival. The festival is home to The Murakami Award.

“What we do with JAM in creating Animation Dingle is unique here in Ireland and we put on a really good show. Animation Dingle is like the perfect piece of crunchy toast with a juicy layer of JAM sitting on top.” Maurice Galway, Festival Director.

“It’s a huge honour to be nominated for this prestigious award. The collaboration between Animation Dingle and JAM Media has grown from humble beginnings to international success. It attracts attention from both the Arts and Business worlds and is staged in a comfortable environment where the next generation students can mix easily with businesses, artists and industry giants, such as Disney and Amazon. The creative benefits and networking opportunities to business and arts, both domestically and internationally, from this partnership are priceless.” John Rice, CEO JAM Media

See the shortlist here

The winners are announced on the evening of Monday, 19th September in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

“The best festival I’ve ever attended!” Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Animation


Great to see that Dingle IFF made it to number 2 of The 10 Things to love about Dingle by The Wild Atlantic Way people (Tourism Ireland). See here, we should be very proud

Gregory Peck 100 Years
Maurice Galway had a chat on Radio Kerry recently about Gregory Peck and his birth centenary, see here on the new Gregory Peck centenary website for the interview

student awards

The fourth Animation Dingle Festival wrapped up its first day at the idyllic location of the Dingle Skelligs Hotel featuring a set of insightful and inspiring keynote speakers from Amazon, Disney, BBC, Nickelodeon and RTE to name but a few. Friday’s events culminated with the presentation of the Young Animator of the Year Award, the Student Animation Awards and the much lauded Murakami Award.

The winner of the Young Animator of the Year Award is Lauren Rush for her film “Sustainable Development” and a special mention is given to Adam Kellihers “Leprechaun”. Both will receive a 2 week work placement with JAM Media. Lauren also took home The YAOTY Award designed by Brian de Staic.

The other nominees were: Kelly McCarvill, “Leprechaun Broadcast”
CBS, “Séamus Ó Sé on St. Paddy’s Day”,Ciaran O’Brian “Healthy Lifestyle id the key” and Ciara Geraghty. The award was presented by Brian de Staic and Marty Boyland, Institute of Technology, Tralee.


1.BEST WORK IN PROGRESS AWARD, presented by Chris Dicker, Head of Development at JAM Media

1. Silver’s Millions – Seán O’Reilly
2. The Last Leaf – Olya Golubeva
3. The Trickster – Kerri Targett
4. Back In Ten – Marc Hendry

WINNER: SILVERS MILLIONS with a special mention for BACK IN TEN

2.BEST COMBINED ANIMATION AWARD, presented by Paul Cummins, Telegael


1. Discovery – Paul Mc Veigh, Andrew Brennan, Sam Hudson, Rebekah Quinn, Bobby Strain.
2. I Could Eat A Horse – Jake Hovell, UK, Dominic – Rossie Stone, UK.
3. Buoy – Olly Blake.
4. Dominic – Rossie Stone, UK.

WINNER: BUOY with special mention for I COULD EAT A HORSE and DISCOVERY

3.BEST 3D CGI ANIMATION AWARD, presented by Jackie Edwards, CBBC CBeebies, U.K

1. Zoe – ChiHyun Lee, USA/ Korea
2. Taking the Plunge – Elizabeth Ku,Nick Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades,Marie Raoult, USA.
3. Harvest – Simon Riley, Ireland.
4. Open Wide – Natasha Crowley, Katie McQuillan, Blayne Fitzpatrick, Northern Ireland.
5. Here Be Giants – Thomas Heban, USA.
6. The Valley Below – Joel Hofmann, Switzerland.
7. After the End – Sam Southward, UK.
8. Foxxy Joe – Daniel Gold, UK.


4.BEST 2D AWARD presented by Michelle Forde, Sixteen South


1. Terrain – Suzanne Williams, Ireland.
2. Did you hear about her Dad? – Jessica Patterson, Ireland.
3. Fur From Home – Aidan Neeson, Ireland.
4. SubAdult – Katie Lyons, Ireland.
5. Sour Puss – Emily Lynch, Ireland.
6. Bugg & Mr. Hill – Sean Cunningham, Ireland.


5.BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION, presented by David Levine, Disney

1. Sour Puss – Emily Lynch, Ireland.
2. Terrain – Suzanne Williams, Ireland.
3. SubAdult – Katie Lyons, Ireland.
4. Bugg & Mr. Hill – Sean Cunningham, Ireland.
5. The Teacup – Elif Boyacioglu, Ireland.
6. Did you hear about her Dad? – Jessica Patterson, Ireland.
7. Discovery – Paul Mc Veigh, Andrew Brennan, Sam Hudson, Rebekah Quinn, Bobby Strain, Northern Ireland.

WINNER: BUGG & MR. HILL with special mention for DID YOU HEAR ABOUT HER DAD?

6.BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN AWARD, presented by Paul Lynch, Mutiny Post Production


1. The Forest Paper – Sipparpad Krongraksa, Thailand.
2. Let’s Go – Kevin Li, USA.
3. Cavemans – Joe Carroll, Ireland.
4. Here Be Giants – Thomas Heban, USA.
5. Buoy – Olly Blake, Ireland.
6. The Teacup – Elif Boyacioglu, Ireland.

WINNER: THE TEACUP with special mention for HERE BE GIANTS and BUOY

7. BEST STOPMOTION ANIMATION AWARD, presented by Paul Cummins, Telegael

1. First Snow – Lenka Ivancikova, Czech Republic.
2. I’m Good With Plants – Thomas Harnett Omeara, UK.
3. I Could Eat A Horse – Jake Hovell, UK.
4. Michi – Kaho Yoshida, Canada.


8. BEST VFX AWARD, –presented by Gary Shortall and Gareth Young, Egg Post Production


Zoe – ChiHyun Lee, USA/ Korea.
The Forest Paper – Sipparpad Krongraksa, Thailand.
The Big, The Bad and The Bunny – Minji Sohn & Laura Talaway, USA.
Harvest – Simon Riley, Ireland.
Slán – Mark Mullan, Abigail Gelston, Natasha Crowley, Claire Miller, Northern Ireland.

WINNER: HARVEST with a special mention for ZOE and THE FOREST PAPER

9.BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD, presented by Barry O Donoghue, Barley Films, producing animated features locally in Dingle.

1. The Valley Below – Joel Hofmann, Switzerland.
3. The Forest Paper – Sipparpad Krongraksa, Thailand.
4. Here Be Giants – Thomas Heban, USA.
5. Let’s Go – Kevin Li, USA.

WINNER: HERE BE GIANTS with special mentions for LET’S GO and THE VALLEY BELOW

10.BEST DESIGN/ART DIRECTION AWARD, presented by Sheila De Courcy, RTÉ


1. The Journey – Puthima Wongdeeprasith, USA.
2. The Forest Paper – Sipparpad Krongraksa, Thailand.
3. Let’s Go – Kevin Li, USA.
4. Did you hear about her Dad? – Jessica Patterson, Ireland.
5. Hortugan Tales – Saara Väkiparta, UK.
6. Cavemans – Joe Carroll, Ireland.
7. Pirouette – Zige Zhang, China/USA.
8. Cope – Greta Kelly, Sorcha McGlinchey, Edward Boyle, Molly Murray, Stephen Cole, Northern Ireland.

WINNER: DID YOU HEAR ABOUT HER DAD? with a special mention for PIROUETTE

11. BEST WRITER AWARD, presented by writer Marc Flanagan

1. SubAdult – Katie Lyons, Ireland.
2. After the End – Sam Southward, UK.
3. I Could Eat A Horse – Jake Hovell, UK.
4. Did you hear about her Dad? – Jessica Patterson, Ireland.
5. Cavemans – Joe Carroll, Ireland.


12. BEST DIRECTOR AWARD, presented by Colm Tyrrell, Brown Bag Films


1. Taking the Plunge – Elizabeth Ku,Nick Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades,Marie Raoult, USA.
2. After the End – Sam Southward, UK.
3. Grounded – Thomas de Maleingreau, USA.
4. SubAdult – Katie Lyons, Ireland.
5. Bugg & Mr. Hill – Sean Cunningham, Ireland.


13. BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT AWARD, presented by Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon


1. Taking the Plunge – Elizabeth Ku, Nick Manfredi, Thaddaeus Andreades, Marie Raoult USA.
2. The Blue and the Beyond – Youri Dekker, USA.
3. The Valley Below – Joel Hofmann, Switzerland.
4. After the End – Sam Southward, UK.
5. CAGE’ 折枝 – Pengpeng Du, China.
6. MANOMAN – Simon Cartwright, UK.

WINNER IS MANOMAN with a special mention for AFTER THE END

14. BEST IRISH SHORT AWARD, presented by Melissa Malone, Boulder Media

1. Did You Hear About Her Dad? – Jessica Patterson, Ireland.
2. Sour Puss – Emily Lynch, Ireland.
3. Bugg & Mr. Hill – Sean Cunningham, Ireland.
4. Terrain – Suzanne Williams, Ireland.
5. The Teacup – Elif Boyacioglu, Ireland.
6. SubAdult – Katie Lyons, Ireland.
7. Discovery – Paul Mc Veigh, Andrew Brennan, Sam Hudson, Rebekah Quinn, Bobby Strain, Northern Ireland.
8. At A Loss – Stephen Cunningham, Ireland.



Presentation by Ethna Murakami, Maurice Galway & John Rice

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman met at Walt Disney studios in 1972 and there began a friendship forged by a mutual passion for restoring the heritage of classical animation to todays animated films. While being remembered with fondness for An American Tail in 1984, the legacy of Bluth and Goldman is much greater than the films they created- the existing animation industry in Ireland can be traced back to the studios recruitment, training and development of local talent. So, it is with much pride that Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are presented with the Murakami Award for 2016. Attending the ceremony was  Ethna Murakami, the wife of the late Jimmy T. Murakami.














Sarah Miles will be welcomed back to Dingle on St. Patrick’s Day, where she will officially open the Dingle International Film Festival with a screening of Ryan’s Daughter.


“Sarah opened the very first film festival, so it is more than fitting that she returns to celebrate our 10th birthday with us. RYAN’S DAUGHTER, set in the wake of the Easter Rising, is the perfect film to celebrate Ireland’s centenary and who better than Sarah to be here with the film” said Director and founder of the festival, Maurice Galway.


Sarah will also be present for a Q&A with the audience, which screens in the Phoenix Cinema with an opening reception by Dingle Distillery at 6.30pm on St. Patrick’s Day.


The festival welcomes to Dingle an exceptional line up of industry and celebrity guests. The fourth annual Animation Dingle festival, which takes place on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th, is proud to announce this year that it will have two very special keynote speakers in Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios, and David Levine, General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland.


Other notable participants include Oscar winner Patrick Osborne, head storyboard artist, Christian de Vita (Fantastic Mr. Fox), Cécile Blondel from Gobelins in Paris, Sheila de Courcy & Pauline McNamara from RTE, Jackie Edwards & Lucy Pryke from BBC, and Alexi Wheeler from Nickelodeon.


Cathy Beldon, known from RED ROCK on our TV screens at the moment and amazing films PHILOMENA and A LITTLE CHAOS will be around. Peter O’ Meara known from LOVE/HATE and HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU will also be seen on the streets of Dingle over St. Patrick’s Weekend. By the sound of it, with less than a week to go, you never know who could yet show up at this Festival!


The World Premiere of THE CREST will take place in The Blasket Centre on Saturday 19 at 6pm, with a total of 19 members of cast & crew coming in from The Staes, the film was shot on The Peninsula and tells the story of two decedents of An Rí who come to surf the waves to The Blaskets.


With over 170 films from right across the globe and a packed programme of activities, including many animated films suitable of kids there is something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Go to right now for details, or to to see our brand new website and book your place for one of the hottest tickets this year in Ireland!


This year, Dingle IFF will pay special tribute to one of the ultimate masters of film – David Lean. Renowned for epics like Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, his expansive filmography has garnered 23 Academy Awards over 16 films.

In 1968, Lean, his cast and crew, travelled to Dingle to film what would later become one of his most well renowned works – Ryan’s Daughter. This year, Dingle IFF celebrates its 10th year in existence, and with a centennial atmosphere already very much in the air, we know of no better film to screen on our opening night. This will also mark a rare opportunity to witness such a classic in the traditional setting of the fabulous Phoenix Cinema.

Filmed on the Dingle peninsula, Ryan’s Daughter gave the world at large, an artistic and directorial vision of one of the most scenic parts of our modest country. Dealing with the love affair between a man and a woman on opposing sides of the 1916 Rising, we believe this to be a poignant and fitting tribute. To Dingle, to David Lean, to Ireland, and to film.

We plan to further celebrate the works of David Lean with screenings of the romantic classic Brief Encounter, and the hilarious Hobson’s Choice. We hope to offer a broad spectrum of the diverse genres the director handled, through screening an epic of immediate relevancy, a romance of endearing drama, and an utterly timeless comedy.

These will all be must-sees across the weekend, but none we feel is as befitting as Ryan’s Daughter. We are as humbled as we are ecstatic to be screening such an epic on our opening night. A film that did so much for Dingle, for Ireland, and now we have a small opportunity to show our gratitude.


Kerry Filmmakers Forum with Lisa Fingleton

Dingle IFF

Dingle International Film Festival are proud to present the Kerry Filmmakers Forum
in association with Kerry County Council Filmmaker in Residence Lisa Fingleton. This dynamic forum will create opportunities for cross collaboration, networking and future project development.

If you are interested in any aspect of film development in Kerry, this is the place for you. Directors, animators, artist/filmmakers, screenwriters and composers are invited to bring along new projects and ideas for peer feedback.

If you would like to present clips or images to illustrate your proposal, please let Lisa know by 5pm Friday 11th March on

Kerry Filmmakers Forum will take place during Dingle IFF

St. James’ Church on Friday 18th March at 12.30pm

This is a FREE event but booking is essential. Please let Lisa know if you are attending.

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Cúis áthais d’Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán an Daingin an cúigear iomaitheoir i mbabhta ceannais Físín 2016 a fhógairt.

Is iad san:
Gillian Grattan
Elaine Kennedy
Dáithí Ó Cinnéide
Antoin Coll
Sinéad Ralston
Glacfaidh an cúigear páirt i seisiún pitseála, ar oscailt saor in aisce don bpobal, ar an Domhnach 20 Márta. Gheobhaidh an buaiteoir seans a scannán a dhéanamh le cabhair duais airgid €5,000 mar aon le luach €2,000 fearais léirithe ó Vast Valley Ltd.
Ba mhaith linn buíochas a ghabháil le gach aon duine a bhí páirteach sa chomórtas, agus comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis an gcúigear roghnaithe.
Gabhaimid buíochas chomh maith le Gerry Stembridge agus le Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin a reachtáil an deireadh seachtaine forbartha sa tSamhain, agus leis an bpainéal measúnaithe: Nuala O’Connor, Éanna de Buis agus Rachel Holstead.
Feicfimid céadléiriú scannáin Mháiréad Kiernan, buaiteoir Físín 2015, ag an bhFéile.
Beidh Féile Idirnáisiúnta Scannán an Daingin ar siúl idir Márta 17 agus Márta 20 2016.
Tuilleadh eolais ó
Dingle International Film Festival are delighted to announce the 5 finalist for Físín 2016
The finalists are:

Gillian Grattan
Elaine Kennedy
Daithí OCinnéide
Antoin Coll
Sinéad Ralston

The 5 finalist will take part in a live pitching session, open to the public and free of charge on Sunday 20th March. The winning pitch will go forward to make their film with a cash prize of €5,000 and €2,000 worth of filming equipment from Vast Valley Ltd.
We would like to thank all the participants who took part and congratulate the 5 finalists.
We would also like to thank Gerard Stembridge and Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin for over seeing The Físín Development weekend last November and to our Físín judges: Nuala O Connor, Enna de Buis and Rachel Holstead
Our 2015 Físín winner Mairead Kiernan will premiere her film at the festival.
Dingle IFF will take place March 17th to March 20th 2016
Further details at
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