NATIONAL CALL – Call for entries opens on 4th September 2017 and deadline for entry is 31st January 2018

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Disney Channels UK & Ireland presents YAOTY

Young Animator Of The Year 2017

Winners at the 2017 festival were Donal Cotter, Mount Temple, Clontarf, Dublin 3 and Kelly Mc Carvill, St. Joseph’s College, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Animation Dingle are delighted to announce their sponsorship with Disney Channels UK & Ireland.

With Disney Channels UK & Ireland, Animation Dingle has started the search for the ‘Young Animator Of The Year’.

Secondary school students are invited, from all over Ireland, to submit their short animations for entry to the national YAOTY awards.

A Disney Channels executive will present the overall winning student with their award, at a premiere screening of their winning film, during the 6th Animation Dingle event in March 2018. The winning student will also be offered a placement in JAM Media’s studios in either Dublin or Belfast, and receive an award designed by renowned Dingle jeweller, Brian de Staic.

David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa, & General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland comments: “Disney Channels have a heritage of hit animated series and we are proud to be supporting young Irish animators through this award. The Dingle Animation Festival is an incubator for the industry and we look forward to seeing the entries from this rich pool of talent”.

The Competition is open to 4th, 5th and 6th year students. Students are to produce an animated film no longer than 1 minute, the theme being ‘Under The Sea’.

“We’re delighted to have Disney Channels on board to support this wonderful competition. ‘YAOTY’ aims to celebrate the animators of tomorrow, and we look forward to having the winner experience working in JAM,” JAM Media CEO, John Rice.

The animation can be in any style:

  • hand drawn,
  • cut out animation,
  • computer generated,
  • claymation
  • or stop motion.

Listed as ‘One of the top Not-To-Missed events in the World’ by Animation Magazine, Animation Dingle is attended by all the major animation colleges and studios within Ireland, along with delegates from Disney, Amazon, RTÉ, CBBC, CBeebies and many more.

Exciting plans are underway for 2018!

Entry is FREE. The closing date for student entries is the 31st of January 2018.
For further details and to submit your film, please see

Are you, or is a student you know, the 2018 YOUNG ANIMATOR OF THE YEAR?

‘Animation Dingle’ takes place on March 23rd – 24th, 2018
For further information contact:
Founder/ Director, Maurice Galway
On 085 1774754 or email

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