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 http://www.businesstoarts.ie/allianz-business-to-arts-awards-2016-shortlist-announced/

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


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