The Irish short animation films Old Fangs and Miss Remarkable & Her Career havebeen officially selected for the 50thAnnecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June.
The two shorts are among the 39 shorts selected for competition from nearly 2,000 submissions received by the festival.
Old Fangs, written and directed by Adrien Mergeau, tells the story of a young wolf who decides to confront his father who he had not seen since he was a child. The film was produced by Ross Murray for Cartoon Saloon, the Irish production company behind the Oscar animated feature The Secret of Kells.
Old Fangs is continuing in its growing success, having previously screened at the renowned Sundance Film Festival in January as well as receiving an Honourable Mention for Best Animation at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh. The film was produced under the Frameworks short animation scheme funded by the IFB, the Arts Council and RTÉ.
Meanwhile Miss Remarkable & Her Career, written and directed by Joanna Rubin Dranger and produced by Jeremy Purcell, is a darkly comedic animated story which depicts Miss Remarkable as she struggles with her own demons, crushing parental expectations and rising above a career meltdown. It recently had its world premiere during the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
The film was the first co-production project for Galway-based company A Man & Ink, who co-produced with partners Lisbett Gabreilsson Film AB (Sweden) and Bullitt Film (Denmark). It received finance from the IFB, Swedish Film Institute, Danish Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fund.
The Annecy Film Festival which was founded in 1960 is the world’s largest event entirely focused on animation. It will take place June 7th- 12th.
Kavaleer Productions have collected two prizes at the annual Digital Media Awards for the short film Hasan Everywhere. The animation company won the award for best use of film or animation and also collected the prestigious Grand Prix award on the night.
The Digital Media Awards presents awards in twenty one categories to various projects, companies and organisations. The winner is those who produce the most stylish, creative and pioneering work in the digital media sector. The Grand Prix award is a special commendation for outstanding excellence, this award goes to the project that received the highest average mark from the judges. The judges commented that Hasan Everywhere is a beautifully executed animation with an excellent story that is both gripping and haunting. They also said that the project’s creativity and craft shone through and that the project bespeaks a creator in high command of their craft.
Kavaleer Productions, based in Dublin’s Digital Hub, were awarded for their work on the short film Hasan Everywhere. Based on the friendship of an Israeli novelist and Palestinian artist the film depicts an animated version of love and friendship across the divide. The piece was directed by Andrew Kavanagh and produced by Ciara Gillan.
Speaking about the victory Andrew says, ” I am honoured and delighted that the jury recognized Hasan Everywhere and am overwhelmed that the film won the overall Grand Prix as well as the Film & Animation category. I think it’s a fitting tribute to Hasan Hourani and I would like to thank the Hourani family for trusting me to make this film, and Dorit Rabinyan for sharing her story with me.”
Ciara Gillan says, “Andrew and I were delighted to be given the opportunity by Hasan’s family and Dorit to tell their story. The past two and half years have been a challenging and rewarding journey. It’s great to have all of this and the beauty of this film recognised. Thanks again to the Digital Media Awards.”
Paul has two short live action films he wrote and directed in post production. One is called Power Struggle – a dystopian view of a near future Ireland – and the other is called Comb – a Banshee story story with a difference. Comb stars Jack Walsh of Killinaskully fame. Paul co-produced these shorts with Mark Kelly of Grey Man FIlms.
Paul is also working with Aardman on one of their new features and writing 2 more shorts to which he hopes to shoot in the coming months.
On top of all this Paul is writing, animating and directing a 2.5 minute short film for the The Flying Machine project from BreakThru FIlms. It is part of a larger celebratory feature on Chopin. and is set to a piece of the composer’s music – it will be released later in 2010 as part of the 200 year centenary of Chopin and is commissioned, through BreakThru, by the Polish government.
Jason is in the midst of the second series of Fluffy Gardens (http://www.fluffygardens.com/), a preschool
show for children. Jason writes and directs it so it’s keeping himself very busy. There are around ten left to produce and, as far as I know, the second series should be launching on RTE in April. Monster are producing 40 episodes for the second series (each episode is 7 minutes long) which brings the total number of episodes to 80, plus a Christmas special. It brings us to about 10 hours of Fluffy Gardens. The show airs in the UK and Ireland, all across Europe, in Australia, Latin America and elsewhere (as far as Thailand and Korea).