Animation Dingle Festival is just around the corner! The 2-day Festival for animation industry experts and students, takes place from March 24th - 25th this year in the iconic fishing town of Dingle in Ireland.
We are delighted to announce that Brown Bag Films are sponsoring The Murakami Award once again at this year's festival, and this year's recipient is industry veteran Steve Woods. The award will be presented by Brown Bag Films' Managing Director Cathal Gaffney at the festivals Awards show which takes place on Friday, March 24 from 8-10pm.
Jimmy T. Murakami, 1933-2014, was one of the founding fathers of Irish animation. He was a key figure in the establishment of the thriving Irish animation industry that we know today.
In 1965 he launched his own company, Murakami-Wolf Productions, with business partner Fred Wolf. Murakami settled permanently in Ireland while working on Roger Corman’s, ‘The Red Baron’ in 1971. His work in the 1986 feature, ‘When the Wind Blows‘ produced some of the animator’s most acclaimed work with ‘The Snowman‘ remaining an enduring children’s favourite to this day. Murakami Films opened in Dublin in 1989, with the studio producing popular television series such as ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘. Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films, called Murakami “a founding father of Irish Animation”.
At Animation Dingle 2013, Jimmy T. Murakami, received the inaugural Murakami Award for his lifetime achievement in Animation. Of the event, he said:
“I have been to hundreds of film festivals, all over the globe, for what seems to be the last hundred years, and in my opinion the Dingle Film Festival is the best among them all”.
Brown Bag Films' Creative Director Darragh O'Connell will be taking part in the Irish Studio Panel: Unlock Your Creative Potential, taking place on Friday, March 24 from 10.30 am to 11.15 am at the Dingle Skellig Hotel. The panel also includes Stuart Forrest (CEO Triggerfish), Deirdre Barry (Programme Director, National Talent Academy for Animation), Paul O'Flanagan (Boulder Media), Mark Cumberton (Producer/COO Jam Media) with Ronan McCabe (CEO Animation Ireland) as Chair. The panel will discuss the opportunities for skills development, and creativity and collaboration in the studio environment.
SVP, Distribution & Acquisitions, from our parent company 9 Story, will also be chairing the Adapting to the Digital Age: Strategies for Content Delivery and Relevance panel, which takes place from 2 pm to 2.45 pm on Friday, March 24 at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.
The panel, which features Suzanne Kelly (Head of Children's & Young People's Content RTE), Jens Opatz (Commissioning Editor, WDR), Sarah Muller (Head of Commissioning & Acquisitions 7-12 BBC), Chris Rose (Vice President of Production and Development, Paramount Global Kids & Family), and Orion Ross (Vice President, Animation The Walt Disney Company EMEA), will explore the strategies for content delivery, adaptation in the digital age, competitive approaches in the industry, and new ways of engaging with audiences, creating high-quality content and remaining relevant in the streaming age.
We're also thrilled to be sponsoring the Pitch & A Pint event which takes place from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm on Friday, March 24 at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, where attendees will be able to catch our team as they join a terrific selection of studios and broadcasters meeting students in a one-to-one speed-session format to listen to pitches and provide feedback. This event is one of the many at Animation Dingle that provides a great opportunity for students to engage and interact directly with industry experts, so be sure not to miss it!
And of course, there's also the numerous incredible animation screenings, workshops, student awards and events that fall across the jam-packed two days, which you can find more details on in the festival programme: Animation Dingle 2023 Festival Programme.