The Dublin Animation Film Festival took place on the 17th and 18th October 2014 at both the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire.
With a total of 201 submissions from over fifteen countries, 2014 was the biggest year to date for the Dublin Animation Film Festival.
At the Awards Ceremony on 18th October 2014 winners across seven categories were presented with festival trophies which were created by Michael Flynn, a third year IADT student who is currently studying for a BA (Honours) in Model Making, Design and Digital Effects.
The award for Best Irish Short film was shared by Alan Holly of andMapsandPlans Animation for the film “Coda” and Paul O’Muiris of Cartoon Saloon for the film “The Ledge End of Phil (from Accounting)”. “Fresh Cut Grass” by Boulder Media received an Honourable Mention.
Winners at the festival also included Damien O’Connor of Brown Bag Films whose film “Anya” won in the Community Award category and Olesya Shchukina of Folimage, France whose film “Elephants with Bicycles” won Best International Short Film. “Tall Tales Part 2″ by Kilogramme Animation, UK and “El Canto” by Inès Sedan, France received an Honourable Mention.
Best Irish Student Short Film went to “Wounded” by Helga Kristjana Bjarnadottir, Gavin Fullerton and Julie Rush of Ballyfermot College of Further Education. “Shoot” by Rory Conway of Ballyfermot College of Further Education received an Honourable Mention.
Best International Student Short film was presented to “The Prize Inside” by Reece Porter and Sarah Chunghee Kambara of Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida, USA. “Missing U” by Brooke Wagstaff of Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida, USA and Sophie Racine of l’ENSAV la Cambre, Brussels, Belgium both received Honourable Mentions.
The Best Under 18s award was presented to “The Battle of Ravenwind – the Right to Radios” by participants of “Fighting Words” in association with Brown Bag Films and the Audience Choice award went to Boulder Media for “Fresh Cut Grass”.
Bill Plympton, the “King of Indie Animation” also received an award for his feature film Cheatin’.
A big thank you to everyone who submitted their film and who participated in the festival events! We will hopefully be calling for entries for 2015 in March 2015!