Phenakistoscope statuettes to be doled out at first ever Irish Animation Awards

The ceremony takes place in Dingle on Friday and is sponsored by the Irish Film Board

The first Irish Animation Awards will take place tomorrow night in Dingle, Co Kerry, with nominees from familiar production companies such as Brown Bag Films, Kite Entertainment, Geronimo Productions, Boulder Media, Monster Entertainment and Jam Media.

Each winner will receive a statuette, designed by animator and film-maker Eimhín McNamara, that resembles a phenakistoscope, which was an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

The inaugural ceremony is designed to celebrate and acknowledge talent in the Irish animation, visual effects and gaming industries.

However, with judges from CBeebies, CBBC and Nickelodeon UK – important commissioning sources for the Irish industry – the stage is set for Dingle’s Skellig Hotel to be a festival of networking for animators, too.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics