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Dublin Animation Film Festival is an annual event designed to celebrate both national and international animators and is five years old this year.

The festival will take place this year on the 16th and 17th October 2015 at IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology) and the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire.
The first day of the festival will focus on guest lectures at IADT, and screenings and the DAFF 2015 Awards ceremony will take place at The Pavilion Theatre on the 17th October.

Festival Director Fionnghuala Ni Neill graduated with an MA in Film Studies from UCD in 2001. She worked in theatre and film and while she was working on her environmental short films she saw the need for greater supports for fringe film-makers.

With the support of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Local Enterprise Board, and her passion for film she started the first animation film festival in Blackrock in 2011. The festival received 45 entries and was held in Blackrock until 2013. As it grew in size and popularity, it rebranded and became the Dublin Animation Film Festival in 2014 attracting some of the biggest names in film animation. The opening film of the new festival was the Irish premiere of ‘Cheatin’ by Academy Award nominee, Bill Plympton at the Pavilion Theatre.

This year, the Dublin Animation Film Festival is delighted to welcome Tomm Moore, co-creator of Cartoon Saloon to the screening of their Oscar nominated feature “Song of the Sea.” Guest speakers include Damien O’Connor – Brown Bag Films Dublin, Nelson Lowry – Laika Studios, Portland, Oregan, Ian Mackinnon – Mackinnon and Saunders, UK and Michele Chiappa – Karrot Animation, UK.

Friday 16th October 2015 – Lectures at IADT
The Festival speakers:

Michele Chiappa – Karrot Animation UK – Room Ao19 10am

Michele Chiappa, the Lead Editor on the BAFTA winning pre-school animated show Sarah & Duck for BBC Worldwide will be giving a lecture entitled Complete Control which will focus on the role of the editor in animation. Michele’s lecture will cover the difference between editing animation and live action films, and the importance of the editor’s role in the collaborative experience that is filmmaking.

Damien O’Connor – Brown Bag Films, Dublin- Room Ao19 11.30am

Damien will give a lecture entitled ‘From Script To Screen’ which will examine the steps needed to hone that inkling of an idea into a fully-fledged film. Using ANYA, his recent short film, as a template, Damien will cover all aspects of production, from idea generation, scripting, storyboarding to animatic building.

Ian Mackinnon – Mackinnon and Saunders UK -Room Ao19 1.30PM
Creative Director and co-founder Ian Mackinnon will look back at the studios development from character development of stop motion puppets to becoming a producer of high quality animation. Mackinnon & Saunders is a world leader in visual character development and stop motion puppet fabrication.

Nelson Lowry – Laika Studios, Portland, Oregan, USA- Room Ao19 2.30PM

Emmy Winning Production Designer Nelson Lowry will give the National Film School Lecture at IADT on the 16th October.
Nelson Lowry’s lengthy credits include LAIKA’s current production Kubo and the Two Strings as well as The Boxtrolls and ParaNorman. He also contributed his creativity to Corpse Bride, the Christmas comedy Fred Claus and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine.

Saturday 17th October 2015 Screenings and Booking Information

Tomm Moore – Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny
12 Noon Pavilion Theatre

A screening of Academy Award nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ followed by a Q & A with Tomm Moore takes place on Saturday 17th October 2015 at 12 Noon at the Pavilion Theatre. Tomm will be delighted to answer questions about the film.
Tickets are on sale at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire – €5 per child, €7.50 per adult and €22 for a family ticket.

Screenings of Shortlisted Films
14.45 Pavilion Theatre

Awards Ceremony 18.15 Pavilion Theatre
There will also be free screenings of the shortlisted films for the DAFF2015 awards. There is no ticket charge for the screening of the shortlisted films or the awards
Bookings at

Dublin Animation Film Festival is sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, The National Film School, IADT, Diep at Home,
Dún Laoghaire Business Improvement District and Blackrock Cellar.
Festival updates will be available on and on Twitter @dublinanimation.