One week to go until Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012

With just one week to go until Blackrock Animation Film Festival 2012, animation and film lovers have been invited to register in advance to attend Festival events. BAFF 2012 takes place in the town and on the fringes of Blackrock, Co. Dublin on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October.

BAFF 2012 events include a range of workshops, talks and animation film screenings for all ages. Festival events will be of interest to those working in the industry, students and fans of film and those who would just like to view or learn more about animation. The full programme is now available at

BAFF 2012 is a not for profit, community event. All screenings and talks at BAFF 2012 are free of charge and a small €10 charge applies for workshops. To secure a place for workshops and talks, advance registration is advisable and can be done by emailing Advance registration for children’s workshops is essential.

Festival events on Friday 12th October include a sand animation workshop in Urban Junction and talks at Institute of Art, Design & Technology from Polish, Dutch and UK animators.

Saturday 13th October highlights include: a talk on classical animation by Jody Gannon, a native of Blackrock and Director at the Big B animation company in Berlin; cartoon fun workshops with Don Conroy; a flip ‘n’roll workshop; a film funding talk; and plasticine modelling with Merlin Crossingham from Aardman studios (Wallace & Gromit).
Also on Saturday, the creator of ‘The Snowman’, Jimmy T Murakami will officially open the Pop Up Cinema at Urban Junction where shortlisted entries to the Festival’s competition will be screened. Prizes will be awarded later that evening at an awards ceremony (The BAFFAs), attended by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD.


146 entries were received for the Festival’s Competition from Ireland and abroad including submissions from China, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Malaysia, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and the USA.  Entries have been judged by an independent panel of judges.

This year’s Festival is sponsored and supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board and the embassies of the Netherlands and Poland.

Festival updates will continue to be announced on and on Twitter – @baffa2012.


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