Ireland are represented at Cartoon Forum 2016 by 8 projects. Cartoon Forum will take place 13 – 16 September and this year, for the first time, will be putting the spotlight on a country. Ireland, very active and very creative in animation, has offered its candidature for being the first country to go under the full glare of the media. On the strength of its eight selected projects this year, Irish animation will appear as a constant thread throughout Cartoon Forum: presentations of Irish studios during Croissant Shows, Irish Farewell Dinner & Party, … and many more surprises.
Ireland has always been a hub of creativity and artistic talent, and nowhere is this clearer to see than in the Irish animation industry. This flourishing sector now accounts for one-third of the country’s audio-visual industry, and production activity is increasing every year. Irish animation studios are working with some of the biggest names in global broadcasting—including Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and the BBC—making animated series that are shown to millions of children all over the world every week. Award-winning features and shorts, animated programming for adults, apps and games are made here by our dynamic, technically advanced—and entirely indigenous—2D and 3D studios.
In recent years’ Irish animation has been nominated for every major international award, including Academy Awards, BAFTAs, Emmys and Annies. Underpinning the sector’s competitiveness in a global landscape is the Irish tax incentive for film and television, Section 481, which was recently improved by the government.
Created in 1990 to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has helped 680 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over 2,3 billion euros.