Kidscreen Summit 2020

Animation Ireland

Ireland’s leading animation studios are lining up with the biggest names in the global film and TV production in Miami next week (week commencing Monday 10th February) to represent Ireland at the Kidscreen Summit 2020.

Ireland’s delegation is led by Animation Ireland and will showcase the world-class creativity and potential that Ireland has to offer. Animation Ireland will be linking up with the Consulate General of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland at the event to help Irish studios pitch to global names like Disney, Netflix and Amazon.

With more than 2,000 attendees from around the world Kidscreen is an opportunity for animators and businesses to come together by networking and finding new ideas that will drive their businesses forward. The week-long event is attended by top executives and producers from across the globe including, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Sony, Disney and Amazon. The event enables industries to come together, connect and discover new potential.

Speaking on the opportunities for Ireland’s Animation sector at Kidscreen, Animation Ireland’s Independent Chair, John Phelan said; “The Kidscreen Summit is always a brilliant opportunity for Irish animators to network with executives from large scale studios and stay tuned to the ever-changing trends in the global animation sector. Animation Ireland will be joining Enterprise Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland to promote Ireland as one of the world’s best locations for animation production and engage in critical dialogue on issues that affect the industry.’’

Adding to this, John went on to comment on Ireland’s advantages for animation production; “Ireland has an array of talented animators and producers. Kidscreen enables us to showcase our talent to others and get a taste of what is being created around the world. Animators can spend time with children’s industry leaders and pitch to top executives.”

Among the Irish animation studios at Kidscreen next week are Brown Bag Films, Cartoon Saloon, Daily Madness, elk. Studios, Giant Animation, Ink and Light, JAM Media, Kavaleer, Lighthouse Studios, Moetion Films, Monster Entertainment, Pink Kong Studios, Telegal, Studio Meala and 9Story Media.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing 30 member studios who employ more than 1,500 people nationwide. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the sector now generating well over €100 million for the economy annually as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 180 territories worldwide.


Animation Ireland Launched



Animation Ireland, the trade association representing Ireland’s best animation studios, was formally launched on the 8thSeptember in Dublin by the Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes. The association is the voice of the Irish animation sector whose core objective is to establish Ireland as a creative centre for Content and Technology by focusing on growth, developing an innovation culture and creating competitive advantage for members.

The Irish animation industry has witnessed substantial growth in the last decade. It is a central and important component of Ireland’s digital and creative economy, employing 1,600 full-time staff. The Irish passion for storytelling and the arts. They are the flagship of our folklore and have created a culture which is ideally suited for the creativity of world class animation studios.

Speaking at the launch Dee Forbes said: “Animation companies in Ireland are growing, attracting investment and ownership interest from overseas and, in turn, providing new opportunities for some of our most talented young creative graduates. The creation of Animation Ireland is an important step in strengthening the voice of the animation sector to communicate better and more coherently with policy makers.

She continued: “I am very aware that the sector would like RTÉ to do more. In late 2015 RTÉ announced a new three-year strategy for animation which included initiatives for developing companies, increased investment in content and support for international co-productions. This strategy runs until the end of 2018”.

Julie Sinnamon, Chief Executive, Enterprise Ireland added: “Since 2005, Enterprise Ireland has partnered with Irish animation SMEs on a path of development and growth. The number of companies in the sector has more than tripled and is expanding with the emergence of new High Potential Start-Ups. We look forward to working with Animation Ireland companies as they scale internationally, creating jobs and growth at home in Ireland”.

The Animation Ireland member studios are: Kite Entertainment, Boulder Media, Monster Entertainment, Pink Kong Studios,telegael, Kavaleer, Wiggleywoo, Jam, Mooshku, Salty Dog Pictures, Igloo Films, Treehouse Republic, Giant Animation, Keg Kartoonz, Cartoon Saloon, Moetion Films, Ink and Light, Brown Bag, Geronimo, and Igloo Animations.

The Board comprises:

Industry Chair: Paul Young, Cartoon Saloon
Independent Chair: John Phelan, Halcyon Business Solutions
Treasurer: Ronan McCabe, Double Z Enterprises
Secretary: Caoimhe Ni Bhradaigh
Cathal Gaffney, Brown Bag Films
Gary Timpson, Kavaleer Productions
John Reynolds, JAM Media
Moe Honan, Moetion Films
Niamh Herrity, Pink Kong Studios
Stephen Fagan, Treehouse Republic