Ruth Hurl reports from The Blackrock Animation Awards, which recently rewarded the talent of Irish and international animators.
The Blackrock Animation Festival has grown from a small one-day event into a weekend of talks, screenings and workshops, attracting prominent speakers and entries from around the world. Consequently it has fulfilled its aim to introduce “the fun, creativity and magic of animation to members of the local community, while showcasing the talent of Irish and international animators.” One of the ways the festival has augmented this intention was through The Blackrock Animation Awards.
The awards create an important space in which young talent is nurtured and up and coming animators can gain recognition and exposure. The ceremony, which took place in the very grand surroundings of the UCD Smurfit business school consisted of seven award categories, ranging from the best international student or graduate award to the best under 18s category, highlighting the awards emphasis on young and new talent. A theme endorsed by the festival director’s opening speech in which she highlighted the importance of renewing young people’s passion for animation.
The festival attracts a vast amount of entries originating from Europe, the U.S, Russia, and Japan. A testament to its ability to inspire and encourage a host of young animators and highlights the growing prominence of the festival in the international animation community. A point reinforced by the winner of the best Irish student or graduate film, Adam Kavanagh, who believes that the festival has become more widely known about within the relevant circles. He also commentated on the positive impact the awards have on the winner’s career, contributing to their reputation within the industry, which can lead to future work.
The festival, therefore, serves an important function, particularly in light of Ireland’s excellent and Oscar-endorsed status in the animation sector, it inspires young people’s interest in the craft and vitally endorses and aids new talent. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons why so many young, interesting animators want to participate in the Blackrock Animation Awards.
The winners of The Blackrock Animation Festival Awards:
Best International Student or Graduate Film Category
Miss Todd – Kristina Yee – National Film and Television School, UK.
Semaforo – Simon Wilches-Castro – University of California, USA.
Best Irish Category
Macropolis – Joel Simon and Tim Bryans
The Missing Scarf – Eoin Duffy
Best International Short Film
Le Vagabond de St. Marcel, Rony Hotin, France
Best Irish Student or Graduate Film
Curraid, Adam Kavanagh, BCFE
That’s Not Supposed to Happen, Rory Kerr, IADT
Innisfree, Don Carey, BCFE
BEST 2d (Traditional Animation)
The Long Bridge of Desired Direction, Ivan Maximov, Russia
The Lady with Long Hair, Barbara Bakos, Hungary
Community Recognition Category
Town, Orla McHardy and Orla Murphy
Bog Standard, Pure Project
Hide and Seek, The Yanamo Girls, Tokyo, Japan
The 3rd Blackrock Animation Film Festival and Awards were held 11-12 October 2013