‘The External World’ nominated for Cartoon d'Or


The External World by David O’Reilly is one of six short films, from Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom, to compete for the Cartoon d’Or 2011 – the award for the best European animation short film.

The jury composed of directors and producers Stéphane Bernasconi, Tony Loeser and Victor Maldonado, have selected the finalists among a shortlist of 30 films award-winners at the major European animation festivals.

The other nominees include:

Mobile by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010)

Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010)

Pivot by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009)

The Gruffalo by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang (UK, 2009)

The Little Boy and the Beast by Johannes Weiland & Uwe Heidschötter (Germany, 2009)


The winner will be announced on Thursday 15th September 2011 in Sopot, Poland during Cartoon Forum Polska, the platform aimed to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television. The directors of each nominated short will present his and the winner will receive a trophy together with a financial aid of €10,000, thanks to the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.


The Cartoon d’Or was started in 1991 by CARTOON in order to promote the talents of European animation and to act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.


Created in 1990 to encourage co-production and distribution of European animation for television and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has helped 450 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over €1.5 billion EUR. For three days each year, European producers have the opportunity to pitch their animation project in front of all decision-makers, buyers and investors in order to speed up financing and find cross-border partners.



'The External World' wins award

David O’Reilly’s short animation, The External World, has won the prize for Best Animation in the Tampere Film Festival last week, collecting €1,500 and a statuette.

Also screened at the Festival was Colm Quinn’s Needle Exchange and Cathy Brady’s Small Change, for which, with screenings for each were sold out. Colm and his cameraman, Aidan Maguire attended the Festival and the total attendance at the Festival was over 29,000.

The Tampere Film Festival is held every March in the Finnish town of Tampere, visit www.tamperefilmfestival.fi for more details.

The External World is available to view online.