Set in magical Dingle, on the most westerly peninsula of Europe, Animation Dingle, in partnership with JAM Media, is now in its 11th year and celebrates student creativity and excellence in Irish and International animation.

Animation Dingle NOW an Academy qualifying festival for Short Film Awards.

Animation Dingle Festival is delighted to announce that it has been approved as an Academy qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards.

From 2021 onwards, the recipient of Animation Dingle’s Best Irish Professional Short Award will now be eligible for consideration in the Animation Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Animation Dingle is also a Student Academy Awards® qualifying festival.

The festival has been listed by Animation Magazine in their TOP 25 EVENTS IN THE WORLD NOT-TO-BE-MISSED!

The festival was created for students, has been moulded by them, and is composed of four parts—Conference, Workshops, Screenings and Awards.

MARCH 24-25 2023

In March 2023 we aim to bring animators back together in Dingle for our 11th festival.


Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Animation.
“The best festival I’ve ever attended!”

Peter Lord // Aardman Animations
"I was blown away by my first visit to Animation Dingle – and I’m not talking about Atlantic gales. The status and the quality of the many speakers is outstanding – you’ll see and hear some fascinating talks from some of the best-informed, best placed people in the industry. At the same time, the presence of so many students of animation - talented, ambitious and committed gives the festival a glorious youthful energy which doesn’t end with them; there’s no shortage of energy either in the lovely team that keep the whole thing running. Add to that a beautiful location and an Irish welcome, in the pubs and out, which is just about this side of caricature and I tell you, you’ve got a recipe for a terrific experience and an irresistible festival".

Bobby Podesta // PIXAR
"Being able to speak at Animation Dingle provided an opportunity to not only share my own story as an animator in the entertainment industry over the last twenty-five years, but be reminded of the shared enthusiasm and creativity that is so abundant in the next generation of animators".

Alice Webb // BBC
"Animation Dingle is a real gem in the animation and creative industries crown. It punches well above its weight in terms of attracting top talent, execs and an ever growing array of animation students. It is rare to find such dedication, authenticity and ambition in one place – which is why people return year after year. And the glorious Kerry backdrop and very warm welcome helps too!"

Tim Patterson // Nickelodeon
"Looking out to one of the world's most beautiful places I think how blessed and lucky I am to be invited to what I regard in many ways as the future of what I think our industry will be."

The festival is home to the Murakami Award for animation and recipients have included: Jimmy T. Murakami (The Snowman), Richie Baneham (Avatar), Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Don Bluth and Gary Goldman for their legacy, Aidan Hickey, Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell of Brown Bag Films, Nora Twomey, Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner) and Rob Cullen, Boulder Media, Eileen Bell, Enterprise Ireland.

Animation Dingle has seen Keynotes and presentations from Disney, Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon, Apple, Netflix, Pixar, Aardman Animations, RTÉ, CBBC, Milkshake, Channel 5, Screen Ireland, Cartoon Saloon, JAM Media, Brown Bag Films, Kavaleer, Boulder Media, Egg Post Production, Pink Kong Studios, Geronimo, Darrall Macqueen, Walker Books, Penguin, Scholastic and many more.

The festival showcases and recognises the best of student animated film with our Student Animation Awards, as well as screening a programme of animation from Ireland and around the globe.

The festival's many events include: masterclasses, workshops, portfolio pitching sessions, The Big Pitcher, YAOTY (Young Animator of the Year), Sketch Day Trail, and much more.
Please see for details closer to the time.

Special guests have included;
Don Hall, Director (Winnie the Pooh, Big Hero 6, Moana, Raya and the Last Dragon)
Alison Ruthland, Pixar (Onward)
Bobby Podesta, Supervising Animator at Pixar Animation Studios
Bonnie Arnold, Producer (Toy Story, How To Train Your Dragon)
Nora Twomey, Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner)
Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming, Amazon Studios
Bob Peterson, Pixar (Up, Finding Nemo)
Peter Lord, Aardman Animations (Chicken Run, Early Man)
Dean DeBlois, DreamWorks (How To Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch))
Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon
Orion Ross, Vice President, Content - Animation, Digital & Acquisitions Disney Channels EMEA
David Levine, VP, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA
Oscar winners Richie Baneham (Avatar) and Patrick Osborne (Feast)
Oscar nominated Tomm Moore (Song of The Sea, Wolfwalkers)
Dan Katcher (Game of Thrones - Dragon designer)
Ryan Woodward (Iron Man, The Avengers)
Jimmy T. Murakami (The Snowman)
David Morehead (Head of Layout on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)
Keith Sintay, senior animator (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars story
Matthias Lechner Art Director of Environments (Ralph Breaks The Internet, Zootopia)
Wouter Tulp Character Designer with Sony Pictures Animation
Cécile Blondel, Gobelins of Paris
Christian De Vita, Storyboard Artist (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

“Fantastic week in Ireland. Thanks Animation Dingle for having us, and to the friends, students and attendees that made it memorable.”
Dean DeBlois, Writer, Director, Executive Producer How to Train your Dragon series

“Animation Dingle serves as a reminder to focus on what’s most important in fostering creativity – growing and cultivating students’ imagination. Ireland has become a force in animation and Dingle is the perfect place to celebrate this emergence as you breathe in the fresh air and soak up the sights of this stunning seaside town.”
Tara Sorensen, Creative Development, Apple

Professional Awards

Best Irish Animated Short Award
The recipient of Animation Dingle’s Best Irish Professional Short Award will now be eligible for consideration in the Animation Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
Professional entries via FilmFreeway from Ireland and N. Ireland considered in this category.

Best International Animated Short Award
Professional entries via FilmFreeway from all countries outside Ireland are considered in this category.

Animation Student Awards

Animation Dingle will select a number of animated short films from our submissions and exhibit the work in our unique venues throughout the festival.

Animation Dingle is now a Student Academy AwardsⓇ approved Festival. This means for you that Student Films Selected and nominated for an award can now go forward to be nominated in the Student Academy AwardsⓇ in their Animation category providing it otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
The festival hosts our Animation Student Awards ceremony at the festival. On the night, our special guests to the festival present the awards to the winning students.

A representative of award nominated films will be invited to attend the awards ceremony and the festival.

Animators of selected films screening at the festival will be offered priority booking to attend the overall festival.

International and Irish Categories of student awards include:
Best International Student Animation Award
Best Director
Best Stop-motion

Irish Categories of student awards include:
Best Irish Student Animation Award
Best Design/Art Direction
Best Writer
Best Music/Sound Design
Best Animation
Best 3D/CGI
Best 2D

Best Sting Award
Student's entries received from colleges (see website and/or social media for details)

YAOTY (Young Animator Of The Year Award)
Open to Irish 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary students and students in Yr 11, Yr 12 and 6th Form in Northern Ireland.
See YAOTY on FilmFreeway for further information and how to enter.

The Big Pitcher
The winner receives a 6 month internship with JAM Media. For further information please see closer to the time.

The Murakami Award
Recipients of this prestigious award have included Jimmy T. Murakami, Richie Baneham, Tomm Moore, Gary Goldman & Don Bluth, Aidan Hickey, Darragh O' Connell & Cathal Gaffney (Brown Bag Films), Nora Twomey (Cartoon Saloon), Rob Cullen, Boulder Media, Eileen Bell, Enterprise Ireland.

We welcome short films for consideration to the festival
We are open to all genres of animated film
Feature films can contact the festival directly for consideration

In Competition:
Student Animated Films (Irish & International)
Professional Best Irish Short Film
Professional Best International Short Film

Accepted Screening Formats:
• Submit your film to us as a Pro Res File 4:2:2 - Frame Rate 24 FPS/Stereo/1:85 cinema. For films screening in The Phoenix Cinema we will convert films into a DCP package
• (For short and feature films screening in St. James’ Church or Beehive Theatre: a QUICKTIME compatible file with preference for the higher quality ProRes codecs.)
• You will also receive a dedicated link to upload your film to our virtual screening platform. You can inform us at this point of any territory restrictions in exhibiting your film.
We will not screen on DVD
• Submissions with unpaid fees will not be considered for selection.

Final deadline for all submissions is 4pm Friday 2nd Dec 2022
Films submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

• You will receive an email by 16th January 2023 notifying you if your film has been accepted to the festival.
• Should you be successful, we will need a high res image. We may use an image from your film or a trailer or clip to promote the festival. This may include: television, radio, our website or social media.
• As a selected filmmaker you are responsible for ensuring the safe delivery of your film to the festival and all costs relating to it. If you have delivered your film on a hard drive, we will return the film to you after the festival. If you are attending the festival you can arrange to pick up your film after its screening. We can forward your film to another festival after its screening at Animation Dingle by prior arrangement only.
• We will let you know when to send the film to us.
• Please note you will receive an email from FilmFreeway to acknowledge receipt of entries.
• All foreign language entries must provide English subtitles

Other Rules of entry
• Runtime for a Feature: minimum 50 minutes
• Runtime for a Short: under 30 minutes
• Completion Date: only Projects completed after January 1, 2022 will be considered
• Submissions may originate from anywhere in the world, however, all non-English speaking films must have English subtitles
• Films available publicly online will not be accepted. Any film that has been previously broadcast (television or video-on-demand) in Ireland shall have less priority in being programmed for the festival
• Projects may have distribution status
• Animation Dingle does not pay screening fees
• The selection and scheduling of films screened at the festival is entirely at the discretion of the Festival Director
• No cuts or changes in any film will be made by Animation Dingle for any reason
• Due to the large amount of submissions received Animation Dingle cannot enter into any discussion regarding films that are not selected for the festival
• Animation Dingle does not accept any responsibility for damage to prints or hard drives
• By applying to Animation Dingle you accept the above rules of entry

Overall Rating
  • Eoin O'Kane

    💯 💯 💯 💯 💯

    March 2022
  • Manuel Lopez

    I had a fantastic time at this year's festival! It was truly an honor to be featured in the selection! Thank you Animation Dingle team for making the virtual experience as close to in-person as possible. both the screenings and the networking events/portfolio reviews were fantastic. Can't wait to join you IRL in the next one!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Manuel for this review, really appreciate your comments and it's wonderful to hear that you got so much from the festival. We all look forward to welcoming you to Ireland in person! Thank you for being part of animation Dingle 2021.

  • Shayna Velasquez

    It was an absolute fun and joy to be part of the festival as my directorial debut/GCSE film/first ever animated short received its Official Selection 2021 laurel from Animation Dingle (aside from my 2021 YAOTY entry where I was also a finalist).

    Everyone was so lovely and the programmers/coordinators were so welcoming and professional. Though virtual, it was an absolute pleasure to see so many talented animators who joined this year.

    Prior to the main event, artists would meet every Monday and Wednesday night on Discord to draw amazing characters depending on the theme set that night. It was so good! Make sure you attend to these events! It was really FUN! Afterwards, we would share on Instagram our drawings, it was so funny! I loved every bit of the experience!

    Can I also mention/brag about the brilliant line-up of industry professionals/speakers they had? Pixar, Disney, etc. What can you ask for?

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this festival to any aspiring animators out there. The universe Animation Dingle creates is full of talented, wonderful, creative and unbelievably friendly people. You will learn a lot from the experience - techniques, styles, advice, etc.

    My jaw dropped when I saw the entries. They were ALL amazing! I wouldn't envy the judges - I am sure they had a hard time deciding because of the quality of entries they received - all topnotch.

    Shout out to Gabriel! You are amazing!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Shayna for this review, really appreciate your comments and it's wonderful to hear all your amazing comments on the festival and on Discord. You really took part in everything, which is great to see. You are an amazing talent and we look forward to seeing your work in the future. Perhaps you will be leading a panel one day sharing your thoughts with the students. Thank you for being part of Animation Dingle and all aspects of our community in 2021.

  • I was lucky to have gone to the festival a couple of years ago but this year I was extremely happy to have my short be selected. The virtual events were well organised, with great guests and a wonderful selection of shorts and features.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aurélie for this review, really appreciate your comments and it's wonderful to hear that you got to experience so much of the festival. Thank you for being part of animation Dingle 2021.

  • John Hill

    I could not attend, and the coronavirus cancelled the physical event, but the people behind Animation Dingle were always gracious, communicative, and friendly. They streamed their student awards, and though I was not nominated in that, their stream was delightful and warm and helped everyone feel connected in this strange time. I would be thrilled to submit another film to Dingle!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you John! We really appreciate your positive review. Thank you for being part of what was Animation Dingle 2020. We are looking forward to 2021 and creating the best festival we can! Thank you again!