Set in magical Dingle, on the most westerly peninsula of Europe, Animation Dingle, in partnership with JAM Media and Dingle International Film Festival, is now in its 6th year and celebrates student creativity and excellence in Irish and International animation.
Already 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 three parts—Conference, Screenings and Awards.

"Having been to many interesting film events over the years, I can honestly say, with hand on my heart, the Dingle film festival is by far the best craic I've ever had at a film festival.” - Oscar winner, Richie Baneham (Avatar, Lord of The Rings Trilogy).

“The best festival I’ve ever attended!” Jackie Edwards, Head of BBC Children’s Animation.
The festival is home to the Murakami Award for animation, (recipients have included: Jimmy T. Murakami, Richie Baneham, Tomm Moore, Gary Goldman & Don Bluth and Aidan Hickey).

Previously, Animation Dingle has seen presentations from Disney, Milkshake, Channel 5, Amazon Studios, Nickelodeon, Netflicks, Walker Books, Penguin, Scholastic, RTÉ, CBBC, Cartoon Saloon, JAM Media, Brown Bag Films, Kavaleer, Boulder Media, Treehouse Republic, Giant, Gorilla, Egg, Telegael, Salty Dog Pictures, Pink Kong Studios, Geronimo, Milkcow Media, Darrall Macqueen.

Animation Dingle 2018's Animation Conference will host keynotes and panels from world leaders in animation.

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

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

Animation International 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.

The festival hosts our Animation International Student Awards ceremony at the festival. On the night, our special guests to the festival present the awards to the winning students.

Categories of awards include:
Best International Student Animation Award;
Best Irish Student Animation Award;
Best Director;
Best Design/Art Direction;
Best Writer;
Best Music/Sound Design;
Best Character Animation;
Best Stop-motion;
Best Combined Animation;
Best 3D/CGI;
Best 2D;
Best Cinematography.

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

We welcome short and feature films to the festival.
We are open to all genres of animated film

In Competition-
Student Animated Films

Not in Competition, but eligible to enter the festival-
Animated Feature films
Animated Short Films from international and Irish professionals

(Irish Animation Awards are bi-annual and will not take place in 2018. The next Irish Animation Awards will take place in 2019.)

Accepted Screening Formats-
• For feature films, The Phoenix Cinema: 35mm, DCP and Blu-Ray
• For short and feature films, St. James’ Church: a QUICKTIME compatible file with preference for the higher quality ProRes codecs.
• NB we will not screen on DVD
• Submissions with unpaid fees will not be considered for selection.

For all submissions our final deadline is 4pm on Friday, the 8th December 2017.
Films submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

• You will receive an email by the 19th January 2018 notifying you if your film has been accepted to the festival.
• Should you be successful, we will need a high res image for our festival catalogue. 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 will have to deliver your film to the festival at your own cost. 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 60 minutes
• Runtime for a Short: under 30 minutes
• Completion Date: Projects completed after January 1, 2016
• 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 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
• The Dingle International Film Festival or 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
  • James Sugrue

    Animation Dingle was the first festival that my short "Bluehilda" was accepted in an international setting. Even though I was unable to attend, I was deeply touched by Animation Dingle's kindess and hope to submit another short in the future!

    May 2018
  • A superb festival that welcomes any selected programmer with warm open arms - one of the best animation industry line-ups we've seen in the UK and Ireland. Animators, seriously consider submitting here as well as attending anyway!

    April 2018
  • Seán O'Reilly

    I watched some cool films and hung out with pals in the sun. It was a great time.

    April 2017
  • Han Zhang

    Very good animation film festival, thanks for supporting students and thanks for including 'Stars'

    April 2017
  • Ken Womack

    Great festival. People treated us well and lots of energy - particularly in the animated part of the festival. Good times.

    April 2017