Animation Dingle are delighted to announce their sponsorship with Disney Channels UK and Ireland for the YAOTY Award 2018.

The search has begun! Are YOU or is someone you know the next Young Animator of the Year?

Secondary school students from all over the Island of Ireland are invited to submit their short animated films to the national YAOTY awards.

Set in magical Dingle, on the most westerly peninsula of Europe, Animation Dingle is a festival that was created for students and has been moulded by them over the years. We want to draw attention to the talented young people in Ireland and give them a spotlight in which to showcase their skills, so for the last 5 years, we’ve run the YAOTY awards which have done just that!

Listed as 'One of the top Not-To-Be-Missed events in the World' by Animation Magazine, Animation Dingle is attended by all the major animation colleges and studios within Ireland, along with delegates from Disney, Amazon, RTÉ, CBBC, CBeebies and many more.
Exciting plans are underway for 2018!

Entry is FREE. The closing date for student entries is Wednesday, the 31st of January 2018.

The winning student will be:

Offered a work placement in JAM Media’s studios in either Dublin or Belfast

Presented with their award, designed by renowned Dingle jeweller Brian de Staic, by a top Disney Executive at Animation Dingle.

The competition is open to 4th (Transition Year), 5th and 6th year students in the Republic of Ireland, and Yr 11, Yr 12 and 6th Form students in Northern Ireland.

Students must be attending school in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, or can be an Irish or a Northern Irish student studying abroad.

Students are asked to produce an animated film, a maximum of 1 minute in duration (we will accept films shorter).

The theme for YAOTY 2018 is "Under the Sea". This is completely open to the students’ interpretation.

The films can be made using any one or a combination of multiple animation techniques, such as:
Computer generated animation
Sand animation

Please enter with the following details:
Your name, email and contact number
Your school name and your class/year
Share your film here on FilmFreeway
Include a short detail (2-3 lines) on what your film is about
Include a still image from your film or an image to represent your film

The deadline for us to receive your films is Wednesday the 31st of January 2018.