Animation Dingle are delighted to announce their continued sponsorship with Disney Channels UK and Ireland for the YAOTY Award 2021.


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 6 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, Pixar, Amazon, Apple, Nickelodeon, RTÉ, CBBC, CBeebies and many more. Our festival prides itself on its ability to create a culture of interaction, sharing and support whereby top industry experts share with upcoming students in the relaxed setting of the Dingle Skelligs Hotel.

Exciting plans are underway for 2021!

Entry is FREE.
The closing date for student entries is the 31st of January 2021.

The winning student will be:

Offered a work placement in JAM Media’s studios in either Dublin or Belfast (Due to COVID, this is subject to confirmation).

Receive The YAOTY Award 2021

Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our guests, participants, staff and volunteers. Cancelling the Festival twice due to Covid19 is heartbreaking but the only decision possible in which to support the worldwide efforts to slow the spread.

On a usual year, 700 people gather together in Dingle town in the South West of Ireland and it’s stunning surroundings to realise the interconnected orbits of students and professionals.

Animation Dingle is committed to delivering the very best in Animation content from all around the globe through conference, workshops, screenings and awards and in the spirit of connecting, sharing and supporting. With this in mind, we have made the decision to hold a Virtual Festival this year.

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 2021 LOOK TO THE SKY. The theme 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, 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 Friday the 31sh of January 2021.