My Father’s Dragon Dominates Irish Animation Awards

Cartoon Saloon’s animated fantasy film My Father’s Dragon came out on top at the 2023 Irish Animation Awards (Saturday 27th May) with five wins, including Best Irish Feature. My Father’s Dragon was directed by Oscar® nominated Nora Twomey.

Igloo Animation’s children’s series produced for RTÉjr, Tales from Dún Draíochta came away with two wins, including Best Animated Kids Series. Sixteen South’s preschool series Odo also bagged two awards on the night.

The biennial awards ceremony was held in-person for the first time since 2019 and was hosted by Irish TV and radio star, Baz Ashmawy in Galway. This was a record year for the Irish Animation Awards as 53 Irish productions were nominated.

The ceremony this year featured the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award, which was presented to Teresa Mc Grane, formerly of Screen Ireland, who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support and nurture the growth of the Irish Animation industry.

Commenting on the awards ceremony, Animation Ireland’s Chief Executive, Ronan McCabe said; “It has been yet another superb and record-breaking year for Irish animation with 53 productions nominated. The sector is continuing to power ahead both in terms of the quality of the work being produced, which you can certainly see from the awards ceremony and the number of productions being delivered. The Irish Animation Awards is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the hard work, dedication, talent and outstanding creativity we have here in Ireland.’’

Ronan went on to say “Animation Ireland puts a huge emphasis on education and training and helping the next generation of animators to thrive, so it was amazing to see so many fantastic entries for Best Student Film, which was won by Avery Angle for Small Makings of a Storm. Thanks very much to our sponsors for their support, all twenty-seven of them! The response from the industry has been overwhelming and whilst our headline sponsors are RTÉ and Screen Ireland, we could not have run this event without all of them and in this instance they are truly too numerous to mention!’’

Winners of each category received a statuette designed by animator, film maker and teacher Eimhín McNamara. The statuette resembles a Phenakistoscope, an early animation device used to create an illusion of motion.

Animation Ireland is the trade association for Ireland’s animation studios, representing forty-four member studios, who employ more than two thousand people on the island of Ireland. The sector has seen meteoric growth in recent years, with the industry now generating almost €200 million for the economy annually, as Irish animation projects are viewed in over 190 countries worldwide.





Best Animated Preschool Series

Circle Square

Kavaleer Productions, Wyndley Animation

Best Animated Kids Series 6+

Tales from Dún Draíochta

Igloo Animations, Trevor Courtney

Kids Choice Preschool

Fia’s Fairies

 Little Moon Animation, Vanessa Robinson, Eoghan Garvey

Kids Choice 6+

The Cuphead Show!

Lighthouse Studios

Ruchi Shah – Paul Madden – Cormac Slevin

Best Animated Short Film

Soul Office


Best International Short Film

The Stranger

Jihye Jung, Jusuk Lee, Hyunju Kim

Best Writer for Preschool Animation

Odo – Doodle Song

Ishai Ravid

Best Writer for an animated series

Tales from Dún Draíochta- Lusmore and the Rapping Fairy

Trevor Courtney

Best Animation for Apps, Games and Interactive


Katie McNeice, Maeve MacNamara, Jim Pipe

Best Art Direction and Design


Aisling Conroy, Alan Holly, Cora McKenna

Best Director of an Animated Series

Karma’s world

Bronagh O’Hanlon, Pete McEvoy, Brian O’Brien

Best Animation Sequence

The Cuphead Show!

Julius Mingi, Dindo Santos, Gian Carla Atienza

Best Music

My Father’s Dragon

Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

Best Sound Design

Memento Mori

Ed Costello, Ryan Quinn

Best Irish Feature or Special

My Father’s Dragon

Cartoon Saloon

Best Innovation in Animation

Face2Face – Charles & Camilla

Retinize & Flickerpix

Best Irish IP

Odo – Reggie

Colin Williams

Best Student Film

Small Makings of a Storm

Avery Angle

Best Editing

My Father’s Dragon

Richie Cody, Darren Holmes

Best Storyboarding

My Father’s Dragon

Giovanna Ferrari

Best VFX

My Father’s Dragon

Cartoon Saloon

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Teresa Mc Grane


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