The Next Generation - With Irish Animation continuing to garner worldwide praise, we sit down with the next generation of Irish Animators to discuss their own work and thoughts on the future of the sector here in Ireland.
Director - Departure / Founder - Pink Kong Studios
Aoífe Doyle is the creative director and co-founder of Pink Kong Studios based in Dublin, Ireland.
Aoífe's background in classical animation led her to work for over a decade in Ireland's booming animation sector before co-founding Pink Kong Studios. She is the creative driving force of the studio, guiding artists and ensuring the studio adheres to the creative vision.
Aoífe's work has won awards such as, Festival Minuto (2015) Best in show 2009 & Gold for a Digital media Award (2010). Her films have been shown everywhere from New York to Mumbai, and her short film “Nana’s Strawberry Preserve” was chosen to represent Irish Animation in the “focus on Ireland” in Annecy2012.
Producer - Departure / Founder - Pink Kong Studios
Niamh is a producer and Co-Founder of award winning Pink Kong Studios.
Co-founded in 2014 by Creative Director, Aoífe Doyle and Producer Niamh Herrity. The studio's vision is to create original, high end, story driven animated content for worldwide viewers.
Our highly experienced creative team are passionate about the animation process. On each production we are driven to create innovations in storytelling. Adding value for our clients by being unafraid to colour outside the lines! Based in Dublin, Ireland the studio develops stories & characters with multi-platform interactivity in mind from the outset.
Artistic Director / Illustrator - A Thousand Kisses
Alan is an award-winning illustrator living and working in Dublin. He enjoys working on narrative based projects. He graduated from NCAD in 2005 and went on to work in RTÉ (Ireland’s national broadcaster) on a broad range of documentaries, opening title designs and tv shows for television.
He now illustrates and writes comics He was twice shortlisted for the Jonathan Cape / Comica / Observer Graphic Short competition. He is a recipient of the Cecil Day Lewis Literature Award by Kildare County Council and was awarded best-emerging talent at the IDI Design Awards in 2017.
Director - A Thousand Kisses
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I first came to Los Angeles to study cinema at UCLA at 21. After getting my start producing behind-the-scenes content for record labels and film companies and a number of Jewish Promotional videos, I made my foray into feature films with the animated documentary Pablo.
Narrated by Jeff Bridges, the film tells the story of Pablo Ferro, the artist responsible for the look and feel of much of Stanley Kubrick’s and Hal Ashby’s work, and one of the men who first made film title sequences “a thing.” Featuring a number of brilliant actors and filmmakers who collaborated with Mr. Ferro, the documentary went on to premiere Rotterdam in 2012. It was the Opening Gala of the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, and traveled the world festival circuit.
My earlier work includes award-winning shorts such as Blue Rondo (2000) and Tel Aviv (2004), as well as two other feature documentaries - Lost Town (2013) and Gameplay (2014), which also sold internationally. The films cover a wide array of topics, ranging from music and graphic design, anti-semitism, US-Mexican relations, and the dystopian world of technology. Splitting my time between Rio and Los Angeles, I am interested in making films that embrace the best of Hollywood's traditions, while bridging diverse cultures with a rich worldly sensibility.
Producer - Late Afternoon / Cartoon Saloon
Nuria González Blanco studied Animation at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. For the last eight years, Nuria has worked across the full spectrum of animation production roles in children’s television, advertising and film.
Past projects include the award-winning short film Violet, the International Emmy® Kids Award Nominee Puffin Rock, the Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominated feature The Breadwinner and the IFTA Film & Drama Awards Winner short Late Afternoon. Nuria currently works as a Producer in Ireland-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon.
Director - Late Afternoon / Creative Director - Cartoon Saloon
Louise Bagnall has directed a number of short films including Donkey (2009), Loose Ends (2012) and most recently Late Afternoon (2017). In addition to directing Louise works as a storyboarder and character designer. She is a Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon and is based in Kilkenny, Ireland.Find Out More
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