RTÉjr Animation Dingle Awards


Winners at RTÉjr Animation Dingle Awards 2024

137 short, animated films from 17 countries were exhibited on the Dingle Peninsula on the west coast of Ireland.

This year’s Animation Dingle Festival has once again proven to be a resounding success! From early last year, we engaged the animation community, with over 700 registered animators answering the call and participating in the selection process, culminating in a weekend filled with creativity and inspiration in the beautiful setting of Dingle.

We extend our gratitude to our partners, Screen Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, whose steadfast
support and collaboration again, brought this 12th edition of the festival to life.

Special recognition is due to our main sponsors RTÉjr, Bank of Ireland, and Disney and are most grateful for the support from Coimisiún na Meán, The IDA, Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet and The French Embassy of Ireland.

Together, with the unwavering support of our partners and sponsors, Animation Dingle continues to
serve as a platform for nurturing and showcasing the exceptional talent and creativity of Ireland’s animation industry.

“RTÉjr are so privileged to sponsor this year’s Animation Dingle Awards. The quality of work from this year’s nominees is absolutely jaw dropping. I am so excited to see what they all do next and all of us at RTÉjr wish them every success along their journey.” said Suzanne Kelly, Group Head of Children’s &  Young People’s Content at RTE from Dingle.


The Murakami Award:

The Murakami Award Recipient 2024 will be Michael Algar.

The Award is sponsored by Brown Bag Films.

Michael Algar is an animation producer.  Michael came to Animation from live-action and Film Board Administration.  For over 35 years he has worked tirelessly in production of kid’s TV –  and he has been a faithful visitor to Animation Dingle from its inception.

Our host for our 2024 awards will be actor and comedian, Sharon Mannion.

Here is a complete list of winners:

1. Young Animator of the Year (YAOTY) sponsored by Disney, the award went to Max Hendrikson from
Mount Temple Comprehensive School.
2. Best Irish Student sponsored by RTÉjr:
Awarded to Every Other Weekend by James Naughton, IADT
3. Best International Student sponsored by CBBC:
Awarded to Stabat Mater by Hadrien Maton, Quentin Wittevrongel, Arnaud Mege, Coline Thelliez,
William Defrance of Pôle 3D
4. Best 2D Award sponsored by Cartoon Saloon:
Awarded to Every Other Weekend by James Naughton, IADT
5. Best 3D / CGI Award sponsored by Boulder Media:
Awarded to Stabat Mater by Hadrien Maton, Quentin Wittevrongel, Arnaud Mege, Coline Thelliez, William Defrance of Pôle 3D.
6. Best Animation Award sponsored by MILKSHAKE!
Awarded to Golden Ties by Michelle Bardon, IADT
7. Best Stop Motion Award sponsored by Aardman Animations
Awarded to The Curse of Dracular by Jack Paterson, Norwich University of the Arts.
8. The Best Writer, jointly Sponsored by Animation Ireland and National Talent Academy for Animation
Awarded to Pinokidoki, directed by Jack Casserly from Technological University of the Shannon, Athlone
9. Best Design/ Art Direction Award sponsored by JAM Media
Awarded to Unseen – Alone in Space by Patrick Faulkner of University of Ulster
10. Best Music/ Sound Design sponsored by EGG Post Production Studios
Awarded to Bluelight by Jean-Ellis Gbessia, IADT
11. The Best Director Award sponsored by Toon Boom
Awarded to The Sun is Bad by Rachel Mow from Savannah College of Art and Design
12. Best Irish Professional Short sponsored by the Kerry College
Awarded to Worry World by Jessica Patterson
13. Best International Professional Short sponsored by Nickelodeon
Return to Hairy Hill by Daniel Gies, Canada
14. The Big Pitcher Winner, Michael Berrill Doran with their project Ultra Cat, Mega Dog won a 3-
month paid internship with Jam Media and will get to pitch at Cartoon Springboard later this year.
15. Best Sting sponsored by Monster Entertainment! went to – CH_001 An Phiast V014 by Theodore
Goodwin, TUS Athlone
16. Winner of the Best Game Sting, sponsored by 2K was An Phiast Hover Racing by Rian Lambe, BCFE

Reflecting on the awards Maurice Galway, Director of Animation Dingle said
“After 12 years of the festival, I continue to be inspired by the exceptional talent displayed by the young
animators in Ireland. Every year, our awards showcase the incredible creativity, passion, and dedication of these emerging artists. It is heartwarming to see such talent flourishing in the animation community.
We are committed to supporting and nurturing these young artists as they continue to push the
boundaries of storytelling and animation both in Ireland and internationally.”