Words from our guests

Animation Dingle is an exceptional animation festival
Peter Lord
Aardman Animation, 2023
Animation Dingle serves as a reminder to focus on what’s most important in fostering creativity – growing and cultivating students’ imagination. Ireland has become a force in animation and Dingle is the perfect place to celebrate this emergence as you breathe in the fresh air and soak up the sights of this stunning seaside town.
Tara Sorensen
Head of Childrens’ Programming, Apple TV+
The best festival I’ve ever attended!
Jackie Edwards
Head of BBC Children’s Animation
I was blown away by my first visit to Animation Dingle – and I’m not talking about Atlantic gales. The status and the quality of the many speakers is outstanding – you’ll see and hear some fascinating talks from some of the best-informed, best placed people in the industry. At the same time, the presence of so many students of animation - talented, ambitious and committed gives the festival a glorious youthful energy which doesn’t end with them; there’s no shortage of energy either in the lovely team that keep the whole thing running. Add to that a beautiful location and an Irish welcome, in the pubs and out, which is just about this side of caricature and I tell you, you’ve got a recipe for a terrific experience and an irresistible festival.
Peter Lord
Aardman Studios
Animation Dingle is a testament to all that is good within the industry. It is energetic, dynamic, professional, seamlessly run and executed and has the very best of speakers and guests from the industry. It is welcoming and warm and heartfelt.
Richie Baneham
(Avatar, Lord of the Rings), 2023
Fantastic week in Ireland. Thanks Animation Dingle for having us, and to the friends, students and attendees that made it memorable.
Dean DeBlois
Writer, Director, Executive Producer How to Train your Dragon series
The Animation Dingle Festival is an incubator for the industry and we look forward to seeing the entries from this rich pool of talent.
David Levine
Disney Channels UK & Ireland
Animation Dingle is a real gem in the animation and creative industries crown. It punches well above its weight in terms of attracting top talent, execs and an ever growing array of animation students. It is rare to find such dedication, authenticity and ambition in one place – which is why people return year after year. And the glorious Kerry backdrop and very warm welcome helps too!
Alice Webb
Thank you for such a great festival experience. It was far more than we could have imagined. You and the team are doing a fantastic job. We were very impressed. You have something special happening over there.
Thomas Purrington
Golden Wolf
Being able to speak at Animation Dingle 2018 provided an opportunity to not only share my own story as an animator in the entertainment industry over the last twenty-five years, but be reminded of the shared enthusiasm and creativity that is so abundant in the next generation of animators.
Bobby Podesta
An important aspect of the event is the way it connects young Irish talent and creativity. It provides new entrants, graduates and third-level students with access to international decision-makers who they can look to for advice, direction and valuable insights.
Eileen Bell
Senior Business Development Advisor at Enterprise Ireland
Thank YOU for everything! It was such good fun and such a success all round.
Alix Wiseman
9 Story
I've been coming to animation Dingle for 6 years now and it only gets better. Every animator should come here at least once if you want to actually meet with the creators and get inspired. I can't recommend this more.
Marta Sniezek
(Small Hours, winner Best Director)
Thanks so much – It was a fantastic event! So many inspirational speakers and all of the activities were top notch! Already looking forward to the next one!
Kyle Jenkins
Acquisitions & Programme Manager, Channel 5 Broadcasting
Dingle-Tastic - thank you! We feel so fortunate to be amongst such talent and that energy is so contagious. It will power us thru our year – it’s why we do what we do, really.
Michelle Sullivan
VP, Creative Exec, Gaumont TV
Animation Dingle is a perfect host for Acting for Animators. The measure of any event is the quality of attendees, and Animation Dingle is a magnet for excellence. The organizers, the facilities, the weather and...yes, Dingle itself, are top notch.
Ed Hooks
Author of Acting for Animators