JAM partners with Dingle International Film Festival in creating a festival that was created for students, which has been moulded by them, and intends to strengthen the profile of Ireland as a worldwide centre of excellence in animation internationally.

Animation Dingle, which takes place each March, celebrates the best of animation, with the dramatic west of Ireland as a backdrop. The aim of the festival is to connect; introducing students to professionals and bringing professionals together with key decision makers.

2020

The Animation Dingle Festival 2020 was sadly cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 breakout.

With the festival cancelled we decided to live-stream the 2020 YouTube Kids Animation Dingle Student Awards – a chance to recognise and celebrate all the hard work students have put in. Students from all over the world competed in categories for Best Irish, Best International and Best Director titles. You can watch the full show below.

2019

The 2019 Animation Dingle Festival attracted a wealth of industry professionals, who shared their thoughts on the many opportunities that exist today in the animation sector, both in Ireland and internationally.

2018

The 6th annual Animation Dingle Festival,  where industry and third level participants join together to celebrate the best in class of animated content. The event is made up of conferences, screenings, workshops, and of course the 2018 Student Animation Awards.

2017

This weekend marked the 5th year of Animation Dingle which celebrates all things animation in Ireland and around the world. And what a cracking weekend it was! The sun came out to shine on the crowds of people who were there to enjoy all of the events and screenings in the stunning setting of Dingle.

2016

The 3rd Animation Dingle Festival, hosted in this beautiful town on the west coast of Ireland was once again the center stage for the 4th year of edition of the festival. Expectations were running high as this year’s edition featured big industry names such as David Levine (Disney) and Tara Sorenson (Amazon). As usual, the students were able to share their experiences and learn from some of the best animation as to offer.

2015

After 2 years, Animation Dingle was finally ready to take a plunge into a bigger and more diversified edition. Dingle Skellig hotel was now the main venue with other locations scattered around town, hosting an array of workshops, activities and panels. Animation Dingle guest broadcast speakers included: Tim Paterson (Nickelodeon UK), Sarah Muller (CBBC), Pauline McNamara (RTE) and the following guest publisher speakers; Helen McAleer (Walker Books) Richard Haines (Penguin) and David Maybury (Scholastic).

2014

St James Church in Dingle was booming with excitement to host this year’s 2nd Animation Dingle Festival. We had panel discussions and feature presentations featuring Oscar and BAFTA Award winner Richard Baneham and Oscar Nominated Tomm Moore. We also introduced the first edition of the YAOTY award.

2013

Dingle International Film Festival in association with MEDIA Desk Ireland & JAM Media hosted together in Dingle for one day the first edition of the Animation Dingle Festival. The event included a showcase of Irish animation companies, all members of Animation Ireland, including their work for preschool children and children between 7-11 years of age. Jimmy T. Murakami received The inaugural Murakami Award following the presentations for his lifetime achievement in animation.