The Chicago Irish Film Festival is delighted to be partnering with Dublin Animation Film Festival for a special program of family friendly films created by some of Ireland’s most talented
The Chicago Irish Film Festival is delighted to be partnering with Dublin Animation Film Festival for a special program of family friendly films created by some of Ireland’s most talented animators. Specially curated by the festival’s director, Fionnghuala Ní Néill, the program will also include, “In Conversation” with Niall Murphy, managing editor of Scannain, Jam Media’s, Jessica Patterson, Bolder Media’s Rob Cullen, and award-winning author and animator, Kristina Yee, discussing how the process works and how they got started. Recommended for children 8 and up. 90 mins
In a Conversation With
Kristina Yee—Harvard and National Film & Television School graduate, Kristina Yee, is a screenwriter, animator and author of the award-winning Miss Todd film and book. Kristina has written for shows such as Kiva Can Do for Nickelodeon, and Space Chickens in Space for Disney, her episode ‘Food Fight’ receiving a Best Writer for an Animated Series nomination at the 2019 Irish Animation Awards. Kristina has several projects in development including Goat Girl (co-created with Shannon George), with Daily Madness Productions.
Jessica Patterson—Jessica is a director and animator with Jam Media. Jessica produced The Voyage with Christy Moore in aid of RTÉ Does Comic Relief 2020; and directed the festive short Mistletoe and Stubbs (2020) which she created and directed as part of RTÉ’s Shorts Yule Love series.
Nial Murphy—Niall Murphy is the managing editor of Scannain, one of Ireland’s foremost screen industry publications. He works as Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Inward Production at award-winning Irish production company Treasure Entertainment. He is also a board member of Raising Films and a passionate advocate of equality and diversity in the Irish screen industry.
Robert Cullen—Emmy nominated, Robert Cullen is the creative director and founder of Boulder Media. Boulder is one of Ireland’s largest animation studios working on shows such as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Amazing World of Gumball and Transformers. Rob was instrumental in the reboot of 80’s classic, Danger Mouse for CBBC directing 72 episodes and is currently directing his first feature film based on My Little Pony to be released in 2021.
Fionnghuala Ní Neil—Fionnaghuala is the director and founder the of Dublin Animation Film Festival and a member of the Directorate of Creativity, Innovation and Research at Media Cube at Dun Laoghaire- Institute of Art, Design & Technology, in Dublin, Ireland.
Director: Damien O'Connor
60 years in the life of a Dublin doorman as he watches the city he loves change.
Director: Robyn Conroy
Deep in the heart of a
bamboo forest, a paternal bear watches over Mae, a spirited young girl that he
Directors: Dylan Cooper and Natasha Walsh
The story of a broken teapot, who’s flaws help him realize his purpose is more than just making tea.
Don't Forget the Bread
Director: Gary Gill
Dublin, 1916 Rising, and 4 young Flanagans must stay safe together. But most importantly ’Don’t forget the bread
Director: Laura Robinson
A film about emigration, new experiences, and meeting new people changes how you see the world.
Director: Sophia Kinsella
An abandoned puppy is
rescued by a mother cat
and does the best they
can to fit in.
Director: Sorcha McGinley
One little girl is faced with a major disappointment
Directors: Jack McHugh and Connor McNally
Ruslan is a young boy in
Soviet Russia who dreams of being a cowboy.
Director: Rory Conway
An assassination attempt on a VIP is serendipitously
foiled by a pigeon.
Streets of Fury
Director: Aiden McAteer
Max Punchface likes to
punch and kick things, but life changes when he in lands in the calm world of Sheepland.
Director: Jessica Patterson
A heartwarming rendition of the song ‘The Voyage’, by a cocooning Christy Moore in the height of the Covid-19 crisis of 2020.
To the Stars
Director: Gemma McGivern
An animated film about
Dr. Norah Patten, Ireland’s first female astronaut.