The Irish animation scene may not be as large as its neighbor Great Britain, but the work coming out of Ireland is increasingly receiving attention on the global stage. In this season’s Oscar contest, for example, there are promising Irish contenders in both the feature and short categories—Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea and Alan Holly’s Coda, respectively.
To help connect the growing Irish animation scene and create a space for dialogue between professionals and students, the second Irish VFX + Animation Summit will take place this weekend in Dublin, Ireland. On Friday, the opening night screening of Interstellar will be introduced by Double Negative artists who worked on the film, including vfx supervisor Andrew Lockley.
Then there will be two days of panels, presentations, and masterclasses with speakers from both Irish and British studios including Framestore (Paddington, Guardians of the Galaxy), Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea), Double Negative (Interstellar), Windmill Lane (Young Ones), The Mill, Cinesite, and others. The summit will also include a showreel clinic in which artists can receive 1-on-1 feedback from Irish animation studios.