The Breadwinner


Compiled here is a diverse selection of Irish animation films, a booming sector in contemporary Irish cinema. Atmospheric shorts, fantasy adventures, social histories, and century-old experiments from early pioneers are only a small sample of what is available, with the work of internationally-renowned companies such as Cartoon Saloon featuring prominently. These films represent the peak of one of Irish film’s great success stories. Further information on the history of Irish animation can be found here.

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A Cat Called Jam

Lorraine Lordan, 8 minutes, 2019

An affable cat that is new in town just wants to make friends. When he tries to befriend three dogs he struggles to make them see him as he sees himself. He is just one of the dogs.

A Coat Made Dark

Jack O'Shea, 10 minutes, 2015

A man follows the orders of a dog to wear a coat with impossible pockets.

A Greyhound of a Girl

Enzo d’Alò, 89 minutes, 2023

11 year old Mary has a huge passion for cooking and dreams of becoming a great chef. Her grandmother Emer, with whom she has a very special relationship, encourages her to make this dream come true, despite the obstacles in…

A Quack Too Far

Melissa Culhane, 2019

A fox must deal with a very noisy duck before he can get his precious sleep.

Abe’s Story

Adam H. Stewart, 12 minutes, 2019

In Victorian London an overworked writer, Abe, is inspired by his day job in the theatre to create a bloody brilliant novel. Awards: Golden Knight, Malta International Film Festival 2019 Best Animated Sequence, Galway Film Fleadh 2019

After ’16

Various, 2 hours aprox, 2016

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board Short Films A programme of nine short films inspired by the subject of 1916 and what it has left in its wake, commissioned by the IFB. Programme includes fiction and non-fiction, live-action and…

After You

Damien O'Connor, 7 minutes, 2012

A warm-hearted animated short, After You condenses into a few brief minutes the life of a Dublin doorman in the twentieth century. As a century of history unfolds on his doorstep, he experiences the eroding of a once-elegant way of…

Agony Ant

Sean Cunningham, 3 minutes, 2020

Ant Hill City is thrown into panic when a giant foot appears. Our hero, Agony Ant, is running out of time to craft the only weapon that can stop it.

Agricultural Report

Melina Sydney Padua, 3 minutes, 2004

Agricultural Report imagines a cow’s panicked reaction to his fate in the face of an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. 

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