Animation

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 Coat Made Dark

Jack O'Shea, 10 minutes, 2015

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

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…

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. 

An Gadhar Dubh

Pádraig Fagan, 9 minutes, 2019

A young man and his elderly father are terrorised by a mysterious black dog in Connemara in 1910.

An Island

Rory Byrne, 13 minutes, 2018

A solitary man sets out to conquer an isolated island.

The Bird and the Whale

Carol Freeman, 8 minutes, 2018

A baby whale separated from his family encounters a caged bird - the sole survivor of a shipwreck.

Bird Food

Richard Keane, 5 minutes, 2012

A man plans to eat his lunch in the park, but the local pigeons have other ideas in this animated short from Richard Keane.  Notes by Sunniva O'Flynn  

The Boy in the Bubble

Kealan O'Rourke, 8 minutes, 2011

Obsessed with magic and the supernatural, lovelorn Rupert casts a spell to protect himself from emotions after his first relationship falls apart. Unaware of the dangers of magic, his spell traps him in a bubble that separates him from the…

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