Animania – A Day of Animation!

Wednesday 6th, 9.30am, Mall Arts Centre

A series of hands-on animation workshops for 200 primary school students in Youghal and surrounding areas culminates in a whole day at the movies programmed especially for them. As well as featuring the big screen premiere of the films made during the workshops, this celebration of animation includes three films by filmmakers associated with Paper Panther, the animation company that facilitated the workshops. We will then be joined by talented Cork animators Jane Lee and Lorraine Lordan who will discuss their work. The morning concludes with a feature presentation: Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner.

Animania Schools Workshop Screening

The day will open with short animations made by pupils from seven local Youghal schools in the run-up to the festival using a range of techniques. Participants from Bunscoil Mhuire, South Abbey National School, Gaelscoil Choráin, Clonpriest National School, Kyle National School, Park National School and the secondary school Pobalscoil na Trionoide will introduce their films and speak about their experience of making them. First Cut! would like to thank all participating schools for their support of these workshops which were made possible through the generous support of Cork County Council and Youghal Credit Union.

Paper Panther Programme

Paper Panther is a Dublin based animation studio that has been facilitating animation workshops and classes with students aged 1-60 at home and abroad since 2010. They have been animating for the past 10 years on short films, commercials and TV series, as well as working in illustration and education. Their work has received many awards and commendations including an ASIFA – Hollywood Annie Award nomination in 2010. They were responsible for facilitating the First Cut! primary schools animation workshops.

Scoring Pointes (Bec Hil /Gareth Lyons)
A cheeky pair of ballet slippers, with big dreams of playing football, swaps places with their owner’s football boots on the day of an important match.

The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky (Pádraig Fagan)
A tale of passion, loss, surreal comedy and explosive violence. Animated in a cut-out style creating a dreamy, hand-made aesthetic.

The Bird and The Whale (Carol Freeman)
A baby whale separated from his family discovers a caged bird. Together they struggle to survive, lost at sea. An oil-paint on glass animated film.

Animania Special Guests: Jane Lee & Lorraine Lordan

Jane Lee is a Cork-based animation director who creates imaginative short films. In this presentation, she will take the audience on a journey through the processes she uses to create her enchanting animations. Having started out as a model-maker, Jane moved into filmmaking in 2003. With the support of Cork Film Centre she made her first stop motion animation film The Demon Within which went on to screen at multiple international film festivals. From there she received awards from the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Arts Council to make more short films such as Bare and Revelations which also screened worldwide. Jane currently works as a freelance animator making short films, information videos and commercials. She is working on her first feature script.

Lorraine Lordan is an Animation Director who hails from Ballineen in West Cork and has been working the animation industry for many years. Always very interested in art and books as a child she loved to sit by herself drawing or reading or making up stories and getting her brothers and sister act them out. She went to Dublin to study animation where she met the founders of Cartoon Saloon. This led to her to her first job in Animation in Kilkenny. Since then she has worked in studios around the world and formed her own company, A Man & Ink. Now back in Kilkenny working with Cartoon Saloon, she has worked on feature films such as The Breadwinner and TV Series like Puffin Rock. Many of these have been nominated for Oscars like The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner which will be screened at this festival! Lorraine is currently directing her short film A Cat called Jam.

The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)

Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who gives up her identity by becoming a storyteller to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. The making of this Oscar-nominated feature by renowned Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon was the subject of a special focus at the 2018 First Cut! Festival. We are delighted to be able to share the completed film with our audiences this year. The Breadwinner is a celebration of children – for children, whatever their age, wherever they live.

The Breadwinner will be preceded by two short films by a fledgling filmmaker, seven-year-old Oisin Pringle: Oisin’s First Movie & Oisin’s Dinosaur Movie.