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YouTube Kids announced as title sponsor for Animation Dingle Student Awards
10 Feb 2020 : News Desk
Animation Dingle
Animation Dingle has announced YouTube Kids as the title sponsor of the Animation Dingle Student Awards.

A perfect pairing and partnership in the ever-growing world of animation, The YouTube Kids Animation Dingle Student Awards will take place in Dingle, Co. Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland on March 20th, 2020. 

The Awards are part of the hugely successful Animation Dingle. Animation Dingle is now coming into its eighth year, and each year, tickets for the event sell out within minutes of being released - such is the demand. Hundreds of animation students attend the festival each year along with professionals in the sector from all over the world. Animation Dingle prides itself on this synchronistic flux and flow between professionals and students, which gives a unique energy to the event each year. 

Many of the animation companies attending Animation Dingle work across animation for children and YouTube Kids is an ideal complement to this part of the sector. 

Cedric Petitpas, Family Content Partnerships, UK & Ireland said:

“YouTube Kids was created to provide a way for children to learn and explore online and Animation Dingle is a fantastic representation of this positive and nurturing ethos. We strongly believe in our responsibility to empower artists and creators to showcase their work, and we look forward to supporting the talented and creative student animators at this event, and working with Animation Dingle to expand its reach to new audiences.” 

Set in magical Dingle – on the most westerly peninsula of Europe, the hugely successful Animation Dingle returns this year on 20th March – 21st March. Animation Dingle commits to delivering the very best in Animation from Ireland and around the globe to the Animation Dingle Festival annually; delivering through their conference, workshops, screenings, and awards and in the spirit of sharing and supporting. 

"Each year the amount of submissions continues to grow and grow and the quality of work entered this year was some of the best we have seen. Thanks so much to all the students for entering your films and the best of luck with the awards,” said John Rice, JAM Media CEO.

Animation Dingle is excited to be welcoming YouTube Kids to their event and feel it is the perfect fit for the Awards night. Animation Dingle Awards take place on Friday night, giving the following day over to students to bask in their success. Award categories up for grabs on the night include Best Irish Short; Best International Short; Best Director; Best Animation; Best Writer; Best 2D; Best Stop Motion; Best Music/Sound Design; Best Art Direction/Design; Best 3D/CGI; The Inaugural Best Sting Award and The Inaugural Best Irish Short Film (Professional). The Murakami Award will also be announced on the night. 

Co-founder and Director of Animation Dingle, Maurice Galway said:

“Animation Dingle are so thrilled to announce YouTube Kids as title sponsor to our Student Awards event, what an amazing fit and an opportunity for us to increase our reach with a festival that offers students a global perspective on the art of developing, financing, and producing animated content, for screens both big and small, whilst allowing Industry experts and companies to meet upcoming talent and share their knowledge with them in a symbiotic melting pot....with beautiful Dingle as a dramatic backdrop” 

Flying in from the west coast of America to the YouTube Kids Animation Dingle Student Awards ceremony - and participating in the two-day festival - are some of the top executives in the business from Amazon, Apple, Cartoon Network, Disney, Dreamworks, Gaumont, Netflix, Nickelodeon, Pixar, The Jim Henson Company. Joining them are top European broadcasters including, Aardman Studios, BBC, Channel 5, France 4, RTÉ and Sony Pictures. 

These experts will share their insights into the industry and the many opportunities that exist in this growing and vibrant animation sector. Indeed, many of these leaders attend to discover new talent and inspire future creative partnerships with the students. 

But it is not only the transatlantic animators and industry experts that attend Dingle. Irish Animation studios will be well represented at the event. Irish studios Brown Bag Films, Cartoon Saloon, Jam Media and Lighthouse Studios will all be found in their own adopted pubs for the weekend on the Animation Dingle Studio Pub Trail. 

Click here to view the nominee for the YouTube Kids Animation Dingle Student Awards.

Animation Dingle returns this year from March 20th to March 21st.

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