29 October 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network
Johnathan Clarke and Stephen Fagan selected for Inaugural ACE Animation Special
21 Jan 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Ace Producers partner with Screen Skills Ireland
ACE Producers has announced the sixteen producers that have been selected for the first edition of the ACE Animation Special that will take place during Animation Dingle in Ireland this coming March.

The selected participants are all producers who want to diversify their activities to include, and/or deepen their knowledge of, developing and producing long-form/feature film animation production for an international audience (cinema, broadcast or streaming). Producers were selected either with or without an animation project in the early stages of development, though each runs a company focusing its sights on animation. Eleven countries are represented in the selection: Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

“Animation was high on my list,” ACE director and head of studies, Jacobine van der Vloed said. “I’m thrilled to have established a partnership with Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Dingle and to be bringing such a great group of international producers to Ireland to discover the global potential of their animation projects.”

The group consists of experienced producers from both inside and outside the ACE Network. In close collaboration with Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Dingle and support from other key Irish partners – Screen Ireland, BAI, Animation Skillnet, IDA,  Animation Ireland, and Creative Europe Desk Ireland – the 5-day workshop will be held from March 17th to 22nd in Dingle, Ireland.

Focusing primarily on the creative and financial aspects of animation production, the ACE Animation Special will offer sessions on story development and the creative dynamics of animation production, the financing scheme in an international context, discovering the marketing potential and finding an (international) audience as well as budget, financing and production planning. The workshop will give the producers a chance to network with their peers and dive deeper into the different aspects of animation production.


Jonathan Clarke – Ireland – Distillery Films
Sullivan Sails; series by Carol Freeman

Stephen Fagan – Ireland – Studio Meala
Queen Méabh; feature by Elle Power

Jérôme Dopffer – France – Les Productions Balthazar
Diotime and the Lions; feature by Santi Minasi

Fabian Driehorst – Germany – Fabian&Fred
Attending without a project

Sinisa Juricic – Croatia – Nukleus film
Hello Isabel; feature by Anja Kofmel

Kristine Knudsen – Norway – Den siste skilling
Checkmate; feature, director TBC

Vladimir Lhotak – Czech Republic – Hausboot
Golem; feature by Jiří Barta

Galilé Marion Gauvin – Canada – Productions l’unité centrale
Attending without a project

Rebecca Mark-Lawson – UK – Tyke Films
The Scarlet & The White: A Persian Love Story; feature by Fateme Ahmadi

Heather Millard – Iceland – Compass Films
Ormhildur the Brave; series by Thorey Mjallhvit

Patrice Nezan – France – Les Contes Modernes
War with the Salamanders; feature by Catherine Maximoff

Catryn Ramasut – United Kingdom – ie ie productions
Candylion; feature, director TBC

Arash T. Riahi – Austria – Golden Girls Film
Micromeo; feature by Jean Claude Carriere & Virgil Widrich

Nancy Florence Savard – Canada – 10th Ave Productions
Attending without a project

Marleen Slot – The Netherlands – Viking Film
Attending without a project

Denis Vaslin – The Netherlands – Volya Films
Tracing Rita; feature by Tess Martin

Director Peter Mackie Burns discusses Rialto
Director Ciara Hyland discusses Cogadh ar Mhná
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