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YA-O-TH Dingle Animation Competition open to all Transitional Year Students in Kerry for 2014

Jan 9, 2014

YA-O-TH Dingle Animation Competition open to all Transitional Year Students in Kerry for 2014



March 15th - Saint James’ Church

For the attention of
Transitional Year Students in Kerry



Dingle International Film Festival, in partnership with JAM Media and with the assistance of the Creative Media Department of Institute of Technology, Tralee is hosting an animation competition for Transitional Year Students in Kerry for 2014.

YA-O-TY (Young Animator of The Year): The call is for new animation works created by Transitional Year Students. The Creative Media Department of the IT Tralee will hold an Animation training day for those TY students wishing to take part.

A selection of the entries will be showcased at Dingle International Film Festival on the 15th March with a reception and an awards ceremony.  One Transitional Year Student will be announced as the 2014 YA-O-TY: 2014 THE YOUNG ANIMATOR OF THE YEAR. The award will include the offer of a work placement within Ireland’s top animation company, JAM Media and a silver award designed and made by renowned Dingle Jeweller, Brian de Staic.

 ‘Animation Dingle 2014’ will showcase the best of the student’s entries, along with a programme of animation from Ireland’s leading animation companies, during Dingle International Film Festival on Saturday March 15th 2014.  Jimmy T. Murakami received The Inaugural Murakami Award at Animation Dingle in 2013, which will be handed to another gifted animator again in 2014.



Students are being asked to produce an animated film for ‘Animation Dingle’.

The theme is: CHANGE

The theme “Change” can be taken to mean a physical change within us, the environment, the weather or perhaps a metamorphosis. It is completely open to the student’s interpretation.

The animated film can be:

  • Hand drawn animation
  • Any form of computer generated animation, including flash or coding
  • Claymation or cut-out animation
  • The film must be No longer than 1min (60secs) in duration. It can be shorter than 1 min


The film must be finished as a QUICKTIME movie file and then uploaded to Dropbox.

Upload your film here dropbox Username: Password: Dingle2014

 The deadline for us to receive the film is 5pm on Friday 28th February 2014


Opportunity for training:

The Creative Media Department, IT Tralee will offer a day in the Institute for Transition Year Students who intend taking part in the project. The day is free and will involve:

  • Introductions from: Mary Lucey,  Head of Department of Creative Media, ITT; John Rice, CEO JAM Media on the success of JAM Media and Animation in Ireland today; Maurice Galway on Animation Dingle
  • Claymation workshop
  • Animation Workshop
  • Tips on how to save your film and upload it to Dropbox

            Venue: The ITT, North Campus, Tralee.

            Date: Saturday 25th January 2014

            Time: 11am – 4pm


The Creative Media Department, ITT will also set-up a support system for advice to participants on their Facebook page visit



You can contact for advice on the project and to discuss what we are looking for.


Dingle International Film Festival dates run: March 14 - 17 2014

‘Animation Dingle’ will take place on March 15th 2014 as part of the festival.


JAM Media is a highly acclaimed BAFA Award winning company that was founded in 2002 by John Rice, Alan Shannon and Mark Cumberton and is known for ROY, TILLY AND FRIENDS and PICME. Traditionally Jam is made by heating up lots of juicy berries and adding sugar, requiring jars and stuff. But back in 2002 three animators joined forces, John Rice, Alan Shannon and Mark Cumberton and together they made a different kind of JAM altogether. They developed a recipe for ‘sticky content’, the exact ingredients of which remains a mystery but I have heard that it involves picking a big bunch of great ideas, a good helping of technology, some magical stories and flavour to taste with fine animation. Since the early days they have grown bigger and stronger each year with many new talented artists and programmers joining the team to make JAM even sweeter.

Dingle IFF is a boutique film festival, which makes room for everyone. Offering unique screening experiences with a high caliber of stars & talent attending seminars & workshops. The festival is home to The Gregory Peck Award. Recipients have included; Jean-Jacques Beineix , 2-time Oscar nominated, Stephen Frears, 6-time Oscar nominated, Jim Sheridan and Golden Globe winner, Gabriel Byrne. The Peck family has also attended the festival.

 Dingle IFF is a sought after event, which is personal, has style and exhibits film in unique locations including: The Phoenix Cinema, (built in 1937 by the Houlihan brothers, who at the time, burned peat to power the two Italian projectors in the cinema), St. James’ Church, which is over 200 year old and An Lab, an Irish language arts center.

 Guests have also included: Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Miles & Sir Alan Parker; 2-time Emmy winners Lisa Albert & Marc Flanagan; 2-time oscar winner Barbara Kopple; Oscar winner Garrett Brown; Hollywood screen writer Leslie Dixon; Hollywood super star Maureen O Hara; and many more film industry professionals such as Aidan Gillen, Cillian Murphy, Ned Dowd, Jimmy T. Murakami, Anthony Wall, Geoff Wonfor, Sophie Fiennes and Scott Wilson.


Creative Media Department, Institute of Technology, Tralee

The Creative Media Department at the ITT offers a wide-range of undergraduate programmes tailored to produce qualified graduates for the creative media sector.  Digital Media, Music Technology, Sound Technology, Graphics, TV, Radio Broadcasting, New Media Production, Creative Writing for Digital Media, Film, Animation, Claymation and Social Media are study areas included in the suite of programmes on offer.  The programmes are delivered in a high-performance digital media centre encompassing graphics studio, media editing suits, tv and radio broadcasting studios, music recording studios and dedicated media and music computer laboratories.