Guest Speakers

We are delighted to announce that Fabian Erlinghäuser, Head of Animation at Cartoon Saloon will be our Guest Speaker at the screening of Cartoon Saloon's Academy Award nominated feature 'The Breadwinner'.

Fabian has 18 years industry experience at the Academy-Award-nominated studio Cartoon Saloon, where he works as Head Of Animation on projects ranging from feature films and short films to TV shows. He was the Animation Director on “The Breadwinner”, the Saloon’s Oscar nominated feature collaboration with producer Angelina Jolie.

His credits include Animation Director and 1st Assistant Director of the European Film Of The Year 2015, “Song Of The Sea”, which was nominated for multiple Annie Awards and an Academy Award. Fabian was also the animation supervisor of Cartoon Saloon’s breakout feature “The Secret Of Kells”, which cemented Cartoon Saloon's reputation for creating artistically inventive movies.

He currently co-directs “Dorg Van Dango”, a new TV-show he created with Breadwinner helmer Nora Twomey. It will be released in late 2019. Before joining Cartoon Saloon in 2000, Fabian graduated with 'Distinction' in Classical Animation from BCFE in Dublin. Apart from Cartoon Saloon, Fabian teaches character animation at colleges such as IADT in Dún Laoghaire; The Animation Workshop in Denmark; and the University Of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.

Fabian will be participating in a Q & A after the screening of 'The Breadwinner' in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, on Saturday, 27 October 2018.

Categories

Since 2011 we have presented awards for the following categories – who will win a DAFF Award in 2018?

Trophies

Since the festival began in 2011, we have commissioned a different trophy design for each year. Why? Partly because we like variety, but we also like to give different artists or students an opportunity to create something beautiful.

From 2011 – 2013, the awards trophies were influenced by Blackrock, the village where the shortlisted films were originally screened. In 2011, a local ceramicist Annika Berglund created trophies that were inspired by Dolmen landmarks.

From 2012 – 2013, undergraduate students from the B.A. in Modelmaking, Design and Digital Effects at IADT (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology) were given the opportunity to ‘pitch’ for the task of designing and creating the trophies. These students took their inspiration from the local landmarks and surroundings. For the 2012 festival, David Lynham created a replica of the Victorian bandstand located in Blackrock Park. The 2013 trophy created by Elin Adler was inspired by a stone cross that can be found on the Main Street in Blackrock.

In 2014 Michael Flynn, a 3rd year student created a trophy that was inspired by the sea – could the film ‘Song of the Sea’ by Cartoon Saloon have had an influence? In 2015 Mateus Wojtas, a third year student, took his inspiration from a ‘Tree of Life’ and his trophies for DAFF 2015, were stunning – Matt showed himself to be a gifted designer and modelmaker. Impressed by his commitment and talent, the festival asked him to create a very special trophy design that would reflect the 1916 celebrations. His piece was inspired by a ceasefire that was allowed during the 1916 rising. Every day, both sides of the conflict allowed a temporary ceasefire, so the keeper of St. Stephen’s Green could enter the park to feed the ducks. In 2016 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, the trophy created by Matt encapsulated ‘Wild Geese’ which represented beauty in wildness and was a poignant reminder that many emigrants from Ireland left in search of a better life.

This year, Rachel Quinn, a popular ceramicist will be creating a trophy that is a new departure for the Festival - we look forward to unveiling the new design on 27 October 2018!



Past Winners

DAFF 2017 WINNERS
A lot of great films were submitted this year - Huge Congratulations to the DAFF 2017 Winners!

BEST IRISH SHORT FILM - WINNER
An Island
Directed by Rory Byrne of and maps and plans

HONOURABLE MENTION
Second to None
Directed by Vincent Gallagher, Caboom

HONOURABLE MENTION
Deposits
Directed by Trevor Courtney, Igloo Animations

BEST IRISH STUDENT GRADUATE SHORT FILM - WINNER
Consent
Directed by Tara Woods and Aoife Moiselle, The National Film School, IADT

HONOURABLE MENTION
Astrocatastrophe
Directed by Claire McLoughlin and Grace Ryan, The National Film School, IADT

BEST COMEDY - WINNER
Second to None
Directed by Vincent Gallagher, Caboom

HONOURABLE MENTION
Temptation
Directed by by Camille Canonne, Laura Bouillet, Michael Hoft, Catherine Le Quang, Pauline Raffin, Martin Villert – Supoinfocom, FRANCE

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM - WINNER
Negative Space
Directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, Ikki Films, FRANCE

HONOURABLE MENTION
The Best Customer
Directed by Serghei Chiviga, ROMANIA

SOCIAL RECOGNITION AWARD - WINNER
Alike
Written and Directed by Daniel Martinez Lara and Rafa Cano Mendez , SPAIN

HONOURABLE MENTION
Playing House
Directed by Cenk Köksal and Ozgül Gürbüz, TURKEY

BEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SHORT FILM - WINNER
KEIRO
Directed by Tatiana Juskewycz, Benoit Leloup, Frack Menigoz, Charlotte Poncin, Zo Lé Nérot ART FX, FRANCE

HONOURABLE MENTION
HOMEGROWN
Directed by Quentin Haberham, The National Film and Television School, UK

BEST SOUNDTRACK/USE OF FOLEY - WINNER
Negative Space
Directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, Ikki Films, FRANCE

HONOURABLE MENTION
Verge
Directed by Chingtien Chu, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA

BEST 2D FILM - WINNER
An Island
Directed by Rory Byrne of and maps and plans, IRELAND

HONOURABLE MENTION
Catherine
Directed by Britt Raes, Creative Conspiracy, BELGIUM

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - WINNER
Catherine
Directed by Britt Raes, Creative Conspiracy, BELGIUM

SPIRIT OF 1916 AWARD - CATHAOIRLEACH
Granite and Chalk – Naomi O’Leary – Winner

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION AWARD – Dr. ANNIE DOONA
‘Spoon’ – Markus Kemp – Germany - Winner
‘Portrait of a Windup Maker’ – Dario Perez, The Netherlands – Honourable Mention

BEST IRISH STUDENT OR GRADUATE FILM – GWEN FORDE – MUTINY SOUND
Fiona Ryan – ‘Joining Dots’ – National Film School, IADT - Winner
Eleanor Bourke, Jennifer Kelly, Claire McLoughlin, Sarah Peters, Meghan Ryan – ‘What’s the Point’ - National Film School, IADT – Honourable Mention

BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service: Damsel in Distress – Karim Rhellam and Kim Claeys, Belgium.
Ticking Away - Michael Sewnarain, The Netherlands

BEST IRISH FILM
‘Angel of 1916’– Treehouse Republic Animation - Winner
‘A Coat Made Dark’ – Jack O’Shea, Still Films – Honourable Mention

BEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SHORT
The Last Day of a Condemned Man - Perrine Bayssat, Sarah Dhorne, Etienne Molinier, Emilie Phuong, Isabelle Piolat – Gobelins, France
Merlot - Giulia Martinelli and Marta Gennar - Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - sede Piemonte – is being accepted by Katia Compagnoni.

BEST SOUNDTRACK – SHARON KAVANAGH BANKS
‘Ticking Away’ - Michael Sewnarain, The Netherlands - Winner
‘Unhinged’ - directed by Tom Caulfield, Studio Okinawa

DUBLIN ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL – SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
DUKE JOHNSON

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
‘Define Intervention’ directed by Sean Cunningham, Irish School of Animation, Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

2015 was the year we welcomed Tomm Moore as our special guest and also held a special screening of Irish short animated films. It was inspiring to watch these shorts which spanned over twenty years and were created during some of the ‘lean’ years. The Irish Retrospective Award was won by Cathal Gaffney for his short ‘Give Up Yer Auld Sins’. The Audience Choice Award was won by a new studio – Ben and Anvil won ‘hands down’ for ‘The Story of Gin’!

SOCIAL RECOGNITION CATEGORY - WINNER
RAYDO
Avraham Eligal and Alon Yoda – Israel

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Bampa Daniel Evans University of South Wales
The Story Will Be Revealed in the Movie The Fighting Words Project in association with Brown Bag Films

UNDER 18s CATEGORY - WINNER
Remember to Smile
Bibi Queisen, The Netherlands

HONOURABLE MENTION
Mitchell Goldfield Emmy and Lilly Thompson, Sunderland, UK

BEST IRISH STUDENT OR GRADUATE SHORT FILM - WINNERS
Did you hear about Her Dad?
by Jessica Patterson, The National Film School, IADT

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Bugg and Mr. Hill Sean Cunningham, Irish School of Animation, BCFE
The Teacup Elif Boyacioglu, Ballyfermot College of Further Education

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM - WINNER
Guida
by Rosana Urbes, Brazil

HONOURABLE MENTION
Bad Advice by Matthew Lee, UK

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM - WINNER
Chiaroscuro
by Daniel Drummond, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Deux Amis by Natalia Chernysheva, l’ecole de la Poudriere, France

BEST IRISH SHORT FILM - WINNER
An Ode to Love
by Matthew Darragh, Brown Bag Films, Dublin, Ireland

HONOURABLE MENTION
Somewhere Down the Line directed by Julien Regnard Cartoon Saloon, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

BEST SOUNDTRACK - WINNER
Somewhere Down the Line
Julien Regnard, Cartoon Saloon Co. Kilkenny, Ireland Composer: Matthew Nolan

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - WINNER
The Story of Gin
Daniel Cantwell, Ben and Anvil Dublin, Ireland

RETROSPECTIVE AWARD - WINNER
Give Up Yer Auld Sins
Cathal Gaffney, Brown Bag Films, Dublin, Ireland

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
Tomm Moore
Co-Creator of Cartoon Saloon, gifted artist and animator and a totally awesome dude!

Previous Special Guests
MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT

Michael Dudok De Wit was our Special Guest at DAFF 2017 and gave a superb masterclass and Q & A after the screening of ‘The Red Turtle’ – he lit up the stage with his presence! Michael Dudok de Wit was born in 1953 and educated in Holland. After school, he studied etching in Geneva, and animation at Farnham, England, where he made his first film “The Interview”. After animating for a year in Barcelona he settled in London in 1980. Working free-lance with different studios, in particular with the production company Richard Purdum Productions, he directed and animated many award-winning commercials for television and cinema.

In 1992 he created his short “Tom Sweep”, followed by “The Monk and the Fish” which was made at the studio Folimage, France. This film was nominated for an Oscar and it has won numerous awards. His most well-known film “Father and Daughter” won the Grand Prix in Annecy, an Oscar and dozens of other major awards. In 2004 he completed his short film “The Aroma of Tea”.  THE RED TURTLE, which he directed and co-wrote with Pascale Ferran for Studio Ghibli was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. Michael also illustrates children’s books and he teaches animation at art colleges in England and abroad. Characteristic of his drawing style is his use of strong shadows and of simple but atmospheric landscapes.

DUKE JOHNSON

Duke is a graduate of New York University and the American Film Institute. ANOMALISA, which Duke directed alongside Charlie Kaufman, is his first feature film and was nominated for an Academy Award® in the Animated Feature Film category. Duke‘s previous credits include the Adult Swim shows MORAL OREL, MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENHOLE and BEFOREL OREL. He also directed the Emmy Award winning episode of NBC’s Community: ABED’S UNCONTROLLABLE CHRISTMAS. Duke was a popular guest at the 2017 Festival and we hope he will visit us again in the future!

WILL BECHER

Will Becher joined Aardman Animations as a trainee assistant animator on Wallace and Gromit’s big screen adventure The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Since then, he has worked on features, commercials and TV shows including The Pirates, Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep. He has written and directed three award winning short films. Will was the lead animator in the Shaun the Sheep Movie and was the Animation Director for Nick Park’s film Early Man.

DAMIEN O’CONNOR

Damien currently works at Brown Bag Films as Director/Co-writer on Angela’s Christmas, an adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winning Frank McCourt children’s book ‘Angela and The Baby Jesus’. The film stars Oscar Nominated Ruth Negga (Loving), Lucy O’Connell (Song of the Sea) and Brian Gleeson (Snow White and the Huntsman). Previously, Damien worked an Episodic Director on the Peabody Award winning; smash hit preschool show Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior. He has written and directed four award winning Irish Film Board funded shorts Mutt, Ledog, IFTA nominated Dick Terrapin and IFTA nominated After You. His most recent short film ANYA was a unique collaboration between Brown Bag Films and Irish NGO ‘To Russia With Love’ to help highlight the plight of Russian orphans. Since its release, ANYA has clocked up over a million views online and won several awards including the Best Overall Film at Limerick Film Festival and the Social Recognition Award at Dublin Animation Film Festival in 2014.

TOMM MOORE

Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon. Cartoon Saloon was founded in 1999 by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey and Paul Young, who met whilst studying animation in Ballyfermot Senior College Dublin. Over the company’s history, Tomm has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator on a range of projects from commercials to service work for feature films and TV series, as well as a number of short film projects. Tomm has directed 2 universally successful feature films; The Secret Of Kells and the spiritual follow-up, Song of the Sea. Both films were nominated for Academy Awards ®. Tomm also directed the “On Love” segment for The Prophet, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek based on one of the best-selling books of all times. Tomm is currently dividing his time between the development of his latest project “Wolf Walkers” and post-production on The Breadwinner. This feature film, based on the best selling novel by Deborah Ellis will be due for release in late 2017. Tomm Moore received the Directors Guild Of Ireland and America Finder’s Series Award in 2008 and European Director of the year at the Cartoon Movie in 2009.

MERLIN CROSSINGHAM

Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit / Aardman Animations. Merlin joined Aardman in 1996 through an animation training course run in conjunction with the University of the West of England, having already completed a degree in Film and Photography at the Newport Film School. As an animator at Aardman, Merlin initially worked on many TV commercials and Morph shorts, before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film ‘Chicken Run’, and Second Unit Director on ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit’. He also co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination. Merlin was Supervising Animator for “Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death”, for which he also directed the BBC ONE branding idents to help promote the film’s debut on Christmas Day 2008, which reached a peak audience of 14.6 million viewers. He has since specialised in directing Wallace & Gromit at Aardman.

Merlin’s significant role across Wallace & Gromit activity eventually led to his promotion to Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit in 2009. In 2010, Merlin helped create the Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection featuring Wallace & Gromit and directed the animation for the BBC1 series, Wallace & Gromit’s world of invention. Merlin has also created a live orchestral show, Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, which premiered as part of the 2012 Prom season at the Albert Hall. The show later travelled and played at the Sydney Opera House. Merlin has also directed the relaunch and subsequent two series of Aardman’s oldest character Morph as well as present a series of ‘How to animate’ tutorials for children for the Sky Kids channel. He recently directed a title sequence for world renowned design festival OFFF. Merlin is currently an animation director on Nick Park’s latest feature film Early Man. Before attending University, Merlin specialized in acrobatics, uni-cycling and trapeze and trained with the Moscow State Circus during one of their stays in Bristol. These activities led Merlin into climbing, he became a climbing, caving and canoeing instructor and worked in the outdoor pursuits industry before choosing to focus on animation. Merlin also filmed the world’s first stop-motion 3D IMAX test and has had the opportunity to work with the legendary Ray Harryhausen.

Workshops

Since 2011, we have run free stop motion, sand animation and comic book workshops for children, young adults and service users of the St. John of God Hospitallers and Rehab Care.

We are planning more for 2018!

Huge thanks to Bank of Ireland and Luminosity for their support over the last few years!