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New Irish Shorts 8 – Animation (Galway Film Fleadh 2016)

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There were a total of fifteen shorts in this collection which was shown on Sunday the 10th of July at 12pm in the Town Hall Theatre. It was a fantastic programme which illustrates how vibrant and exciting the animation industry is within Ireland at present. Below I’ve highlighted some of my favourites.

So you can check my Twitter timeline to show I’m not cheating but Second To None and Joining Dots were my favourites of the animated shorts and both went on to win awards.

Second to None is directed by Vincent Gallagher and is a delightfully dark tale about the second oldest man in the world and his attempts to become the first. Gorgeously animated and sharp storytelling had the Galway audience in stitches when it played. It went on to win Best Animated Short at the Fleadh.

Joining Dots is an incredibly sweet story of a little girl who traces out all sorts of animals and creatures from the stars she sees through her skylight. Fiona Ryan from IADT directed this beautifully drawn tale of Daddy-daughter relationships. It went on to win Best First Short Animation at the the Fleadh.

Others of note were Last Leaf by Olya Golubeva showing a lone leaf and it’s attempt to fly. Define Intervention by Sean Cunningham offered a very funny and original take on the faith crisis at present in Ireland and David Quin couldn’t be more up to date with his alphabetical journey through Ireland’s gang culture in Proceeds of Crime.

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Páraic wanted to be a gangster as far back as he can remember. Brought up on a diet of films he was too young to be watching by his brothers, all things 80s teens thanks to his sisters and the classics by his folks he's turned into a well-rounded (maybe a little too round) film lover. Only recently discovering North by Northwest, he longs for a train journey with a beautiful blond.

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