About Kilkenny Animated Festival


Kilkenny Animated is a brand new festival of visual storytelling, incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that celebrate the creativity and craft of the visual image. The festival is hosted by twice-Academy Award® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon and is set against and inspired by the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Kilkenny Animated is the first festival of its kind in the world to bring together so many different aspects of visual storytelling for the enjoyment and appreciation of wider public audience. There’s hilarious stand up comedy with 2D animation and anarchic projections from Bec Hill and Howard Read; spell-binding and award-winning dance with live animation from Hungarian group Bandart; the premiere of animated series Cul an Ti (TG4, Paper Panther, Cartoon Saloon) with live music from Kila, Lisa Hannigan and special guests; and the Hometown Gala Premiere of Cartoon Saloon’s Golden Globe-nominated feature The Breadwinner, with a special post -show interview with director, Nora Twomey. There’s an amazing programme of workshops, talks and slideshows from some of the world’s greatest character designers, illustrators, animators and cartoonists who, between them, are responsible for work at Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, New Yorker magazine. The New York Times, The Irish Times, Washington Post, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and the Jim Henson Company among many, many others. A huge exhibition of more than 200 pieces from these artists will take place over the weekend in the Goods Shed at MacDonagh Junction. There’ll also be a spectacular exhibition of street art and graffiti in one of the old Smithwick’s Brewery buildings in the Abbey Quarter featuring local artists Mick Minogue and Dan Leo and and a sketching walking tour of historic sites in Kilkenny city that inspired and feature in the forthcoming Cartoon Saloon feature, Wolfwalkers.

Cartoon Saloon

Cartoon Saloon is a twice Academy Award® and BAFTA nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. From award-winning shorts to feature films and TV series, Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international Animation industry. In 2010 the studio’s first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award® and in 2015 Tomm Moore’s follow up feature, Song of the Sea, garnered Moore a second Oscar® Nomination and a first nomination for Producer Paul Young. Concentrating the artistic skills and experience of the company’s core creative founders, Cartoon Saloon continues to tell stories for the screen, aligning with artists and partners with whom they can grow and learn. Season 2 of its multi award winning Puffin Rock preschool series is currently being broadcast around the world.  Co-produced with Penguin Random House Childrens Books and Dog Ears, the show currently airs on Nick Jr (UK) and RTE (Ireland), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden) RUV (Iceland) NRK (Norway) and DR (Denmark) to name but a few and has premiered exclusively on Netflix worldwide including the U.S. and Canada. Cartoon Saloon, along with Canada’s Aircraft Pictures, Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions and in association with Jolie Pas Productions, have finished production on the animated feature film The Breadwinner. Based on the internationally acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, the film is set for release in September 2017 at TIFF.

Schweppe Curtis Nunn

Kilkenny Animated is co-directed, with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon, and produced by Naoise Nunn of Schweppe Curtis Nunn, which company is involved in some of Ireland’s leading festivals and events including the Bram Stoker Festival, Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, The Irish Times Theatre Awards, Kilkenomics and many more.