Paul Young

Paul is co-director of Kilkenny Animated and co-founder of Cartoon Saloon and is an Oscar and Bafta nominee.

He produced the animated features The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He also produced two seasons of Puffin Rock, an original TV series narrated by Chris O’Dowd which airs on Nick Jr, RTE jr and Netflix and has been dubbed in 28 languages.

Song of the Sea picked up Best Film at the 2015 IFTA awards and Cartoon Saloon picked up the Producer of the year tributes at the Cartoon forum 2008 and Cartoon Movie 2009.  The Breadwiner, which he also produced, won Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, Best Animated Independent Feature at the Annies and has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Oscars. He is the current chair of Animation Ireland and also an award winning cartoonist and illustrator.


My Sessions

Phil Rynda – Art School to Executive

The Chapel at St. Kieran's College

Phil Rynda, Creative Director Netflix Animation, sits down with Paul Young, Big Cheese Cartoon Saloon, and discusses his unique career path in animation. Phil will share work throughout his career and discuss his character design philosophies. Starting from his early work in video games in New York City and then moving to Los Angeles to […]


Graham Annable in conversation with Paul Young

The Chapel at St. Kieran's College

Paul Young will have a conversation with Graham about his career, his work as a cartoonist, animator and Director, illustrated with examples of his strange, macabre, hilarious Grickle cartoons and animations. They’ll also talk about his work as a story artist and director with Laika studio.   Please note that this venue is not wheelchair […]