Galway Film Fleadh: Animation Shorts

This year’s Galway Film Fleadh boasts a great selection of the latest Irish animated shorts. You can catch the festival debut of the latest shorts created under the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks scheme by the likes of Kavaleer Productions, Giant Animation and Cartoon Saloon on the Saturday and on Sunday morning the New Irish Shorts 8 Living Colour screening boasts an exciting lineup of talent from graduates to established studios.

Here’s some samples of what’s playing:

First up on Saturday the 12th at 2pm is the New Irish Shorts 7 IFB Premiere Shorts which features The Duel (Giant Animation), Unhinged (Studio Okinamai), Somewhere Down the Line (Cartoon Saloon) and Deadly (Kavaleer Productions). More details can be found on these films on the Irish Film Board site. 

“Deadly” written and directed by Aidan McAteer and produced by Shannon George for Kavaleer Productions. It tells the story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his job until a run in with a spirited old lady named Bridie (voiced by Brenda Fricker no less). The film has great little blog here about the making of “Deadly” that’s worth checking out.


“The Duel” directed by Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen and produced by the Animation Hub, a collaboration between IADT, BCFE, TCD and Giant Animation. A short film inspired by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.


“Somewhere Down the Line” written and directed by Julien Regnard and produced by Jonathan Clarke for Cartoon Saloon. It explores a man’s life, loves and losses through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.


Unfortunately the trailer for “Unhinged” isn’t available online but written and directed by Tom Caulfield it’s sure to be a treat. It follows a Squeaky Hinge that gets the oil and was produced by Barry O’Donghue for Studio Okinami.

Catch these and more live action shorts on Saturday 12th July at the Town Hall Theatre at 2pm. Tickets are available here.

On Sunday the 13th at 9.30am the New Irish Shorts Living Colour-Animataion will screen an exciting range of films with well established studios like Boulder Media and Windmill Lane showing along side graduate films.

Here is the trailer for Freshly Cut Grass from Boulder Media. Directed by Robert Cullen and produced by Anne Tweedy and Peter Lewis. It follows a little dogs visit to the big city in search of his sister.


You can check out some beautiful stills  from “Forest Lights” a film by Fred Burdy made during downtime in Windmill Lane Pictures here. The story follows a strange creature alone in a long dead forest as he looks for the last sparks of life.

The trailer for “Forget” directed by Stephen McNally and produced by BCFE. The film deals with themes of regret, loss, emigration and memory.


“Useless” shows a small robot cannot get anything right in a dystopian city and is ejected. It was directed by Eva Kavanagh and produced by IADT.


Here is an image from “Lena and Gray” directed by Melissa Malone and produced by IADT. Which follows nomadic girl-dog duo Lena and Gray on a trip.


Here is a gif of Anita Gaugham directed ‘Vertical Horizons’, produced by IADT. In which a girl and her bird take to the skies in search of adventure.


Information on the full line-up and tickets are available here.

As well as showcasing the newest talent, the Galway Film Fleadh will also celebrate 20 years of Brown Bag Films by hosting a special tribute and retrospective of their work. Founders Daragh and Cathal will guide the audience through a hand-picked selection of the studios shorts. More info and tickets are available here.

This years’ Film Fleadh promises to be put the immense talent and creativity of Irish animation on full show.

(If our post didn’t include your film’s trailer please send the link to us on Facebook or Twitter, we’ll add to as soon as possible.)


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