Animation Ireland, Animation UK and Northern Ireland Screen have today reached an agreement which will open membership to studios based in Northern Ireland.
Studios may be members of both Animation Ireland and Animation UK, the trade associations representing studios in Ireland and the UK respectively.
The deal is a major step forward in the collaboration between studios from both jurisdictions, who have been increasingly linked in recent years through joint work on major global productions such as Puffin Rock which is co-produced by Dog Ears based in Derry and based in Kilkenny. cartoon living room
The move comes as the animation industry continues to experience explosive growth on both sides of the border, with huge increases in productions, staff and funding for animated content.
Northern Ireland Screen’s Nicola Lyons with Animation Ireland CEO Ronan McCabe and Animation UK’s Kate O’Connor, who this week signed an agreement allowing studios in Northern Ireland to be members of Animation Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement, Animation Ireland Managing Director Ronan McCabe said: “This is a major milestone for the Irish animation sector on both sides of the border. There has always been a great spirit of collaboration in the animation industry and that is what this announcement Working together we can all help to ensure that the island of Ireland continues to develop its reputation as an international hub of for animation production. There are already a lot of ties between us in terms of animation, film and television production, so it makes perfect sense to be more formally linked.”
Kate O’Connor, Executive Chairman of Animation UK, said: “Animation UK represents the UK industry known for its creative excellence, humour, iconic characters and innovation. We are delighted to welcome Northern Ireland’s brilliant animation companies on board. development and a unique partnership between Animation UK, Animation Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen will allow us to deepen our existing relationships.”
Colin Williams, Founder and Creative Director of Northern Ireland animation studio Sixteen South, said: “We are really delighted to become members of Animation UK and Animation Ireland. Animation is truly a global industry without borders. At Sixteen South we have co-produced with wonderful partners in many countries around the world and to have had this agreement brokered by Northern Ireland Screen for us as a Northern Irish studio to be recognized and to be a member of the governing bodies. he British and Irish entertainment is wonderful and really appropriate. It’s a mix of cultures in Northern Ireland and that suits us perfectly.”
As part of the agreement, Northern Ireland studios will participate with Animation Ireland and Animation UK in major international animation, film and television events and conferences to jointly promote the island of Ireland and the Kingdom. United as well as issues such as attracting new talent to the industry, co-production opportunities and wider international promotion.
Northern Ireland studios will have access to Animation Ireland’s training events, with Northern Ireland Screen supporting events and training.