29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th - 16th July 2017

The Irish animation industry has grown so much in the last decade; it is central to Ireland’s digital and creative arts economy, it employs over 1,600 full-time staff, has been the site of some of the Irish film industry’s highest international accolades, and millions of children watch animated programmes produced in Ireland.

This year, we have two programmes of Irish shorts, showcasing some of the most talented Irish animators of tomorrow: The Irish Film Board curated programme alongside a selection of the finest animated shorts submitted to us this year.  We also have three animation awards including our Oscar-qualifying category for short animation. As Ireland takes its place among the world stage of first-class animation producers, we are delighted to screen three of the best new animated features to emerge from beyond these shores.

Dystopian fantasy Birdboy: The Forgotten Children follows Dinky and her friends as they plan to escape a post-apocalyptic island in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. Unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is a unique high school mumblecore disaster comedy. High schoolers are decapitated, lunch ladies have super strength, relationships are broken, fixed, and broken again, all while the director deftly switches animation styles from Squigglevision to impressionism and back again.

Lastly we have family fun in the form of Richard the Stork, which tells the story of a sparrow who grows up with a stork family convinced he is a stork himself. When the migratory birds leave to spend the winter in Africa, Richard, wanting to prove he is one of them, hitchhikes through Europe, joined in his travels by an eccentric owl with an imaginary friend and a narcissistic, disco-singing parakeet.