Local boy Sean Cotter has just had his most exciting St. Patrick’s Weekend ever as a VIP Guest of the Dingle International Film Festival. Sean, from Carrickarnon, who is in 6th class at Dulargy National School, was the winner of the National ‘Design a Cartoon Character’ Competition for 7-11 year olds, which ran as part of this year’s Dingle Film Festival.
Sean’s character ‘Dax Crow’ was chosen as the winning entry by a panel of Ireland’s top animators. The fantastic prize that Sean received was a weekend for his family in the 4-Star Dingle Skellig Hotel, a trip to see Fungi the Dolphin, a family pass to Dingle Oceanworld and most exciting of all, Sean will receive a part in the RTE TV series ‘Roy’ about a cartoon boy who lives in Dublin.
As well as having a framed illustration of ‘Dax Crow’ on display throughout the festival, Sean got the opportunity to meet with the heads of some of Irelands top animation companies, including Jam Media who make ‘Roy’, Cartoon Saloon (Secret of Kells), Brown Bag, Monster and Kavaleer. The animation industry has really taken off in Ireland and offers great opportunities for the future. A further highlight for Sean was meeting Jimmy T.Murakami, one of the world’s leading animators, director of The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, and producer of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name but a few.
Sean is really looking forward to his trip to Jam Media in Dublin to film his role in “Roy” and was thrilled to have won such a terrific prize, and to meet all the leading people in the Irish animation industry, thanks to The Dingle Film Festival.