ACE Animation Special: Call for applications

ACE Producers is calling for applications for the second ACE Animation Special. The workshop, which will be held in Dingle* during the 2021 Animation Dingle Festival, is organised in close collaboration with the festival, Screen Skills Ireland and with additional support from Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet and Animation Ireland.

The workshop is aimed at experienced producers who want to diversify their activities to include or deepen their knowledge of developing and producing long-form or feature film animation production for an international audience (cinema, broadcast or streaming).

16 producers will be selected for the workshop, preferably with a long form or feature length animation project at concept stage. Focusing primarily on the creative and financial aspects of feature and long-form animation production, the ACE Animation Special will offer sessions on animatic story development, international production workflows, the creative dynamics of animation production, financing strategies and international distribution.

The workshop will also include one or more sessions on physical line production as well as case studies on completed animation projects. Group sessions, plenary sessions and one to one meetings will together build a workshop where producers learn from each other’s experiences and those of key industry guests.

*ACE Producers and ACE Animation Special partners will be paying close attention to the ever-changing international situation and will make any adaptations to the workshop necessary to ensure the safety of participants and guests.

Workshop information

The workshop will take place from Sunday 21 March - Friday 26 March 2021 in Dingle, Ireland.


To apply to take part in the ACE Animation Special, you must:

  • be an owner, partner or associate of an independent film/animation/TV production company;
  • be an ACE member or producer with a similar level of experience;
  • have a long form or feature length animation project at idea or concept stage; producers without a project are also welcome to apply but must demonstrate a clear motivation.

How to apply

For full information on how to apply for the ACE Animation Special, please visit The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 December 2020.