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Irish short animation makes Oscars shortlist

The short tells the story of Emily – an elderly woman reminiscing on her life.

LateAfternoon_Still01 Source: Late Afternoon

AN IRISH SHORT animation film has been shortlisted for an Oscar. 

Late Afternoon is an animated short from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, which is behind former Oscar nominees The Secret of Kells and more recently Breadwinner. 

The short tells the story of Emily – an elderly woman reminiscing of her life.

From the synopsis:

Emily has her afternoon tea and lets her mind wander back into the past. She journeys through her memories, reliving moments from her life. What she discovers there will challenge her in unexpected ways.

The film has already picked up a number of awards and accolades this year. 

The film received its New York premiere at Tribeca earlier this year, where it was awarded Best Animated Short, screening as part of a special animation programme curated by Whoopi Goldberg,

It is written and directed by Louise Bagnall and stars Fionnula Flanagan.

You can watch a trailer here

James Hickey, Chief Executive of Screen Ireland, said: “I’m really delighted to see Louise and the Late Afternoon team make it through to this stage of the Academy Awards process. This film tells a universal story which has appealed to international audiences around the world and particularly in North America. We wish them the best of luck in getting through to the final line-up of nominees in January”.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, said:Minister Madigan said: “I would like to congratulate Cartoon Saloon and in particular director Louise Bagnell on the shortlisting of ‘Late Afternoon’ for the 2019 Oscars.

“Again Irish excellence is being recognised on a global scale – shortlisting and nomination for major international awards such as the Oscars is a great honour and demonstrates the strength and talent of the Irish film and animation industries.”

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