Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse Studios in Kilkenny both scoop BAFTA awards!
Two Kilkenny animation studios have won big at the BAFTA’s Children & Young People Awards 2022!
Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Wolfwalkers’ won the award for Feature Film and Lighthouse Studios’ ‘El Deafo’ won in the Content For Change category.
The awards ceremony is a celebration of UK and international content for children and young people spanning film, games and television.
Feature Film category winner Wolfwalkers is a 2020 animated fantasy adventure film set in Kilkenny directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart.
The film is the third and final installment in Moore’s “Irish Folklore Trilogy”, following previous films ‘The Secret of Kells’ (2009) and ‘Song of the Sea’ (2014).
Wolfwalkers follows the story of Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who arrives in Ireland with her father during a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack.
While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to turn into wolves by night.
As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
Content For Change category winner ‘El Deafo’ follows insightful young Cece (voiced by Lexi Finigan, who is also deaf) as she loses her hearing and finds her inner superhero.
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. Having to do both while wearing a bulky hearing aid on your chest? That takes superpowers!
With a little help from her superhero alter ego, El Deafo, Cece learns to embrace what makes her extraordinary.
The awards were presented by a host of stars and content creators including Alishea Cambell-Drummond, Joseph Coelho, Dani Harmer, Jason Isaacs, Molly Rainford, Ben Shires, Inel Tomlinson,Amir Wilson as well as BAFTA Young Presenter competition winners, Maryam and Jeriah.
The ceremony took place at the Old Billingsgate in London.
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