Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet launch the VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship Programme with one day Symposium in Dublin.

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Screen Training Ireland, and Animation Skillnet launch the VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship 2016/17.  To coincide with the launch of the VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship Programme for the Irish Animation and VFX sectors there will be a day long symposium packed full of exciting talks on the latest technological advances in the area of VFX, animation, games and VR which will take place in Dublin on Saturday 22nd October at the Morrison Hotel.

Presentations from top Irish and international animation and VFX practitioners will include Sharon Calahan, Cinematographer, Pixar Animation Studios (A BUGS LIFE, TOY STORY 2, FINDING NEMO, RATATOUILLE, CARS 2,THE GOOD DINOSAUR); Richard Baneham, VFX/Animation Supervisor, Weta (AVATAR, LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, THE RETURN OF THE KING, THE IRON GIANT); Troy Saliba, Animation Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks, (ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE SMURFS 3D, G-FORCE 3D, MONSTER HOUSE 3D, THE HAUNTED MANSION); Chris Landreth, award winning Film Director and Animator (RYAN,THE END, BINGO, THE SPINE, SUBCONSCIOUS PASSWORD); Simon Kay, Motion Capture Supervisor, Double Negative (WONDER WOMAN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, ANT MAN, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON); Mary Pike, 3D Modeller and Modelmaker, The Workhouse (ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AVATAR, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE HOBBIT TRILOGY, ELYSIUM, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN); and Wouter Tulp, Character Designer (TRIPLE TROUBLE, THE SEVENTH DWARF).

Following the event, The Visual Effects Society London Section will host a special Dublin screening of 20th Century Fox’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, followed by a Q&A with VFX Supervisor Frazer Churchill (THE WORLD’S END; SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD; CHILDREN OF MEN).

The Graduate Traineeship Programme will run over a six month period and is targeted at developing skills and talent in the Irish VFX and animation sector.  The programme will involve a mix of on-the-job training/mentoring as well as additional specialist training/mentoring delivered through Animation Skillnet and Screen Training Ireland.  The participating trainees will receive tailored training as well as specialist skills development in their assigned host studios.  Participating studios for the 2015 traineeship included Cartoon Saloon, Brown Bag Films, Boulder Media, JAM Media, Screen Scene VFX and Windmill Lane VFX.

Sorcha Loughnane, Training Executive, Screen Training Ireland, said:  “We are delighted to partner with industry to offer these graduate traineeships in a sector that is growing at such a rapid pace.  Irish animation studios are recognised as world leaders, and our award-winning VFX studios are steadily growing in international reputation.  The traineeship addresses critical skills needs, while the launch event gives the sector access to the absolute cutting edge of Irish and global talent.”

If you are interested in attending the event, please register at Animation Skillnet here by Friday the 14th of October at 5pm.  Tickets are €50 (waged)/€25 unwaged.  The VES screening and Q&A is free of charge, if you wish to attend details on how to register will be available on the website shortly. For further information contact Sorcha Loughnane at or Gareth Lee at 

The VFX and Animation Symposium is supported by Screen Training Ireland, Animation Skillnet, the Irish Film Board, the Industrial Development Authority, Enterprise Ireland and the Visual Effects Society.


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Criona Sexton, Communications Executive, and Screen Training Ireland. e: m: +353 86 9891018

Notes to Editor 

Screen Training Ireland is part of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and provides on-going training for the screen sectors through the delivery of world class training initiatives.

Animation Skillnet is an industry led training network for the animation, games and VFX sectors in Ireland.  It is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

The Visual Effects Society (VES) is a global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry’s only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the VES has member Sections in Australia, Bay Area (CA), London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver.