The ACE Animation Special is a hands-on workshop for experienced producers who want to diversify their activities to include, and/or deepen their knowledge of, developing and producing long form/feature film animation production for an international audience (cinema, broadcast or streaming). In close collaboration with Screen Skills Ireland and Animation Dingle and support from other key Irish partners – Screen Ireland, BAI, Animation Skillnet, IDA and Animation Ireland – the 5-day workshop will be held in March 2020.

16 producers will be selected for the workshop, preferably with a long form/feature length animation project at concept stage. Focusing primarily on the creative and financial aspects of animation production, the ACE Animation Special will also offer sessions on the development process, co-producing, international distribution, audiences and business strategies. The workshop will also include one or more sessions on the different approaches needed for animated TV series as well as offering the producers a chance to work on their projects, have meetings with animation experts and network with their peers.

Topics covered include:

  • Story development and defining the rules of the world of your story;
  • The creative dynamics of animation production;
  • The financing scheme of animated content in an international context;
  • Discovering the market potential and finding an (international) audience;
  • Strategically integrating an animation department into an existing (film-) production company;
  • Budget, financing and production planning of long form/feature film animation production.

17th – 22nd of March 2020


Dingle, Ireland

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

€1.500 (€1.250 for ACE Network Members).
The fee covers full board, accommodation and training.
Travel costs are not included.

Application deadline

28th November 2019
16 places available


For any further questions or to request an application you can email


Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Ireland, Animation Dingle, Animation Skill Net, BAI,
IDA Ireland, Animation Ireland