YAOTY Entry Details

YAOTY (Young Animator of the Year) looks to put secondary school students in the spotlight to give them the opportunity to showcase their animation talent!
This award is sponsored by



  • 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary school students in the Republic of Ireland
  • Yr11, Yr12 and 6th Form secondary school students in Northern Ireland
  • Any student in these school years studying abroad


  • An animated film no longer than 1 minute (including opening titles and end credits)
  • Possible techniques include (but are not limited to)
    • Hand-drawn
    • Stop-motion
    • Computer generated animation
    • Coding
    • Cut-out
    • Claymation

COST: Free!

THEME: Under the Sea

WHERE: Submit your film on our FilmFreeway page

Please include the following details with your submission:

  • Your name, email address and contact number
  • Your school name and class
  • 2-3 lines on what your film is about

WHEN? Submissions are open until 31/01/2018

**Please be aware any submissions that are longer than 1 minute and/or do not follow the theme will be disqualified.*

Kelly chats about the YAOTY award, Animation Dingle and her experience in JAM Media on her work placement.

Donal tells us about how he came up with his film idea, how he found seeing his film on the big screen and his work placement in JAM Media.


The Illusion of Life – Kelly McCarvill

The Illusion of Life – Donal Cotter

If you require further information or have any questions, please contact: awards@animationdingle.com

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