Dear participants, 

We hope that you have all been keeping well since we last saw you!

As you took part in our Pitching your Animation Project at Festivals and Markets programme, we are delighted to invite you to the final phase of this training for 2022: the Pitching Trials!

On Tuesday 6th of December, 4 participants will get the opportunity to pitch their Animation project in front of an audience of peers and a panel of 3 industry professionals:

  • Eimear O’Mahony – Executive producer, Children’s & Young People’s Content RTÉ
  • Shannon George – Creative Director at Daily Madness and Head writer 
  • Andrew Kavanagh – Founder and CEO at Kavaleer Productions


Wednesday 9th of November: deadline for applications. 

– Between the mid- to late November : four successful candidates will be notified by email and receive preliminary feedback from our panel.

On the 6th of December: the event will take place in a venue in Dublin City Centre (to be confirmed closer to the time).

  • 6pm: Tech run and pre-pitching chat with Andrew Kavanagh.
  • 6.45pm: Audience arrives and signs in. (20 people max)
  • 7pm: start of the event. Each project will have 10 minutes to pitch, using slides or video previews. 
  • 8pm (approx): Break of 15 to 20 min for the panel to deliberate and prepare feedback. 
  • 8.30pm (approx): Feedback and Q&A.
  • 9pm (approx): Nibbles and drinks upstairs.

If you are interested in pitching or attending this event, please fill in the form below before Wednesday 9th of November:

About the Panel

Eimear O’Mahony is the Executive Producer, Children’s & Young People’s Programming at RTÉ. Eimear has worked for RTÉ, the Irish National Broadcaster, for 20 years. Over that time she has worked in Sport, Current Affairs, Irish Language Programmes and the Entertainment Department. She has produced numerous documentaries and was nominated for an IFTA for best documentary in 2014. In 2018 she produced the most watched show in Ireland, The Late Late Toy Show. As a stand up comedian she has put those skills to good use working on comedy shows for RTÉ and their digital player. She joined Young People’s Programmes in 2019 as an Executive Producer and has worked on a wide range of animation and live action programming since then.

Shannon George is the Creative Director at Daily Madness Productions. She is the co-creator of the Daily Madness series’ Pins and Nettie and Ray of Sunshine, as well as Goat Girl which is currently in production.

Andrew Kavanagh is a multi-award-winning writer-director, producer and show-creator. His children’s TV shows can be seen in 23 languages in 140 countries worldwide and are watched every day by thousands of children. His short films have won awards on three continents and have screened at hundreds of festivals. The company he founded, Kavaleer, is in its twentieth year of business and produces content for BBC, Gulli, Nickelodeon and dozens of other terrestrial and cable broadcasters. Most recently, he has been developing ‘Adam Loves Adventure!’ and several high-profile feature film concepts.


There is no cost to the participants but places are limited and registration is essential: as only 15 places are available in the audience, these will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis.

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