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Framework Animation Shorts Broadcast on RTÉ’s Shortscreen series

14th Jan 2011 The short animations OLD FANGS, THE POLISH LANGUAGE, GUNS, BEES AND TADPOLES and TWAS A TERRIBLE HARD WORK will all broadcast on RTÉ 1's Shortscreen Series throughout January and February.

Old Fangs, written and directed by Adrien Mergeau, tells the story of a young wolf who decides to confront his father who he had not seen since he was a child.  The film was produced by Ross Murray for Cartoon Saloon, the Irish production company behind the Oscar animated feature The Secret of Kells.  It has screened at some of the world's top film festivals including Sundance and Annecy and also picked up an Honourable Mention for Best Animation at the Galway Film Fleadh.

Co-directed by Alice Lyons and Orla McHardy and produced by Steve Woods for Cel' Division, The Polish Language is an animated film-poem about the subversive force of art and the renewal of poetry in the whispery language of Polish. The film has screened at the Animated Dreams Film Festival, Estonia, the Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand, France, the SXSW Festival, Texas and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to name but a few festivals.

Also produced by Steve Woods for Cel' Division is Twas A Terrible Hard Work.  Written and directed by David Quin, the animation tells the story of Tipperary miners from the Slieveardagh coal fields.  As they describe their life and work underground, they speak of accidents, water, hard work and death.

John McCloskey's Guns, Bees & Tadpoles is set in seventies Northern Ireland and tells of how a summer's day takes a turn to the extraordinary for a normal family in not so ordinary times.  Produced by Pearse Moore for Raw Nerve Productions, the film received a British Animation Award nomination last year.

The Shortscreen series began last week with the broadcast of Donkey written and directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Niamh O'Donoghue for Barley Films.

This eclectic mix of animations and styles were all produced under the Frameworks short animation scheme funded by the Irish Film Board, the Arts Council and RTÉ.

Old Fangs, Monday 17th January @ 23:50

Guns Bees and Tadpoles, Monday 24th January (time tba)

The Polish Language, Monday 31st January (time tba)

Twas A Terrible Hard Work, Monday 7th February (time tba)

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