'Thrilled' college celebrates past pupils' success
BALLYFERMOT College was celebrating last night after three former animation graduates had their work nominated for Oscars.
Running since the early 1990s, Ballyfermot past pupils who featured in nominations included Nicky Phelan of Brown Bag Films, nominated in the Short Animation category for 'Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty', Tomm Moore of Kilkenny company Cartoon Saloon, nominated in the Animated Feature Film category for 'The Secret of Kells', and Richard Baneham (pictured above) of company Rhythm & Hues, nominated in the Visual Effects category for 'Avatar'.
Gareth Lee, Programme Leader of the BA in Animation at Ballyfermot College told the Irish Independent: "Three Oscar nominations for Ballyfermot College, Irish School of Animation graduates is a fantastic achievement. As well as being a great reflection on the directors, animators and companies themselves, it's also evidence of the standard of the animation courses at Ballyfermot College."
Mr Lee said each of the animators represented three eras at the college.
"Nicky Phelan graduated in 2003, Tomm Moore in 1999 and Richie Baneham in 1994."
College principal Maureen Conway added: "I'm absolutely thrilled at the news, as are all my colleagues and the student body here at BCFE.
"News that three of our graduates are in the final running for Oscar awards is a major morale boost to our staff and students and we wish them good luck."