Q&A Session with Cartoon Saloon – Telling the animation success story

Nora Twomey (Cartoon Saloon)

Moderator: Richard Gavin (TUS)

Introduction: Hugh Heffernan (Piquant)

Thursday 11:45am - 12:45pm

Our guests were treated to an insightful session with Nora Twomey from Cartoon Saloon. They learned how the five-time ACADEMY AWARD®, GOLDEN GLOBE, BAFTA, and Emmy nominated animation studio rose to prominence and created a distinct position within the global animation industry.

In a career spanning over two decades, Nora had worked in a number of capacities on Cartoon Saloon's creative output. From the studio’s early years, directing award-winning short films & commercials, she went on to co-direct Tomm Moore’s ACADEMY AWARD®-nominated The Secret of Kells while also guiding the development processes on a number of series including the preschool show Puffin Rock. Nora was Head of Story and Voice Director on ACADEMY AWARD®-nominated Song of the Sea. She directed The Breadwinner, which was nominated for an ACADEMY AWARD® & GOLDEN GLOBE and won several international awards including the Best Indie Feature Annie and the Audience & Jury Awards at Annecy. Nora most recently directed My Father’s Dragon feature film, a Netflix original animated feature, inspired by the Newbery Award-winning children's book by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The session was introduced by Hugh Heffernan, Head of Brand & Strategy at Piquant and moderated by Richard Gavin, Lecturer at TUS. Guests were treated to a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session, where they had the opportunity to delve into the details of Cartoon’s Saloon’s journey and the success of their award-winning projects.