The Murakami Award for lifetime achievement in Animation is awarded to candidates that have made significant achievements in the Animation Industry.
Award Winner 2013: Jimmy Murakami
At Animation Dingle, March 2013, Jimmy T. Murakami, (村上輝明 , received the inaugural Murakami Award for his lifetime achievement in Animation. Of the event, he said “I have been to hundreds of film festivals, all over the globe, for what seems to be the last hundred years, and in my opinion the Dingle Film Festival is the best among them all”.
Award Winner 2014: Richie Baneham.
Richard Baneham is an Academy Award and BAFTA winner for Best Visual Effects for his work on “Avatar”. He has also won awards for his work as an Animation. Supervisor on “Lord of the Rings”; “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” Richie hails from a traditional Animation background. He made the transition to CG while working on “The Iron Giant” one of Richie’s favorites. His other credits include; “The Chronicles of Narnia”; “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Cats and Dogs”.
Award Winner 2015: Tomm Moore
Tomm Moore is co-Founder and Creative director of Cartoon Saloon. He founded Cartoon Saloon in 1999 with Paul Young while studying animation at Ballyfermot Senior College, Dublin. Over the company’s history, he has worked as Director, Art Director, Storyboarder, Animator and Illustrator on a range of projects from commercials to service work for feature films and TV series, as well as a number of short film projects.
Having completed his first feature film The Secret of Kells (Best Animated Feature Nominee: Academy Awards ®), his second completed feature, The Song of the Sea, is currently been shown around Europe and will be release in America in December. Tomm was also a member of the once Secret crime fighting group “The living shadows” but failed miserably as a master of stealth, which lead to a lifelong love of comic books and animation.