The piece takes a poignant look at living with dementia.
'Late Afternoon' – a short animated film from Cartoon Saloon – is one of two domestic pieces to be celebrating success on the back of Oscar nominations, as the animated film sits pretty next to 'The Favourite', both with Academy Award nods.
The film, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, was funded through the Frameworks short film scheme supported by Screen Ireland and RTÉ.
It won Best Animated Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and has screened at more than 80 festivals worldwide. The film has been – since Tuesday – nominated for the Best Animation Short category at the 2019 Oscars.
It goes up against 'Animal Behaviour', 'Bao', 'One Small Step' and 'Weekends' at this year's Academy Awards.
The story follows Emily, an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life and searching for a connection within her fragmented memories.
Louise Bagnall – writer and director of 'Late Afternoon' – is an Irish filmmaker and a creative director at Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny.
Bagnall has directed several short animated films including 'Cúl An Tí', 'Loose Ends' and 'Donkey'. She has worked as a character designer on 'Puffin Rock' and 'The Breadwinner' and as a storyboard artist on the upcoming feature film 'Wolfwalkers'.
She is also currently the assistant director on Nora Twomey’s Netflix film 'My Father’s Dragon'.
Veteran actress Fionnula Flanagan, who worked with Cartoon Saloon on 2014’s 'Song of the Sea,' voices the lead character, Emily.
Cartoon Saloon’s 'The Breadwinner', directed by Nora Twomey, received an Oscar nomination in 2018.