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Nora Twomey Honored with Inaugural VIEW Visionary Award

‘The Breadwinner’ director and Cartoon Saloon co-founder is recognized for her exemplary work as an artist, animator and visual storyteller.   

Italy’s VIEW Conference 2018 has announced that director Nora Twomey is the recipient of the event’s first annual VIEW Visionary Award. Twomey, co-founder of the Kilkenny, Ireland studio Cartoon Saloon, directed the Oscar and Crystal-nominated animated feature, The Breadwinner, which won an Annie award for best animated feature and received a special award at Annecy this year. Previously, she co-directed The Secret of Kells (2009), which received Oscar, Annie, and Crystal nominations, and was the head of story for Song of the Sea (2014), which was also nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature.

“These three 2D animated films exemplify Nora Twomey’s exceptional artistry,” says VIEW Conference director, Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez. “The first two honor Irish history, and they are beautiful. With The Breadwinner, Nora has created a story of a young Afghani girl’s struggle using stunning visuals that honestly portray real-life issues. The bravery and creativity that Parvana shows is inspirational. Parvana gives hope that we, too, can survive dark times with courage and imagination. It is a film that matters.”

The VIEW Conference is Italy’s premier event for computer graphics, interactive and immersive storytelling, animation, visual effects, games, and VR, AR, and Mixed Reality, bringing top professionals from those fields to the beautiful baroque city of Torino, Italy for a week of talks, presentations, and workshops. This year’s conference ran October 22-26 at the recently renovated OGR.

Source: VIEW Conference

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