Kilkenny’s Lighthouse Studios take home the festival’s top prize

Kilkenny-based animation studio Lighthouse Studios won the Power of Sound award for its mini-series El Deafo at the Munich Youth Prize Festival.

El Deafo, which is based on the New York Times bestselling graphic memoir of the same name by American author Cece Bell, tells the story of a young Cece who loses her hearing due to a sudden illness and creates a superhero alter ego to guide her through challenges.

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Claire Finn, General Manager of Lighthouse Studios and Executive Producer of El Deafo, said, “Since its release in January, El Deafo has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike.”

“A lot of this is due to the amazing work of El Deafo Director and Lighthouse Studio Lead Designer Gilly Fogg, who was able to guide our teams to tell Cece Bell’s story the way Cece wanted it to be told – from his own perspective.”

“We were privileged to be commissioned by Apple TV+ and greatly appreciated working closely with Apple and Cece Bell herself as we brought her story to television, and we couldn’t be more proud of the result,” she added.

“We are thrilled to see ‘El Deafo’ receive a Youth Award. The award recognizes excellence in children’s programming, and it means a lot to the whole team.” said Gilly Fogg.

“Working with Cece and Apple TV+ to bring this story to screens around the world has been a privilege and a pleasure.”

As well as winning the Prix Jeunesse Festival, which recognizes achievement in children’s television, El Deafo was nominated for a Television Critics Association Award in the United States earlier this week, and the series is in competition at the International Festival. of the animated film from Annecy in France. .

Lighthouse Studios provided the animation for the movie The Bob’s Burgers and the Netflix series The Cuphead Show! which is also competing in Annecy.

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