Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films animate with love for Children’s Charity
Irish charity ‘To Russia With Love’ has teamed up with Oscar nominated studio Brown Bag Films to create a short animated film helping to raise awareness of the charity’s work with abandoned and orphaned children in Russia. Written and directed by twice IFTA nominated Damien O’Connor, ‘ANYA’ is a four minute film that illustrates 20 years in the life of an abandoned child as she grows up in a Russian orphanage.
“To Russia With Love initially approached me to do a short online advert, but after reading about the children in their care, we decided a short film would work much better. Travelling to Russia to meet the children was a profound experience and hearing their stories was heart breaking. ‘To Russia With Love’ break the cycle of abandonment and give hope to the children in their care. The message of hope is something we tried strongly to convey through the film.” said Damien O’Connor, Writer and Director of ‘ANYA’.
“This is very exciting for ‘To Russia With Love’. Brown Bag Films are fantastic to work with and this will be an enormous help to our fundraising efforts. We are so grateful that Brown Bag donated their time and expertise to our charity.” said Debbie Deegan, Founder of ‘To Russia With Love’.
Debbie Deegan founded ‘To Russia With Love’ in 1998 which has transformed the lives of thousands of abandoned and orphaned Russian children. The charity now offer their programmes of care in many orphanages across Russia teaching life skills for a brighter future and providing children with improved living conditions, healthcare and education.
Dublin based Brown Bag Films are the producers of international hit TV series including ‘The Octonauts’, ‘Peter Rabbit’ and Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Henry Hugglemonster’. Brown Bag Films are collaborating with Singapore’s Infinite Frameworks Studios on the animation of the short film, which will be available online from early September. To follow the development of “Anya” or to see advance footage go to www.brownbagfilms.com/blog/
‘Leading Ladies Lunch for To Russia With Love’
Ireland’s leading ladies will come together to host a dazzling fundraising event to help support Irish charity ‘To Russia with Love’. Broadcaster Mary Kennedy will act as MC for the ‘Inspiring Women’s Lunch’ taking place on Friday, September 13th in The Marker Hotel, Dublin.
Norah Casey, CEO of Harmonia, Sunday Independent Editor Ann Harris, Avril Conroy, a leading Irish business woman in Moscow, Clinical psychotherapist Joanna Fortune and Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street are just some of the inspirational speakers confirmed for the glamorous lunch line up.
The intimate afternoon will see a variety of women from dynamic backgrounds share their success, challenges and passions on a range of topics from divorce to career challenges. Guests will enjoy a special lunch menu created by The Marker’s Executive Head Chef with live music entertainment before hand.
“We are delighted that so many of Ireland’s most inspirational and powerful women have agreed to be a part of our ‘Inspiring Women’s Lunch’. We have hundreds of children under our wings and each donation is precious this year. We are so grateful to all those that will attend on the day and many thanks to all those that are helping support the work of ‘To Russia With Love’” said founder of ‘To Russia With Love’, Debbie Deegan.
Debbie Deegan founded ‘To Russia With Love’ in 1998 and the charity has since transformed the lives of thousands of abandoned and orphaned Russian children. The charity now offers its programmes of care in many orphanages across Russia teaching life skills for a brighter future and providing children with improved living conditions, healthcare and education.
Tickets for the inspiring women’s lunch are available from www.torussiawithlove.ie and all proceeds raised will go directly to supporting the charities tireless campaign to change the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in Russia.