Maltese animated series inspired by Għar Dalam nominated for RAI festival

Dalam Valley receives nomination at an International Festival of Animation organised by Italian public service broadcaster RAI.

The pilot episode of an original animated series produced in Malta, Dalam Valley, has been nominated for the prestigious Pulcinella Award at the Cartoons on the Bay festival organised by Rai Com. The series is produced by Toontuloon Animation Studio.

Episode one of Dalam Valley showcases the talent and artistic vision of Toontuloon Animation Studio, setting the stage for a remarkable series that promises to captivate audiences of all ages. The nomination at the Cartoons on the Bay festival serves as a testament to the exceptional quality and innovation displayed in the pilot.

The spark that inspired the story originated from the archeological evidence of prehistoric fauna exhibited in the Għar Dalam Museum in Birżebbuġa, Malta. Dalam Valley transports viewers to a moment in Maltese prehistory when the islands are connected to the mainland due to lower sea levels.

The world of Dalam Valley is filled with endearing characters, gripping narratives, and charming animation. Drawing inspiration from diverse cultural influences and weaving together a tapestry of adventure, humour and emotion, the series promises to immerse audiences by its original storytelling.

“We are truly honoured and delighted to have our pilot episode of Dalam Valley recognized at the Cartoons On The Bay Festival,” says Neil Zammit, the director and writer of Dalam Valley. “The pilot episode shows the dedication and passion of our talented team who have poured their hearts into creating a series that we believe will resonate with audiences not only in Malta but also overseas. We are excited to share the magic and wonder of Dalam Valley with viewers everywhere.”

The International Festival of Animation organised by Rai Com, Cartoons on the Bay, renowned for showcasing the very best in animated content from around the globe, recognises excellence in animation craftsmanship, storytelling, and innovation. The nomination for the pilot episode of Dalam Valley further establishes Toontuloon’s position as a leader in the Maltese animation industry and demonstrates its commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new frontiers in storytelling.

As Dalam Valley continues its journey, Toontuloon Animation Studio looks forward to captivating audiences with the subsequent episodes of the series, delivering a thrilling and immersive experience that will leave a lasting impression.

Rai Com organises the International Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Meta-Arts, Cartoons on the Bay, to support and showcase the current landscape, developments, and new trends in the sector of media and entertainment. The 27th edition of the festival will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Pescara, Italy.

The Dalam Valley series is partly funded by Screen Malta and the Arts Council Malta. Toontuloon Studio is supported by Malta Enterprise incentives. For more information about Dalam Valley and Toontuloon Animation Studio visit www.toontuloon.com, follow Toontuloon on facebook.com/toontuloon, or visit and subscribe to the Youtube channel.

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