Ireland’s Lighthouse Studios to develop and produce Polly Holland’s concept ‘Pog Mo Pigeon’

Lighthouse Studios heads into the original content business, tapping their in-house creative team through a short film competition with winner Polly Holland’s concept, Póg Mo Pigeon, to be developed and produced. The announcement was made by Lighthouse Studio MD Claire Finn.

Póg Mo Pigeon, “Kiss My Pigeon,” is a play on the Irish phrase, Póg Mo Thon, which means “Kiss My A$$.” The short film follows a young boy in rural 1970s Ireland that tries to keep his new pet pigeon a secret from his strict mother. In addition to Póg Mo Pigeon, Lighthouse has several additional original content projects in the early stages of development, including an adult-animated series based on an award-winning graphic novel.

Polly Holand

Lighthouse announced its short film competition last year and had approximately 28 artists register to pitch their ideas. The studio selected three finalists and recently announced Holland’s project as the winner. As part of the process, she participated in pitch development workshops with Barbara Slade (Rugrats; Hi Opie), and after being selected to move forward with Póg Mo Pigeon, Holland has been working with renowned script consultant, Jerrica Cleland, to further develop her initial storyline, plot and characters, which will then be produced into a five-minute animated short. Holland joined Lighthouse in 2020 as a graduate trainee and currently serves as animator at the studio.

“Since the beginning, we have firmly believed in empowering the creativity of our talent, it is part of our DNA and we have a wealth of talent at Lighthouse to tap into for creative ideas,” said Finn. “We have been fortunate to build a thriving work for hire business and have produced some amazing series for our partners, including El Deafo for Apple TV+, The Cuphead Show for Netflix, and Little Ellen for WB Animation. Knowing our next step in our growth is developing and producing original content, we thought what better way to launch into the business than to go in-house for ideas. We are thrilled with the response of our competition. There was abundance of fantastic submissions and difficult to select one but we loved Polly’s Póg Mo Pigeon concept and look forward to supporting her efforts to deliver the finished film.”