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Irish Animation ‘Song of the Sea’ Wins

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Satellite Award in the Run Up to the Oscars

Congratulations to the Irish film Song of the Sea, which has won the Satellite Award for Best Animation or Mixed Media Film. The award win comes in the lead-up to the Academy Awards®, which takes place on February 22nd and at which Song of the Sea is nominated for Best Animated Feature. Song of the Sea beat fellow Oscar nominees Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Boxtrolls in winning the Satellite Award.

The Satellite Awards are held by the International Press Association, a global media association of domestic and foreign entertainment journalists in print, TV, radio, broadcast and online outlets. Each year the IPA honours artistic excellence in the areas of Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, and New Media via the Satellite® Awards. During the ceremony, the IPA presents Satellite Awards to the best of the entertainment industry in comprehensive categories for Film, Television, DVD and New Media, often choosing the winners that will be seen in other awards show in January and February.

The film was directed by Tomm Moore, was produced by Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon and received funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. Song of the Sea tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.

The film features the voices of David Rawle (Moone Boy), Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Fionnula Flanagan (The Others), Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt (Calvary) and Jon Kenny (D’Unbelievables), as well as music from Bruno Coulais and Kíla.

Song of the Sea will be released in Irish cinemas on July 10th 2015.