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Oscar®-Nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ Irish Premiere

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Galway Film Fleadh

Fresh from its Oscar® acclaim and gearing up for a nationwide cinema release, Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea will be screened as part of a gala premiere event at the Galway Film Fleadh on Thursday July 9th.

Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land.

Song of the Sea’s voice cast features an impressive who’s who of Irish talent, including Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan and Moone Boy’s David Rawle. Joining them are singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan and beloved actor/comedians Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny. Music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla. Not only will cast and crew be present for what promises to be a lively Q+A but ticket holders will gain entry to a post-screening gig by Kíla, in the Rowing Club.

Song of the Sea is the second Oscar® nominated film from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore, who commented, “The Galway film Fleadh is one of my favourite events in the year and we attend on a regular basis so it’s very exciting to be premiering our new animated feature there this year. The atmosphere and opportunity to meet other filmmakers and fans always make it a really special event ”

Song of the Sea is also the second feature to debut at the Film Fleadh from screenwriter Will Collins, whose first feature was borne from his successful pitch at the festival’s annual Pitching Competition. Said Collins, “I got my big break at the Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Award many moons ago. I’ve been fortunate enough to go from volunteer, to Pitching Award winner, to opening the Fleadh with my first feature. This year I’m delighted that ‘Song of the Sea’ will have its Irish premiere at the Fleadh, the festival that feels most like home.”

Song of the Sea’s Gala Irish Premiere will take place on Thursday 9th July at the Town Hall Theatre at 6pm, with cast and crew in attendance and music provided by Kíla. For tickets and further information, visit

Song of the Sea and the Irish language version of the film Amhrán na Mara will be distributed to cinemas nationwide on Friday July 10th by STUDIOCANAL.