The Dingle International Film Festival is set to open with an Industry preview of the hugely anticipated animated feature film, the Oscar nominated Song of the Sea.

Kerry County Council Tourism have supported the festival in bringing the film to the peninsula, allowing festival organisers to welcome back to Dingle again the film’s director Tomm Moore and its producer Paul Young, who will present the film.

Speaking on the news Tomm Moore said: [quote]I’m delighted to return to Dingle after a fantastic year for our film Song of The Sea which I presented as a work in progress last year at the festival. The Animation Dingle event is very special and since Song of The Sea was originally inspired by a trip to Dingle a few years ago it’s fitting that we return with it this year for a special industry preview screening prior to the official premiere in Galway this July![/quote]

The Dingle International Film Festival runs in conjunction with Animation Dingle, which has grown substantially in the past year with our partner JAM Media.  This year the festival will have presentations from many broadcasters, publishers, buyers and producers including; Nickelodeon, Disney, CBBC & RTE; Penguin, Walker Books & Scholastic; Kavaleer, Treehouse, Salty Dog, Geronimo, and Cartoon Saloon. The Animation Dingle Conference will include a keynote speech from Tim Patterson of Nickelodeon and will be opened by James Hickey, CEO of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, Official Festival Industry Partner. The festival will also present some excellent animation screenings of the best animation work here on the island today.

In addition to this the festival will feature Ireland’s first ever awards for animation, The Animation Ireland Awards, taking place in The Skellig Hotel on Friday 13th March.

The Dingle International Film Festival runs from March 12th to 15th. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets go to www.dinglefilmfestival.com

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