The Academy Award nominated Irish feature animation Song of the Sea, from director Tomm Moore and Kilkenny animation studio Cartoon Saloon, is set to have its Irish premiere at the 2015 Galway Fleadh on July 9th.

The 26th Galway Film Fleadh, will run from July 7th to 12th and should be one to remember with the city recently being announced as a UNESCO City of Film. StudioCanal will release the film in the UK, with their Irish partners Elements Pictures Distribution releasing the film here. Both countries will get the film on July 10th.

The story follows Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last selkie, who can transform from seals to people, and her journey to the sea, to find her voice and sing the “Song of the Sea” to save all of fairy kind from being lost forever.

An all-star voice cast features in the film, including Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt, and Jon Kenny. The score comes form The Secret of Kells collaborators Bruno Coulais and the Irish band Kila.

Song of the Sea marks Moore and Cartoon Saloon’s first feature length animation since he and they were Academy Award nominated for The Secret of Kells, making them two for two on the Oscar nomination front. Cartoon Saloon’s next feature, The Breadwinner, starts production later this year.

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