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Berlinale film The Secret Of Kells wins at Cartoon Movie Tributes
Martin Blaney in Berlin
09 Mar 2009 14:45

Brendan And The Secret Of Kells was the big winner at this year's Cartoon Movie in Lyon, winning best European director and best producer.

More than six hundred participants voted for the Cartoon Movie Tributes which recognise companies or personalities exercising a positive and dynamic influence on the European animation feature film industry.

Irish animator Tomm Moore was named best European director of the year for his feature debut Brendan And The Secret Of Kells which had had its world premiere in the Berlinale's Generation sidebar last month.

In addition, the film's producers Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs and Vivi Film were voted as best European producer of the year.

The Irish-French-Belgian co-production was first pitched by Moore and Paul Young at the Cartoon Movie market in Babelsberg in 2001.

Meanwhile, the Cartoon Movie Tribute for best European distributor of the Year went to Bac Films in recognition of its particular emphasis on European animation films.

Last year saw the French distributor releasing Niko And The Way To The Stars, which posted over 700,000 admissions, and this year's releases include A Case For Friends and Jasper The Movie.

Bac Films recently picked up The Sandman And The Lost Sand Of Dreams and Journey To Saturn which screened on the evening of this year's edition of Cartoon Movie.

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Cartoon Movie Wraps With Tributes, Record Attendance

Sunday, March 08, 2009
By: Thomas J. Mclean

Cartoon Movie wrapped up the first edition in its new locale in Lyon, France, by awarding tributes to the top performers in European animation, and by reporting record attendance from participants, buyers and distributors.

Attendance hit a high of 622, up 21 percent from 510 at last year’s event, which was held the previous ten years at the Babelsberg Studio in Berlin.

The number of distributors was up nearly 20 percent rising from 66 last year to 79. The number of buyers, which includes distributors, also rose more than 20 percent from 144 to 174.

The event also presented tributes to Tomm Moore of Ireland as Best European Director of the Year for The Secret of the Kells; BAC Films of France as Best European Distributor of the Year; and Best European Producer of the year to the trio of Cartoon Saloon (Ireland), Les Armateurs (France) and Vivi Film (Belgium), also for The Secret of Kells.


‘Kells’ Takes Top Honours at Cartoon Movie Tributes

09 Mar 2009 |

‘The Secret of Kells’ has taken the top honours at this year’s Cartoon Movie Tributes, with Director Tomm Moore being named Director of the Year and Cartoon Saloon, along with Les Armateurs and Vivi Film, being named Producer of the Year.

Organised by the European Association of Animation Film, the Cartoon Movie Tributes rewards outstanding achievements, companies or personalities that have had a positive and dynamic influence on the European animation feature film industry. Winners of these awards are selected by the industry professionals participating in Cartoon Movie 2009, the annual meeting point for the European animation industry.

Released across Ireland last weekend, ‘The Secret of Kells’ set in 9th century Ireland follows twelve-year-old Brendan who must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest to completing an enchanting book of illuminations.

The illuminated animation is the feature debut of director Tomm Moore and is produced by Paul Young of the Cartoon Saloon – the makers behind animation series ‘Skunk Fu’.

French company BAC Films who have been involved in distributing Magma Films ‘Niko & the Way to the Stars’ were also named the Best European Distributor of the Year.


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