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Tomm Moore & his feature 'The Secret of Kells Wins' the SDGI Distribution Showcase

14th Jul 2008

As the winner of 'The Directors Finders Series', the animation feature The Secret of Kells directed by Tomm Moore will be showcased in the Director’s Guild of America Theatre, Sunset Boulevard, L.A, on 19th September 2008 to an audience of American distributors & industry personnel with a view to securing a U.S distribution deal for the film. This award is supported by Bord Scannan nahEireann/the Irish Film Board, the DGA, the Arts Council, Culture Ireland and Screen Training Ireland.

Selected by an international panel of experts The Secret of Kells tells the animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells. Twelve hundred years ago, an orphan named Brendan meets Brother Aidan, the keeper of an extraordinary, but unfinished book of illuminations. Aidan sets Brendan a great task, to complete the Book of Kells. With the threat of invading Vikings all around & with the help of Aisling, a mysterious young girl, Brendan faces his deepest fears to complete the task.

This year, SDGI will launch Tomm Moore & his film The Secret of Kells at a special Industry Awards Ceremony on 4th September in Dublin in The Morrison Hotel, to precede the L.A Screening Event.

This event will be will be officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Sports & Tourism, Martin Cullen & will be co-hosted by internationally acclaimed directors Jim Sheridan & Michael Apted, (The Chronicles of Narnia: Dawn Treader , Gorillas in the Mist, The World is Not Enough).

The 2008 Directors Finders Series prooved successful last year with the winning director Tom Collins & his film Kings successfully going on to secure a U.S distribution deal. Kings was also Ireland’s official nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards & winning 5 IFTA’s earlier this year.

The Secret of Kells will be released in Irish cinemas by Walt Disney Studios (Ireland) in the first quarter of 2009.

For further information or photos contact the Production Manager, Michelle Connolly on michelle@sdgi.ie

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