Irish animated short films Somewhere Down the Line, Deadly and Tea With the Dead, in addition to the Academy Award®-nominated feature Song of the Sea, have been selected to screen at the Anima Mundi Film Festival, an animation film festival which takes place in Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo in July.

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Somewhere Down the Line was the winner of the Best Animation award in the International Competition at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival in February. It was directed by Julien Regnard and examines a man’s life, loves and losses which are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. The film was made using a combination of 2D and 3D animation effects and music was supplied by Matthew Nolan, Cameron Doyle and Lioba Petrie of Dublin-based collective 3epkano. The short was produced by Jonathan Clarke for Cartoon Saloon, based in Kilkenny.

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Deadly was directed by Aidan McAteer and produced by Shannon George of Kavaleer Productions. It tells the story of Boney, a working stiff in a dead-end job. That is until he has a run-in with a spirited old lady named Bridie. The award-winning short features the voices of Peter Coonan and Brenda Fricker.

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Tea With the Dead was directed by Gary Gill and follows Frank (voiced by Frank Kelly), a gentle unassuming embalmer from Ballyconneely, a small town in Connemara. After Frank has washed, disinfected, removed and replaced fluids, applied cosmetics and dressed the deceased, he always makes two cups of tea. One for him and one for the dead. Tea With the Dead was produced by Wiggleywoo.

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The Oscar®-nominated Song of the Sea was directed by Tomm Moore and 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 comes from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon.

The Anima Mundi Film Festival will take place from July 10 to 15 in Rio de Janeiro and from July 17 to 22 in Sao Paulo.

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