Grear news from China, where Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea has picked up another award, this time for Best Animated Film at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Directed by Tomm Moore, the IFTA award-winning, and Oscar nominated film 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 from The Secret of Kells collaborators Bruno Coulais and the Irish band Kila.

Song of the Sea premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh on July 9th, before Element Pictures release the film nationwide on July 10th. The film will also premiere in Irish at Films at Fitzy’s, presented by the Cork Film Festival.

The Shanghai International Film Festival, which celebrated its 18th edition and is considered China’s premier film festival ran from June 13 to 21, screening 391 films, 1,275 times on 51 screens in 45 theatres across 17 Shanghai districts.

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