Monday, December 14, 2015

'Song Of The Sea' Named Best Animated Feature at EFAs

Since it first opened in US Cinemas nearly a year ago, Tomm Moore's instant classic Song Of The Sea has been riding a tide of critical and audience acclaim. Awards nominations have come from all over the world- as well as the high profile Oscar and Annie nominations it also scored nods (and some wins) from as far afield as Japan and China. It even took home Best Film at the Irish Academy awards earlier this year. The film's first year is coming to close with one more win to add to that impressive list- and that is from the European Film Awards.

The ceremony took place in Berlin on December 12th, and awards were doled out to the cream of European film talent. Cartoon Saloon's feature won the Best Animated European Feature Film, bringing the film's total awards haul up to eleven. And any Spinal Tap fan will tell you, that's about as high as you can go.

It beat out some impressive competition- namely Aardman's wonderful Shaun The Sheep Movie and the intriguing looking Adama.  We're obviously thrilled to see Song Of The Sea being recognised anywhere, but it seems only fitting that the film is lauded by the EFAs. Although a distinctly Irish film, as with the earlier Secret of Kells it's actually very much a pan-European production, with studios based in Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Belgium all a vital part of making the film happen. It feels somehow like this award in particular is acknowledging the contribution these Continental  European studios made to bringing Moore's vision to life. Which can only be a good thing.

Song Of The Sea is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital in both the US and the UK.


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