15/01/15

Minister Humphreys congratulates Song of the Sea on Oscar nomination

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday) congratulated the Irish animation company, Cartoon Saloon, for securing an Academy Award nomination for its film ‘Song of the Sea’. The film is in the running for the ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ award.

 

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“I would like to offer huge congratulations to Cartoon Saloon, and to its director Tomm Moore, for securing this very prestigious nomination. Tomm previously received recognition for his work on The Secret of Kells, which was of course nominated for an Oscar five years ago.

 

“This is yet another significant achievement for the Irish animation sector, which has gone from strength to strength in recent years. It is an extremely dynamic element of the Irish audiovisual industry, and, as this nomination shows, it is making a big impact on the global animation scene.

 

“Of the 6,000 or so jobs supported by our film and TV production sector, it is estimated more than 1,000 of these jobs are made up of technical and creative staff in animation studios across Ireland.

 

“I would like to acknowledge the work of the Irish Film Board, which is funded by my Department, in supporting the sector. Its training arm, Screen Training Ireland, has trained almost 1,500 professionals at all levels in the animation industry, from graduates entering the industry to animation CEOs.

 

“This approach has given us a global standard animation sector, which we should all be very proud of. I would like to wish everyone at Cartoon Saloon and all of those involved in Song of the Sea the very best of luck at the Oscar ceremony next month.”

 

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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