Irish films The Secret of Kells and Cherrybomb had their world premieres yesterday at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore and produced by European Producer of the Year, Cartoon Saloon, is a beautifully animated film featuring the voice talent of Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally and will screen as part of the Generation K plus section of the festival.
Cherrybomb, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and written by Daragh Carville has been officially selected as part of the Generation 14Plus programme. It stars Robert Sheehan, Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon.
Irish audiences will have an opportunity to see both films during the upcoming Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The Secret of Kells will close this year’s festival on 22nd February at the Savoy. Cherrybomb screens on 20th February at Cineworld.
Irish talent is well represented at the Berlin festival with a wide number of producers travelling to raise finance for their feature films. A number of emerging Irish filmmakers have also been selected to participate in an exciting international initiative Advance Party II which will develop eight new films from some of the most exciting filmmaking talent emerging from the UK and Ireland. Eight directors were selected and include emerging Irish filmmakers Rory Bresnihan, Ciaran Foy, Oscar® nominee Steph Green and Enda Hughes, who will come together at the festival to work together on eight new scripts.
Other new Irish filmmakers have been selected for the prestigious Berlin Talent Campus at the festival. Filmmakers include Patrick Butler (director/producer), Narayan Van Maele (cinematographer/director), Lauren Mackenzie, (writer/director), Michael Kinirons, (writer/director), John Hayes (director) and Rebecca Daly (director).
An Irish reception at the Festival will take place tonight to celebrate new Irish cinema at the festival and to provide key networking opportunities for the industry delegates.