Ahead of its European premiere at the London Film Festival next weekend, the Irish animated feature Song of the Sea from Kilkenny's Cartoon Saloon has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 87th Academy awards.
Directed by Cartoon Saloon's Tomm Moore, and based around the legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea follows the adventures of Saoirse and her brother Ben.
Saoirse is a child who is the last of the Selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.
The film features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Pat Shortt, Lucy O'Connell, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan, Jon Kenny, Liam Hourican and Colm Ó Snodaigh.
Moore also directed Cartoon Saloon's Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells.
Song of the Sea will be released in France in November and North America in December, with an Irish release planned for February or March 2015.