The Secret of Kells

Directed by Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey On the 4th of March

Ireland/France/Belgium - 2009- Color - 75' - English with Arabic and French subtitles
With the voices of Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally

Tomm Moore and Fabrice Ziolkowski
Art Direction:
Ross Stewart
Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Produced by :
: Celluloid Dreams, France 2 Cinéma, Canal +, Cartoon Saloon
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Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

*The feature film will be preceded by the screening of the short film: “Moore Street Masala” (2009, 5, colour, English) dir.: David O’ Sullivan*

Director biography


Moore, the eldest of four children, was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. At an early age he moved, with his parents, to Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland where his father, Patrick, worked as an engineer. After leaving St Kieran’s College secondary school, he studied classical animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin. It was during his final year at Ballyfermot in 1998, that he co-founded the Cartoon Saloon animation studio with Paul Young, Ross Murray and Nora Twomey. The studio created the television series Skunk Fu!

In 1998, Twomey helped found Cartoon Saloon, along with Tomm Moore, Paul Young and Ross Murray. In 2002 she directed the award-winning short animated film From Darkness. She also worked on the successful animated TV series Skunk Fu!.

festival & award


Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature.