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17.02.2016 - Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Florian Weghorn

Director, illustrator and animator Tomm Moore has enchanted audiences of all ages with his Oscar-nominated feature films The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. He was recently honored with the European Film Award. A co-founder of Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon, Moore is deserving of the comparisons drawn to Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli, resuscitating stories and characters of Irish folklore through a mix of animation techniques synthesizing hand-drawn and painted tableaux with 3D and CGI technologies. Moore has teamed-up on several occasions with illustrator and director Ross Stewart, including on The Prophet, and the duo is slated to co-direct their next project. The directors share their artistic approaches to scriptwriting, research and storyboarding and how the entire studio team contributes to this process.


Tomm Moore

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Irish animator and director. He is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Cartoon Saloon, where he has worked as director, art director, storyboarder, animator and illustrator on commercials and short films. He has directed the Oscar-nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS and its follow-up SONG OF THE SEA. He also directed the “On Love” segment for THE PROPHET, a feature animation produced by Salma Hayek, which is due for release later this year. He is dividing his time between the development of his latest project WOLF WALKERS and pre-production on THE BREADWINNER, based on the best selling novel by Deborah Ellis, which will begin production this year.

Ross Stewart

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Irish artist working in painting, illustration and animation, notably conceptual design and art direction. He worked on many award-winning animated short films and has recently been involved in three Oscar-nominated feature films: as art director on THE SECRET OF KELLS, visual development and conceptual artist on PARANORMAN and as concept artist on SONG OF THE SEA. His personal artwork has been exhibited across Ireland and the UK over the last 16 years.

Florian Weghorn

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Florian Weghorn is the Programme Manager of Berlinale Talents. Together with Christine Tröstrum, he heads the initiative and advises its seven international offshoots and its alumni network. He holds an MA in Theatre, Film and Television Studies from the University of Cologne. He joined Berlinale Generation in 2002, serving as co-director and curator from 2008 to 2014, and is a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Competition. He has written and edited several publications on film and youth culture.