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Tomm Moore

Tomm Moore
Born Thomas Moore
(1977-01-07) 7 January 1977
Newry, Northern Ireland
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, character designer
Years active 1998–present

Tomm Moore (born 7 January 1977) is an Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker. He is co-founder of Cartoon Saloon, an animation studio and production company, based in Kilkenny, Ireland. His first feature film, The Secret of Kells, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film on 2 February 2010.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Awards 4
  • Nominations 5
  • Comics 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Personal life

Moore, the eldest of 4 children, was born in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.[1] At an early age he moved, with his parents, to Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland where his father, Patrick, worked as an engineer. During his early to mid teens, he joined Young Irish Film Makers in Kilkenny, where he grew his knowledge and passion for film and animation. 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. Initially they set up studio alongside Tomm's alma mater Young Irish Film Makers, but the studio soon out grew the premises. The studio created the television series Skunk Fu!

Tomm is a nephew of the renowned singer/songwriter Kieran Goss.[2]


Moore's first animated feature film, which he co-directed with Nora Twomey, is The Secret of Kells (2009), written by Fabrice Ziolkowski from Moore's story. It is a co-production by the Cartoon Saloon, Les Armateurs, Vivi Film and France 2 Cinéma.[3] The film is a hand-drawn animation, set in 9th century Ireland, and partially based on and inspired by early Christian history and legend. It premiered on 8 February 2009, at the Berlin International Film Festival. It went into wide release in Belgium and France on 11 February, and in the Republic of Ireland on 3 March. On 2 February 2010, it was announced that the film had been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.[4]

In 2014 Moore completed his second feature film, entitled Song of the Sea (2014).[5] Like The Secret of Kells, it is traditionally animated and is based on Irish folklore.

Also in 2014 Moore directed a segment of the Salma Hayek produced film The Prophet, adapted from Kahlil Gibran's book of prose poetry essays, The Prophet. The production consisted of different directors for each of the film's collective essays, with animation director, Roger Allers supervising and credited as screenwriter. Both of Moore's 2014 films received their world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[6]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2009 The Secret of Kells Yes Yes Yes
2014 Song of the Sea Yes
2014 The Prophet Yes


For The Secret of Kells

For Song of the Sea

  • 2014: won the Prix Spécial du Jury at Festival International des Voix du Cinéma d'Animation, Port Leucate, France[12]


For The Secret of Kells

For Song of the Sea


He has drawn two Irish language graphic novels, An Sclábhaí ("the slave", 2001) and An Teachtaire ("the messenger", 2003), telling the story of St. Patrick. Both were written by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh and published in Ireland by Cló Mhaigh Eo.[14] He has also created a two-volume graphic novel adaptation of The Secret of Kells, published in French as Brendan et le secret de Kells.[15]


  1. ^ "An Interview with Director Tomm Moore". Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tweet from Kieran Goss's Twitter Feed". Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ The Secret of Kells at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Ryzik, Melena (2 March 2010). "An Indie Takes on Animation's Big Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Song of the Sea director Tomm Moore sings a BrendanNews: ",, 12 March 2009
  6. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer. "'"GALLERY: Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet. Animation World Network. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Secret Of Kells takes Ireland's Directors Finders Series Award". 16 July 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brendan and the Secret of Kells". 6 December 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  9. ^ A 9. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál és a 6. Nemzetközi Animációs Fesztivál díjai (English: "Awards"). Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 2009.
  10. ^ a b "IFTA Winners 2010". 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Aardman sweeps board at British Animation Awards". 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "un Prix spécial du Jury a été attribué au Chant de la mer de Tomm Moore". 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "42nd Annual Annie Award Nominees". Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  14. ^ An Sclábhaí and An Teachtaire on Cló Mhaigh Eo's website
  15. ^ at Superpouvoir.comBrendan et le secret de Kells (in French)

External links

  • Cartoon Saloon
  • official siteThe Secret of Kells
  • The Blog of Kells – The Secret of Kells production blog
  • The Blog of the Sea – The Song of the Sea production blog
  • Tomm Moore at the Internet Movie Database
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