The Breadwinner: Irish and UK release & Annecy International Animated Film Festival


Award winning Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon have announced their Irish and UK release of the much awaited, The Breadwinner. 

Directed by Norah Twomey and based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father gets arrested, Parvana dresses up as a boy in order to work and provide for her family. Together with her best friend Shauzia, she risks getting caught when she tries to find her father.

The film was a co-production between Aircraft Pictures in Toronto, Melusine Productions in Luxembourg, and Cartoon Saloon in Ireland, and was executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Anthony Leo, Paul Young and Gerry Shirren.

The Breadwinner exhibition:
To mark its Irish release, Cartoon Saloon have teamed up with Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle to bring you the behind the scenes artwork from the film. This will open to the public from May 12th and is FREE to everyone. For more info visit: The Butler Gallery

The Breadwinner was also nominated for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, for feature film ‘Cristal Award’ in the ‘Feature Films for Official Selection’ competition. See full list of selected films here.

Telegael’s co-production  Captain Morten And The Spider Queen  was also selected for Annecy in the ‘Feature Films In Official Selection,Out-of-Competition’ category.  This is a co-production between Telegael (Ireland), Nukufilm (Estonia), Grid VFX (Belgium) and Calon (UK).

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival takes place 11th – 16th June in the town of Annecy, France and is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (or ASIFA, the International Animated Film Association).

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks!

The Breadwinner will be released in Irish and UK cinemas on May 25th.