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SFFILM Festival

Cartoon Saloon Workshop: Puffin Rock and the New Friends

Directed by Jeremy Purcell

Ireland | Fiction | 79

28 Apr
Sun, Apr 28 at 1:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Jeremy Purcell is expected to attend


Cartoon Saloon, the renowned Irish studio known for their beautifully crafted hand-drawn animation, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Going all the way back to their first feature, The Secret of Kells (2009), SFFILM has showcased their astonishing 2D masterpieces. Cartoon Saloon’s latest work, Puffin Rock and the New Friends, builds upon the world created in their award-winning preschool TV series of the same name, and brings back family favorites Oona, Baba, May, and Mossy. With visually stunning designs and vibrant colors, each frame of the film honors the lush natural beauty of the Irish coast while also featuring powerful themes of belonging, friendship, and courage. Director Jeremy Purcell will join us to present behind-the-scenes artwork, answer questions, and lead the audience in the drawing of some fan-favorite Cartoon Saloon characters. Additional activities will celebrate the Irish culture the studio brings to life along with raffles for prizes and artwork.

Be sure to bring paper and pencils to draw along. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Total Program Runtime: 120 minutes

Director Jeremy Purcell

Jeremy Purcell has worked in animation for over 20 years, at Cartoon Saloon and A Man & Ink, his own studio. As an animator and visual effects artist, his projects have included The Secret of Kells (2009), Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (2014), and Song of the Sea (2014). He has directed episodes of Joe and Jack (2012) and Pete the Cat (2017-19). He makes his feature debut with Puffin Rock and the New Friends. He won an Emile Award for character animation for his work on The Breadwinner (2017).

Film Details

Language English

Year 2023

Runtime 79

Country Ireland

Director Jeremy Purcell

Executive Producer Fionnuala Deane, Gerry Shirren

Producer John McDaid, Nora Twomey, Paul Young, Tomm Moore

Writer Sara Daddy

Editor Sophie Borlée

Music Eberg

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not yet confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film