29 March 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Irish animated feature film A Greyhound Of A Girl selected for Berlin Film Festival
08 Feb 2023 : Nathan Griffin
A Greyhound Of A Girl.
In the wake of a ground-breaking 14 Oscar nominations, the successful streak for the Irish screen industry on the international stage continues, as Irish animation company Jam Media announces that their first feature-length animation has been chosen to premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival later this month.

The film, which is supported by Screen Ireland, will be part of the Berlinale Generation Kplus 2023 competition at the festival.

Adapted from the novel by internationally acclaimed writer Roddy Doyle, A Greyhound Of A Girl features the voices of stellar Irish talents, Oscar-nominee Brendan Gleeson, BAFTA winner Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters), renowned theatre and film actor Rosaleen Linehan, Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders), and the young voice of Mia O’Connor. 

The film is directed by Enzo d’Alò, who wrote the script with Dave Ingham. Work on the feature was carried out in JAM Media’s Dublin and Belfast studios and was produced by Paul Thiltges Distributions (LU), Aliante (IT), Jam Media (IE), GOAG Productions (UK), Rija Films (LV), Amrion (EE), GFM Animation (UK), and Fish Blowing Bubbles. World Sales are being handled by GFM Animation, Fred Hedman.

The co-production was supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg with Eurimages, Direzione Generale Cinema E Audiovisivo, Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Section 481, RTÉ, BFI, Film Center Latvia, Estonian Film Institute, Cultural Endowment Of Estonia, Onegate Media Gmbh.

A Greyhound Of A Girl follows a young 11 years old girl named Mary, who has an insuppressible passion for cooking: she dreams of becoming a great chef. Her grandmother Emer, with whom she has a very special relationship, encourages her to make this dream come true but every path has its pesky obstacles and facing them turns into quite an adventure. Mary thus begins a journey across the barriers of time, in which four generations of women come together and get to know each other truly and deeply. A delicate coming-of-age story, sprinkled with irony.

“We are honoured to have the world premiere of, A Greyhound of a Girl at the distinguished Berlin Film Festival,” said John Rice, executive producer for JAM Media. “We are delighted about this great news and would like to thank our wonderful team and partners.”

JAM Media, with operations in both Ireland and the United Kingdom, is one of the leading creators and producers of multi award-winning animated and live action content for the children’s and pre-school audience. The BAFTA-award winning company prides itself on delivering high quality, innovative, story-driven brands across multiple platforms that are based around engaging characters with humour at their heart.

Most recently, JAM Media moved from animation to live action with Nova Jones, the hit comedy sci-fi series, which has proved hugely popular. In April 2022 they signed a follow up deal to produce a further series of Nova Jones, which has already racked up over 1.5 million streams on BBC player and is No 1 children’s show on RTE. In addition to this, they produced The Voyage for Comic Relief. Other notable favourites with their young audiences are Jessy and Nessy, Beeca’s Bunch, Roy and Tilly and Friends. They are currently working on Isadora Moon for Sky. The company also runs the hugely successful festival Animation Dingle  now in its 11th year. 

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