'Secret of Kells' set for Oscar-qualifying run

GKIDS to distribute Tomm Moore's animated film

GKIDS, which distributes indie films for family and art house audiences, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the animated film "The Secret of Kells," from Irish director Tomm Moore.

A France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon and France 2 Cinema, the movie about a magical quest features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire and Christen Mooney.

It is set to receive an Academy-qualifying run from Dec. 4-10 at the AMC Burbank 8 in Los Angeles and will be released theatrically in the U.S. in March.

An official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival, "Kells" had its U.S. premiere at the New York International Children's Film Festival and also was the first animated feature to win the Audience Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The acquisition was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKIDS and Hengameh Panahi for sales agent Celluloid Dreams.