Did you know that SIR BILLI, the first full-length animated feature to be produced entirely in Scotland, had its first international screening at the 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, on Friday April 13th, 2012?
Sonoma Festival Director Kevin McNeely said:
We are thrilled to host the U.S. Premiere of Sir Billi featuring the powerfully dynamic voice of Sir Sean Connery. Tessa and Sascha Hartmann have produced a highly entertaining, family-oriented film that sizzles with fun, non-stop action and an awesome title track sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, which was composed by Sascha. Bring on the Scots…! We are honored to host Scotland’s first animated film!
SIR BILLI producers, husband and wife duo Tessa and Sascha Hartmann, flew to the US for the film’s premiere:
We chose the Sonoma International Film Festival because it’s a festival with a difference, where the personal approach by the organizers gives one a feeling of passion and consideration, where every independent film they select is important.
Screened in the Festival’s Marquee Theatre – the 1930s Renaissance-style Sebastiani Theatre – the film premiered at 5pm on Friday April 13th, 2012. Sascha Hartmann directed SIR BILLI from a screenplay written by his wife Tessa Hartmann, based on an original story they developed together. John Fraser is Producer, with Sir Sean Connery serving as Executive Producer.
Director Sascha Hartmann said:
Ours could be perceived as a ‘David and Goliath’ adventure in market terms but where else is one to start if venturing into animation? Shoot for the top with the talent and simply deliver something that the audience responds to. We are the epitome of the underdog! The underdog that with firm resolve, persistence and tenacity created something that is close to being called miraculous – a finished film.
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