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International Premiere of Animated Scottish Film

April 13 at the Sebastiani Theatre

Featuring voice of Sir Sean Connery
and theme song by Dame Shirley Bassey


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Sir Sean Connery with filmmakers Tessa & Sascha Hartmann, wearing the official Sir Billi tartan.SIR BILLI, the first full-length animated feature to be produced entirely in Scotland, will get its first international screening at the 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival, April 11th-15th, 2012.

“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...!” said Festival Director Kevin McNeely.

SIR BILLI producers, husband and wife duo Tessa and Sascha Hartmann, will arrive in 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,” said Tessa Hartmann. The film, which has been an entrepreneurial cliffhanger of ideas and custom coding since its inception in 2006, will finally make its well-earned debut.

“We are honored to host Scotland’s first animated film! Sir Billi will love Sonoma!” says McNeely.

Screened in the Festival’s marquee theatre – the 1930s Renaissance-style Sebastiani Theatre – the film will screen at 5 pm on April 13th, 2012. Festival passes are available now and individual film tickets will be available for purchase after April 2nd.

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.

“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,’ said Sascha Hartman.


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