‘Shaun the Sheep,’ ‘Adama,’ ‘Song of the Sea’ Chase European Film Award

LONDON — “Shaun the Sheep,” which has grossed more than $100 million worldwide, is one of three movies nominated by the European Film Academy in the European animated movie category of its awards.

The Aardman Animations and Studiocanal production, which was directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, is a non-verbal comedy in which the sheep have to go to the big city to save their farmer.

The other films on the EFA shortlist are Simon Rouby’s “Adama” and “Tomm Moore’s “Song of the Sea.” French film “Adama” follows a boy’s adventurous journey from his West African village to Europe to find his brother. It ultimately leads him to the trenches of World War I. Ireland’s “Song of the Sea,” from the director of the Oscar-nominated “The Secret of Kells,” centers on two siblings trying to return home through a realm populated by fairies, sea monsters and an owl witch.

The nominees were chosen by a committee whose members were producer Antonio Saura, Marcel Jean of Annecy Film Festival, Anja Sosic of Human Ark, Petteri Pasanen of Anima Vitae, Iain Harvey of the Illuminated Film Company, and director Jacques-Remy Girerd.

The winner will be selected by the more than 3,000 EFA members, and will be revealed at the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on Dec. 12.

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