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Saoirse Ronan...Saoirse Ronan attends a screening of "The Host" presented by The Cinema Society and Jaeger-LeCoultre on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) ...A

More than 150 people from the Irish film industry will be at Cannes to try and snap up finance for forthcoming productions – but actress Saoirse Ronan is ahead of the curve.

While she is unable to attend this year's event, the Carlow teenager's new movie 'How To Catch A Monster' has already been picked up.

Warner Bros scored the first major acquisition of this year's festival and paid a €2.3m guarantee for the fantasy thriller.

Ronan is currently in the US shooting the film with Eva Mendes, Christina Hendricks and Matt Smith.

Twenty Irish productions will feature at the festival. Lenny Abrahamson's 'Frank', which stars Michael Fassbender in the lead alongside Domhnall Gleeson will screen along with Amy Huberman's 'The Stag', in which she stars opposite Gleeson's brother Brian. Huberman plays a bride in the comedy, which was shot in Dublin before she gave birth to her daughter Sadie. The 33-year-old will not be in Cannes though.

Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated director Ruairi Robinson's sci-fi adventure 'The Last Days on Mars' will enjoy its world premiere on May 20 in the prestigious Director's Fortnight category, while Ronan and Yvonne Keating's 12-year-old daughter Missy's on-screen debut in horror film 'Dark Touch' will also be shown.

Other Irish films include Antonia Campbell Hughes's 'Kely & Victor', comedian Pat Shortt's 'Life's A Breeze' and 'Run & Jump', directed by Steph Green.

Irish Independent