5 Oscar Contenders for Best Animated Short
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VIEW Conference presents a free virtual panel discussion with lead creatives of this year’s Oscar contenders for best animated short on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at 9:30am-10:30am PST (18:30-19:30 CET). The panel will include:
- Writer/Director Dave Mullins & Producer Brad Booker from War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko
- Director Yegane Moghaddam from Our Uniform
- Director Stéphanie Clement from Pachyderm
- Director Tal Kantor & Producer Amit Gicelter from Letter to a Pig
- Co-Director Jerusha Hess from Ninety-five Senses
Moderated by Dan Sarto, Editor-in-Chief, Animation World Network.
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Tal Kantor is an award-winning animation filmmaker & visual artist. Graduated with honors from the 'Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where she currently lectures at the Screen-Based Arts Department. In her works, Tal deals with the subject of Memory, and uses a unique technique she has developed, which combines drawing, photography, video, painting, and animation. Her short animated film "In Other Words" won 17 awards and was officially selected in more than 100 festivals worldwide. She is the Animation Director of the documentary feature film "Advocate" (Emmy Award winner 2021, Oscar® shortlist 2020).
Amit Russell Gicelter
Amit Russell Gicelter is a renowned producer, known recently for his shorts Letter To A Pig and Black Slide. In 2010, he founded The Hive Studio, a leading animation studio in Israel, where he serves as CEO and head producer. With a track record of producing acclaimed animated short films, TV & Film and web series, Mr. Gicelter specializes in international co-productions.
He's a dedicated advocate for the Israeli animation industry, working to promote its growth and influence both locally and internationally.
Yegane Moghaddam is an Iranian animator and illustrator with a strong passion for nature, culture, and the reality she lives in. Her filmography includes “On the Cover” (2018) and “Our Uniform” (2023).
Stéphanie Clement is a French illustrator and film director. She graduated from the renowned Supinfocom school (now MoPA) in Arles in 2012. Dans l'Ombre, her first short film was selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and was acquired by the french channel Canal+. She then worked on several projects, including La petite vampire aux crocs de verre, a transmedia project inspired by her graphic universe, which was selected and pitched at the Valence International Screenwriters Festival, and was the subject of the De l'écriture à l'image writing residency in Saint-Quirin. In 2022, she directed and art directed Pachyderme, an animated short film scripted by Marc Rius and co-produced by TNZPV productions and Folimage, with the support of the Franco-German channel Arte. Pachyderme was selected for over fifty festivals worldwide, and received several prizes - the Best Short Film award at the Manchester Animation Festival, the Award of Best Animated Short Film at the Foyle Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the Meknès International Animation Film Festival, the Best Animation Award at the Still Voices Film Festival - and was nominated for an Oscar. While working on the writing of her next short film, she is also in the process of developing her first graphic novel, and in the summer of 2023, she joined the Bêtes d'Histoire adventure as a director with Little Big Story productions.
Dave Mullins is a distinguished American writer, director, and animator renowned for his significant contributions to storytelling and filmmaking. As the co-founder of ElectroLeague, he draws from a rich two-decade career at Pixar Animation Studios. Best known for his directorial debut, the emotionally resonant short film "LOU," Dave earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Short Film. The film received acclaim at events such as SXSW® Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, earning nominations for Best Animated Short and Best Family Film, respectively. During his tenure at Pixar, Dave played a pivotal role in overseeing animation for Academy Award®-winning masterpieces like "UP" and "SOUL." His artistic contributions extended to other acclaimed projects, including the Academy Award®-nominated "INCREDIBLES 2" and Golden Globe®-nominated films like "CARS 2" and "THE GOOD DINOSAUR." Dave's animation journey began in 1995 at Walt Disney Feature Animation, leading to notable roles at Sony Imageworks and Digital Domain. His credits include iconic films like "STUART LITTLE," "MONSTERS INC.," "FINDING NEMO," "CARS," "RATATOUILLE," "BRAVE," "INSIDE OUT," and "COCO." In addition to his creative pursuits, Dave studied computer science at Brown University and earned his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design. His technical expertise at Pixar is evident in four awarded patents, showcasing his vital role in developing groundbreaking animation tools for some of Pixar’s most successful films.
Brad Booker is a seasoned film producer and former animator with three decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Fueled by a passion for dramatic storytelling, innovative technology, and a dedicated mission to maximize budgetary impact on the screen, he has seamlessly integrated these elements under one umbrella in the formation of ElectroLeague. Prior to the inception of ElectroLeague, Brad significant contributions to the film landscape. His noteworthy productions include "RUMBLE" (2020) for Paramount Pictures and "THE BOOK OF LIFE" (2014) for 20th Century Fox. The latter garnered a nomination for "Best Animated Feature" at prestigious events like the Golden Globes®, the Producers Guild of America, and The Critics' Choice Movie Awards but also secured 5 Annie Awards. During his illustrious 15-year tenure at Reel FX Animation Studios, Brad served as a producer as well as spearheading film development, playing a pivotal role in bringing all three of the studio's animated feature films to the big screen. Before venturing into film production and development, Brad's passion for gaming led him to Acclaim Game Studios, where he directed game cinematics for the hit title "RED STAR." His career commenced as an animator at renowned studios such as Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, and Weta FX, with animation credits that include iconic films like "IRON GIANT," "OSMOSIS JONES," "STUART LITTLE," "SPIDER-MAN," and "LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS."
Jerusha Hess is an American filmmaker best known for her work, alongside husband Jared, on NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, NACHO LIBRE and GENTLEMEN BRONCOS, all co-written by the pair and directed by Jared. Jerusha made her solo directorial debut in 2013 with the Sundance premiere of AUSTENLAND. The Hesses recently collaborated on the Netflix Original Animation feature THELMA THE UNICORN.
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