Theodore Ushev is one of the must powerful voices in animation today and one of the must influential artistes on the “off-studio” animation scene. Born in Kjustendil, Bulgaria in 1968 but long based on Montreal, Quebec, Canada, his works are filled with political and social questions, as well as produced with both crafty and digital approaches.
Tower Bowher (2005) is, perhaps, the touchstone on Ushev’s production. He consider it is “my fist professional film”. Although he has been prolific since then, this extraodinaire piece brings a powerful attention to the possibilities of abstract animation. According to the notes of the National Film Board of Canada (production agency to the film): “This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova”.
Eran Hilelli (Tel Aviv, 1981) is a graduate from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Between Bears (2010) is a beautiful combination of minimalism, 3d and vectorial animation. Although there’s a minimum amount of narrative, the final result is as compelling as meaningful. It was Hilelli’s graduation film and won the first price in the animation category of the Vimeo’s first film festival.