World Festival of Animated Film /
feature film edition 31 May - 5 June 2011
World Festival of Animated Film / feature film edition 31 May - 5 June 2011
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Grand Competition   |   Paul Driessen


Paul Driessen (1940, The Netherlands) graduated from the Art Academy in Utrecht, and was offered a job as an animator at a commercial animation film & TV studio in Hilversum. In 1967 he was invited to London to work on George Dunning's The Yellow Submarine. In 1970 he emigrated to Canada and started a freelance animation career, working mainly for the National Film Board. Since 1976 he also animated and directed many of his films for independent producers in The Netherlands. Up to now he has won over 70 international awards for his work. His film 3 Misses (2000) earned him an Oscar nomination. His work has been highly appreciated also by the professionals - ASIFA Hollywood presented the Annie Award to him for his distinguished contribution to the art of animation (1987), ASIFA International Life Achievement Award (1994), and Animafest Zagreb another Life Achievement Award (2002). In October 2005, in Cracow he was given the Special Golden Dinosaur Award for an outstanding artist and teacher. Until recently he has also taught animation on a regular basis at the University of Kassel in Germany. Under his guidance his students have won two Oscars. Lately he wrote and illustrated a couple of books, typical of the style which characterizes the rest of his work; published in English and French in Montreal. He is currently working on a new film at the NFB.