Teodor Ushev has been named the most influential animator in the world for the last 25 years, the artist’s team told BTA.
In an international poll, leading critics, journalists, curators and festival directors were asked to mention the names of the most influential figures in world animation for the last quarter of a century.
The result after the poll was put at the top by the Bulgarian animator, artist and director Teodor Ushev. The top four also includes directors such as Regina Pessoa (Portugal), Koji Yamamura (Japan) and Igor Kovalev (Russia / USA).
In the same poll, the best feature-length animated film was “Gone with the Wind” by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.
Teodor Ushev, “Physics of Sadness”
The survey was organized by the curators of the Animation Festival in Lleida (Animac) and the Cultural Center of Barcelona, led by Carolina Lopez. It involves 25 specialists and historians from around the world.
Teodor Ushev is a Bulgarian multimedia artist, director and graphic designer. He has worked for the National Film Council of Canada for the past 15 years. In his creative biography he has more than 15 films, which brought him over 200 international awards around the world, incl. Oscar nomination, Crystal of Annecy, Honorary Medal of the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cesar and the Best Short Film Award of the Hollywood Association of Foreign Journalists (Golden Globe). He is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts AMPAS, a holder of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.