Illustration photo – The Anifilm festival of animated films continued in Třeboň on May 6. In the picture is Jan Pinkava, former member of Pixar Animation Studios, director of the Oscar-winning short film Geri's Game and the feature film Ratatouille.
Stuttgart – From June, artist and director of Czech origin Jan Pinkava will be the new director of the animation institute at the Film Academy of Baden-Württemberg. The institute announced the new engagement of the Oscar-winning filmmaker on its website on Wednesday.
The British-Czech-American creator of animated films won the Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category in 1998 for the film Geri's Game, which he directed and wrote the screenplay for. He then worked, among other things, at the American studio Pixar, where he participated in the creation of feature-length animated films.
Fifty-nine-year-old Pinkava, who emigrated with his parents to Britain in 1969, also became famous for the feature-length animated film Ratatouille, in which he credited as co-director. However, the Oscar for Best Animated Film went to director Brad Bird in 2008, who took over the project after Pinkav.
The Baden-Württemberg Film Academy is based in Ludwigsburg, southern Germany.