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Country of origin: United States
Year of origin: 2017
Duration: 3:42
Age Restriction: 6+


Name/Title: Steven Subotnick


Director: Steven Subotnick
Script: Steven Subotnick
Designer: Steven Subotnick
Animation: Steven Subotnick
Camera: Steven Subotnick
Editing: Steven Subotnick
Producer: Steven Subotnick




Pencil on Paper

Strange Fish

T-Short Festival
Published on 08 Jan 2022 / In Steven Subotnick Creations


⁣The blindness of evolution.

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2021 August, “Best Mini Art Experimental Animation”, Striped Tale Animation Festival, USA
2020 July, Best Drawing Award, Experimental Film Festival, Spain
2018 March Best US Animated Film, GLAS Animation Festival, Berkeley, CA USA
2017 November Best Abstract Film Award, London International Animation Festival, UK
2017 March Grand Prix, Holland Animation Film Festival, Netherlands

2020 October, Bizarrya Short Film Festival, Portugal
2020 May, Demetera International Film Festival, Paris, France
2020 March, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
2020 March, Bristol Community College, Bristol, RI
2020 February, "Rhode Island Indpendent Animators" Jamestown Arts Center, RI
2019 March, "Water Garden" Emily Whitebread exhibition, Crate Space, London, UK
2019 March, Festival of Drawing,National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2018 October KLIK! International Animation Festival, Netherlands
2018 August Turku Animated Film Festival, Finland
2018 August Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan
2018 August Nancy Festival International du Film, Nancy, France
2018 August Animix Animation and Comics Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
2018 July Dennos Museum Center, National Geographic "Monster Fish" exhibit, Traverse City, MI
2018 July-August, FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2018 June Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Fest Anca, Slovakia
2018 May In Memoriam Prof. Peter Hafner, Skofja Loka, Slovenia
2018 February Animac International Animation Festival, Lleida, Spain
2018 February Cinelebu Film Festival, Chile
2017 December Animateka Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2017 December Animasivo Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 November l'Alternativa Independent Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2017 November Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia
2017 October Cyber Sousa International Animation Festival, Beijng, China
2017 October Intermediaciones, Medillin, Colombia
2017 October Weisbaden International Weekend of Animation, Germany
2017 September Random Acts, BBC Channel 4, UK
2017 September Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
2017 August Pluk de Nacht Film Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017 July Insomnia Festival, Russia
2017 July Animator Festival, Poland
2017 June Cyprus Animation Film Festival, Cyprus
2017 June Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
2017 June Zagreb Animafest, Croatia

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Steven’s animations are condensed and poetic. Through an experimental and iterative process of making and editing, he explores resonances found in subjects as diverse as history, science, evolution, and religion. His artwork begins in the physicality of materials - paper, ink, paint, paper-mache, rags, photographs, wood - which are then transformed through digital manipulation. His goal is to embody ideas in the act of making - a film about evolution is drawn straight-ahead with closed eyes. Sound is an important part of his filmmaking. He crafts tracks in order to give voice to the images, and it is the combination of image and sound which creates the film’s full identity.

Steven’s films have screened in festivals, galleries, museums, and curated shows around the world. He is the recipient of major grants and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an LEF Fellowship, and an AFI Fellowship. His films have won such awards as “Grand Prix” at the Holland Animation Film Festival and the “High Risk Award” at the Fantoche Animation Festival. In 2018, he had a retrospective of his films at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He has received residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Yaddo Corporation. Steven is also a dedicated teacher. He has taught animation for over thirty years at colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Rhode Island School of Design, where he currently teaches senior animation thesis projects.

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