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Country of origin: United States
Year of origin: 2011
Duration: 2:25
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




Ink on Paper


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


⁣A visual dialog.

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2013 DIPLOME AWARD, Festival of Nations, Ebensee, Austria
2012 SPECIAL PRIZE, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Hiroshima, Japan
2012 2ND PRIZE, Experimental, ASIFA East Awards, New York, NY
2012 GRAND PRIX, Shorts, Holland Animation Film Festival, The Netherlands
2011 HIGH RISK AWARD, Fantoche International Animation Festival, Switzerland

2021 Animist Tallinn, “Animation and Contemporary Art” curated screening, Estonia
2019 Zagreb Animafest, "Art and Animation", Croatia
2018 Dok Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig, Germany
2018 screening - "The Line Up" exhibition, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
2017 "Mon Oeil" web series, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France
2017 Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival, Vera Neubauer's curated screening, Portugal
2016 O Sol da Caparica Music Festival, Portugal
2015 "HAFF award winners" New Chitose Airport Animation Festival, Hokkaido, Japan
2015 "For Your Eyes Only", KulTour Baden, Switzerland
2015 "Augmented Reality" app, Fantoche Winners
2015 "Schism", Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2014 "Images Secondes", l’Espace d’art contemporain Camille Lambert, France
2014 "Best New American Independent Animation", American Cultural Center, China
2013 "Group Show" Galerie Haut Pave, France
2013 Festival Alto Vicentino, Italy
2013 RISD Faculty Biennial, Providence, RI
2013 Animac International Animation Festival, Lleida, Spain
2013 Limit(less) - Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI
2012 Animpact Animation Festival, Seoul, Korea
2012 Istanbul Animation Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Anilogue International Animation Festival, Budapest, Hungary & Vienna, Austria
2012 Animage Festival of Animation of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
2012 Animatic Animation Mostra, Pamplona, Spain
2012 Xi'an International Animation Film Festival, Xi'an, China
2012 Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia
2012 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol, UK
2012 World Festival of Animated Film Varna, Bulgaria
2012 Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 London International Animation Festival, London, UK
2012 China Animation Festival, Beijing, China
2012 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia
2012 Monstra Festival, "Animation & Music", Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
2011 Animateka International Animation Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada
2011 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

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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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