Five Sheridan alumni have been nominated in three categories for the 49th Annual Annie Awards, building on the College’s legacy of success at the prestigious awards which recognize excellence in the Animation industry.
The awards will be presented by the International Film Society (ASIFA – Hollywood) at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California, on February 26, 2022.
Sheridan alumni have repeatedly brought home Annies in previous years for their outstanding work. They include Trevor Jimenez (Animation ’07), who won last year for Best Storyboarding in a Feature category for his work on Soul. Earlier in 2019, Jimenez received Best Animated Short for his own project, Weekends. In 2015, Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) won Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement – Directing, for How to Train Your Dragon 2. Sheridan students have also been successful at the Annies: in 2020, The Fox & The Pigeon won Best Student Film.
“The Annies are the animation industry’s highest honour, so to see our graduates’ work receive nominations is a true testament to the high-quality of the education Sheridan’s Animation programs have been known for over the years,” says Ted Gervan, Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. “Our alumni’s success is also incredibly inspiring for our current students as they look ahead to their own careers.”
The Sheridan alumni who’ve been nominated this year include:
Ami Thompson (Bachelor of Animation ’13), Best Character Design – Feature, for Raya & the Last Dragon.
Richard Chen (Animation ’04), Best Production Design – TV/Media, for Maya and the Three.
Nachiket Pujari (Computer Animation-Digital Visual Effects ’09), Best FX – Feature, for Vivo.
Dimitre Berberov (Graphic design ’01), Best FX – Feature, for Encanto.
Deanna Marsigliese (Animation ’04), Best Character Design – Feature, for Luca.
Sheridan alumni worked on 10 films nominated in three categories, including five of the films nominated for Best Feature: Encanto, Luca, Raya & the Last Dragon, Sing 2 and The Mitchells vs. The Machines.