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The Animation Pimpcast #6: One on One with Torill Kove

Chris Robinson chats with the Oscar-winning animation director.

Animation writer and Ottawa International Animation Festival programmer Chris Robinson sits down with a variety of animation types to fondle their minds through informal chats about animation, life and whatever else they feel like discussing.

In this sixth Pimpcast, Chris chats with Oscar-winning animation director Torill Kove.

Torill Kove (Director, born May 25, 1958): An award-winning director, animator, illustrator and author. Kove grew up in Norway and Kenya and initially moved to Canada to continue her studies in urban planning. She worked with this for several years before her passion for illustrating changed her focus to animation. She took an education as animator at Concordia University in Montreal and garnered attention with her first films All You Can Eat, Fallen Angel and Squash and Stretch. She has had several roles with a number of animated productions for the National Film Board of Canada, in addition to illustrating several children's books, including Henrik Hovland's books about Johannes Jensen, and Endre Lund Eriksen's Førstemann som pissa på månen. Kove has also written and illustrated two books that she herself has made films of. The first one was My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts which received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short in 2005 and made her a household name in Norway. Kove's big international breakthrough as a director came when she won an Oscar for the animated short The Danish Poet two years later. She has just finished a new short based on her own upbringing, Me and my Moulton. Hocus Pocus, Alfie Atkins is her feature film debut.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.