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Cartoons on the Bay Honors Peter Lord

The British director, producer and Aardman Animations co-founder joins Israeli film director and producer Ari Folman as the second 2023 Career Award recipient announced this year; the International Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Meta-Arts takes place in Pescara May 31-June 4.

British film director and producer Peter Lord will receive the Pulcinella Career Award from Cartoons on the Bay – International Festival of Animation, Transmedia and Meta-Arts, which takes place in Pescara, Italy from May 31-June 4, 2023. Lord is the second Career Award announced for this year, following the previously announced Israeli film director and producer Ari Folman.

Lord is co-owner and creative director of Aardman Animations, founded with David Sproxton in 1972. Renowned for its stop-motion animation technique, the studio’s work ranges from TV series such as Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts to television ads and music videos such as the one for Peter Gabriel’s song “Sledgehammer.”

Lord has served as executive producer, producer, and director on six films, including Flushed Away, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit, Arthur Christmas, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Shaun the Sheep and Early Man. He co-authored, co-produced, and directed Chicken Run in 2000 with Nick Park. As director, Lord received three Academy Awards nominations for his short films Adam in 1992 and Wat’s Pig in 1996 and for his feature film debut, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, in 2013.

In November 2018, Aardman Animations became a company owned by employees, ensuring the studio’s independence and securing the company’s creative and cultural legacy.

This year Cartoons On The Bay’s theme is “Real, Unreal, Virtual. Imagined and imaginary worlds. Between utopia, opportunity, and alienation. The suspension of technological disbelief.”

In June, the Festival, led by Roberto Genovesi, will confer three new Pulcinella Awards in a nod to the future and the sector’s capacity for innovation. Also introduced this year is the Arlecchino Award, which will recognize a creative product that best narrates complex gender issues to the target audience.

Source: Cartoons on the Bay

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.