Five Oakville Sheridan alumni nominated for Annie Awards


Published December 22, 2021 at 4:13 pm

Five Sheridan College alumni have been nominated in three categories for the 49th Annual Annie Awards. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Five alumni from Sheridan College’s Oakville campus have been nominated in three categories for the 49th Annual Annie Awards.

The prestigious awards, which recognize excellence in the Animation industry, will be presented by the International Film Society (ASIFA – Hollywood) at a ceremony in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 26, 2022.

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: EncantoLucaRaya & the Last DragonSing 2 and The Mitchells vs. The Machines.

“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.”

Sheridan graduates have previously been recognized for their outstanding work over the years with Annies.

Alumni 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.

Sheridan is an education partner of the Annie Awards.

The college’s award-winning alumni from the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design have a long history of success at the Annies, as well as at other top awards competitions, including the Oscars, Emmys, and the Canadian Screen Awards.

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