Bulgarian animation artist gets Oscar nomination!
Bulgarian animator Theodore Ushev got nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for best animated short film for his “Blind Vaysha”. The 8-minute animation is sharing the same category with nominees like "Borrowed Time” by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” by Robert Valley, “Piper” by Alan Barillaro and “Pearl” by Patrick Osborne.
Theodore Ushev’s “Blind Vaysha” is a dark avant-garde narrative based on the short story of Georgi Gospodinov. It follows a girl, Vaysha, who was born with a weird talent - or rather a curse - her left eye can only see the past and her right only sees the future. Her split vision prevents her from living in the present, which is, as the viewer may suggest, a gentle reminder to always keep our sights on the present.
This is the first Oscar nomination for Theodore Ushev, who always found his work to be too obscure and never hoped to get the attention of the mainstream awards. Ushev is an animator, graphic designer and illustrator born in Bulgaria, currently based in Canada. He graduated stage decoration, animation, and make-up at Plovdiv School of Scenic Arts, and later got a master's degree in graphic design from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. In 1999 he moved to Monreal, where he quickly gained a reputation as an animation filmmaker with for the National Film Board of Canada with films like Gloria Victoria and Tzarirtza, amongst others. In 2010 he made a short animated documentary entitled Lipsett Diaries that received the Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 31st Genie Awards. Ushev created live show multimedia and promo animations for the British band Public Symphony and David Gilmour’s “In an Island” album and live tour, and the illustrations for Chris Robinson' book "Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin" (2008).
Lets keep fingers crossed for the future Awarding ceremony on February 26, (and meanwhile, keep our sigh on the present moment :)