Theodore Ushev

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Theodore Ushev is an animator, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Bulgaria and graduated stage decoration, animation, and make-up at Plovdiv's School of Scenic Arts.He obtained a master's degree in graphic design from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia.[1] He first made a name as a poster and graphic designer, before moving to Montreal in 1999. There he quickly gained a reputation as an animation filmmaker with for the National Film Board of Canada, with films such as Vertical, The Man Who Waited, Tower Bawher, Tzartitza, Sou and Drux Flux, winner of the Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.[2] In 2010, he completed a short animated documentary about Arthur Lipsett, entitled Lipsett Diaries.[3] In March 2011, Lipsett Diaries received the Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 31st Genie Awards.[4]

He 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).

In 2012 a short musical film, based on Kottarashky song Demoni, won more than 10 awards, including Nomination for the new inaugurated Canadian Screen Awards

The third film from his 20th-century trilogy - Gloria Victoria was named Most Well Liked Animated Short of 2013. In a survey of fifteen respected festival programmers and critics who were each asked to name the best animated shorts of 2013, the film that came out on top was Gloria Victoria. Produced at the National Film Board of Canada, the film was selected by 11 out of 15 people surveyed.[citation needed] The film also got a nomination at 2014 Hollywood's Annie Awards. [5]

Installation works[edit]

His keen interest for the new visual forms led him to experiments with installations, interactive works on public spaces and virtual reality. His last works are "Diagonales" on the facade of Montreal Public Library, the installation "Third page from the Sun" and the film-action "100 prints of Norman. Erased."in wich he erases during 10 days in an aquarium at the Musem of Civilisation in Quebec the prints of the animation legend Norman MCLaren.


  1. ^ "Theodore Ushev". NFB Profiles. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Awards". Drux Flux. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Lipsett Diaries". Film website. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Tremblay, Odile. "Huit prix Génie pour Incendies, dont meilleur film et meilleure réalisation". Le Devoir (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Amidi, Amid. "“Gloria Victoria” Most Well Liked Animated Short of 2013". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 

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