Ivan Ivanov-Vano

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Ivan Pyetrovich Ivanov-Vano (Russian: Ива́н Петро́вич Ивано́в-Вано́; 8 February [O.S. 27 January] 1900, Moscow – 25 March 1987, Moscow) was a Soviet animator and Russian animation director, sometimes called the "Patriarch of Soviet animation".

He graduated from Vkhutemas in 1923 and began working at the State Film Technicum in 1929. Since 1939 he was teaching at VGIK (he was granted the title of professor in 1952) where he taught Bulgarian animator Todor Dinov among others, through 1987. He was a member of the Communist Party from 1951, and was also a founder and the original Vice President of ASIFA from 1961 to 1973.[1] His longtime collaborator was Alexandra Snezhko-Blotskaya, who started as his second unit director and went on to become a popular director on her own.

Ivanov-Vano was a laureate of numerous festivals. His short film The Battle of Kerzhenets won Grand Prix award at Animafest Zagreb in 1972.


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  1. ^ ASIFA Publication "50th ASIFA Anniversary: The Animation Art and The History of ASIFA". ASIFA, 2011. ISBN 978-89-89488-21-7