Juan Padrón

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Juan Padrón (born 1947 in Matanzas) is a Cuban animation director.

Since 1963 he has published sketches and cartoons for Cuban magazines and newspapers. He was the creator, in 1970, of Elpidio Valdés,[1] a cartoon character (and series) with more than sixty shorts and two feature-length movies. Padrón received international attention Vampires in Havana, an adult-oriented comedy feature that gathered a cult following abroad.

Padrón has directed six animated feature films in total, along with many shorts, especially those with Elpidio Valdés as the main characher; and the one-minute comedy sketches for adults "Filminutos".

In 2008, Padrón was selected as the recipient of Cuba's National Film Award.[2]


  1. ^ "Honor Award for Graziella Pogolotti and Juan Padrón in Cubadisco 2009". Cuba Headlines. 23 May 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Cuba's 2008 National Film Award was unanimously granted to filmmaker Juan Padron". Cuba Headlines. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2010. 

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