Paul Driessen honoured in Krakow
April 10, 2013
Dutch animator Paul Driessen will be honoured by the Krakow Film Festival (May 26 - June 2) with the Dragon of Dragons (Lifetime Achievement) Award. The award ceremony will take place on May 28. The festival also presents a retrospective of films by Driessen and on top of that a masterclass by the filmmaker is planned.
The Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe. Previous winners of the Dragon of Dragons Award, granted annually by the festival, include well-known artists such as Albert Maysles, Werner Herzog, Stephen and Timothy Quay and Jonas Mekas.
Paul Driessen was born in 1940 in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Art Academy in Utrecht he made animations for tv commercials at the Cine Cartoon Centre in Hilversum, near Amsterdam. He was invited by George Dunning to collaborate on the Beatles film Yellow Submarine in 1968. In the seventies Driessen immigrated to Canada and became a member of the National Film Board of Canada. He directed and animated many films among which David, Oh What A Knight and The Boy Who Saw The Iceberg. These films earned him worldwide recognition.
In the 1980s Driessen starting teaching animation at the University of Kassel. Under his guidance his students Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein and the duo Tyron Montgomery and Thomas Stellmach became Academy Award winners.
Paul Driessen has won over 50 international awards. He received lifetime achievement awards at the animated film festivals in Ottawa (1984) and Zagreb (2002). In 1987 ASIFA Hollywood presented the Annie Award to him for his "distinguised contribution to the art of animation". In 2005 he was given the Special Golden Dinosaur Award at the Etiuda & Anima Film Festival in Krakow. In 2000 his short film 3 Misses earned him an Oscar nomination.
For more information:
Krakow Film Festival: www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en
Paul Driessen: http://pdriessen.com/