Oscar-winning VFS graduate Lino DiSalvo returns to alma mater for Storyteller’s Studio AMA Live event

Head of Animation for Frozen and writer, director, producer for Playmobil: The Movie will also receive inaugural VFS Creative Vanguard Award and host private film screening

Announcement Highlights:

  • Vancouver Film School will host a special Storyteller’s Studio AMA Live event, open to the press, where DiSalvo will answer questions from the audience, on Nov. 23.
  • VFS will welcome DiSalvo back to his alma mater by honouring him with its first Creative Vanguard Award, recognizing his work in the field of animation.
  • Also on Nov. 23, DiSalvo will also host an exclusive private screening of his latest film Playmobil: The Movie, which he wrote, directed, and produced.
  • DiSalvo worked with Walt Disney Animation Studios for close to 17 years, becoming Head of Animation for Frozen and earning an Academy Award.

(VANCOUVER, B.C.) November 20, 2019 – Vancouver Film School is proud to announce it is welcoming Oscar-winning writer, director, and producer Lino DiSalvo back to his alma mater for a special Storyteller’s Studio AMA Live event and award ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Since graduating from Vancouver Film School, Lino DiSalvo has become one of the most sought-after names in animation. During his 17-year career at Walt Disney Animation Studios, DiSalvo worked as an animator on Meet the Robinsons, 102 Dalmatians, and Reign of Fire; as supervising animator on Tangled and Bolt; and as Head of Animation on blockbuster Frozen, for which he earned an Academy Award.

DiSalvo recently made his directorial debut with Playmobil: The Movie, which he also wrote and produced. The film will open in North American theatres on Dec. 6, just in time for the busy holiday season. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Lambert, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

DiSalvo will receive the inaugural VFS Creative Vanguard Award, honouring his contributions to the field of animation around the world and his tireless commitment to the betterment of the creative industry and all those who have worked alongside him.



About Vancouver Film School

In 1987, VFS revolutionized entertainment arts education with the introduction of the world’s first one-year intensive film production diploma program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering acclaimed and award-winning one-year diploma programs in 3D animation, film, TV, programming, video game, motion and interactive design. For the past 30 years, VFS has been devoted to delivering the highest quality education, and developing the next generation of leaders in the entertainment and creative media industries.

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