The 2015 Galway Film Fleadh has announced that it will feature an Animation Masterclass with two of the leading lights in animation, Pixar Animation Studio’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera.

These two are director and producer, respectively, responsible for Pixar’s most emotional film to date Up, and together they are the tip of the animated spear behind Pixar’s latest film Inside/Out, which shows at the festival.

Jonas Rivera joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 to work on Toy Story as the studio’s first and only intern at the time. Rivera’s past roles at the studio include art department coordinator for A Bug’s Life, marketing and creative resources coordinator on Toy Story 2, art department manager on Docter’s Oscar®-nominated Monsters, Inc., and production manager on Pixar’s Golden Globe®-winning feature Cars. For his work as producer of the Oscar® winning Up, Rivera was awarded producer of the year in animated features by the Producers Guild of America and nominated for a best picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Inspired at a very young age, Rivera has always loved films, particularly animated ones. His first childhood memories consist of the Tiki Room at Disneyland and going to the theatre to see films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Star Wars. Prior to Pixar, his diverse professional background includes working in music stores, toy stores and playing in hard rock bands – what he jokingly refers to as “the perfect training for working at Pixar.” A Bay Area native, Rivera grew up in Castro Valley and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in film production.

Pete Docter (Director) is the Oscar®-winning director of Monsters, Inc., and Up, and Vice President, Creative, at Pixar Animation Studios. Starting at Pixar in 1990 as the studio’s third animator, Docter collaborated with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton in developing the story and characters for Toy Story, Pixar’s first full-length animated feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life,” and wrote initial story treatments for both Toy Story 2 and WALL•E. Docter also executive produced Brave and Monsters University.

Docter’s interest in animation began at age 8 when he created his first flipbook. He studied character animation at California Institute of the Art (CalArts) in Valencia, Calif., where he produced a variety of short films—one of which won a Student Academy Award®. Those films have since been shown in animation festivals around the world and are featured on the Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 2. Upon joining Pixar, Docter animated and directed several commercials, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best animated feature winner Up and nominee Monsters, Inc., and best original screenplay for Up and WALL•E.

The masterclass will be facilitated by one of Ireland’s pre-eminitent animation talents, Cartoon Saloon’s two-time Academy Award-nominated director Tomm Moore. The masterclass costs €25 and will take place on Saturday the 11th of July from 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. Early bird discount price of €20 available to those who book before the 3rd of July.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at 091-562200 or email masterclasses@galwayfilmfleadh.com – the closing date for applications is: 1pm Friday – the 10th of July 2015.

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