Theodore Asenov Ushev (Bulgarian: Теодор Асенов Ушев, born February 4, 1968) is a Bulgarian animator, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is best known for his work at the National Film Board of Canada, including the 2016 Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha. Chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) of France.
Movies & TV shows
Living in a Box
Theodore Ushev is in a box.
Apocalypse Is Under The Blanket
An animated film painted on emergency thermal safety blankets, featuring the state of emergency declarations of Trump, Macron, Putin, Merkel and many others. The harshness of the contrast between livi...
The One-Minute Memoir
When Academy Award®–winning animator and painter Joan Gratz asked eleven filmmakers if they would contribute to an omnibus film, she wasn’t sure what to expect—after prompting them to make a “one-minu...
The Physics of Sorrow
Tracks an unknown man's life as he sifts through memories of his youth in Bulgaria through to his increasingly rootless and melancholic adulthood in Canada.
Hot wax painting on a Barcelona directory; a palimpsest reflecting the violence and madness of the riots that shocked Spain in October 2019.
8 minutes and 19 seconds – that’s all the time we have until the news about the death of the sun reaches us. That's what it takes for the light to travel from there to here. And then the darkness come...
A deep dive into a snowstorm of structural chaos and a blizzard of exploding gestural animation.
An animator dissects his own body, extracting memories, emotions and fears that will nurture his work. As he cuts into his skin, various symbolic objects recalling his past emerge. Reaching the heart,...
Made with the filmmaker’s blood, a testament to the ideals that we fight and die for.
2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation
Short films are nominated for the Academy Awards. Canada's Blind Vaysha is called Vaysha l'aveugle. In the US, borrowed time is 7. Pear Cider is sold in Canada and the UK. Pearl is from the US.
She was a very special girl from the moment she was born. She can only see the past with her left eye, and the future with her right. The past is safe and the future sinister. There is a blind spot in...
Third Page from the Sun
Three books: a film festival catalogue, a dictionary, the Bible. Three works whose materiality has become obsolete by the digital dematerialization. A commentary on the fragility of culture.
A descent into the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. A diary transmuted into a clash of images and sounds charting a prodigiou...
Yannick Nézet Séguin: No Intermission
From the NFB: He is a young man; an optimist drawn to dark music and the themes of death and suffering. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin has gained a reputation for his dedication, musicality and charis...
This animated short by Theodore Ushev combines warmth, humour and magic in a story about a young girl who misses her grandmother. When Lili finds a tzaritza (magic shell) along the seashore, she hatch...
This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsk...
Female sex and procreation have become obsolete in a future where a nation of bio-titans has been created. As the Earth turns toxic, the bio-titans are eager to colonise the cosmos on board a huge spa...
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