The animated short film, Black Slide by Ringling College of Art and Design alumni Uri Lotan ’12, Computer Animation (CA), has been touted by Cartoon Brew as one that could take home a 2023 Oscar next year.
According to the article, “Uri Lotan is a Tel Aviv-based animator whose graduation film, The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete (2012), which he co-directed with fellow CA alumni Adam Campbell ’12 and Elizabeth McMahill ’12, premiered as part of Cartoon Brew’s Student Festival and won the 2013 Annie for Best Student Film.” Another Ringling CA alumni, Robert Showalter ’19, worked as executive producer and pipeline supervisor for the animated short.
“Black Slide follows Eviah, a young man who finds that no matter how hard he tries to forget his troubles, he can’t. Using a creative narrative structure and the metaphor of an intimidatingly high waterslide, Lotan clearly conveys the complex doom of Eviah’s home life and the resulting weight of impending inevitability.”
Black Slide has done well on the circuit so far, garnering awards such as the Best International Short Film at Chilemonos International Animation Festival and the Heartland Indy Shorts Animated Grand Prize – which makes the film Academy Award ® qualified.
Congratulations, Uri – we look forward to the Oscars in March!