Simpsons Director Inaugurates UCLA Animation Award

David Silverman, best known for his work as a director on The Simpsons, will receive the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Animation Award on June 6 as part of UCLA’s Prom 2009 Festival of Animation.

Silverman, a UCLA alumnus, has to date directed 22 episodes of The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie. He also co-directed the DreamWorks Animation film The Road to El Dorado and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., as well as writing and storyboards for Blue Sky’s Ice Age and Robots.

“From the days of making his independent student films, whether he’s helping to launch The Simpsons as one of the series’ first animators, playing his flaming tuba or directing The Simpsons feature film, David has made an indelible impression on the animation industry,” said Celia Mercer, area head of the UCLA Animation Workshop. “Quite simply, his contributions have helped to shape the art of animation as we know it today.”

The Prom Festival is part of UCLA Festival 2009: New Creative Work, a nine-day celebration of the newest work by students from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, which takes place at UCLA and other locations from June 5 through 13. The June 6 animation festival will screen at 5:30 p.m., with an additional screening at 8:45 p.m.

The award will be presented to Silverman June 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the James Bridges Theater on campus. Admission to the animation festival is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To RSVP and to view a schedule of events, visit www.tft.ucla.edu/festival. Campus parking for the festival is available for $9 in Lot 3.