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Kirsten Lepore

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Kirsten Lepore, an award-winning animator and director
Bottle was created and produced by award-winning director Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is a Los Angeles-based director and animator with an MFA from CalArts. She was recently featured as a rising talent in Shots Magazine, Animation Magazine, Focus Features, and named one of the 50 most creative people of 2011 by Creativity Magazine.


MTV, Yo Gabba Gabba, Newsweek, Whole Foods, Toyota, Facebook, Nickelodeon, Nestle, and Glamour Magazine. Lepore's work has been featured on TV, the web, and at various international film festivals. Besides her passion for animation, Kirsten is also obsessed with kimchi, kombucha, and other culinary wonders.


Lepore directed and produced the Best Animation film at the 2013 Beloit International Film Festival. The BIFFY animation was for Bottle, a 6-minute film animated on location at a beach, in snow and underwater. This stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle. Other awards include the following:

Student Annie Award – ASIFA Hollywood
SXSW - Special Jury Award for Animation
Slamdance Film Festival – Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Animated Short
Annecy + Film Festival (Bill Plympton’s program at Annecy) – Best Animation
Stuttgart Int’l Animation Festival – Best Student Animation
Florida Film Festival – Best Animated Short
Arizona Film Festival – Best Animation
Future Film Festival – Best Short
LES Film Festival – Prix D’OR/Best in Show
Vimeo Festival & Awards - Community Choice award for Best Animation
Best in show/LACMA Young Director’s Night
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival – Best Student Short
LA United Film Festival – Audience award for best short film
Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival – Best in Academic Category
Newport Beach Film Festival -Honorable Mention for Short Animated Film
Anim'est Int'l Animation Festival (Bucharest, Romania) – Best Student Film
Rockport Film Festival (Rockport, TX) – Best Animation+People’s Choice Award
Cortoons (IT) - Best Film in International Short Movie - 4 to 20 minutes - category
GIRAF 6 – Best of Fest
Animex 2011 - Winner of Stop Motion category Award
Linoleum (Russia) – Special Prize of Jury
Claremont 5 Second Film Festival – Best Animation
Savannah Film Festival – Best Animation
Shorts Attack! Interfilm Berlin – Best in Show
Se-Ma-For Film Festival 2011 (Poland/Switzerland) – Special Mention
Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series – Audience Award for Best Short Film
International Animation Film Festival Golden Kuker (Sofia, Bulgaria) - Best Student animated film
Jahorina Film Festival (Bosnia Herzegovia) - 1st prize (Golden Maple) for promotional film
International Weekend of Animation (Wiesbaden, Germany) - “Young Animation” Audience Award
2011 My Hero Film Festival (LA) – 1st prize in experimental category
Fotokino (Marseille, FR) - Prix du public / Best Petites Formes film 2011
Bay Area International Children's Film Festival - Children's Choice Award
Dam Short Film Festival (Boulder City, NV) – Best Animation
Evolution Internation Film Festival (LA) – Best Animation Short
RiverRun Film Festival 2012 (SC) – Honorable Mention for Short Animation & Student Animated Short
International Film Festival Cine-Jeune (Lyon, FR) – Award for Best Short Animated Film
Animayo (Spain) – Best Independent Short
BAFTA LA Student Film Awards – Honorable Mention/2nd prize


Pixar Animation Studios (California) 2012
Vimeo Festival & Awards (New York City) 2012
Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico) 2012
Canal 180’s Creative Camp (Portugal) 2012
CalArts (California) 2012
SoDak Animation Festival (South Dakota) 2012
Grinnell College (Iowa) 2011
AENY conference (New York City) 2009


Creativity Magazine // “top 50 Creative People in 2011”
Shots Magazine // New Director
DragonFrame // Director Feature
Masters in Motion // Video Podcast
The World History of Animation // Animation Textbook // Rotovision/Univ. of California Press, 2011
Animation Magazine // Rising Star in Animation
Focus Features // "The Future of Stop Motion"


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