Don Hertzfeldt

Animator, Film director

1976 –


Who is Don Hertzfeldt?

Don Hertzfeldt an American animator and filmmaker. He is the creator of many animated films, including Everything Will Be OK and the Academy-Award nominated Rejected. His films have received over 200 awards and have been presented around the world.

The popularity of Hertzfeldt's work is unprecedented in independent animation. In 2009, the Sundance Film Festival wrote, "If cinephiles think shorts don't generate the same sort of hype and fanbase as feature films, they obviously haven't heard of Don Hertzfeldt."

In his book "The World History of Animation", author Stephen Cavalier writes, "Hertzfeldt is either a unique phenomenon or perhaps an example of a new way forward for individual animators surviving independently on their own terms… he attracts the kind of fanatical support from the student and alternative crowds usually associated with indie rock bands."

In 2012, Hertzfeldt combined all three chapters of his short film trilogy about a man named Bill, to create a seamless new feature film out of the story. His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day had a limited release in movie theaters in autumn 2012. The L.A. Film Critics Association named it runner-up for Best Animated Feature Film of 2012 and the annual Indiewire critics poll ranked Hertzfeldt the 9th Best Film Director of 2012. The AV Club film critics ranked It's Such a Beautiful Day #8 on their list of the Best Films of 2012. The following year, after a limited U.K. release, Time Out London ranked the film #3 on its list of the Best Films of 2013.

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Aug 1, 1976
Also known as
  • Donald Charles Hertzfeldt
  • United States of America
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    ( - 1998)
Lived in
  • Fremont

on July 23, 2013


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