Vladimir Leschiov, award-winning animator and filmmaker will visit Central Michigan University (CMU) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Hosted by CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts (CCFA), Leschiov will conduct a screening and Q & A session at 7 p.m. in CMU's Park Library Auditorium. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Leschiov graduated from the J. Rosenthal Riga Art School, and later pursued an animation degree at Sweden's Konstfack University College of Arts. His first professional film Insomnia (Bezmiegs, 2004) received many awards including the Best Animation Film Award at the 2005 Clermont-Ferrand Short Films Festival.
In 2007, Leschiov founded his own animation studio, Lunohod. The studio's first production, Wings and Oars (2009), won many awards, including Best Animation at the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation Film, and the Special Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival.
In 2009 Leschiov teamed up with Estonian animator, Kaspar Jancis to create Villa Antropoff (2012), a satirical take on identity and exile. The film received numerous awards and was nominated for the prestigious European Film Academy Award in the Best European Short Film category.
Rainy Days (2014), marks Leschiov's first collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Artworks from the animated films were exhibited in Latvia, Portugal, Italy and Japan.
Leschiov has conducted workshops, masterclasses and retrospectives in Portugal, Poland, France, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Greece and Russia.
Leschiov is the first in a series of Visiting International Scholars sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts. The mission of this program is to saturate faculty and students with the talents of international artists and scholars for a week-long residency which include classes, lessons, lectures and performances. As the college progresses with its strategic plan implementation, School of Music faculty member and CCFA International Fellow, Eric Tucker, proposed this initiative with full support from Dean Janet Hethorn. Other international scholars who will be visiting CMU's campus during the spring semester hail from Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, China and Japan.