For director Stanislav Sokolov, Hoffamniada is the culmination of over ten years work on a story about the Prussian literary master of the early 19th…
Stanislav Sokolov is a director, artist and screenwriter of animated films. Among a multitude of awards over a long career in animation, he is an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1995), a member of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA), the Russian Cinematographers Union and the Russian Artists Union, and an academic of the “Nika” Academy of Cinema Arts. Stanislav teaches as a professor at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), where he chairs the Computer Graphics and Animation Department and leads the seminar workshop “The Artist and Animation.” In 1966, he enrolled in evening courses in animation at Soyuzmultfilm and a year later decided to continue his education at VGIK, studying under the legendary director Ivan Ivanov-Vano and graduating in 1972.
After completing his military service in 1973, Sokolov began working at Soyuzmultfilm as an art director and made his directorial debut with the prize-winning stop-motion short Dogada (1977) based on a story from Russian folklore. In the 1990s, he directed several films in the acclaimed Russian-British series Shakespeare: The Great Comedies and Tragedies, receiving an Emmy in 1994 for his puppet-animation adaptation of A Winter’s Tale. He continued his collaboration with Christmas Films and the BBC in 1999 with The Miracle Worker created for the 2,000th anniversary of Christianity. Stanislav worked on Hoffmaniada (2018), an APSA nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, from 2001 to 2018, with numerous halts in production.
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