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Torill Kove

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B: May 25, 1958 in Hamar, Norway

Torill Kove was born and raised in Norway but moved to Canada. She spent several years finishing her formal education and then she worked in urban planning. A childhood hobby of drawing and sketching was the start for her interest in animation which led to her going back to school to study animation at Montréal`s Concordia University. She won the Kodak Award for her quirky films All You Can Eat, Fallen Angel and Squash and Stretch. Her professional career began at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) where she worked on a series of 18 short films by director Alison Burns all titled Multiple Choices, but each having a different focus on a different topic. The first professional film Kove wrote, directed and animated was the 11-minute My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, which was an NFB co-production with Studio Magica of Oslo. It won numerous international awards and was nominated for an Academy Award®. Sometime in there she also found time to illustrate three children`s books. The Danish Poet, Torill`s latest film, is an animated short about life`s peculiar coincidences. Narrated by Liv Ullmann, it was given an Oscar® for Best Animated Short in 2007. Her 2014 short, Me and My Moulton received an Oscar® nomination in January of 2015 bringing the National Film Board of Canada’s total to a remarkable 73 nominations. The short won a 2015 Canadian Screen Award and Kove is pictured above with the award with Executive Producer, Michael Fukushima.

Features & TV Movies:

My Grandmother Ironed the King`s Shirts (1999)

The Danish Poet (2006)

Me and My Moulton (2014)

Credits as a Screenwriter:

My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts (1999)

The Danish Poet (2006)

Me and My Moulton (2014)