Canadian-born animator and filmmaker, Gwyneth Christoffel, grew up in Nova Scotia and has been making films since 2009. Her short films and animations have screened hundreds of times and received awards at film festivals around the world, including Croatia, Singapore, Mumbai, Australia and the United States. Her animation, Recipe for Love, earned her a full-tuition scholarship to attend the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Video. She was also honored to be chosen Valedictorian for her graduating class.
My long term goal as an artist is to create captivating and compelling films. I’ve always been influenced by the work of directors such as Andrea Dorfman, Wes Anderson and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The integrity of their stories and characters has motivated me to explore inner conflict and relationships in my own films. Whether it be an animation, live-action or documentary film, I strive for the audience to understand the characters on a deeper level and invest emotionally in them. This aspiration has always been present, from my first animations to my most recent live-action narratives, but now my stories are evolving.
When first experimenting with filmmaking, I made an animation and was hooked immediately. I discovered that, although the animation process is time-consuming and requires great patience, I was captivated by the possibility of creating and breathing life into a character. A moving image allowed me to express myself to anyone in the world, no matter their language or culture.