Animation Film Director & Filmmaker
Céu D’Ellia is an Italian Brazilian, fluent in English, Portuguese, and French, with experience in all areas of animation production: as an animator, designer, director, writer, and producer. He began his professional career animating commercials for Brazil´s largest agencies, for which he earned prestigious awards.
The PLOC MONSTERS, 128 characters Céu created for a bubble gum campaign in 1988, won the Top Award in Marketing for its success. In the same year, he released his first experimental short film, FAREWELL, which received many awards. It was chosen by the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, in 2004, as one of the most outstanding Brazilian short films, ever.
He began his international career in 1989, working in London on the animated feature, FIEVEL GOES WEST, produced by Steven Spielberg.
Céu is passionately involved in environmentalism, portrayed throughout his work. Financed by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Vitae Art Grants, he started researching environmental issues in the 1990’s. Céu D’Ellia won the Hopes for the Future for a Sustainable World, from IUAPPA/IAS, for a set of proposed ethical principles on the relationships between mass media, culture, and the environment.
From 2009 to 2012, with the support of São Paulo´s Municipal Department of Culture, Céu created and directed NUPA, a center that fostered Brazilian animation cinema, with film content based on this urban area’s social-environmental issues. Céu’s most recent comic book, ZU KINKAJÚ (2013), resumes works initially published in Super Eco magazine, from 1998 to 2000. His most recent independent animated short is LOVE WILL RESCUE YOU (2015), a film about child trafficking.
Other highlights are the animation supervision for A GOOFY MOVIE (Disney, Paris, 1994-95) and the recent art direction and episode direction for P. KING DUCKLING (LAP & UYoung, NYC, 2015-17). This last one was aired for the first time at Disney Jr in November 2016 and in December was already among the ten most popular shows for kids in the US.