Pixar animators Andrew Coats (UGFTV, 2005) and Lou Hamou-Lhadj (UGFTV 2008) co-directed a short animated film, Borrowed Time, that was just selected by the Academy as one of 10 films to make the list for the Animated Shorts category for this year's Oscars.
According to Prof. John Canemaker, Borrowed Time has played at festivals all over the world and has already received over 20 awards, including winning Best in Show at the 43rd Siggraph Computer Animation Festival, the world's largest annual event for computer graphics and interactive techniques. It was also chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Coats, born in Peru of Columbian and Scottish parents and Hamou-Lhadj, who grew up in New Jersey, met and worked together as students in the animation program and have continued to collaborate in their post-Tisch years. Hamou-Lhadj has worked as a Pixar Character Artist on numerous films, including Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Partly Cloudy, and The Good Dinosaur. Coats began his career at Blue Sky Studios, including animating on Horton Hears a Who and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and then joined Pixar where he has animated on Cars 2, Inside Out, and The Good Dinosaur.
Coats and Hamou-Lhadj made Borrowed Time in their spare time and the film was five years in the making. Borrowed Time tells the story of a weathered sheriff grappling with past mistakes. The film's music was written and performed by Oscar winning composer, Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain).