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INTERVIEW: Lev Polyakov, animator

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Lev Polyakov has been showcasing his work in animation all over the world in film festivals and has even received distribution, as well as awards. Able to do everything from character creation and to finished product, Polyakov began in the creative arts at a young age. His family immigrated here from Russia as Jewish refugees when he was only 4 and he began creative pursuits in the arts, theater and beyond.

A graduate from the School of Visual Arts by the age of 20, he was honored with the SVA Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation. In 2004, he interned for promiment animator Signe Baumane.

His first short, "Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe," won the first place in the Pre-college Student Films category at the 2005 Ottawa Animation Festival. For his next film, "Morning, Day, Evening, Night… and Morning Again," he was awarded a grant and an honorary membership from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

During his junior year at SVA, Lev directed and produced "Only Love," a 15-minute animated short that has been shown at more than 30 film festivals around the world, winning many first place awards. It has been acquired for distribution by Ouat Media and Shorts International and has been playing on Shorts HD on DirectTV.  His other recent animation,  "My Heart Belongs to You "was playing on Channel 13 at the end of March.

His latest animated short "Fantastic Plastic" is currently playing at film festivals right now.