David Fine (director)

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David Fine (born September 13, 1960 in Toronto , Canada ) is a Canadian animator and film director .


Fine was already active in the film industry as a teenager, making 8 and 16 mm films that were shown and awarded at smaller festivals. At the age of 17 he worked with his school friend Ron Mann on the short animated film The Only Game in Town , which was nominated for a Genie Award in 1983 for Best Short Film . Fine and Mann subsequently worked together on other films. After finishing high school , Fine moved to Montreal and participated in the NFB 's three-month Student's Film Program . During this time three other short animated films were made; Fine worked with numerous eminent animators during that time, including Co Hoedeman , Janet Perlman and Caroline Leaf .

He then attended the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield , UK , where he worked on two half-hour films. Here he met the British Alison Snowden and worked, among other things, as an animation assistant on her 1986 Oscar-nominated short animation film Second Class Mail .

After finishing their training, Fine and Snowden moved to Canada and worked at the NFB until 1989. As Snowden and Fine , both made various short animated films, including the Oscar nominated George and Rosemary and In and Out . You returned to London in 1989 and initially worked in the advertising film sector. This was followed in 1994 by the short animated film Bob's Birthday, which won an Oscar . Bob's Birthday eventually led to the 52-part animated television series Bob and Margaret , which played in the UK (seasons 1 and 2) and Canada (seasons 3 and 4) and was created from 1998 to 2001. Together they were involved in the development of the Shaun the Sheep series in 2007 . Her animated series Ricky Sprocket, Showbiz Boy started in 2007, but was discontinued in 2008.

In 2019 they received an Oscar nomination for the short film Animal Behavior , which they directed .

Fine and Snowden are married with one daughter. Both have lived in Vancouver , Canada since 2005 .




  • David Fine . In: Jeff Lenburg: Who's who in animated cartoons . Applause, New York 2006, pp. 82-83.
  • NFB / David Fine & Alison Snowden . In: Anima Mundi (Ed.), Julius Wiedemann (Ed.): Animation Now! Taschen, Cologne u. a. 2004, pp. 332-335.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b About - Snowden Fine Animation. Retrieved June 2, 2019 (American English).
  2. ^ David Fine and Alison Snowden | The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved June 2, 2019 .
  3. ^ BFI Screenonline: Snowden, Alison (1958-) and Fine, David (1960-) Biography. Retrieved June 2, 2019 .