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Einar Baldvin

Einar Baldvin was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1985. In 2005 he moved to the United States to study in The Program of Experimental Animation at CalArts. In the Fall of 2008, he received The Hollywood Foreign Press Scholarship to complete his studies. During his time at CalArts, Einar made two films, Moon Into Blood, and Catatonic.

Upon Graduating with a BFA in Experimental Animation, Einar received the Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes, a grant established by the European Union to enable young artists to work in a country other than their own. The grant included a stipend and a residency at Gallery MU in Eindhoven for a total of three months. During the residency, Einar studied boxers by drawing them from life as well as training to become one himself. This was part of his preparation for what eventually become the film, The Pride of Strathmoor. 

In the Fall of 2011, Einar started pursuing his master’s degree at School of Cinematic Arts at University of Southern California . During his studies at USC he received the Thor Thors Icelandic-American Scholarship as well as The Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship. At USC, Einar made two films:Baboon which premiered at The Annecy International Animation Festival, and The Pride of Strathmoor, which premiered at The Telluride Film Festival and went on to win awards at several top festivals, including the grand animation prizes at Slamdance and Florida Film Festival in 2015 as well as winning Best Nordic Short at the 2015 Nordisk Panorama. The hand-drawn film, which details a racist pastor’s descent into madness leading up to a boxing match between a white fighter and black fighter, was also featured in The Atlantic where it was called “an artful and complex animated short that crawls into your mind and refuses to leave.”

In 2014, Einar co-founded GLAS Animation with Jeanette Bonds. GLAS Animation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose core mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of animation.  In 2015 Einar and Jeanette launched the GLAS Animation Festival, which has since grown into being the largest and most prestigious animation festival in the United States.

In 2015, Einar released his first book The Crawling King in collaboration with Starburns Industries, the studio behind Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar-nominated film ‘Anomalisa’. The book is a dark collection of illustrated stories, told  in the format of lost manuscripts, letters and folk-tales from the ruined kingdom of Gyldenbrae. The drawings from the book were featured in a solo-show at The 2018 Zagreb International Animation Festival.

Commercially, Einar has done animated work for Apple, James Franco, Strawberry Frog, and Starburns Industries. His work on the campaign 'Out The Monster' by OREXO was awarded the  Gold Lions Health Award at the Cannes Lions Festival in 2015.

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