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Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Germany, is a Brooklyn based award winning filmmaker, writer and multidisciplinary artist. Her animated films, sculptures, paintings, and drawings explore the ephemeral nature of existence by creating an alternative universe, which exposes, among other things, humanity's impact on the environment. Catya is a Fulbright Alumna and has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980's. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Articles, interviews and reviews about her films and projects have appeared in Film Threat, UK Film Review, ReelRomp, Directed By Women, We are Moving Stories, The New York Times, The Independent, and others. In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her “Clothespin Freaks” characters to life through stop-motion animation short films. In 2012, her first film "The Reading", was awarded Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Her second film “Hanging By A Thread”, screened at over 22 film festivals in the US and abroad, like the Academy Award-qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival and won 9 awards. Critically acclaimed "Meeting MacGuffin", the sequel of “Hanging By A Thread” and second in a trilogy of shorts was completed in February 2017 has been making its rounds in the international film festival circuit for two years with over 58 festival screenings, 18 awards and 5 nominations to its credit. It has screened at the Academy-Award qualifying Holly Shorts in Los Angeles, Cucalorus and the Oxford Film Festival among many others. Prestigious awards are the coveted Grand Prize for Best Animated Short at the Academy-Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival-Vortex (2017), Best Shorts Production Design Award at the Other Worlds Austin Festival (2018), Special Jury Price for Animation at the renowned 30th Annual Fano International Film Festival, Italy, (2018), and Jury’s Citation Award for Animation at the 38th Black Maria Film Festival (2019).
Catya's script for "Meeting MacGuffin" made it into the top 40 at the renowned Cinequest screenwriting competition in 2017.
As of June 2019, Catya has finished the script for "Las Nogas", the last short in the stop motion ecological trilogy. Expected release of the short film is 2021. After that she plans to produce the feature.