Juan Pablo Zaramella (Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an independent director and animator. He started studying drawing when he was a child, and he did his first jobs as a cartoonist at the age of sixteen. After his graduation at the Instituto de Arte Cinematografico de Avellaneda as an Animation Director, he started directing and animating his own films. As a result of the recognition of those first works, he started to work in animation for advertisements, directing commercials for renowned international brands. Between 1998 and 2005 he also worked as an illustrator, winning several international awards from Society of News Design.
All his independent shorts have been awarded all around the world, and in Argentina he won the most important prize for cinema, Condor de Plata Award, in 3 opportunities. In 2008 he was selected for Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase in Cannes. In 2010, Annecy International Animation Festival presented a special program with all his works.
His last short film “Luminaris” has won more than 300 international awards, including the Audience Award and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011, and was part of the Oscars Shortlist for Best Animated Short 2011.