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Quique Rivera is a Puerto Rican artist, United States Artist Fellow, Latin Grammy nominated and award winning filmmaker. His interest in diverse forms of fine arts led him to start experimenting and teaching himself stop-motion animation, a discipline where sculpture, photography and storytelling would come together into what has become his art medium of choice. His films Menuda Urbe (2010), Aedes (2011) and El delirio del pez león (2012) and "Así de grandes son las ideas" (2014) have been screened at over 70 international film festivals collectively, including Ottawa International Animation Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Slamdance, New Orleans Film Festival, Cinefiesta, Raindance, Moscow International Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA and the Havana Film Festival. Rivera graduated from the Experimental Animation MFA program at the California Institute of the Arts where he received the LAIKA Annual Scholarship 2013-2014 and was a member of the 2013 CILECT Awards Selection Comitee.  He was also a juror for the animation category at the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival where his film El delirio del pez león won the Grand Jury Award the previous year.  His thesis film at CalArts "Así de grandes son las ideas" is a collaboration with the multiple Latin Grammy and Grammy Award winner René Pérez Joglar (Calle 13).


United States Artist Simon Fellow 2016

Así de grandes son las ideas

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Awards and Recognitions: Best Short Form Music Video Nominee @Latin GRAMMY Awards 2015 Animation Gold Award@ Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival College Film Competition 2015 2nd Place @ Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2015 Best Stop Motion of Student @ Festival Internacional Brasil Stop Motion 2014 Jury's Citation 2nd Prize @ Black Maria Film Festival 2015 Platinum Award @ International Movie Awards (Jakarta, Indonesia) Best Animation @ Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award International Prize Winner @ Square Lake Film and Music Festival 2015 Best Animation @ Fine Arts Film Festival 2015 2nd Place Animation @ Sunset Film Festival 2015 Best Animation @ Rincón Film Festival Audience Award @ Rincón Film Festival Finalist Best Animation @ Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2014 (London, UK) Fabricando Tiempo: Artist Solo Show@Museum of Art of Puerto Rico 2015


Screenings and Official Selections:

Cinefiesta 2014 Bali International Film Festival 2014 Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2014 Animation Breakdown 2014 Festival Internacional Brasil Stop Motion 2014 Beloit International Film Festival 2015 Black Maria Film Festival 2015 Chronovision Cinema 2014 International Animation Day South Dakota Art Museum Florida Film Festival 2015 San Diego Latino Film Festival Goa Short Film Festival 2015 International Movie Awards Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards 2015 The Buenos Aires Festival of New Cinema 2015 Festival Internacional de Animación Chilemonos 2015 Athens Animfest 2015 Root Film Festival 2015 (Greece) I Filmmaker International Film Festival (Marbella, Spain) Athens International Film + Video Festival (Ohio) Tehran International Animation Festival 2015 Arizona International Film Festival Rincón International Film Festival The Fine Arts Film Festival Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film Northwest Animation Festival Madrid International Film Festival MIA FILM FESTIVAL (Mostra Internacional da Amazônia) 2015 Global Visions Festival 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival 2015 CalArts Experimental Showcase 2015 Sunset Film Festival 2015 Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2015 Tenerife International Film Festival 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 Festival de Cine Latinoamericano de La PLata FESAALP 2015 Square Lake Film & Music Festival 2015 New Orleans Film Festival 2015 Miami Short Film Festival 2015 Thessaloniki Animation festival 2015 Orlando Film Festival 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2015 Monstra Festival 2016



El delirio del pez león

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Juror's Choice Stellar Animation @ Black Maria Film Festival 2013

Best Graduate Animation Golden Cowbell @ SoDak Animation Festival 2012

Grand Jury's Animated Short Award @ New Orleans Film Festival 2012

Best National Animation @ Cinefiesta 2012: Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival 2012

Best National Animation @ Rincón International Film Festival 2013

Audience Choice-Best Animation @ Rincón International Film Festival 2013


Official selections:

Slamdance 2013 / AHOF's Savannah International Animation Festival 2013/ Ottawa International Animation Festival 2012 / Raindance Film Festival 2012 (London, UK) / Festival Ícaro de Cine de Centroamérica 2012 (Guatemala) / Costa Rica International Film Festival 2012 / Puerto Rico International Film Festival 2012 / Calgary International Festival of Animated Objects 2013/ Rincón International Film Festival 2013/ Geneva Film Festival 2013/ CalArts Experimental Animation Showcase / Northwest Animation Festival 2013/ Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2013/ Fest Anca 2013/ Pentedattilo Film Festival/ Puerto Rico Comic Con Short Film Fest / Court Metrange Festival/ Nevada City Film Festival / New York City Independent Film Festival/ Meters Film Festival/ Route 66 Film Festival/ Beloit International Film Festival



Menuda Urbe

Best National Animation CINEFIESTA 2011 (Puerto Rico)

Best National Director Honorable Mention CINEFIESTA 2011 (Puerto Rico)

Honorable Mention SoDaK Animation Festival (South Dakota)

Honorable Mention "Primer Festival de Cine Ambiental en el Estuario" (Puerto Rico)


Moscow International Film Festival (Russia) / Costa Rica International Film Festival (Costa Rica) / Calgary International Festival of Animated Objects (Canada) / NewFilmmakers LA (CA) / Zero Film Festival (NY) / Silicon Valley International Festival (CA) / Silk City Flick Fest (CT) / Green Screen Film Festival (CA) / Hurricane Motions: Animated Short Films from the Caribbean (Echo Park Film Center)




California Institute of the Arts (2014)

MFA Experimental Animation
Laika Annual Scholarship Recipient (Calarts 2013-2014)

University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (2008)

BFA Audiovisual Communication ; Minor in Sculpture

Summa Cum Laude


Global Stone Workshop (2008)

Marble sculpting workshop. Carrara, Italy

Universidad de Málaga (2007)

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) .  Málaga, Spain

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