17th Feb 2014

  The Passing of Jimmy Teru Murakami 

The famous director Jimmy Teru Murakami, two-time award winner at the Annecy Festival, passed away on the 16th February.


80-year-old Jimmy Teru Murakami, American-Japanese animation film director and producer, passed away. He was born in California but he spent most of his career in Europe, between Dublin and London.


Well-known by everyone in the business, he was nominated twice at the Oscars (The Violinist in 1959 and The Magic Pear Tree in 1969) and he received two awards at Annecy's Animation Festival (the Grand Prix in 1967 for The Breath and the Grand Prix for a feature film in 1987, When the Wind Blows).


In 1975 and 2000, Jimmy Teru Murakami was also a member of the jury for the International Animation Film Festival in Annecy.


Annecy will pay him tribute in 2014 during The Big Sleep screening which honours people in the animation world who have left us over the course of the past year.


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