MEET: Trevor Jimenez, Pixar animator and 2019 Oscar nominee for “Weekends”

PHOTO CREDIT Weekends Film YouTube

Meet Trevor Jimenez, a Pixar animator who received the Oscars nod for his 2018 animated short film, “Weekends.”

Trevor is a Filipino-Canadian at Pixar who has worked as a story artist on many blockbuster films such as Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio, The Lorax, Finding Dory, Coco and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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In January 2019, his animated short film “Weekends” was announced as a nominee for the Oscar Awards for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Weekends is also nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2019 Annie Awards.

Weekends had already previously garnered 25 recognitions around the world including the critical acclaim from the Annecy 2018 International Animation Film Festival, receiving the Jury Award for a Short Film and the Audience Award for a Short Film.

The Oscars nomination film synopsis for “Weekends” goes: After his parents split up, a young boy must adjust to living with his mother during the week and his father during the weekend. Their new routine is difficult on all of the family members, but is especially confusing to the youngster as his parents move on with their lives without each other.

The short film website says Weekends is very personal to Jimenez as it depicts a childhood version of himself, his experiences, his processing, his memories as a child of divorced parents who spent his weekdays with his mother in Hamilton Ontario, and the weekends with his father in Toronto.

Jimenez revealed in interviews that “Weekends” actually took a long time to make. He had the idea for 10 years, but started working on it around four years ago.

Luckily for Jimenez, Pixar allows their employees to use company resources to work on their own independent short films on their free time. Friends, too, helped and collaborated with him and generously gave their time to complete the film.

Trevor Jimenez goes up against fellow Filipino-Canadian animator Bobby Pontillas and three other Oscars Best animated short film nominees:

  • ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • BAO Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • LATE AFTERNOON Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • ONE SMALL STEP Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • WEEKENDS Trevor Jimenez

Trevor Jimenez is one of the three Oscar nominees with Filipino blood vying for awards on February 24, 2019.

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