A hamster in love with an elementary school teacher dreams about rescuing her from evil demons.
Lev Polyakov is an American independent animation director, screenwriter, and character designer. Born 1988 in St. Petersburg, Russia, he moved to New York at the age of four, when his parents immigrated into the United States as Jewish refugees. He graduated from School of Visual Arts at the age of 20, and was honored with the SVA Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation.
Lev Polyakov has been active in the animation world since 2004, starting as an intern for Signe Baumane, one of New York's most prominent independent animators, and proceeding to write and direct his own animated films. His first short, "Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe", won the first place in the Pre-college Student Films category at the 2005 Ottawa Animation Festival. For his next film, "Morning, Day, Evening, Night… and Morning Again", Lev was awarded a grant and an honorary membership from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
During his junior at SVA, Lev directed and produced "Only Love", a 15-minute animated short that premiered at the prestigious Woodstock Film Festival, and has been shown at more than 30 film festivals around the world, winning many first place awards. Lev himself did all preproduction for the film, including the script, story board, layouts, character designs, color designs, and animatic, and then managed a team of animators and a cleanup, shading, and coloring crew of 15 people in total, interacting with them mostly over the Internet. "Only Love" has been acquired for distribution by "Ouat Media", and "Shorts International" and has been playing on Shorts HD on DirectTV. His other recent animation, "My Heart Belongs to You" was playing on Channel 13 at the end of March.
Lev's latest animated short "Fantastic Plastic" was playing at a series of festivals in 2011.
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