Hello! My name is Elena Ciolacu. I am a Romanian award winning illustrator, graphic novel creator and 2D animator. A graduate of the prestigious National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Bucharest, with an MA in Animated Film, my work focuses on visual narratives that approach meaningful and inspiring themes.
My work emerges from daily life obervations, history, Christian Orthodox Theology, folklore, photography, light, nature, literature, music, cinematography and the work of the old masters.
I strongly believe in the power of visual medias to shape society and help people. Because of this my dream is to create beautiful stories that bring to the world's attention messages of moral, spiritual and ethical value.
MAIN TOOLS: TVPaint Animation, Adobe CC, Wacom Intuos 3, pencils, charcoal, ink, acrylics, oils.
AWARDS AND WORK HIGHLIGHTS:
September 2018: "The Little Hero" - Official Selection at 2nd Chaniartoon - International Comic & Animation Festival
August 2018: "The Little Hero" - Official Selection at 10th International Inter University Short Film Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh
June 2016: "Disposable People" - shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards organised by The AOI and Directory of Illustration
September 2014: "A Story of Hope for the Bullied" - Winner of "Curators' Choice" - Illustration and Animation Category - at NOISE International Festival - London;
"Remember me"- Official Selection: Cluj Shorts - International Short Film Festival - Romania
"Remember me"- Official Selection: Milkround Student & Graduate Short Film Festival - UK
"Remember me"- Official Selection at Anim'est International Animated Film Festival - Bucharest, Romania
"Remember me"- Official Selection at Balkanima European Animated Film Festival - Belgrade, Serbia
"Remember me"- Official Selection at Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival - Dublin, Ireland
Winner of the Creative Conscience Awards: UK - Illustration and Animation Category - London, UK.
Winner of the 17th edition of Valcea Artistica - Computer Graphics Category - Ramnicu Valcea, Romania
Work featured in the 93rd issue of ImagineFX magazine
Winner of the 10th International Contest of Web Design and Computer Graphics - 2D Raster Image Category - Vinnytsia, Ukraine
2006 – 2013:
Work exhibited at 12 group exhibitions in London, Coventry, Bucharest, Sibiu, Ramnicu Valcea
2006 – 2008:
12 awards won at various national and local short stories competitions in Romania;
2nd place at the Olympiad of History, county stage - Valcea, Romania;