Hello! My name is Elena Ciolacu and I was born in 1989 in Romania.
I am an award winning illustrator, graphic novel creator and 2D animator and in my work I am passionate about the power of visual storytelling and its potential to be a factor of positive change in society.
My inspiration comes from daily life, my personal experiences, biographies and autobiographies, Christian Orthodox spirituality, my passion for my roots my identity, but also photography, nature, literature, music, cinematography and the work of the Old Masters.
I studied Graphic Design at the West University of Timișoara, in 2013 I graduated with Honors First Class in Illustration and Animation at Coventry University, and in 2018 I finished an MA in Animated Film at the the prestigious National University of Theatre and Film "I.L. Caragiale" in Bucharest. My most representative works are two short animations - "Remember Me" (about the Romanian army on the Eastern Front of WWII) and "The Little Hero" (about a little boy and the world of his imagination) - and two graphic novels - "A Story of Hope for the Bullied" (about the trauma suffered by bullied children) and "Disposable People" (about the Alzheimer's disease and family ties).
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;
October 2013 - March 2014:
"Remember me"- five official selections: Anim'est International Animated Film Festival - Bucharest, Romania; Balkanima European Animated Film Festival - Belgrade, Serbia; Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival - Dublin, Ireland; Cluj Shorts - International Short Film Festival - Romania; Milkround Student & Graduate Short Film Festival - UK
Winner of the Creative Conscience Awards: UK - Illustration and Animation Category - London, UK.
Winner of the 17th edition of Vâlcea Artistică - Computer Graphics Category - Râmnicu Vâlcea, 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, Râmnicu Vâlcea
2006 – 2008:
12 awards won at various national and local short stories competitions in Romania;
2nd place at the Olympiad of History, county stage - Vâlcea, Romania;