Timothy Reckart is an Oscar-nominated writer and director. His animated short film Head Over Heels was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and winning grand prizes at festivals around the world. It also won the Cartoon d’Or for best European short film of 2013, as well as the first Annie Award for Best Student Film. Head Over Heels tells the story of a husband and wife who have grown apart over the years: he lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling, and their marriage hangs in the balance. It can be seen online at www.headoverheels.tv.
In 2017, Sony Pictures Animation released Mr. Reckart’s debut feature film, The Star, an animated retelling of the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals. The Star was nominated for a Golden Globe for Mariah Carey’s original song, “The Star,” and won MovieGuide’s Epiphany Prize for Inspiring Movies.
Prior to directing, Mr. Reckart worked as a stop motion animator. He was a lead animator on Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar-nominated film Anomalisa and also animated on Amazon’s multiple Emmy-winning preschool series Tumble Leaf. In 2015, Variety named him one of their “10 Animators to Watch.”
Mr. Reckart holds a master’s degree in directing animation from the National Film & Television School of the UK, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude and won the Edward H. Potter Prize for “great enthusiasm and curiosity for truly eclectic learning.” He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.