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Independent Feature Filmmakers

Independent Feature Filmmakers

Title: The Independant Feature Filmmakers
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
Length 45 min

Outside of the big box studio system there are independent filmmakers  fueled with  passion, ideas and creative drive that embark on the amazing journey of creating a feature length animated film as an independent.  This round table discussion takes us on that jouney as these career animators turned independent filmmakers speak casually about how they did it, what they experienced and what they would do differently.

rgarcia_thumbRaul Garcia: Currently the Creative Director Kandor Moon

Raul Garcia was born in Madrid, Spain. He has worked professionally in animation since he was 19. While still in college he was hired to work as animator for legendary TV animation studio Hanna-Barbera.banderas-lince

Raul has worked as an animator in 26 feature films. Including 9 years as a Disney animator in films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tarzan, and Fantasia, and a stint as sequence director in The Rugrats in Paris, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Wild Thornberries Movie. He developed the feature film Sian Ka’an: An Angel in the Rainforest and just completed the animated feature The Missing Lynx, co-written and directed with Manuel Sicilia. He is a partner in Antonio Bandera’s animation studio Kamdor Moon.

arc3_small“These days, our biggest challenge is to keep up with the demands of the market place in terms of creating new content that is fresh, new and appealing to the ever-changing audience’s taste. Animation has never been healthier from the creative point of view. A wide range of new styles and themes are continuously changing our perception of what’s animation. While network television seems to be stalling, cable and the internet offers bigger and newer possibilities.”

The Missing Lynx.   CGI Animated feature film
93 minutes. Co-writer. Co-director- associate producer  Kandor graphics-Perro Verde- Green Moon.


pnibbelink_thumbPhil Nibbelink:  Owner of Phil Nibbelink Productions

Phil Nibbelink has been drawing his whole life. He studied art at Western Washington State University and film in Rome Italy’s Il Instituto di Stato per la Cinematografia. After attending the Disney Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts, Phil joined Disney Studios to animate on The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron and Basil the Great Mouse Detective, Oliver and Company and Roger Rabbit. In 1989 he teamed up with Steven Spielberg to direct American Tail, We’re Back and Casper. Phil went on to start his own company where he wrote, directed and animated 3 features, Puss in Boots, Leif Ericson, and his third feature Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss, won him a 1st place and ‘Best-in-Show’ award at the Best-in-the-SouthWest’ film festival.


Romeo & Juliet. Sealed With a Kiss.   Traditionally Animated 2D feature film Writer and Director.

Phil has just completed Ultima Thula, a science-fiction graphic novel  You can see some more of his work at

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