Torill Kove is an award-winning director, animator, illustrator and author. Her latest ME AND MY MOULTON has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards
Torill Kove is an award-winning director, animator, illustrator and author. Born May 25, 1958,
in Hamar, Norway, Kove lived in Kenya before moving to Montreal in 1982 to attend Concordia
University. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Urban Planning at McGill University, then
returned to Concordia to study animation, pursuing a lifelong passion for drawing and sketching.
She won Kodak Awards for her student films All You Can Eat, Fallen Angel and Squash and
Stretch. Kove also contributed to a number of animated productions for the National Film Board
of Canada and illustrated seven picture books, three of which she authored as well.
Her 1999 directorial debut for the NFB, My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts (co-produced
with Studio Magica in Oslo), was nominated for an Academy Award®. Her next film for the
NFB was The Danish Poet (a co-production with Norway’s Mikrofilm), featuring narration by Liv
Ullmann. It won the Oscar® for Best Animated Short in 2006 as well as a Genie Award. Both
films were included in the Animation Show of Shows.
Kove made her feature film debut in 2013 with Hocus Pocus Alfie Atkins, based on the Alfie
Atkins series by Gunilla Bergström. Her most recent NFB film, Me and My Moulton (2014, coproduced
with Mikrofilm), recounts memories of growing up in a creative and unconventional
family in 1960s Norway.
One of the many good things about receiving an Oscar nomination is that for the next month or so I will have a platform to express my gratitude to my colleagues and collaborators in Oslo and Montreal who have contributed their exceptional talents and work (beyond the call of duty) to the film.
I didn't watch much animation until I was in my 30s. In the fall of 1991 I was unemployed, but instead of looking for work, I would walk over to the NFB library on St. Denis street in Montreal every d...