Awards & Winners

John Canemaker

Date of Birth 28-May-1943
Place of Birth Waverly
(Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania)
Nationality United States of America
Also know as John Cannizzaro Jr.
Profession Animator, Historian, Author, Teacher, Film director, Television Director, Television Producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
John Cannizzaro Jr., better known as John Canemaker, is an independent animator, animation historian, author, teacher and lecturer. In 1980, he began teaching and developing the animation program at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts', Kanbar Institute of Film and Television Department. Since 1988 he has directed the program and is currently a tenured full professor. From 2001-2002 he was Acting Chair of the NYU Undergraduate Film and Television Department. In 2006, his film The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, a 28-minute animated piece about Canemaker's relationship with his father, won the Academy Award for best animated short. In 2007 the same piece picked up an Emmy award for its graphic and artistic design. Raised in Elmira, New York, Canemaker began an acting career which included off-Broadway and advertising work in New York City from 1961 to 1965. In 1967, after a two-year stint in the Army, Canemaker, with funds from acting assignments in TV commercials —and appearing as a cast member of the 1972 WCBS-TV show Patchwork Family, in which he drew on a large sketching pad—he obtained his bachelor of arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in 1974 and master of fine arts in film from New York University in 1976.

Awards by John Canemaker

Check all the awards nominated and won by John Canemaker.


News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction
Honored for : The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation


Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)
Honored for : The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

Nominations 2005 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation