Bobby Pontillas, A Filipino-American Filmmaker Sets Eyes On The Oscars With CGI Animated Short Film ‘One Small Step’

A Filipino-American filmmaker is now making his way in the film industry, not just in the Philippines but also globally. His short film entitled ‘One Small Step’ is nominated for best animated short film in the 91st Academy Awards, hoping for an Oscar trophy.

Bobby Pontillas, whose family origins are from Camarines Sur, worked with his co-director and co-writer, Andrew Chesworth in the accomplishment of the said film. Together, they unleashed a beautiful masterpiece, One Small Step, a story of an American-Chinese girl raised by a single parent who hopes to become the world’s most renowned astronaut. The film paves the way in the animated picture and draws public attention when it earned satisfactory reviews and had won several awards in different related festivals.

The said film is inspired by Bobby’s own life story. He was born in Agana, Guam to Filipino parents but was single-handedly raised by his mom, Cosette Pandes Pontillas. They then moved to Washington State at the age of 9 where he lost all hopes of finding his father.

According to Bobby, he wept, which was recorded by his girlfriend, after seeing his name appeared on the list of the nominee. Other contenders for the award are Fil-Canadian, Trevor Jimenez’s Weekends, Alison Snowden and David Fine’s Animal Behaviour, Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb’s Bao, and Louis Bagnall and Nuria Gonzalez Blanco’s Late Afternoon.

An excerpt from the interview of inquirer cited that it has been a dream of Bobby to be recognized on his chosen field, and it took a lot of hard work before he finally able to make his own studio. Cofounded by Bobby, Andrew, Zhang Shaofu Zhang, Joy Johnson and Andrew Jennings, previous Disney Animation artists, together they formed ‘Taiko Studio’ which is based in Los Angeles and Wuhan, China.

Bobby also expressed his intention/purpose on making the film during the interview. He wanted to inspire young film enthusiasts to keep on dreaming no matter how hard things may get. The date is set on February 24, a judgment day for the Filipino-American filmmaker. The announcement of winners will be on that day and Bobby has high hopes for his team. Even if he and his squad don’t get the award, Bobby assured that they will still continue to make exciting projects for various platforms.

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