Jacobus-Willem (Co) Hoedeman, animation virtuoso, is born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1940. He works for Film Production Studio’s while continuing his studies at the School of fine Arts in Amsterdam and the School of Photography of The Hague. At the age of 25, he decides to immigrate to Canada where he finds employment with the National Film Board of Canada. Initially he becomes involved in the production of educational films. He has created and directed more than twenty films and collaborated, in different capacities, on more than thirty other film productions.
Acclaimed everywhere in the world, his films received more than 80 awards and mentions from the many Festivals. His film The Sand Castle alone has received 24 awards among which, in 1978, OSCAR® for best animated short and the GRAND PRIX of the International Days of animation cinema, in Annecy, France. In 1999, he received the KLINGSOR AWARD for the body of its work from the Bibiana Festival, in Bratislava, Slovakia. More recently, The Alliance for children and television awarded him the GRAND PRIX D’EXCELLENCE, Radio-Canada for his film Ludovic, The Snow Gift.