Inner City animator wins Gobelins scholarship

Here’s our feel-good story of the day: Dante Buford, 22, who recently completed his B.A. in animation at Loyola Marymount University, was selected by Gobelins to participate in the highly selective character animation workshop in Paris this summer.

According to information provided to us by LMU:

Born in the city of Whittier and raised in Pico Rivera, Buford moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 and then relocated to Inglewood his senior year of high school. A member of the Crenshaw High School class of 2007, Buford’s first exposure to higher education was attending the LMU Summer Creative Workshop. Each year, a group of talented youth from the Los Angeles inner city are mentored by LMU faculty while creating films. After attending the summer program at LMU, he eagerly applied to the School of Film and Television his senior year at Crenshaw. Upon his acceptance to LMU, he was awarded the Cosgrove Family Endowment Scholarship, which covered his tuition and expenses throughout his four-year undergraduate education.

Buford’s senior project, Interview (image above), is a short animated film about a Mom stressing out over a job interview who is sabotaged by a vindictive woman competing for the same position. This trip marks Buford’s first out of the state of California and first time flying on an airplane.

My sincerest congratulations to Dante Buford, and his classmate Christina “Kiki” Manrique who was also selected to attend the Gobelins workshop, on winning this opportunity. We look forward to posting your films here in the future.


  • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    SO awesome. Congrats to you, Dante and Christina!!

  • 4er

    wooo hoo!!! go lmu! as an alum, this is super awesome!

  • http://www.theartofkiki.daportfolio.com/ Kiki

    Wow!! This is so cool! Thank you so much for the article! You can also find my film here on vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/19606832 (co-directed with my classmate, Brendan Clogher)

    • Doug

      Just watched “Photograph” and thought it was a beautiful film! Great great work!! Congrats.

    • Scott B.

      Beautiful, mature work, Kiki and Brendan. I got a little chokey at the end!

  • Geneva

    That’s great! Congratulations to both!

  • http://behiboe.blogspot.com Betsy Bauer

    Congrats to you both! I worked with Kiki last summer during our internship with Sony Animation–couldn’t think of someone more deserving!

  • Ben

    This is very cool! Also, the still used in the article looks great. I love his character design. Everything looks like it has polish. I want to see the short!

  • http://thedudeinnavyblue.blogspot.com/ Dante Buford

    Hello! Thank you all for your nice comments! If you’re interested in seeing my film, you can check it out below!

    http://vimeo.com/23436189
    Password: Spaceman981020

  • james madison

    Congrats to you both!

  • http://tcanimation.blogspot.com Toby C

    Congrats guys!! After attending I can say they are both in for an experience of a life time!! I had a blast and met some amazing artists!