Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma was born in East Harlem, New York City to Spanish immigrants. During her high school years, she attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts in Manhattan as part of their visual arts department, and later went on to attend the Rhode Island School of Design to earn her BFA in Film/Animation/Video. She currently resides in New York City.
Pilar makes a variety of animation and illustration work including independent animated films, commissioned animations, poster and sticker designs, gifs, and fine arts illustrations. Her work varies in medium from digital to traditional, typically becoming a hybrid of the two through the use of texture in order to give a mixed media feel to all her pieces. Common themes she works with include the use of symbolism and metaphors, violence, human interaction, our connection to the natural world and animals, memory, and femininity in relation to familial dynamics. Pilar likes to categorize much of her independent work under what she calls the 'beautifully disturbing', as she often uses the idea of the beautiful and pristine to depict otherwise gruesome and violent topics. Her main goal as a filmmaker is to force us to ask questions about how we interact with one another, and above all she wants her viewers to be able to relate to the characters on screen, both real or fictional.
Pilar is a Student Academy Award Gold medalist for her film 'Ciervo' and a 2020 Glas Animation Grant recipient. Her films have been shown in Oscar-qualifying festivals such as Slamdance, Rhode Island International Film Festival, Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Animest, and Brooklyn Film Festival. She has won numerous festival awards including Best Film at the WIA 2020 showcase, Special Mention at Animocje, and the Audience Award at NFFTY for 'Ciervo'. She has also won both Best Animation for her collaborative film 'By Day's End' and Best Undergraduate Documentary for 'Margarita La Del Rio' at the Ivy Film Festival in Providence.
She has done work for Buck, Ado Ato, Cartuna, Mighty Oak, and Adult Swim among other companies.
"Colony" 2022, 13:22
"Ciervo" 2020, 10:15
"By Day's End" 2020, 3:20
“Margarita La Del Rio” 2019, 4:39
"BRB I'm on my Break 01" 2021, 2:49
"BRB I'm on my Break 02" 2021, 2:47
"Inner Wounds Real" 2022 Raychelle Segment
Lectures and Speaking Engagements
NFFTY SUMMIT 2021
Slamdance Doc Shorts 2021-present