An animated version of the famous Ernest Hemingway story, The Old Man and the Seatells of the friendship between a young boy and an aging fisherman who is coming to terms with his failing abilities.
After having to accept charity from his neighbors, the old fisherman sets out in search of a catch that will restore his self-confidence. The result is an extraordinary duel, illustrated through 29,000 images hand-painted on glass by animator Aleksandr Petrov.
The film follows a 17-minute live-action bio of the author, called Hemingway: A Portrait.
Length: 22:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1999
  • Date Released:
    June 1999
  • Alternate Titles: Hemingway: A Portrait
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 20-30
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Giant Screen Films

  • Produced By:
    A joint Production of Productions Pascal Blais, Panorama Film Studio of Yaroslav, Imagica Corporation, Dentsu Tec, and NHK Enterprises 21
  • Executive Producer: Jean-Yves Martel, Shizuo Ohashi
  • Producer: Bernard Lajoie, Tatsuo Shimamura
  • Director:  Aleksandr Petrov
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Aleksandr Petrov. Based on the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Cinematography: Serguei Rechetnikoff
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects: Animation: Aleksandr Petrov, Dimitri Petrov
  • Music/Score:  Denis Chartrand, Normand Roger
  • Editor: Denis Papillon
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits:
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  • Animation
  • Drama
  • Short



  • Academy Award for Best Short Film, Animated, 2000.
  • Best Animated Short, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (Genie Awards), 1999.
  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival Audience Award and Grand Prix award for Best Animated Short Film, 2000.
  • Burbank International Children’s Film Festival Director’s Gold Award, 2001.
  • Buster International Children’s Film Festival Politiken’s Short Film Award, 2000.
  • Cinanima Grand Prize, 1999.
  • Jutra Award for Best Animated Film, 2000.
  • Mainichi Film Concours Ofuji Noburo Award, 2000
  • San Diego International Film Festival Festival Award for Best Animation, 2001.
  • St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival Special Jury Prize in the International Competition, 2000.
  • Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films First Prize in Category C (15 to 30 minutes), 2000.

Film Facts

The Old Man and the Sea is the first and only giant screen film to have received an Academy Award®, winning the Best Animated Short Film award in 2000 .