Carlos Fernandez Puertolas is a Spanish Director and Animator with over 20 years of experience in the film industry.
Like the protagonist of the film "Frank & Emmet", Carlos was an aimless teenager that with the help of his mom found his true passion. He launched his animation career at the age of 18 and got his big breakthrough when he was offered a position at Dreamworks Animation.
Without hesitation, Carlos packed his bags and moved to the US where he worked as an animator on movies such as “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Megamind,” and many others. In 2015, Carlos became the Head of Animation on the Oscar-nominated film “The Boss Baby” and most recently became the Head of Animation on the critically acclaimed franchise “Trolls”. Outside DreamWorks, Carlos also directs live-action short films through his production company Side Films, which he created with a fellow DreamWorks animator. Carlos' past short "Call Back" was featured on Short of the Week in 2013.
Carlos is well known by his drone racing pilot name, Charpu, and is considered one of the best drone racers in the world. Carlos is a pioneer in freestyle drone flying where he is revered for his freestyle tricks that in include corkscrews, loops, and his signature trick - the suicide dive. He has been featured in Wired and The New York Times, and his videos on his YouTube channel "CHARPU FPV" have amassed over 4 million total views.
Carlos has received several accolades and recognition through his career in Animation. In 2017, Carlos was named to Variety's 10 Animators to Watch, and in 2018 he became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Carlos currently lives in Glendale with his partner and tiny dog.
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
6° Festival Infantil de Curtas de Galicia PequeFilmes 2022
Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
2022
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
5th Yountville International Short Film Festival 2022
Yountville, California
2022
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
13th Providence Children's Film Festival 2022
Providence, Rhode Island
2022
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Frank & Emmet
17th Children's Film Festival Seattle 2022
Seattle, Washington
2022
Screener Award - Best Scene
Frank & Emmet
12th Love Your Shorts Film Festival 2022
Sanford, Florida
2022
Award Winner - Short Film, International Fiction
Frank & Emmet
22° Festival Internacional de Cine Lebu 2022
Lebu, Chile
2022
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
31° Muestra De Cine Internacional De Palencia 2022
Palencia
2022
Nominee - Live-Action, Jury Prize
Frank & Emmet
25th New York International Children's Film Festival 2022
New York City, New York
2022
Award Winner - Best Short Film
Frank & Emmet
9th Borrego Springs Film Festival 2022
Borrego Springs, CA
2022
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Frank & Emmet
22nd Phoenix Film Festival 2022
Phoenix, Arizona
2022
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Frank & Emmet
9th Dakota Film Festival 2022
Bismarck, North Dakota
2022
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Frank & Emmet
16th Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles, California
2022
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Frank & Emmet
17th Roving Eye International Film Festival 2022
Newport, Rhode Island
2022
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Frank & Emmet
70th Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
Columbus, Ohio
2022
Winner - Best Drama
Frank & Emmet
Short to the Point International Short Film Festival 2022
Bucharest
2022
Remi Winner
Frank & Emmet
55th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival 2022
Houston, Texas
2022
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Frank & Emmet
17th Sunscreen Film Festival 2022
St. Petersburg, Florida
2022
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Frank & Emmet
21st Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2022
Los Angeles, California
2022
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Frank & Emmet
22nd deadCenter Film Festival 2022
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
2022
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Frank & Emmet
18th SouthSide Film Festival 2022
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2022
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23rd ShorTS International Film Festival 2022
Trieste, Italy
2022
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4th BraveMaker Film Festival 2022
Redwood City, CA
2022
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7th Boston Short Film Festival 2022
Boston, Massachusetts
2022
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4th San Francisco Independent Short Film Festival 2021
San Francisco, California
2021
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Frank & Emmet
22nd Calgary International Film Festival 2021
Calgary, Alberta
2021
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Frank & Emmet
35th Edmonton International Film Festival 2021
Edmonton, Alberta
2021
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Frank & Emmet
18th BendFilm Festival 2021
Bend, Oregon
2021
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Frank & Emmet
NALIP Latino Media Fest 2021
Los Angeles, California
2021
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Frank & Emmet
22nd VIEW Conference / VIEWFest 2021
Turin, Piedmont
2021
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Frank & Emmet
21° Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote 2021
Arrecife, Lanzarote
2021
Official Winner - Best Short Narrative
Frank & Emmet
20th San Diego International Film Festival 2021
San Diego, California
2021
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Frank & Emmet
24th SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2021
Savannah, Georgia
2021
Award Winner - Best Family Film
Frank & Emmet
13th San Jose International Short Film Festival 2021
San Jose, California
2021
Winner - Audience Award for Short Narrative
Frank & Emmet
9th Portland Film Festival 2021
Portland, Oregon
2021
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
38th Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2021
Chicago, Illinois
2021
Official Selection
Frank & Emmet
30th St. Louis International Film Festival 2021
St. Louis, Missouri
2021
Semi-Finalist
Frank & Emmet
39th Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival 2021
Providence, Rhode Island
Birth Date
April 28, 1981
Current City
Los Angeles
Hometown
Madrid, Spain
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Hispanic, Spanish