Catya Plate, born in Barcelona, Spain, and raised in Germany, is a Brooklyn based award winning filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist. Her animated films, sculptures, paintings, and drawings explore the ephemeral nature of existence by creating an alternative universe, which exposes, among other things, humanity's impact on the environment. Catya is a Fulbright Alumna and has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980's. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide, like the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York City. Articles and reviews about her films and projects have appeared in Film Threat, BOOM!Film Reviews, The New York Times and The Independent, and others. In 2009, she created Clothespin Freak Productions to bring her “Clothespin Freaks” characters to life through stop-motion animation short films. In 2012, her first film "The Reading", was awarded Best Animated Film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. Her second film “Hanging By A Thread”, screened at over 22 film festivals in the US and abroad, like the Academy Award-qualifying St. Louis International Film Festival and won 9 awards. "Meeting MacGuffin", the sequel of “Hanging By A Thread” and second in a trilogy of shorts was completed in February 2017 and is currently making its rounds in the international film festival circuit. "Meeting MacGuffin" has won several awards, among them the Grand Prize for Best Animated Short at the Academy-Award qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival-Vortex in October 2017.
"The Reading", 2010, 22 minutes, MiniDv, 4:3, USA.
"Hanging By A Thread", 2013, 10minutes, HD, 16:9, USA.
"Meeting MacGuffin", 2017, 10minutes, HD, 16:9, USA.
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    Meeting MacGuffin
    Screenplay, Short Script
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
    Hanging By A Thread2013
    Animation, Short
  • Director (2 Credits)
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
    Hanging By A Thread2013
    Animation, Short
  • Producer (2 Credits)
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
    Hanging By A Thread2013
    Animation, Short
  • Animator (1 Credit)
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
  • Director of Photography (1 Credit)
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
  • Cinematography (1 Credit)
    Meeting MacGuffin2017
    Animation, Short
Semi-Finalist Best Animation
Meeting MacGuffin
Maryland International Film Festival
Hagerstown
2018
BEST ANIMATION (Professional Category)
Meeting MacGuffin
St. Francis College Women's Film Festival
New York
2018
Nominated Best Animation
Meeting MacGuffin
Queens World Film Festival
New York
2018
BEST SHORT PRODUCTION DESIGN
Meeting MacGuffin
Other Worlds Austin
Austin
2017
GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNER: BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Meeting MacGuffin
Rhode Island International Film Festival (Academy Awards® Qualifying) -Vortex
Providence, RI
2017
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT
Meeting MacGuffin
ANIMAZE-International Animation Festival Montreal
Montreal
2017
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Meeting MacGuffin
Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (stiff)
Seattle
2017
Top 40 Shorts
Meeting MacGuffin
Cinequest Short Screenplay Competition
San Jose, CA
2014
AWARD of EXCELLENCE (Animation)
Hanging By A Thread
The IndieFest Film Awards
California
2014
TBD
Hanging By A Thread
New Hampshire Film Festival
Portsmouth, NH
2014
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Hanging By A Thread
Seattle True Independent Film Festival
Seattle, WA
2014
TBD
Hanging By A Thread
FreeNetWorld International Film Festival
Nis, Serbia
2014
MERIT AWARD (Animation)
Hanging By A Thread
Williamsburg International Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
2014
TBD
Hanging By A Thread
Morbido Film Festival
Puebla, Mexico
2014
SPIRIT AWARD (Animation)
Hanging By A Thread
Brooklyn Film Festival
Brooklyn, New York
2014
JURY PRIZE-BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Hanging By A Thread
Nevada City Film Festival
Nevada City, CA
2013