Vlash Droboniku WINS FILM AWARD WITH “NEW YORK SKY”
Opening image for Vlash Droboniku’s animated film, "New York Sky".
The tragedy of 9/11 engaged Vlash’s heart and spirit: the world’s response to the United States after 9/11, the innocence of the victims, the universality of the consequences of terrorists. After watching planes hit the towers on television, Vlash wrote the screenplay for his award-winning project and, two and a half years later, he finished the last of the 8,000 images that “New York Sky” required.
“New York Sky” director, animator, scriptwriter and producer Droboniku said of 9/11 that “Maybe God had, for a moment or two, taken his eyes off of the world, and the devil had stolen his chance.”
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In his native country of Albania, Droboniku pioneered animated film at New Albania film studio. Between 1975 and ‘85, he produced 27 films utilizing techniques such as cut-out paper, puppet and cell animation, specializing in films for children. At age 51, with his wife and two children, he moved to St. Francis, Wisconsin, where his prodigious talent in animated film earned him additional success.
In addition to his film making, Mr. Droboniku’s talents also lie in puppetry, children’s book illustrations, and painting. He is a member of Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors.