Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata



Ru Kuwahata (Japan) and Max Porter (USA) are Oscar-nominated animation film directors living in Providence, USA. Known for their distinctive mixedmedia narratives, they have directed and produced TV commercials, music videos, comics, interactive media and four short films. Working internationally, they have created projects with the Netherlands Institute for Animation Film and Ciclic Animation, France. Their films were screened in over 900 festivals around the world, including Sundance Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Annecy International Animated Film Festival, receiving over 180 international awards. Their most recent short film NEGATIVE SEED (2017) won over 120 prizes around the world and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Short Animated Film 2018, the Annie Award for Best Short Animated Subject 2018, and shortlisted for the César Award for Best Short Animated Film 2018. In addition, their work has been featured in numerous publications, including Variety, Colossal, IndieWire, Le Monde, and MovieMaker Magazine recently listed Max and Ru as part of their “25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018.” DANDELION SEED is their first animated feature.

Films Selection

  • Negative Space - 2017
  • Perfect Houseguest - 2015
  • Between Times - 2014
  • Something Left, Something Taken - 2010