Born in Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Theodore Ushev first made a name for himself as a poster artist in his native country before settling in Montreal, in 1999. There he quickly acquired a reputation as a prolific and gifted animator through films such as Tzaritza (2006) and The Man Who Waited (2006). In 2010 he completed the critically acclaimed film, Lipsett Diaries, an imagined biography of the celebrated Canadian experimental filmmaker, which received the Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 31st Genie Awards.
He created live show multimedia and promo animations for the British band Public Symphony and David Gilmour, and illustrations for Chris Robinson' book "Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin" (2008).
In 2012 a short musical film, based on Demoni, a song by Bulgarian band Kottarashky, won more than 10 awards, including Nomination for the newly inaugurated Canadian Screen Awards. His most recent film, Gloria Victoria, has already received numerous prizes.
Ushev’s films have won more than 80 awards and mentions, and been shown in many retrospectives, including the Shortfilm Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. In 2011, Ushev’s drawings and paintings were exhibited in the Barbican Centre, London, UK.
Since 2010, Theodore Ushev has taught and given workshops and master classes at more than 15 universities and festivals around the world, including Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, London, Budapest.