School-Studio “SHAR” was founded in 1993 by leading filmmakers-animators Fedor Khitruk, Eduard Nazarov, Yuriy Norshtein, Andrey Khrzhanovskiy.
The principal directions of the School-Studio’s activity are:
- 2 years vocational training of the directors of animation cinema and animators
- the production of animated films masters
- advices on all aspects of animation production.
Studio focuses on the production of children films as well as auteur cinema and debut cinema. While existing “SHAR” has trained directors of animation who created films which were widely recognized not only in Russia but also abroad. There were produced more than 50 short animated films, debut films, as well as films by acknowledged filmmakers.
Films made by Studio take part in Russian and international festivals, and are nominated for the prestigious awards. On the 13th International Film festival in Zagreb School-Studio was awarded a special prize as the best animation studio in 1998, and in 2006 at the International festival “KROK” received the prize “for the best film school program” (“Mysterious lantern-3”). In 2009 School-Studio “SHAR” has produced a full-length feature-animation film “A Room and a Half” (director Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, 130 min), that received many awards and reviews at the International Festivals.