Graduation Films & Off-Limits Short Films Jury


Founder & CEO

Eric Beckman is founder and CEO of NYC based GKIDS, an independent producer and distributor of award-winning animation. Since 2010, the company has scored 13 Best Animated Feature Oscar® nominations and 6 Golden Globe® nominations (and one win!) including for their most recent release, Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron. GKIDS is the US home of Japan’s Studio Ghibli, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections, along with some of the most iconic and successful European and Asian animation titles, studios, and directors.

In 2017, Eric and GKIDS launched the annual Animation Is Film festival, in partnership with Annecy Festival and Variety. AIF is now the preeminent animation festival in the US and a fixture on the fall awards circuit. Eric is also co-founder of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar®-qualifying event and the largest film festival for children and teens.

Eric received the Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award at Annecy in 2017.


The other Members of the Graduation Films & Off-Limits Short Films Jury
Julie Lockhart
Jeff Rowe

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