Seneca College celebrating alumni Oscar win for Toy Story 4

Seneca College is celebrating Pixar’s Oscar win for Toy Story 4 that included the efforts of three of its alumni.

The film, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, featured the work of three Seneca graduates from the Faculty of Communication, Art & Design, including animators Brendan Beesley, a graduate of the school’s 3D Animation program, and Graham Finley, a graduate of the Animation program. Deana Marsigliese, another Seneca Animation grad, served as the film’s art director.

“It’s always rewarding and satisfying to see our graduates accomplishing their dreams and leaving their marks. These three have been doing amazing work for quite some time now and I’m sure there’s lots more to come,” said Mark Jones, Chair of the School of Creative Arts & Animation, in a release.

Vancouver-based story artist Pearl Low was also part of the team that brought the film Hair Love to the screen, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short. The touching Sony Pictures Animation short is about a young Black girl’s acceptance of her naturally curly hair. Low, who is of Chinese-Jamaican heritage, has explored the subject herself in autobiographical comic Tension.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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