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Rob Silvestri was a director for Thomas and Friends. He directed the 2013 special, King of the Railway and 2014 special, Tale of the Brave. Silvestri was announced to direct the seventeenth season in February 2012, but it was instead directed by David Baas. He has been working at Arc Productions since 2006 and has worked on numerous projects including the films "Gnomeo and Juliet" and "9".
Awards and nominations
- Won - Toronto Sprockets International Film Festival for Children - Best Short Film, 2009, for "Ormie".
- Won - Seattle International Film Festival - Best Short Film, 2010, for "Ormie".
- Won - Palm Springs International ShortFest - Best Animation, 2010, for "Ormie".
- Won - Ashland Independent Film Festival - Family Choice, 2011, for "Ormie".
- He, Chiara Gioncardi, Adam Beck, Alan Kennedy, Jukka Voutilaninen, John Hasler, Albert Cohen, Edson Matus, Alan Kennedy, David Stoten, Hadar Shachaf Ma'ayan and Jarosław Boberek all worked on "Gnomeo and Juliet".
- http://www.sodor-island.net/thomasnews.html Sodor Island Fansite