Umang (Mango) Mankodiya is a visionary animator, a passionate connoisseur of performing arts, and an innovative independent illustrator journalist, currently based in the vibrant city of London.
Having embarked on a transformative journey at the esteemed Royal College of Art for an MA in Experimental Animation, Mango has left an indelible mark on the animation landscape through a diverse range of captivating projects. Notably, Mango contributed to a groundbreaking signature film for the revered Krok Film Festival, mesmerizing audiences with a masterful blend of creativity and storytelling. Additionally, Mango's artistic prowess extended to crafting advertisements for the esteemed Hotstar platform, captivating viewers with animated narratives that seamlessly merged artistry and marketing.
Distinguished as a talented writer and creator, Mango deftly embarked on a captivating venture by conceptualizing and producing a captivating cartoon series pitch specifically tailored for the dynamic South Asian TV market. This testament to Mango's versatility and cultural insight highlights their ability to bridge gaps and delight audiences through compelling animated storytelling.
Mango's remarkable achievements have garnered well-deserved recognition and accolades. Their exceptional Krok signature film of 2019 achieved nominations for the prestigious Best Commissioned Film of the Year award at both the Annecy Film Festival in 2020 and the Supertoon International Animation Festival in Croatia, further cementing Mango's reputation as an exceptional animator pushing the boundaries of the art form.
In a more recent collaboration, Mango's artistic vision brilliantly intertwined with the poetic storytelling of Bazla Samin in the impactful work, "A Song of Resistance" (2022). This project was met with resounding acclaim and earned selection for the esteemed Student World Impact Award and the globally renowned Lift-off Global Network Festival. Furthermore, Mango's thought-provoking creation, "Purpose of War is Peace" (2022), received an honorable mention award from the esteemed Art Film Festival in London, further solidifying their status as a bold and influential artistic voice.
Ever the visionary, Mango passionately believes that the future of theater and live performance lies in the captivating realm of manual cinema and innovative technological presentations. Inspired by this vision, Mango strives to continually create groundbreaking work that transcends conventional boundaries, captivating audiences and shaping the artistic landscape with their distinct artistic voice.
Mango Mankodiya's artistry and contemporary approach to animation and storytelling have positioned them as a luminary within the artistic realm, continually pushing the boundaries of creativity and leaving an indelible impact on audiences worldwide.