A SPANISH film director nominated for a Goya Award this year has died in Valencia at the age of 63 due to health problems which have not been revealed.
According to the Film Academy, Paco Gisbert (pictured) and his co-director Francisca Ramírez Villaverde had been nominated for Spain's answer to the Oscars which, if he had won, would have been his second Goya Award.
Producer, director and academic, Gisbert – who was born in Valencia and was still living there when he died – had a long and successful career in animated film under his belt and was up for a Best Director Goya for the cartoon short Honorio. Dos Minutos de Sol ('Honorio. Two minutes of sun'), about an elderly man from a big city who wants to feel the sun for the last time, but has a difficult quest ahead of him because of the high-rise buildings and pollution blocking it out.
Gisbert had already won a Goya in 2003 for his cartoon short Sr Trapo and, in November last year, won a prize at the International Children's Film Festival in India for another, Kiko's Paradise.
Overall, Gisbert's cartoons have netted him at least 50 international awards.