Carlos Saldanha will be getting plenty of love at this year’s CinemaCon…
The 49-year-old Brazilian director of animated films will receive the international filmmaker of the year award at this year’s edition of CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas.
This year’s convention will take place March 24-27 at Caesars Palace.
Saldanha, an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who works with Blue Sky Studios, is currently wrapping production on Rio 2, his follow up to 20th Century Fox‘s animated hit Rio.
The sequel opens in theaters April 11 and features the return of voice leads Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jermaine Clement, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, will.i.am and Jamie Foxx.
New voice additions include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno.
The Rio franchise is from Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios.
Saldanha’s other credits include Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Robots.