Feature Film Competition

The Inventor

Original title:The Inventor

United States



The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines, and studying the human body. There, joined in his adventure by the audacious princess Marguerite, Leonardo will uncover the answer to the ultimate question: “What is the meaning of it all?”

Embark on an exhilarating journey with perhaps the greatest genius of all time in this humorous story for the whole family inspired by the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci.


Jim Capobianco/Pierre-Luc Granjon

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He followed that with, "Your Friend The Rat", found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. Jim then directed the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar's 2008 release Wall•E . A grad-uate of the California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King and then proceeded to have an influence on many of the stories at Pixar Animation in the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009 Jim finished "Leonardo” a short film now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 13th year. Has published two children’s books and is the voice of Gary Garbage on Netflix’s GoGo Cory Carson. With Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim was the 2D animation sequence direc-tor for Walt Disney Motion Pictures’, Mary Poppins Returns.
The animated feature film The Inventor is his first film as a writer/director. A story about Leonardo da Vinci bringing the Renaissance to France and the future.