Alice in Wonderland and Avatar production designer to be honored by Hollywood Film Festival

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Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg, whose work was most recently featured in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and James Cameron’s Avatar, will receive the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award during the Festival’s October 25th awards gala Ceremony, according to festival founder and president Carlos de Abreu. Stromberg’s selection followed a recommendation to the festival by the Art Directors Guild Council.

Stromberg was first introduced to Cameron in 2005, forming a unique creative relationship, which eventually evolved into the creation of “Pandora” for Avatar. Stromberg, along with Rick Carter, became production designers for the film and in 2009 they won the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction. They were also honored with the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Award and the BAFTA Film Award for Best Production Design for sci-fi epic.

In 2008, Stromberg was introduced to Burton and again a creative bond was formed and Stromberg was hired as the production designer on Alice in Wonderland.

Stromberg will be honored during the Festival’s black-tie Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony banquet before a gathering of 1,200 industry and guild executives, stars, celebrities, filmmakers and media, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Previous recipients of the honor include Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Rick Carter, Stuart Craig, William Creber, Dante Ferretti, Sarah Greenwood, Grant Major, Harold Michelson and John Myhre.