EXCLUSIVE: After some competition, The Gotham Group has signed Jacob Frey, director of the award-winning animated short The Present. Based on a web comedy by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala, the short follows a boy who receives a present, a little disabled dog, and how the two of them first become unlikely and then likely friends. To date The Present was won over 50 awards as it has played festivals around the world. Watch it above.

A 2014 graduate of Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Institute of Animation, Frey worked at the L.A. based ad agency Psyop, where he created notable national TV spots including “Best Buy – Saving Christmas,” “Coke Happiness Factory’” “Twinnings,” and “Norton – Stuff.” He later worked as an animator on Disney’s Zootopia and also worked on its upcoming Moana. Frey will be repped by Gotham’s Lee Stollman, Peter McHugh and Tony Gil. His attorney is Rob Szymanski.