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I'm Jess, a freelance animation director, designer and lecturer working in London. I love making stuff!

I've directed documentaries, short films and idents for the BBC, ICA, MTV, FX, scientists, charities, hospitals, and agencies. My films have screened in festivals worldwide, winning a range of awards - from the Royal Television Society to the Kingston Smith Creative Vision Award.


I've worked as a freelance animator and designer for names such as Google, Apple, IBM and Caterpillar, and in-house as a creative at Animade for brands including Duolingo, Meta, Ocado and Boden. I started out in the industry with the wonderful folks at Karrot, working as a character animator on TV shows for the BBC and Sky. 

I'm an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, and previously worked at the Arts University Bournemouth as a visiting tutor and guest lecturer, as well as designing and delivering animation modules at the University of East London. I absolutely love teaching.

If you've got a project you're interested in discussing, let's chat!




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Experience with
Film Festivals

Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Illustrator


ToonBoom (animation and rigging)

CelAction (animation and rigging)

Prop and set construction

Hand-drawn animation

Paper cut-outs

Puppet fabrication

Variety of workshop equipment and moulding/casting techniques (silicon, resin, latex, laser cutting, bandsaw, 2-part mould making, air brushing, armatures)

Riverrun International Film Festival Winston-Salem, NC

London International Animation Festival, England

Festival Stop Motion Montreal, Canada

MONSTRA, Lisbon Animation festival, Portugal

Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart (ITFS), Germany


OUR FEST, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aesthetica Film Festival, York

BFI Flare, London

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria


Athens Animfest, Greece

KROK Animation Festival, Ukraine & Russia


Thessaloniki Animation Festival, Central Macedonia, Greece

SIFF, United Arab Emirates


Manchester Animation Festival, England

KuanDu International Animation Festival, Taiwan


Canterbury Anifest, England


Cartoons by the Bay, Turin, Italy

British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin

Anilogue, Budapest

Royal Television Society 'Best Short Form' - 2023

Canterbury Anifest Best British Film

Kingston Smith Creative Vision Award

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards Bronze

UKABIF Film Award 2022

Royal Television Society Southern Best Student Film


Turland Prize


The Dean’s Prize for the Faculty of Media and Performance


Morgan Innovation and Technology Prize Finalist


Global Grand Challenges Summit Student Business Model Competition 2nd Place


Engineering a Better World Student Innovation Competition Winner

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