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MinnAnim8 photos

Thank you to everybody who made MinnAnim8 to great!


Here are photos of the Youth/Student animators talking about their work:





Here are photos from the Independent Animator discussion.









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MinnAnim 8 Biographies

Emory Allen, Alicia Allen

Foreign Fauna is the independent animation studio of directors Alicia Allen and Emory Allen. Foreign Fauna is our outlet to express ideas that move us through a medium that we love.

Trevor Adams

Trevor expresses his regret over not being able to attend this awesome experience– he’s always inspired by the sweat, blood, and labors of love which make up contributions and sequencing of this festival.

John Akre

John Akre is an animator and videomaker and teaching artist who takes stop motion animation to various places with his Sloppy Films Animation Station. He creates animation and documentary video with his wife Beth Peloff as Green Jeans Media. He teaches animation at Hamline University and Film North and organizes MinnAnimate.

Lukas Anderson

Lukas Anderson is an animator from Saint Paul MN, currently residing in Los Angeles CA.

Hallie Bahn

Hallie Bahn is an animator, interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bahn received her MFA in interdisciplinary practices from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her work has screened internationally.

Grace Bauer

Grace Bauer is a Digital Media Arts Student at Hamline University and is from Hastings, Minnesota. She enjoys creating things and the sense of accomplishment after finishing a big project, but even more than that, she loves the artistic process it takes to get there. #SaveTheEarth

Sishir Bommakanti

Sishir Bommakanti is an illustrator and animator who works in the genre of the absurd, surreal and fantasy. His work is inspired by the dark corners of human psyche and threads into the fringe.

Dana Conroy

Dana Conroy studied filmmaking at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She’s directed and produced several popular film festival selections such as Fire & Light (2017), Adventure Unknown (2016), and Xenos (2015). She’s won 7 Emmy awards and a Golden Bell Award (Campana del Oro) for Movistar’s commercial Lost in Montevideo (2016). Choosing to reside in rural Minnesota, Dana enjoys making cultural documentaries for underserved regions at a PBS station.

Thao Doan

Minneapolis local who loves to animate!

Robert Jersak

Robert Jersak is an educator and independent animation and documentary artist.

Tyler Leininger

Tyler Leininger is a Senior at Hamline University studying Digital Media arts and studio art. He enjoys a variety of different mediums, including digital painting, photography, film, and most recently, animation.

Wayne Nelsen

Wayne Nelsen has made over 100 animated videos.

Peter Bonde Becker Nelson

Peter Bonde Becker Nelson teaches New Media Art at St. Olaf College. Examining themes of gender, aging, class, and identity, Nelson records and interprets the personal narratives of his friends, family, and self. His work delves into the nuances of human connection — love, friendship, intimacy, frustration and loss.

Mike Owens, Wendie Owens

Born in the Appalachian mountains, schooled in Chicago, trained in the ancient arts of pencil and paper animation, Emmy winning animator MIKE OWENS has manifested a Hollywood career while maintaining a Midwest lifestyle.

Beth Peloff

Beth Peloff is a video maker and teacher who works in both animation and documentary. Her films have played at film festivals regionally and nationally. She is a 2017 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Film and Video Grant.

Maret Polzine

Maret Polzine is a filmmaker and arts organizer living and working in the Twin Cities. They are the founder of Video Variant, the host of Cinema Lounge, and a teaching artist with COMPAS.

Carolyn Schmit

I have been animating for 4 years, and a huge fan of cartoons and animated films. A lot of projects I do are animation collaborations on Youtube. I am attending Century College Fall of 2019 for their 3D Animation program. Watch more animations by me here:

Colin Stanhill

Colin Stanhill is a self-taught animator working in Minneapolis. He draws all his films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, he is “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”

Molly Parker Stuart

Molly Parker Stuart is a visual artist living and working in Minneapolis. Her work has been covered by The Creators Project and Animal New York and has been exhibited widely. Molly’s work uses social and digital structures to create a felt experience.

Rowan Thompson

I am a young filmmaker from Saint Paul Minnesota, my first film I made was in 2014, it was a 2 minute Lego stop motion video titled “The Legend of Jeff” I was 11 at the time.

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MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase

Here are the films in the MinnAnim8 Youth/Student Showcase, at 6:45 pm on September 12 at the Film Society of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

midnight caller

The Midnight Caller

by Tyler Leininger

Audio taken from the Coen brother’s film “The Midnight Caller” talks about the motivation behind our consumption of media.

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Animation Reel (2017 – 2019)

by Rowan Thompson

This is my submission for the minnanimate 2019. It is a collection of my best stop motion films from 2017 – 2019. The oldest one being the candy one at the beginning most recent one being Swedish Fish.

From Film North 2019 Stop Motion Animation Camp


The Boring Mission to Earth by Isaiah and James

Diamond Dilemma by Ava and Syan

From Film North 2019 After Effects Camp


Hello by Tess

Abstract Waves by Willa

Riptide by Astrid

From Film North 2019 Creative Cloud Animation Camp

angry dog

The Great Escape by Ella

Pets and Pandemonium by Carson

Grumpy Dog by Nina


Goblins Do Not Like Puppies

by Carolyn Schmit

A sleeping goblin is woken up from his nap by an unpleasant surprise.


A Blacksmith’s Fire

by Var

A Blacksmith, Coal and Diamond make some great things together.

Madi the Crabby

Madi The Crabby: Madi and Mary go to the Beach

by Grace Bauer

Madi the crab and Mary the raccoon are roommates who want to find something fun to do. They go to the beach and it’s a mess, so the cleaning up commences. This piece comments on the “save the planet” movement from the perspective we don’t hear enough of: animals’.

The Couch

The Couch

by Thao Doan

When some thing lurks underneath your couch, be careful when you rage quite.


Puppy Dog, I Love You

by Lukas Anderson

A sad pig who doesn’t speak finds happiness from the help of his friends.

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MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase

Here is the MinnAnim8 Independent Animation Showcase, which will be presented on Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 pm.



Mike Owens, Wendie Owens

Having your own point of view may not make you fit in, but it can make you king of planet potato.

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Wayne Nelsen

A music video for the Barcelona-based band, Seward.


Maya Bdeg’a

Dana Conroy

A true family story of a heroic pelican takes shape on the banks of Lake Traverse as unwanted visitors approach.



Wayne Nelsen

Poet Gretchen Marquette remember her childhood.

Letters from Pickle Animated Short Film Still Image

Letters from Pickle

Robert Jersak

On July 26th, 2017, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the president had made a friend. We imagine that their correspondence continued.



Hallie Bahn

“Habitual” is an animated vignette, which explores the doldrums of office labor.

A self-portrait, the animation was created by hand rotoscoping footage of the filmmaker performing. By refusing to generalize any movements, the piece illustrates the minutiae of administrative behaviors in frame by frame detail.


Her Mother’s Eyes

Emory Allen

For those of us without the gift of a green thumb, we can only standby, helpless as our beloved house plants fade away. If only there was an ER for little green buddies!


née Rabbit

Hailie Bahn

née Rabbit confronts the mind’s struggle to maintain a true identity even as our memory begins to fade. Can we continue to know ourselves when we have no recollection of our past actions and reactions? Do we adapt our identity to incorporate this loss into our life’s story? Or do we resign ourselves to wake up each day anew and if so, who are we?

You Are Here Animated Short Film Still Image

You Are Here

Robert Jersak

“You’re out here. You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” You Are Here is an animated experimental meditation – 112 seconds to break away from whatever you’ve gotten yourself tangled up in lately.

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Beth Peloff

A lonely person unexpectedly takes a journey to reconnect with life.


Object Permanence

Maret Polzine

Anxiety; intrusive thinking; running around in circles

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Indirect Animation

Colin Stanhill

Made with only 12 pages of standard copy paper, this is Colin’s greenest work to date! Let this lo-fi imitation of 35mm film take you on a microscopic voyage through telescoping tunnel visions in Full Two-Tone Color!!


Stone Witch

Molly Stuart

I am stone: solid, heavy. Sometimes I sink in space, falling and filling and scraping through, curving and curling into it. Sometimes I fall into a space that provides refuge.

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The Hole in the Sky

John Akre

Somewhere, up there, is a hole in the sky. But we have not found it yet.

Hot crocoa

Hot! Cro-Croa

Sishir Bommakanti

Hot Cro-Croa! Jonnaman Gripthurst, a lonely boneless man recounts his adventures in the big city as he get a mysterious pop-up when surfing the dark web. A TV Spot for a popular drink called Cro-Croa, and its premier of its new flavor: Hot! Cro-Croa. Animated and directed by: Sishir Bommakanti, Additional animation by: Jacob Berrier, Music by: Slowya.roll and Post Everything Production, In collaboration with Post Everything Production and The Story Must Be Told


Dragon Boat Fest

Trevor Adams

My tribute to the Vietmom war


Intruder Man

Peter Nelson

As a young woman, Jessie faces the wrath of an authoritarian superintendent who blacklists her from teaching. As an elderly woman, Alzheimer’s disease makes her paranoid of an “intruder man” who haunts her apartment. Slipping between these parallel periods, Jessie remains persistent in the face of sexism, loss, and dementia.

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