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MinnAnimate 10 Lineup

The Magic of the Molars (John Akre) – Two wand-bearing molars save the rest of the teeth from the terrors of decay and destruction in this stop motion animated short with music by Andy McCormick.

John Akre is an animator who was born in Minneapolis and lived there for most of his life, but is now living in Louisville, KY.

The Synesthesiacs (Seymour Plank) – An unpopular band uses witchcraft in an attempt to win the crowd over. However, things go wrong very quickly.

Seymour Plank is a 2D hand drawn animator from Taylors Falls, MN, and a recent graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His focus is in episodic comedies and art inspired by 90s and 2000s era cartoons.

Umbrella Man (Daniel Marcou) – A very short animation that I made for a VFX class at IPR. The purpose of the video was to work on compositing skills and make a short animated video.

Daniel Marcou lives in Minneapolis and has been exploring animation and motion design for the past two years.

The Replacements Eat Lunch (Wayne Nelsen) – Join The Replacements for lunch at the CC Club in 1982!

Wayne Nelsen has a channel on youtube with about 127 videos.

Practice (Joey Barrett) – One-year-old’s hands trying to put a shoe on.

Joey Barrett is an artist, educator, and mother living in Minneapolis. She studies the intimate objects and gestures that make up daily life. Her medium is drawing.

Nervous System (Zoe Kothlow) – A man wakes up to find himself undead, due to mysterious circumstances. An atmospheric narrative unfolds without dialogue.

Zoe Kothlow is an MCAD graduate, born-and-raised midwesterner. Count Chocula enjoyer.

MidLife (Robert Jersak) – Folk horror imagery meets existential dread in this experimental animated short film about a man running through his 40’s. It’s not a crisis; it’s just a jog in the woods.

Robert Jersak is an independent animation artist currently teaching at Century College and living in White Bear Lake, MN.

hold my eyes (Ches Cipriano & Jake Quatt) – a film compiled, animated, and edited in a bit under than 48 hrs. we explored & want to know how you feel in the moonlight. has your shadow ever told you a secret?

ches(they/them) & jake(he/him) are a couple based in st. paul. they pursue & collaborate in a variety of arts including illustration, animation, and theater.

Water (Lily Berg) – Arianna jumps off a bridge and is saved by the Water Lady, who gives her a choice between life and death.

Lily Berg grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and moved across the river to Minneapolis to attend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Water is Lily’s 2D animated senior thesis and was made remotely over 9 months with the help of their voice actors and mentors.

LOCUS (Hana Hartmann & Nori Donais) – (n.) the effective or perceived location of something abstract.

Nori Donais & Hana Hartmann are both students at MCAD. LOCUS was the product of their final project for Intro to Animation.

Perpetual Notion Machine (CC Stanhill) – An unlikely figure dances through an uncertain space. Inspired by the animator’s experience of coming out as genderqueer during a year of social isolation. Drawn by hand on 70mm paper.

CC Stanhill is an animator working in Minneapolis. They draw all their films by hand on paper. According to Malcolm Turner, of the Melbourne International Animation Festival, they are “quite a lucid sort of fellow.”

Unfortunate Family (Yinyin Niu) – Two narrators are describing the story of the unfortunate they witnessed, but the stories they know coincidentally involve the same family from two opposing perspectives. Why do two narrators only get one-sided information? It’s as if something is trapping them ……

Yinyin Niu, animator, fan art creator. She was born in Shanghai, China in 1998. She holds a MFA in Visual Studies from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her recent practice focuses on how the web and algorithms are subliminally influencing Generation Z in the information-explosive Internet age.

let me just (Merit Thursday & Artemis Brown) – Two friends pull at the loose threads of communication and relationship making, to see what other sweaters they might weave.

Merit Thursday and Artemis Brown are two sweet homos deeply dedicated to injecting/ingesting love and creativity at all times. They enjoy hugging, eating snacks, and making weird things together.

Us – Chapter 4 (Garden Greene) – “Us” is a four part coming of age story aimed to navigate the themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity. The final chapter sees the couple reuniting for the first time in months after a summer filled with uncertainty and doubt over the future of the relationship.

Garden Greene is a writer, illustrator, animator, and film buff interested in telling personal stories with universal themes.

See Thru (for Norman) (Adam Loomis) – An exercise in free association and stream of consciousness.

Adam Loomis is a self-taught animator and motion designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work spans between commercial, experimental, and narrative, while using a variety of techniques including hand-drawn, vector, and stop-motion animation, as well as live action.

Boy Brow (Jane Hornsby) – A woman has all of her facial features stolen from her by a carnivorous women’s magazine , only to have them advertised back to her on her TV for $100.

Jane lives in Minneapolis and teaches 8th graders. She has been goofing around with animation for many years, but this is her first time submitting one to anything!

Thirty-One Infinities (Matt Semke) – An exploration of phenakistiscopes. In the month of October 2021, one phenakistiscope was created every single day. Each piece exists as a stand alone looping animation that can be viewed in augmented reality. This film is a compilation of that exploration.

Matt Semke is a prolific artist and animator from Minneapolis, MN.

Detached (Emory Allen) – You ever wake up feeling not like yourself? Let everyone know by changing your head as easily as you would change your shirt. Put on your happy face! Or your sad face. Or your uh… upside down face?

Emory Allen is a Director & Illustrator that explores his insecurities through moving images. Inspired equally by Jim Henson, John Carpenter, and Wolverine, his work is the product of an adult who is afraid to forget what it was like being a kid.

Optopum (Ed Heyl) – Opto-puum Op-topum Hopt-opum? A wizard and his wizard-baby explore a strange and dangerous world.

Ed is a wizard-dad with a wizard-child. He’s been animating for more than thirteen years and also loves performing aerial circus, massaging for money, and generally using his hands.

Shells (Tom Schroeder) – What remains.

Tom has completed sixteen animated films since 1990. His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, Canal + France and Spain, SBS in Australia, CBC in Canada and Pacific Voice in Japan.  The films have also played widely on the international festival circuit, including multiple screenings at Annecy, Rotterdam, Sundance, Ottawa and South by Southwest, and have won over forty festival awards.  Retrospective programs of Tom’s animated shorts have screened recently in Seoul, Minneapolis and Melbourne.

Concession Stand (Brian Barber) – A drive-in style concessions stand ad for the Free Range Film Festival, played at intermission.

Brian Barber is an illustrator, animator and videographer living in Duluth, MN. His work can be seen at or

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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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MinnAnimate 6 Photos

MinnAnimate 6 is over, and it was a fun night with many great animated films and lots of great discussion. Here are some photos!




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MinnAnimate 6 is tonight!

MinnAnimate 6 is tonight! Thursday, September 14! Check out the Youth/Student program lineup at 6 pm. And Check out the Independent Animation Program at 7 pm. And read some of the Animator Bios. Also, just to let you know, Main Street in front of the St. Anthony Main Theater is under construction today, so you may want to approach the theater from the 2nd St. SE side.

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Featured on Secrets of the City

MinnAnimate 6 was featured on Secrets of the City!

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MinnAnimate 6 Youth/Student Program

This is the program that will show at 6 pm on September 14.

new frontier

New Frontier

by Samantha Ballis

In the future, the only frontier left to explore is space.



by Kai and Sam

Recycling Gone Wrong

by Elyse and Ellen

These two films were created during the IFP MN Stop Motion Animation Camp in June 2017.


Theng’s Animation

by Pao Thao Theng

SPNN youth detail their trip to Detroit and recite their bonding experiences and lessons they’ve learned from the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.


Welcome to Hell

by Henry

Matt and Ollie

by Leon

Final Project (Flower Movie)

by Vidhya H.

These three short films (and the MinnAnimate trailer) were created during the IFP MN Photoshop/Animate Camp in August 2017.


by Jennifer Rosario

This film shows the relationship between an old dog who just wants to sleep and a baby who just wants to play.


I’m Happy – Teen Nostalgia

by Jim Belden

“I’m Happy” was produced by students in the Animation @ The Station class at CTV North Suburbs, as a culminating project for a class that explored various types of animation styles. It is an abbreviated music video for a song of the same title by teen musician Teenage Nostalgia.



by Joseph Dutra

A bored student experiences a frightening wake-up call.

The Love Bug

by Jennifer Rosario

Two chameleons find love through the help of a metaphoric match-making butterfly.

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The Star Shepherd Parts 1 and 2

by Mary Kippley

A little girl transforms into the keeper of the stars, but grows lonely. Finding something unidentifiable floating in the distance, she goes off to investigate.



by Sklyer Swender

Drawn charcoal stopmotion accounting the events of the 1914 Christmas truce from soldiers diaries and journals.



by Emily Downes

A dissection of a macroscopic view of individual constitution or actualization is interpreted through symbols and abstraction. “Astrodynes” is a representation of an astrological birth chart where physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual tendencies endowed at birth are realized through animation.

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Submit you animated short to MinnAnimate 6 by July 31, 2017. MinnAnimate features under 5 minute shorts that are made by independent, student and youth animators from Minnesota or slightly beyond. Click on the Submit button in the title bar above!


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2016 MinnAnimate Youth/Student Animation Program

This is the program that will show at 6 pm on September 8 for MinnAnimate 5.



Mission Star

The Big Bang

by students at Talahi Community School

These three stop motion animated films were created by 4th and 5th graders at Talahi Community School in St. Cloud working with COMPAS Teaching Artist John Akre.


Why? The Movie

by Jacob and Ruby

Mint Ice Cream

by Martin and Susan

These two shorts were created during the IFP Photoshop/Flash Animation Camp in August 2016.


Gerald the Gerbil

by Macario

The Cupcake

by Elizabeth and AJ

These two shorts were created during the IFP Stop Motion Animation Camp in July 2016.

la frontera

Love, Fire, Home

by Raices Youth Program

La Frontera

by Yaneli, Lillibeth, Oscar, Remigio, Vicky, Marilyn

The Darkness that Brought Love

by Star, Ricardo, Jessica, Vanny, Leslie

These films were created by youth in the Raices Youth Program at Centro Tryone Guzman with Teatro del Pueblo.

6 Second Films

by SPNN Youth

This short video is a compilation of short (6 second long) pieces that were created during the 2015 SPNN Youth Intern Program. The pieces were submitted to the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Really Short Film Festival, who asked people to submit videos about what summer looks like to them.


by Breon Jones

This video was created as part of the #GuerrillaTeens project at SPNN, a partnership with the Guerrilla Girls and other local arts organizations. Through this project, youth participants had the opportunity to explore the problems affecting their communities and create media for a collaborative public art project.

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by Misha Ardichvili

A young man is haunted by his dream in this live-action/rotoscope animation hybrid film.

How Does It Feel

How Does it Feel

by Noah Lawrence-Holder

A short animation exploring the complexity and erasure of black identity.


The Little Ships

by Marcie LaCerte

A visual music animation created to the tune of “The Little Ships” by Jean-Jacques Perrey. Inspired by the work of Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren, and Christopher Hinton.

the sail

The Sail

by Anna Taberko

A dream of falling. MCAD graduation film.



by Lukas Anderson

The film Ecdysis is a visual representation of the process of moulting.


Under the Bed

by Lea Redding

A young girl hears mysterious noises in her room at night, she believes it’s just her cat, but it is so much more.


This Is It

by Adam Dargan

Everyone has their own path. A path can rush with acceleration or slow to a crawl. A path can grow large and unpredictable or small and uninteresting. Only a person on their path can change it.

The path does not care if you are invested in it. Whether you love it or hate it, praise it or ignore it. The path moves onward with or without you. You can allow the path to fly under the radar or you can examine it by finding your breath for the present moment. You are the path and the path is you.

We are often so caught up with distractions that we forget to take a breath and experience the ‘now’. Remember, This Is It.

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Submit to MinnAnimate 5

Submissions are now open for MinnAnimate 5, which will be on September 8th. Submit now by clicking the Submit button above. Submissions close on July 31.

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MinnAnimate 3 Program

MinnAnimate 3 program

MinnAnimate Youth!

IFP MN: Find Your Voice (IFP-MN Summer Animation Camp 2014)

TCYMN Youth Media Market (created by youth from Migizi Communications, Perpich Arts High School, and other youth at the Walker Art Center)

Parents Suck! (Alexa Akre, Kyle Ward, Emily Downes)

A video developed to accompany a poem by Kyle Ward, about the rocky relationship between parents and their teens.

Transitions Animated (MTS Media Arts Youth)

What used to be where your school is now?


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Plumb (Caleb Wood)

A continuous vertical freehand digression.


Make Your Mark (Shelby Pearson, Mike Hallenbeck)

A family member encourages a young artist.


Street Animation (John Akre and many others)

Animation made on the street at the North Minneapolis Greenway Experience Open Streets, Lyndale Open Streets, the Northeast Farmer’s Market, and Central Ave. Open Streets this spring and summer.

League of Littles (1)

League of Littles (Jordan Studanski, Michael Mazourek, Young Fuller, Evyn Erickson, Katherine Daugaard, Dan Dismounts, Scott Meier, Logan Anderson, Amanda Boerger)

A group of extraordinary preschoolers are interviewed to become the next super hero. Some of these kiddos have found their powers and are confident in themselves while others are not quite sure yet. What the future will hold? It is up to the League of Littles to save us all from unforeseeable doom.


Stuper Powers: Secret Stache (Greg Bro)

In this episode of Stuper Powers, Bob has devoted his entire existence to becoming the ultimate crime fighter and tonight he’s ready to reveal himself to the world.

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Losing with Dignity (Peter Kirschmann)

Molly loses things all the time, and loves to talk about it candidly.

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Navel Gazing (Jane Meyer, Sara Meyer, Anders Nienstaedt, Dana LeMoine, Anda Tanaka, Mat Brutger)

I tell the tale of my heroic belly button and his adventure as a rescuer of the downtrodden.

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#StopCombatingMe (Leah Mann, Maia Ledesma, Greg Lehner)

#StopCombatingMe is a Public Service Announcement that was created for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Its purpose is to inform the public that the Combating Autism Act (CAA) doesn’t help Autistic adults, and that funding services for Autistics across the lifespan is more important than funding cure research.

MNKino 40 (Mindy Knoll, Leo Winstead, John Akre)

Created during a MNKino animation workshop at MCAD.

Connect the Dots (Oanh Vo, Robert Masen and many others)

Created during MNKino 43 during the Greenway Glow/Northern Spark.

bike ride

The Bike Ride (Sue Grant)

A bike rider has trouble with a feisty bird who insists on following him.


The Blue Bicycle (Mike Finley, John Akre, Beth Peloff)

A bicycle in a tree sparks thoughts about family and change.


North by Northeast (Andy Waltzer, John Akre and many ohers)

Created by dozens of people in the Northrup King Building during this year’s Art-A-Whirl.


Sheridan Veterans Memorial (Robert Smart)

A massive sculpture forms right before our eyes.


Extreme Makeover: Thor (Greg Bro)

Thor decides to test his mighty hammer at home remodeling.

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The Interviewering (David Koesters)

David has a job interview for position of mediocre lawyer.


The Crazy Misadventures of Christ: Joe Finds Out (Greg Bro)

In this comedic short written, animated, and voiced by Greg Bro, Joseph gets some surprising news about his future wife, Mary.


The Other Side (Josh Stifter, Mike Hallenbeck)

Results of new research on why the chicken crossed the road.


Cheshire Club (Kirk Anderson, Kevin Featherly)

Inside one of the few comedy clubs featuring stand-up comedy by cats, for cats.


Zeke and the All-Inclusive Cat House (Susan Shay Brugger, Lawrence Diggs)

A tomcat discovers a dream vacation with Miss Kitty is not what he expected.


The Fox and the Grapes (Leo Winstead, Kerri Lake)

Aesop’s classic fable. I animated clay reliefs with some colors added digitally in Toonboom Studio.


Red Dog (Beth Peloff)

A meditation on grief through the story of an old man and his dog.


YIELD (Caleb Wood)

Roadkill deaths are documented, and collectively animated.


McFowl! (Trevor Adams, Mike Hallenbeck)

A hand-drawn meditation on spirituality and the police state of art sleds scratched and mutilated on film.


Totem (Caleb Wood)

A celebration of anima


Titanic Tower (Nimo Farah, John Akre, Beth Peloff)

A public high rise is a place where culture is collected and nourished.

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Lucky Bucket (Lisa Erickson)

A Nisse out of luck asks a bridge troll for some magic luck. He trades a beautiful pair of mittens for a lucky bucket which appears to be empty. Filling it with good things for animals and the farmers family the nisse realizes that it truly is lucky.

Teetersee Tottersaw (Caleb Wood, Derick Wycherly)

Teeter See Totter Saw is an animated dialogue between two animators. One animator draws a frame, the other animator draws the next. Without a plan, the film forms itself as the two animators suggest a new direction with each frame.


The Crazy Misadventures of Christ: The Snake Bite (Greg Bro)

In this comedic short written, animated, and voiced by Greg Bro, Jesus gets bit by a snake. This short debuted at the 2014 LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.


Fork and Knife (Adina Cohen, Steve Blumenthal, David Harri)

It is about a lonely man in a restaurant who decides to attract attention for the other people in the restaurant by making music.

Connect the Dots (Oanh Vu, Charley MCarrron)

Animated portmanteau words.


Aurora (Leo Winstead, Byron Yang

Aurora (2013) is my latest paint-on-glass animated short. This film was initially inspired by the music of Claude Debussy. The idea that life can thrive even in the dead of winter formed the basis for my attempt at “visual poetry.”


Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop (Caleb Wood)

A mind in the city looks inward, and escapes into the rabbit’s domain.


The Bestest Place of All (Mike Hallenbeck, John Akre)

Where do you go to get creative?

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