Animation Director & Designer
Ellie Land is an international award winning director in the fields of animation and documentary.
Biography of the artist:
International award-winning filmmaker Ellie Land combines animation and documentary narrative to make films that encourage dialogue on subjects ranging from the ways in which humans interact with their environments to women’s health and social issues.
Ellie’s use of animation techniques seeks to question the authority of documentary ‘reality’ through the expressive interplay of drawing, sound and time. Her films have attracted a number of awards, commendations and special mentions from a variety of prestigious international film festivals. Her film, Centrefold, won Best Non - broadcast Factual film at The Royal Television Society awards in 2012.
Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, Centrefold attracted international media attention and has played a key role in the global debate on the ethics of labia surgery. The film has screened at over 50 international film festivals, such as Fantoche, Stuttgart Festival of Animated film and at the British Science Festival 2013, where it was followed by a Q&A, featuring eminent experts in the field of female genital modification.
Sleepless (2015), stems from a two year dialogue with circadian biologist Professor Peter Oliver and uses animation to explore the links between mental health and disrupted sleep. Commissioned as part of Silent Signal by Animate Projects and supported by the Wellcome Trust, the film was exhibited at six UK venues including Life Space Dundee and Quad Derby and screened in over 20 festivals, conferences and workshops including Ars Electronica Linz, and Imagine Science Festival New York.
Ellie is currently in production on two projects, The Eco Good, a collaboration with Klangforum Wien, Tricky Women and Animate Projects, resulting in a live performance of ten animated films and orchestral scores, touring in 2018 – 2019. The second project is part-animated feature film documentary Irene’s Ghost. The film is funded by the British Film Institute and the Wellcome Trust and is due for release in 2018.
Ellie has an MA in Animation from The Royal College of Art (RCA). She is originally from a small mining town in Somerset, but now lives in the North East of England. Here she directs commercial animation, and is the Creative Director and Producer of the Digital Studio @Teesside University and she is Senior Lecturer in Animation at Northumbria University.