joseph wallace animation puppetry

Joseph Wallace is a BAFTA Cyrmu nominated animation and puppetry director. He has written and directed more than a dozen short films since 2007, which have received international acclaim and screened at festivals around the world including Kraków Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival, as well as receiving Vimeo Staff Picks.

His 2018 music video for the Canadian singer Parker Bossley received a Vimeo Staff Pick and was hailed as a ‘triumphant return to cut-out animation’ by website Directors Notes. His previous music video for American band Sparks trended on both Youtube and Vimeo, was featured on countless websites and screened at over 40 international film festivals. Described as “sublime” by French site Allociné, the video won two awards as well as being nominated for the Kinsale Shark Awards, British Animation Awards and long listed for the 1.4 Awards. Extracts were played on BBC’s Newsnight and the One Show and the video featured on the Guardian online and VICE news. The video was later named as one of the ten best British animated music videos of all time by Anim18.

In addition to his film work, Wallace has a background working in theatre with companies such as the renowned Handspring Puppet Company, creators of War Horse. In 2015 he was made a BBC Performing Arts Fellow and named one of 32 ‘Ones to Watch’. In 2009 Wallace was the first British participant on the prestigious European training programme Animation Sans Frontières, which led him to run a film collective in France from 2013-2014. He is active as a curator, writer and lecturer, having spoken at festivals and universities internationally. He also curated the film programme of the 2015 Bristol Festival of Puppetry featuring the work of influential animators the Quay Brothers, OSCAR nominated Barry Purves and the late children’s animator Ivor Wood.

Wallace’s new short film received a development residency at the Open Workshop, Denmark in 2017 and won the Visegrad Animation Forum pitching prize in Czech Republic in the same year before pitching at Animarkt in 2018. The film is now in production with support from British Film Institute and the Czech Film Fund.

CLIENTS & COLLABORATORS
Handspring Puppet Company. BBC. The Quay Brothers. English Touring Opera. Watershed. Bristol Old Vic. Animac. Theatre-Rites. Barry Purves. Tobacco Factory. Nordland Visual Theatre. Puppet Place. Central School of Speech and Drama. London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Green Ginger

FEATURED ON
Motionographer. Director's Notes. Vimeo Staff Picks. Future Shorts. Dragonframe. British UNIMA. Skwigly. Zippy Frames. Booooooom. Stop Motion Magazine. Sound of Media. Bulles de Rêves. Creative Review for iPad. Forbidden Planet. Show Me The Animation. The Curious Brain

ACCOLADES
Best Animation Los Angeles Independent Film Festival & Kinsale Shark Awards. BBC Performing Arts Fellow 2015. BAFTA Cymru Nomination 2012. RTS Student Prize 2012. British Talent Award Canterbury Animist 2011. Best Animation Ffresh Festival 2011. Shortlisted for DepicT! 2008 & 2014