Welcome to the home of animated documentary: a resource for film-makers, researchers and fans alike!

Our mission is to bring together information on films, writing, news and events. By using the categories on the left, the tag cloud on the right, or the search box, you can find films available to watch online, as well as reviews, interviews, reports on festivals, workshops and conferences.

Please do follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And share your news with us – we are always looking for new contributors to join the team, and for film-makers to share work-in-progress.

Who We Are

AnimatedDocumentary.com was set up by animadoc directors Alys Scott-Hawkins & Ellie Land in 2011 as interest was growing in animated documentary.

Alys is an artist and researcher who works with drawing and documentary. Her films have won multiple awards, and been screened at more than 30 film festivals. Residencies include MuseumsQuartier Vienna and the National Media Museum, Bradford. Her work has been exhibited at Parasol Unit, London, on the Biennale circuit, Venice and at the Freud Museum, Vienna.

A graduate of MA Animation at the Royal College of Art, Alys worked for 13 years as a freelance animation director, including commissions for Channel 4 Television. Her teaching experience includes Central St. Martin’s, Camberwell College of Art, Arts University Bournemouth, BAFTA and BBC, among others.


Ellie Land is a British award-winning animation Director, Educator, and Researcher. Her films are renowned for using emotive storytelling with compelling design, screening internationally at film festivals and exhibitions.  Her most recent work includes working with Iain Cunningham on his multi award-winning debut feature film Irene’s Ghost; and BFI-funded documentary Bathroom Privileges, made with Rupert Williams. Ellie is the Programme Leader for Animation at Northumbria University.


We’ve been joined by some fabulous contributors:

Alex Widdowson

Alex is a London-based animated documentary director and researcher specializing in the representation of cognitive difference. He is a PhD candidate on the Wellcome Trust, Autism through Cinema research project at Queen Mary University of London. Alex teaches Animation MA at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and is a graduate from the Documentary Animation MA at the Royal College of Art, UK, and the AniDox:Lab at the Animation Workshop, Denmark.  He is also the festival producer for Factual Animation Film Festival. You can follow him on Instagram, watch his films on Vimeo and read about his practice-based research on DocumentaryAnimationDiscourse.com

Carla MacKinnon

Carla is a filmmaker with a background across animation, live action, art and events. She graduated from an MA in animation at Royal College of Art in 2013 and is currently a PhD candidate at Arts University Bournemouth, conducting practice-based research into the Institutional and Production Contexts of animated documentary.

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10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey people – great page! I am just taking over a professorship at erg Brussels (http://www.erg.be/erg/) for “cinema d’animation” and as you can see on my websites I have a special interested regarding questions of animated documentary/ documentary animation. Also at the department I will put a specific focus on that – could be nice to collaborate in the future somehow! Lets see… just as a first contact…
    Best, Alexander

  2. I have to say I am so thankfull for your website:
    I just started researches for my master’s degree’s thesis which will be about sound in animated documentaries and… well, loads of great info and usefull references are to be found here!
    Thank you!

    • Hi Agathe,
      Thanks for the feedback – great to know that the site is useful for your research. Perhaps you’d like to share your thesis when its complete? We are always looking for new writing and contributions…

  3. Well I am studying in Paris so writing in French, but I will definitly forward it to you if I have the occasion to translate it in English.
    I will let you know next summer!

  4. Great effort!
    I would love to be in touch with you guys. I’m also doing my research on ‘Animated documentary’. It is awesome.
    Thank you

  5. I’m looking for a copy of the short film ‘His Mother’s Voice’ by Dennis Tupicoff but having no joy anywhere. Do you know where I would be able to find a copy, please?

  6. Pingback: Update February 2018 | Animation Alliance UK

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