Patrick Jenkins

Patrick Jenkins is an award winning artist, animator and documentary filmmaker. He was a Special Guest Filmmaker at: the 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia; the 2012 London International Animation Festival, London, U.K.; and in 2011 at Anima VI, the Córdoba International Animation Festival, in Córdoba, Argentina. His film “Phantom City” has played at festivals around the world. His film “Circle Game” (2014) was shown in 2015 at Le Festival Heure d’Été à Bruxelles, in Belgium and numerous international festivals. His film “Sorceress” (2012) was shown in competition at the London International Animation Festival, London, U.K., the Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, and BE FILM (The Underground Film Festival), New York, U.S.A. His previous film “Tara’s Dream” won both Second Prize and Best Animation Prize at the 2010 Toronto Urban Film Festival. His film “Amoeba” won first prize at the 2010 Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase.  His film "Inner View” (2009), an animated homage to the art of Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura was an Official Selection of Animafest, in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010. His film "Labyrinth" (2008), a surreal detective story, won 1st place in the Independent, 6 to 30 Minutes Category, at the 2009 KAFI Festival and 3rd Prize for animation at the 2010 Be Film Festival in New York City and was included in the dvd the Highlights of the London International Animation Festival 2009. His documentaries, "Of Lines And Men: The Animation Of Jonathan Amitay" and "Death Is In Trouble Now: The Sculptures Of Mark Adair" premiered on BRAVO! Television in October 2007. His film “The Skateboarder” premiered at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival and was shown at the 2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival and the prestigious 2006 Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. His documentary film "RALPH: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry, The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso" premiered at the 2001 Montreal World Film Festival and was broadcast on CBC Television's Canadian Reflections and BRAVO! Television. (For more information go to

His stop motion animated film "Man Versus Geometry" premiered at the 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival and was also shown at the 2005 Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France.

In November 2003 his music video of Katrina and the Waves song "Dancing Street" was included on the bonus DVD of Bongo Beat Records CD release "Katrina and the Waves: the original recordings: 1983-1984".

His documentary film, "Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry; the Poetry of Ralph Alfonso" premiered at the 2001 Montreal World Film Festival and was broadcast on CBC Television's "Canadian Reflections" Program in March 2002 and in September of 2003, the program was broadcast on the Bravo! Television network.

In 1997 he directed and animated a music video of poet Ralph Alfonso's song "Venus In Violets" for Bongo Beat Records of Vancouver. His 1996 series "Animal Tales", comprised of 11 short cut-out animated films, explores the lives of several recurring characters including a mouse, an ant and a beaver.

Patrick acted as writer, animator, associate producer and on camera host in his 1994 educational videotape "Animation For Kids, How To Make Your Cartoons Move!". In this videotape he shows children how to make their own low tech animation devices such as flipbooks, thaumatropes and zoetropes. This videotape has been acquired by school boards and libraries throughout North America. In 1995 "Animation for Kids" was awarded a Bronze Apple Award from the National Educational Media Competition, Oakland, California, U.S.A.

His 1990 animated film "The Flipbook Movie", a playful look at the illusion of animation, was screened at the 1991 Chicago International Children's Film Festival and the 1992 KidFilm Festival in Dallas, Texas and has been acquired by the Toronto Public Library, the Halton Board of Education and the Southern Alberta Library Services.

His 1987 films, "The Magician's Hat" and "Making Faces" explore hand drawn scenarios, while other films "Alleycats" and "Eye To Eye" explore the possibilities of low end computer animation.

His animated and experimental films have been shown in theatres and art galleries throughout the world including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. His films have been shown on the PBS series "The Frontier" and the TVOntario series "Moving Images". His 1976 film "Wedding Before Me" is in the film collection of Canada House in London, England. His 1978 film "Fluster" won first prize in the experimental category of the 1979 Toronto Super-8 Movie Festival. Two of his films, "Shadowplay"(1981) and "Sign Language"(1982) were included in "O Kanada", a major exhibiton of Canadian Culture, Berlin, West Germany in 1982. His work in animation was featured on "Z Splat", a documentary television series about independent animators. His work has also been featured on the C.B.C. T.V. Science show "Wonderstruck" and the TVOntario shows "TVO Kids Crawlspace" and "Report Canada".

Patrick is perhaps most well known for a series of nine flipbooks that he has designed and published since 1987. To date he has sold over 90,000 of these flipbooks in museum and gift shops in Canada and the U.S.A. Titles in this series include "Play Ball!", "In The Wink Of An Eye", "Out Of This World", "The Magician's Hat", "Slap Shot!", "Skateboarding", "The Magic Wand", and "A Fishy Tale".

He is also the author and illustrator of "Flipbook Animation and Other Ways To Make Cartoons Move", (1991, published by Kids can Press in Canada and the Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. in the U.S.A.), an instructional book, that teaches children how to make their own flipbooks and other motion picture devices.

Patrick studied Visual Arts at York University and graduated with an M.F.A. in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, he taught film and video production and drawing at York University. Since 1985 he has conducted hundreds of workshops in animation for both children and adults in schools and libraries in Canada and the U.S.A.

His drawings are in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank and York University. His artwork has been exhibited in solo shows at YYZ Gallery and Mercer Union Gallery in Toronto. His drawings were also featured in a group show entitled "Other Worlds" at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto in 1998.




Paintings and Artwork

Films and Television Work


Flipbook Animation (Instructional Book )

Animation For Kids (Instructional Video)

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