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From July 17, 2017 - July 31, 2017 my film "Circle Game" will be in Streetlight, a series of projections in the window of the Roman Susan Gallery, 1224 West Loyola Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Videos in this series will be projected every evening after dark and will be visible from the street.
Thanks to Tracy Miller-Robbins, who also has a piece in this exhibition, for all her help.
For more info.:


Phantom City at the Christie Pits Film Festival

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On Sunday, July 9, 2017, my short animated noir film "Phantom City" was shown at the Christie Pits Film Festival in Toronto. The film was shown along with the noir classic "The Maltese Falcon" Thanks to the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for showing my film in this programme! Thanks as well to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding the film and Paul Intson for composing the musical score and mixing the film.
 Here's an interview I did with the festival:

Here's the trailer for the film:


My film "Phantom City" will also screen in the Short Film Competition at the 2017 Santiago del Estero Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente in Argentina from July 11 to 15th. Thanks to Pichu Tomsic and the festival staff for selecting my film!

My film "Emanations: A Visual Poem" (2017) had its world premiere in the screening #Postreality at the 13th Athens Digital Arts-ADAF 2017 Festival from May 18 to 21, 2017 in Athens, Greece. Thanks to the Paul Intson who composed the music and did the sound mix and to the Ontario Arts Council for funding the film.

"Emanations" screened at the Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia from June 18 to 25, 2017.

Here's the trailer for my film:



My film "Phantom City" will screen in the Short Film Competition at the 2017 Santiago del Estero Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente in Argentina from July 11 to 15th. Thanks to Pichu Tomsic and the festival staff for selecting my film!

"Phantom City" (2015) also screened at the Local Exposure Showcase at the Royal Cinema in Toronto on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Here's the trailer for the film:

New Film:

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Emanations: A Visual Poem (2017)

I'm pleased to announce that I recently completed a new film, "Emanations: A Visual Poem". It's a short abstract movie about the relentless cycle of life, including growth and decay, wonder and awe.

Music by Paul Intson

Funded by the Ontario Arts Council


I sold my flip books and chap books at the 2016 Ontario College of Art and Design University Book Arts Fair, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


I sold my flip books and chap books at the 2016 Canzine Festival of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, on Saturday, October 29, 2016.


Toronto Premiere of Phantom City!

My latest film "Phantom City" had its Toronto premiere in the screening "Time Form Scene" on October 13 at Cinecycle in Toronto.

It was also shown at the Animated Dreams Festival in Tallinn, Estonia from Nov. 16 to 20, 2016; the Stoptrik International Film Festival in Maribor, Slovenia which ran October 27 to 30th, 2016 and the Reggio Film Festival in Italy;  the 2016 Anima Mundi International Animation Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil in Oct. and Nov. 2016; the Anim’est International Animation Festival, Bucharest, Romania in October 2016, the London International Animation Festival, England in December.

It was also screened at the XI International Competition for Animated Short Film of ANIMASIVO, Mexico City Contemporary Animation Festival; the 2016 Canterbury Anifest, England; the 2016 Ottawa International Animation Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands.

Here's the trailer for the film:


I'm in a documentary made by Cecilia Traslaviña from Bogota, Colombia called Pertpetuum Mobile Chapter 2. "Creative processes". Here is the link. My interview is at the 24:25 minute mark. Thanks to Cecilia for including me in this movie.


 Recently I was interviewed by Pichu Tomsic for La Quirino, a new online Spanish language animation magazine from Argentina. Thanks to Pichu Tomsic for interviewing me and reproducing stills from my recent film “Phantom City” to illustrate the article.

In 2011, I was a special guest artist, at Anima VI, the Córdoba International Animation Festival, in Córdoba, Argentina.

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Here’s the link:


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My latest film "Phantom City" is in two more festivals:

The 2016 Sydney International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia


the 2016 New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand


I'm pleased to announce that Corrie Francis Parks book "Fluid Frames, Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint and Pixels" is now out. I was interviewed for the book and my work in animation is featured (along with many other independent/experimental animators). Thanks to Corrie for including my work in this book. You can order it with discount code FLR40 on
Fluid Frames Cover

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I was at the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair in Grimsby, Ontario.  This year I have 3 classic flip books back in print: "Play Ball!" (about baseball), "Out of this World" (about an alien) and "A Fishy Tale" along with a perfect bound edition of my recent flip book "Morphing City Hall" and "Slap Shot!" and "In the Wink of an Eye"!

My film "Phantom City" is screening at the following festivals:

australian international animation festival

The Australian International Animation Festival in Wagga Wagga, Australia

Sunday, May 15, 2016  

Here's the catalogue description: "A hand-painted opus laced with noir. A woman with a mysterious suitcase and a man in pursuit - just one of the tales in the Phantom City".

Golden Kuker-Sofia International Animation Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
May 9 to 15, 2016

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 Chilemonos Festival Internacional de Animacion, Santiago, Chile
May 10 to 15, 2016
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and the

The Imagine Film Festival, Amsterdam, Holland

April 14 to 24, 2016

Synopsis of "Phantom City" from the Imagine Film Festival website (translated from Dutch):

"In a big city a young woman sees a movie called “Naked Angels”. What appears to be a film noir is actually a passage through the fourth wall. This beautiful game with reality does what only animation can. A nice jazzy score is a binding element in a sequence of bizarre twists."

Here's the trailer for the film:


Patrick Jenkins at Harbourfront

My film "Circle Game" is in the art exhibition "Abstractionists" at Harbourfront Centre

Exhibition runs from January 23 to June 19, 2016

Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2G8


Animation Noir, films by Patrick Jenkins, Western Canada Tour 2015

I toured Western Canada, showing my films and conducting workshops in animation.

Nov. 20, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
Nov. 26, Cineworks, Howe Street Studio, Vancouver, B.C.
Nov. 27, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C.
Nov. 30, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
Dec. 1, MediaNet, Victoria, B.C.

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Section, for travel funding.

Here's some posters and photographs from the trip:

Poster Media Net/Flux Gallery Victoria B.C.poster animation noir cineworksArt For Lunch poster    emily carr poster

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Below: Photographs of my presentation of my paint on glass animation

at Flux Gallery at Media Net, Victoria, B. C. on Dec. 1, 2015

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New Movie:

"Phantom City"

Here's the trailer:

Phantom City Trailer from Patrick Jenkins on Vimeo.

I recently completed a new film entitled "Phantom City". It's a 6.5 minute, paint on glass animated film, part magic realism, part film noir. Thanks to Paul Intson for the fabulous musical score and mix and thanks to Steve Munro for the great sound effects. I was working on this film for the past 2.5 years. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this movie.

"Phantom City" will have its premiere at the 14th edition of the Sommets du cinéma d'animation, an animation festival at Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal from November 25th to 29th 2015!

It has also been selected for official competition at Animax Skopje Fest 2015, the Macedonian International Festival of Animated Films, in Skojpe, Macedonia
(see below) and the 2016 Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia

"Circle Game"

Festival News!

My new film "Circle Game" is "A magical dance of circles which becomes an abstract movie through superimposing two drafting templates, resulting in chance animation."

"Circle Game" has shown at the following festivals:

July/August 2015 Le Festival Heure d’Été à Bruxelles, Belgium
June 2015 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia
June 2015 Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
May 2015, Australian International Animation Festival, Wagga Wagga

Feb 2015 at the Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games in England.

Dec. 2014 Sommets du cinema d’animation, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Oct. 2014 in competition at the 2014 London International Animation Festival, England

Oct. 2014 Antimatter (Media Art) Festival in Victoria, Canada

July 2014 Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase on July 2014.


I was at the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery selling my flip books, chap books and dvds.



Stills from my films:


Sat. Nov. 30, 2013 I was at the OCAD Book Arts Fair, 100 McCaul Street with my chapbooks, dvds for sale! 


My "Labyrinth" was screened at the 2013 London International Animation Festival on October 26 at the Horse Hospital in London, England in the Canadian Indie Showcase.

LIAF describes my film as "A surrealist, film-noir paint-on-glass epic following a detective’s strange encounters with mysterious phenomena from the dark-side."


I had a great day at Toronto's Word On The Street yesterday, Sunday, September 22, 2013, selling my dvds, flip books and chap books. Our booth title "Cemetery Photographs & Flip Books" got us a mention in the Toronto Star Newspaper. The name definitely drew people to our booth.


My 2008 film "Labyrinth" was screened in Lima, Peru as part of a selection of short films by Toronto Animated Image Society members at the Filmo Corto Festival 2013 (Aug 6 - 8). Thanks to Madi Piller at TAIS for including my film in the screening.


Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013

I was honoured to be a Special Guest Filmmaker at the Melbourne International Animation Festival 2013 in Melbourne, Australia from June 20th to June 30th, 2013. I had a great time. It was a wonderful festival. Many thanks to Festival Director Malcolm Turner and Festival Manager Helen Gibbins for all their hospitality.

You can read about my adventures in Melbourne on my blog.

During MIAF, I showed and talked about 6 of my recent paint on glass animated films in the series Animation 101, Meet the Filmmaker, to an appreciative audience:

I helped Festival Director Malcolm Turner curate and introduce a series of 3 Programs of Canadian Independent Animation. My films"Sorceress", "Amoeba" and "Labyrinth" were shown in these Programs. I was honoured that my film "Labyrinth" was also shown in the MIAF Gala Opening Screening.

As if that wasn't enough, I also ran a Flip Book Movie making workshop with 20 excellent participants.

I was also on the jury that selected the Best Australian Film of the Festival. I also visited the Animation Department in the School of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts, at the University of Melbourne where I met with the Lecturer Paul Fletcher and Lecturer  Robert Stephenson and chatted with their students about their work in progress.

All in all a great trip!


TAIS Independent Animation SHOWCASE 2013

My 10 second animated piece "Out Of This World" was shown in the UFO Anijam at the TAIS Showcase on Sat. May 11 at Cinecycle in Toronto. Here it is:



On Saturday April 27, 2013, I was at the Wayzgoose Book Arts Festival at the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery, selling my dvds, chap books and flip books. Sold 37 flip books and 3 chap books. Thanks everyone!


Metamorphosis Test (Silent)

April 9, 2013: I evolve my paint on glass animation through a series of tests or experiments. Here's a very short silent clip I did last week of the metamorphosis of a man into a bird. It's done with a mixture of gouache, glycerin, and water on a white linoleum surface, adding and removing paint between the frames. Sometimes these experiments evolve into longer films.


Sorceress at LAMPS Film Festival

My latest film "Sorceress" was shown at the LAMPS Film Festival on April 10th and 11th in Lethbridge, Alberta.


Sorceress at HIFF 2013

My film "Sorceress" was shown at the Halifax Independent Film Festival in the "New Works from the Toronto Animated Image Society" program on Wednesday April 10, 2013 at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia


March 2013

I was recently awarded a Research/Creation Grant from the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts to develop a new movie project.


Invitation from the Melbourne International Animation Festival

I'm pleased to announce that I've been invited to attend the Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia from June 23 to 30, 2013 as a guest filmmaker.

Thanks to Festival Director Malcolm Turner for organizing this invitation. I really appreciate it. He's curating a series of screenings on recent Canadian Independent Animation for MIAF 2013. I've been helping him a little with research for this series. More details will be coming soon.

While I'm in Melbourne, I'll be leading a workshop on flip book animation and speaking about Canadian Independent Animation. I appreciate all the support MIAF and its sister festival the London International Animation Festival (which I attended in Oct. 2012), have given my work over the years. My films "Labyrinth", "Inner View" and "Sorceress" have screened at both Festivals.


A print interview I did about my paint on glass animation is now up at:

Thanks to Charles Wilson at Smudge Animation for the great interview.


A half-hour video interview I did about my work is now up at the Canadian Animation Blog.

Thanks to Grayden Laing at Canadian Animation Blog.


My latest film "Sorceress" has been chosen to be shown in competition at the following two festivals in February 2013:

Animac Animation Festival in Lleida, Spain

Animacam Animation Festival, Ourense, Spain


On Sat. December 15th, I was at the Bazaar of the Bizarre: Frost Bite!, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, selling my dvds, books and flipbooks.


On Sat. December 1st, I participated in the OCAD Book Arts Fair in Toronto selling my dvds, books and flipbooks.


My latest film Sorceress was shown at two more festivals:

10th ANILOGUE International Animation Festival in Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, Austria from Nov 16 - Nov 25, 2012

and the Istanbul Animation Festival in Turkey.


Now available for order DVD: "Animation Noir: Films By Patrick Jenkins"

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I'm pleased to announce the release of my dvd "Animation Noir: Films By Patrick Jenkins".

It includes all my recent paint on glass animated films: Sorceress (2012), Labyrinth (2008), Amoeba (2012), Inner View (2009), Towers Rising (2009) and Tara's Dream (2010). 23 minutes in length.

The cost is $25 per copy (shipping included) for Canada and the U.S.A. (NTSC)

and $30 per copy (shipping included) for overseas (PAL version available on request).

You can order one by emailing me at

It's the first dvd in a series of 5 dvds of my animation and documentary film work that I'll be releasing in the coming months.


My blog is here.


London International Animation Festival 2012

I attended the 2012 London International Animation Festival in England as a guest filmmaker, from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4, 2012.

My film "Sorceress" had it's European premiere at the festival in International Programme 3, on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 4 p.m.

While I was there I conducted 4 flip books workshops, judged the Abstract Film category, introduced my film "Sorceress", judged the Flipbook Challenge competition and spoke on a panel called on the Animated Documentary. It was great to be so engaged during the festival. I really like doing presentations.

Above: L to R: Malcolm Turner (Director, Melbourne International Animation Festival), Nag Vladermersky (Director, London International Animation Festival), Patrick Jenkins, and Urte Budinate (Lithuanian Animator)

Above: L to R: Tony Comley (British Animator). Tony and I judged the Abstract Film Category of LIAF. Center is a photo taken during the Spooky Flip Book Workshop I conducted on Halloween Night at the Barbican. On the left is Urte Budinate (Lithuanian Animator) and me conducting another Flip Book Workshop for the Flipbook Challenge Competition.

Final meal at the end of LIAF. Left to Right: Nag Vladermersky, Malcolm Turner, Koji Yamamura (renown Japanese Animator), Patrick Jenkins, Anna Gregory and Mandy Smith (LIAF staff members)

In the LIAF 2012 Catalogue, Festival Director Nag Vladermersky wrote:

"I've always liked Patrick Jenkins' films. There's a kind of very hands-on honesty to the visuality of much of his work. His films transmit that sense of directness and it is easy to see the marks left by his brushes. His latest film, "Sorceress", sees him working in the paint-on-glass technique that he has previously employed so lavishly in films such as "Inner View" (2009) and "Labyrinth" (2008). Another very big tick in Jenkins' love of telling a good story and his ability to pull it off with such style and clarity."

Thanks again to the LIAF staff. It was a blast!


"Sorceress" has been selected has been selected to be shown in the Canadian panorama section of the Montreal based animation festival, LES SOMMETS DU CINEMA D'ANIMATION which runs from November 28 to December 2, 2012.


On Tuesday Oct. 2, 2012 I did a presentation at the TAIS Incubator (Toronto Animated Image Society)

I screened and discussed the creation of my film "Sorceress" (2012), a mythological adventure story. I showed storyboards from the film and discussed my paint on glass animation techniques. I also presented my new flip book, "Morphing City Hall" (2012), launched my DVD "Animation Noir: Films By Patrick Jenkins" and lead a short flip book workshop.

Thanks to the Toronto Animated Image Society for hosting this event and the great audience.


I was at Word on the Street Toronto on Sunday Sept. 23, 2012

selling my dvds, flipbooks and chapbooks

Thanks to everyone who came by.


Here's a video of me demonstrating the paint on glass animation technique. It was shot and edited by Grayden Laing at Canadian Animation Blogspot.

A series about the making of my film Sorceress is now up at my blog at


I'm pleased to announce that I'm going to attend the 2012 London International Animation Festival in England where my film "Sorceress" will have it's European premiere. The Festival runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4. In addition to the premiere, I will be conducting an animation workshop and speaking on a panel about animated documentaries.

It's great to be invited to the Festival and I have to say a big thank you to LIAF and its sister festival the Melbourne International Animation Festival for supporting and screening my films over the years.

"Sorceress" is a 9 minute, paint on glass animated, mythological adventure film. It took over 12 months to animate and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

A big thanks must go to the Canada Council for the Arts, Media Arts Section for funding the film. You can see the trailer for "Sorceress" here. Prior to this "Sorceress" has screened at the 2012 Be Film Underground Film Festival in New York City, the 2012 Toronto Animated Image Society Showcase in Toronto, and the 2012 Melbourne International Animation Festival.


New Flip Book: Morphing City Hall

I created a new flip book as part of Flip-Toronto. Eight artists chose sites around Toronto and made flip books about them. The flip books were shown on the TTC Subway Video Screens from August 4 to 19, 2012. I chose Toronto City Hall. Click play on the image above to see the book come to life.

Wed. Aug. 8, 2012: I'm pleased to announce that my "Morphing City Hall" flip book has been acquired by Special Collections at the Toronto Reference Library. They have an extensive collection of artists' books.

Thurs. Aug. 9, 2012: This morning I was delighted to discover that there's an article on Flip-Toronto and my book "Morphing City Hall" in the The Grid Newspaper (Aug. 9 to 15). Here's the online version.

There's an article on the Flip-Toronto project in the July 30, 2012 edition of the Toronto Star Newspaper. See it here.

I've started a blog at Wordpress

Clips From Six of my animated films are now up on Vimeo. Check them out!

I'm now in Wikipedia

Sorceress at the Festivals:

My new film Sorceress has been selected for competition at:

and the London International Animation Festival 2012 in the U.K.

October 25- November 4, 2012

and was in competition at:

The Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia

June 17-24, 2012

TAIS Showcase, Toronto, Canada on June 1, 2012

BE FILM, the Underground Film Festival in New York City

April 24-28, 2012


Two new book works:

On Sat. April 28, 2012 I attended the Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery launching two new books made entirely of drawings.


New Film Completed:

February 2012: I've just finished my new film Sorceress. It's a nine minute, mythological adventure story created with paint on glass animation.

Synopsis: Two sisters head to the big city to see a concert. When the younger sister is kidnapped, the older sister embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her sibling from a wicked Sorceress.

Music by Paul Intson and Sound Effects by Urban Post Production.

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for funding this film.


My film Tara's Dream has been selected for the Super-Short Competition in Festival MONSTRA, an animation festival in Lisboa Portugal, which runs from March 19 to 25, 2012.


In Dec. 2011 I had a short animated loop called Babel Tower (sketch) in TPW Gallery's Photorama exhibition and fundraising show.


My 2010 short animated film "Tara's Dream" was shown at Les Sommets du cinema d'animation de Montreal, which will take place December 1st to 4th, 2011


ANIMA VI Cordoba International Animation Festival of Cordoba, Argentina

From October 5 to October 8, 2011, I was a guest filmmaker at ANIMA VI International Animation Festival of Cordoba in Argentina, along with Madi Piller and Richard Reeves. My 2010 short animated film "Amoeba" was shown in the Themes and Rhythms Category (International Competition); my film "Inner View" was shown, along with other films from the Eleven In Motion project; and I conducted a paint on glass animation workshop (see below). That's my film "Labyrinth" showing on the wall behind the workshop participants.

After the festival I went to Buenos Aires for 4 days after the Festival to see that wonderful city. Thanks to Hugo Ares and Madi Piller and all the staff at ANIMA VI for arranging this trip. Photos courtesy of Richard Reeves.


My film "Inner View" was shown at the London International Animation Festival 2011 in August in London, England


"Tara's Dream" was shown at the TAIS Showcase 2011 on June 23 in Toronto

I was a guest on Framelines, an online movie program at, on Thursday, June 16 to discuss the TAIS Showcase 2011 and my film Tara's Dream.


I was interviewed for the article "So You Want To Be An Animator" in the print version of Toronto's NOW Magazine (May 26- June 1, 2011 Issue, Page 40). It's about careers in animation. See the following:

"As a kid, I drew hockey games, airplanes, PT boats, obsessively drawing the same things over and over. I do animation using a technique called paint-on-glass, which is making a painting, taking a shot of it with a digital still camera and then changing the picture a little bit and doing this process again and again. I make up the story and everything; I'm a one-person operation.

When you finish an animated film - at least with drawing - you have all this artwork left over, and I wondered what to do with it. I thought about flip books and put together my own flip book publishing business. Over the years, I sold about 90,000 of them!

You have to have a lot of patience to be an animator. Every technique is laborious. It's also physically challenging. A lot of times you're standing or sitting in the same position, so your neck and shoulders seize."

PATRICK JENKINS independent animator and filmmaker. He studied art at York University. His most recent film is Labyrinth.


Inner View was in competition at the Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia in June 2011 and shown at: At The Factory- Hamilton Media Arts Centre in the Screening Eleven In Motion on May 13, 2011

My film "Amoeba" was shown at the Plastic Paper: Winnipeg's Festival of Animated, Illustrated + Puppet Film from May 4 to 7, 2011

"Tara's Dream" (2010) was shown at BEFILM, the Underground Film Festival in New York City in May 2011

"Inner View" was shown at the MONSTRA - Lisbon Animation Film Festival in March 2011


My film "Amoeba" was exhibited at Gallery TPW's Photorama exhibition and fundraising sale from November 26 to December 4, 2010 along with a giclee print from "Towers Rising".

Gallery TPW is located at 56 Ossington Avenue Toronto ON M6J 2Y7


"Inner View" was shown in the Canadian Showcase screening at the Ottawa 2010 International Animation Festival from October 20-24, 2010.



October 2, 7 PM to October 3, 7 AM

1249 QUEEN ST. WEST, Toronto


My film Inner View was shown in the year long visual art exhibition "Painter Eleven In Motion" at Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 72 Queen Street, Civic Centre, Oshawa, Ontario. Animated films from the Toronto Animated Image Society's Eleven in Motion project were shown along with original paintings by the Painters Eleven.

The exhibition ran from September 25, 2010 to September 18, 2011


Tara's Dream wins two awards at the Toronto Urban Film Festival!

My film "Tara's Dream" (2010) won two prizes at the Toronto Urban Film Festival's awards ceremony on Sunday, September 19, 2010. It won the Second Place Prize (selected by filmmaker Deepa Mehta) and the Best Animation By A Local Artist Prize (selected by filmmaker/curator Chris Gehman). You can watch the film online at:


Exhibition of "Movies and Stills" by Patrick Jenkins

Installation Photos

From Aug. 11 to 22, 2010 I exhibited movies and stills at Loop Gallery in Toronto in the group exhibition "Faithful and Faithless Messengers". I showed my films "Labyrinth" and "Towers Rising" along with giclee prints of stills from these movies.

1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1X8, 416-516-2581, loopgallery@


Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre showed my film Labyrinth as part of the program entitled Square Pegs III in Kingston, Ontario on August 18th, 2010


New Film Amoeba wins award!

My new film "Amoeba" (2010, 2.5 minutes), an abstract, paint on glass animated film based on music by John Zorn's Masada won the gold prize, best in the show at the :


on THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

at the TRANZAC CLUB, Toronto, Canada


-Here's a feature article on my film "Labyrinth" appears in the current issue of Animation Reporter Magazine (April 2010). The two page article outlines the making of the movie, illustrated with colour stills from the film.

Animation Reporter is an English language animation trade magazine, based in Mumbai, India.


Labyrinth Wins Prize!!!

-My film Labyrinth won Third Place in the Animation Category at BEFILM, the Underground Film Festival in New York City on Saturday, May 1, 2010.


-My animated film "Inner View", based on the art of Kazuo Nakamura, was selected for the Films for Children Competition program of 20th World Festival of Animated Film- Animafest Zagreb. The festival was held in Zagreb, Croatia, from 1-6 June 2010.


-Labyrinth was shown at Artspace Gallery in Peterborough, Ontario as a continuous loop projection in the Project Room from March 12 to April 24, 2010.


-My film Labyrinth has been chosen for inclusion in the compilation dvd "The Best of the London International Animation Festival 2009". The dvd will include 15 films selected from 360 films screened at the festival this year.


-My new loop animation piece "Towers Rising" was shown in PHOTORAMA 2009 AT GALLERY TPW

from November 27 to December 5, 2009

56 Ossington Avenue Toronto ON M6J 2Y7 Canada


-My 15 second animation about the myth of a fox that turns into an alluring woman, opens the live action feature film "The Ache", directed by Keith Lock. The script was written by Keith Lock and Louise Bak. It premiered at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. Go to and click on 3. Final Animation V3 -


New Film

Two events related to my new film "Inner View"

On Tuesday, November 17, 2009 I was part of an Artist Talk/panel discussion at the NFB Mediatheque, in Toronto; as part of the "Eleven In Motion" project. "Inner View" was screened along with other films in the "Eleven In Motion" project. (See below)


On November 18, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m., the "Eleven in Motion" Project opened at the Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Avenue, Toronto; along with original paintings from the Painters Eleven and everyone is welcome to attend. The films were shown continuously on monitors in the gallery.

Here is a photo of the installation with "Inner View" playing on the television monitor next to a painting by Kazuo Nakamura.

The show ran from November 18 to 25, 2009. Thanks to filmmaker Richard Reeves for the installation photo.


My new film "Inner View" is a 35mm, two minute, animated homage to the art of Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura done using the paint on glass animation. I've admired Kazuo Nakamura's art for over 35 years. In this movie I have attempted to recreate Nakamura's work by animating a selection of his paintings and sculptures as if they are being created in front of our eyes, like constantly growing and evolving plants. Nakamura's art has its roots in the visual patterns found in nature. His keen interest in science and mathematics was a way of rediscovering the structure of our world. It has been a joy to make a film honouring his work.The music score was written and performed by Paul Intson who composed the music for my previous films "Labyrinth" and "The Skateboarder", with flute improvisation by Ron Korb.

This film was commissioned by the Toronto Animated Image Society for their "Eleven In Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation" project, a series of 11 films created by animators based on the art of the Painters Eleven, who were abstract expressionists active in Toronto in the late 50's and 60's. Funding for this project was provided by the Canada Council For The Arts and Petman Foundation.

It was also shown in December 2009 at Les Sommets du Cinema D'animation, Cinematheque Quebecoise, Montreal.


"Inner View" premiered in November 2009

My new film "Inner View" premiered on November 11 at 8 p.m. at TIFF Cinematheque at the Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto to a sold out theatre. Thanks to Madi Piller, Tara Schorr, the Toronto Animated Image Society, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Petman Foundation.


Death Is In Trouble Now: The Sculptures of Mark Adair

My documentary on Canadian sculptor Mark Adair was shown in an exhibition of his art at the Woodstock Art Gallery from October 10 to November 28, 2009 in Woodstock, Ontario.


Labyrinth wins award at KAFI 2009!!!

My film " Labyrinth " won 1st place in the KAFI 2009 Independent 6 to 30 Minutes Category at the recent Kalamazoo Animation Festival International.

My film "Labyrinth", is an 8.5 minute animated film. "After being given an enigmatic locket to protect, a detective encounters strange phenomena and beings from the afterlife in this surrealistic film noir story." Labryinth was done using the paint on glass animation technique and has been shown at festivals around the world.


Labyrinth Festival News:

"Labyrinth" has shown at the following festivals:

-In Official Selection at the 18th World Festival of Animated Film Animafest, in Zagreb, Croatia, from May 31st to June 5th, 2008. The film was screened as part of the grand Section.

-In Competition at the Odense International Film Festival in Odense, Denmark in August 2008.

-In July 2008, at the Anima Mundi Animation Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

-In August 2008 at the Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

-In September 2008 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

-In September 2008 at Animadrid, Madrid, Spain

-In October 2008 at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

-In December 2008 at Les Sommets du Cinema D'animation, Montreal, Canada

-In January 2009 at the Goteborg International Film Festival, Goteborg, Sweden

-In March 2009 at Animabasque, Bilbao, Spain

-From March 13 to May 3, 2009 in the group exhibition Frame to Frame, Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada

-In March 2009 at the Philadelphia Film Festival/Cinefest, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

-In May 2009 as a Finalist at KAFI, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Kalamazoo, U.S.A.

-In June 2009 at the TAIS Animation Showcase, Toronto Animated Image Society, Toronto, Canada

-In June 2009 at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia and the Australian International Animation Festival

-In August/September 2009 at the London International Animation Festival, London, England

-In September 2009 at Nuit Blanche, Toronto

-In Animacam'09, Madrid, Spain

-In March/April 2010 at Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario

-In April 2010 at BeFilm The Underground Film Festival, New York City


Recently Completed


35mm, Colour, Sound, 2008

8 min., 34 sec.

A paint on glass animated film.

Directed and animated by Patrick Jenkins

Synopsis: After being given an enigmatic locket to protect, a detective encounters strange phenomena and beings from the afterlife in this surrealistic film noir story.

Music Composed by Paul Intson


Animation, I thought that I would let you know about the book "Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen" by Chris Robinson (2008). It's composed of a series of interviews he conducted across Canada with independent animators. I am pleased to have been included in this book.

Looking for a Place to Happen


My two documentaries:

- Death Is In Trouble Now: The Sculptures of Mark Adair


- Of Lines and Men: The Animation of Jonathan Amitay

can now be seen on BRAVO! television. Check your local listings for broadcast dates.


An exhibition I curated was shown in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Death Is In Trouble Now: The Sculpture of Mark Adair

July 8 - September 16, 2007

Rodman Hall Arts Centre

109 St. Paul Crescent

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 1M3

"Death Is In Trouble Now," is an exhibition that has grown out of a video documentary. The documentary, directed and produced by Patrick Jenkins, is a portrait of Canadian artist Mark Adair. An environmentalist, Adair's figurative sculpture, painting and graphic work comment on our contemporary relationship to the natural environment and the stress of urban life. His work explores such diverse subjects such as violence, sexual politics, pollution, spirituality, consumerism and the devastating force of nature. This exhibition and the documentary, which will be featured alongside the exhibition, explore the artwork Adair has created over the past 25 years and traces the themes in his work to his childhood experiences of growing up in the country, his observation during his lifetime of environmental degradation and the social changes he has observed in the world around him.

Mark Adair is a graduate of York University, Toronto (BFA) and the University of Victoria (MFA). He was a founding member of the Torontoniensis collective of artists with whom he has exhibited since the mid 1990s. He has had solo exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Optica Gallery, Montreal and is represented by Loop Gallery, Toronto.  He has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and his work is represented in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

About the curator:

Patrick Jenkins is a Toronto-based artist, animator, and film maker. He received his BFA (Honours) and MFA at York University, Toronto. Jenkins has 24 video and film productions to his credit and his recent work includes the documentary Of Lines and Men, The Animation of Jonathan Amitay (2006), Jonathan Amitay: A Portrait (2002) and Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry; The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso (2001). His recent animated films include The Skateboarder (2005), Man Versus Geometry (2004) and Dancing Street (2003). Patrick is active in the animation, documentary film and visual arts communities as a curator, juror, administrator, exhibitor and critic.  He has received production grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council and he has works in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; York University, Toronto and Canada House, London, England.

My film "The Skateboarder" was chosen as a finalist at KAFI, the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The festival took place in May 2007.

Recently I completed 2 documentaries, one on the sculptor Mark Adair and the other on animator Jonathan Amitay.

See my Films and Television Work page for more details

A retrospective gallery show of Mark Adair's artwork, that I curated, was shown at the Rodman Hall Arts Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada from July 8 - September 16, 2007. The opening is on Sunday July 8 at 2:30 p.m.

For more information go to

"The Skateboarder" had its Toronto Premiere at the Canadian Filmmakers Festival on Saturday March 25th, 2006 at the Cineplex Odeon Carlton Cinemas.

"The Skateboarder" was shown at the Real 2 Reel Children's Festival in Vancouver Tuesday, February 28, 2006 and is also being screened at Cinematheque Quebecoise in Montreal on March 30, 2006.

It premiered at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival which ran from August 26th to September 5, 2005 and at the 2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival on Sunday, September 25th, 2005.

This film is about the misadventures of a boy who, despite warning signs goes skateboarding in a construction site. The film was made using 2D computer animation software and has a graphic quality akin to a shadowplay. It is 6 minutes long with a musical score by Paul Intson.

Nov. 3, 2004

Introducing an online Art Gallery of my paintings.

To visit the Art Gallery: Click Here



"Man Versus Geometry" premiered at the Canadian Film Showcase screening at the 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival which took place Sept. 22 to 26, 2004 in Ottawa, Canada


"Man Versus Geometry" completed Jan. 2004.

In January 2004 I completed my film "Man Versus Geometry", a 2.5 minute stop motion animated film in which a man encounters a treacherous half circle in a battle of wits. Thanks to the Toronto Animated Image Society for use of their animation stand in the production of this film.




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