Tess Martin to show her films across festivals


Tess Martin is no ordinary person. She is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects.

Her most recent award-winning film is The Lost Mariner, an animated interpretation of an Oliver Sacks case study and her short film Ginevra based on a Percy Shelley poem. So much has the film been adulated that Tess has decided to move both her films in festivals in 2017.


Ginevra explores  the themes of death and loss through a futuristic fantasy lens, using as a basis an unfinished poemby Percy Shelley published posthumously in 1824.

Aesthetically, the film draws inspiration from bas-relief paper sculptures, the Renaissance time period of the legend referenced by the poem, and the strong lighting of films like Blade Runner. The film was animated with stiff paper cut-outs one frame at a time on a multi-plane animation stand, in Tess Martin’s studio in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and finished in January 2017.

Ginevra had its first pubic screening at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, USA in a four month solo show that opened in June 2017, and its first festival screening at the Animation Block Party in Brooklyn, USA in July. It has since screened at numerous festivals such as the KLIK!, Animation Festival in Amsterdam and the StopTrik Festival in Maribor, Slovenia.

The film is part of the Campfire Poetry project, a series of short films based on the late 19th and early 20th century poems produced by Max Rothman for Monticello Park Productions.

Her films have been displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. In addition to her personal and commissioned work, Tess is also passionate about animation community.

She has run and moderated the monthly Manifest Animation Show & Tell events in Rotterdam since October 2014 and she is the founder of Haptic Animation Amplifier, a small non-profit that archives & distributes animation from the Pacific Northwest of the USA and offers resources for animators worldwide.

She writes about the world of independent animation for Cartoon Brew and other publications and lectures occasionally at universities in the Unites States and the Netherlands.