Iain Gardner

Animator & Programmer

Iain Gardner is an award winning film maker who has been creating animation since graduation from the RCA London in 1996, which followed an apprenticeship at the Richard Williams Animation studio on the legendary The Thief & The Cobbler (1993). Amongst his short film are Akbar’s Cheetah (1999) and The Tannery (2010), the latter winning Best Animation at the WW Short Film Festival in Toronto, Celtic Media Festival and Animated Exeter. Collaborating with the NFB, he was the Artistic Director of McLaren 2014, celebrating the centenary of Norman McLaren through a programme of events across the UK produced by Edinburgh’s Centre for the Moving Image.

During Autumn 2012 he participated in the writing residence for animation at the Abbaye de Fontevraud, during which time he developed on of two submitted projects, Wojtek The Bear, which he endeavours to develop into a half hour animated special under the title A Bear Named Wojtek. He recently experimented with stereoscopic work by developing an abstract sequence which originated from a residence through Animate Projects at a Cancer Laboratory in Scotland. Iain is the short-form animation programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival, curating the prestigious McLaren Award for Best British Animation as well as an International selection.