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Ellie Land is an award-winning animation Director, Educator, and Researcher making short, feature-length and interactive films, working within the genre and research area of animated documentaries.

Her films have been showcased around the world, at animation festivals such as Ottowa, Hiroshima, and Fantoche and have been curated for exhibitions at the V&A, ICA, Artscience, Dejon Korea and distributed via UK cinema release and with channels such as Sky Documentaries and VOD.

Recently, her work on the feature film Irene’s Ghost was nominated for a BIFA Award in 2018 and was cited as one of the best films of 2019 by the Guardian. Her recent short-animated documentary Bathroom Privileges (with Rupert Williams) won the AHRC Research in Film (Animation) Award 2020.

Her films and research have been funded by Wellcome, BFI, Creative England, National Institute for Health Research, UKRI, Comic Relief and The National Lottery.

Research interests

Ellie’s research is interested in representational strategies of animated documentary particularly around ideas of identity and female narratives of lived experience. Her work is concerned with memory, trauma, mental health, and subjective experience. Her practice is informed by 2D animation techniques and digital drawing. She is also interested in investigating power structures in knowledge production and filmmaking practices.

Ellie’s research approach is often collaborative and she works in multidisciplinary teams with researchers in health and medicine with an emphasis on Women’s Health. For example past projects have used narrative testimony to provide interventions to the challenges represented in providing equitable provision for women’s health in the UK and using animated GIFs to disseminate health communication messages for Coronavirus.

Ellie is the co- convenor of the Animation Practice as Research special interest group for the Society for Animation Studies and on the editorial board for Animation Practice, Process and Production (Intellect Press) Ellie is the co - creator of Animateddocumentary.com

Education/Academic qualification

Teaching & Learning, PGCert

1 Jul 201031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Animation, MA

1 Sep 200531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sep 2005


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