Simon Rippingale

Simon Rippingale is a Sydney-based film and television director with a background in animation and illustration, and a career that’s on the ascendancy; he’s already received several nominations for major awards.

In 2004, Simon completed a degree in Fine Arts at The College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, majoring in photomedia and digital illustration.

Just two years later, he received an AFI nomination for Visual Effects as lead animator on ‘Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst’, directed by Gillian Armstrong, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Since then, Simon’s other credits include Animation Director/Designer on the SBS film ‘The 3G of Us’, which was nominated for Best Foreign Animation at the Shanghai Magnolia Awards and screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation festival.He was also Animation Director on the ABC documentary ‘Orchids’, which was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2011 IF Awards.

Most recently, Simon directed ‘A Cautionary Tail’, an animated short film starring Cate Blanchett, Barry Otto and David Wenham.

Outside film and television, Simon has directed, designed and animated music videos for various Australian artists, including Bob Evans, Children Collide, Guy Sebastian and Old Man River.

As a freelance illustrator he has contributed to a diverse range of print publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial review, Men’s Style, Reader’s Digest, The Diplomat and Dolly.