Jonathan Hodgson

Jonathan Hodgson

Unitd Kingdom

Jonathan Hodgson is an internationally renowned, BAFTA winning animation director based in London. He studied animation at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art.


After graduation, his first professional commission was to co-direct an animated short about nuclear disarmament for the United Nations. He went on to direct at various animation studios before co-founding Sherbet in 1996 with Jonathan Bairstow. At Sherbet he directed numerous high profile advertising campaigns and collaborated with legendry illustrator Maurice Sendak on a TV commercials campaign for Bell Atlantic. In 2008 he was Animation Director on Franny Armstrong’s groundbreaking documentary feature The Age of Stupid. In 2011 he directed the animation for Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex, the first full length animated documentary on British TV. His short films have won numerous awards including a BAFTA in 2000 for The Man with the Beautiful Eyes and a BAFTA nomination in 2002 for Camouflage.


He has presented retrospectives in the UK, Brazil, Sweden, Israel, Spain and Poland and was invited by the National Film Board of Canada to present master classes in three major cities. His work is featured on numerous books and DVD compilations. He has lectured extensively and 2008 became the programme leader for BA Animation at Middlesex University. He continues to combine teaching with animated filmmaking and has recently directed documentaries for Amnesty International and The Observer.

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