Nancy Denney-Phelps

United States of America
Nancy Denney-Phelps

Unsung Women Heroes of Animation

PRESENTATION: Thursday, July 4. 10:30 @ Filmhaus Kino

Nancy outlines the perilous state of recognition of the pioneering women in the animation field from the earliest days up to the 1980’s and gives a brief introduction to eight of them.  The presentation concludes with an in depth investigation of the career of Joy Batchelor, who was the creative force behind England’s Halas and Batchelor animation company.

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Nancy Denney-Phelps is a journalist writing about European animation and festivals as well as a producer of music for animation.  Along with her composer/musician husband Nik Phelps, she co-founded the Sprocket Ensemble dedicated to presenting live performances of original music with screenings of contemporary animation from around the world.
 Nancy’s writings have appeared in such publications as CARTOON and ANIMATOON as well as on her regular blog for AWN (Animation World Network).  She is also a regular correspondent for ASIFA/San Francisco and a member of the ASIFA International Board of Directors.

Nancy has served on numerous International Animation Festival juries and taught time management for animators at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Art and Design.   Her strong interest in the history of animation has led her to present programs on the history of animation traced through music at many animation festivals and conferences worldwide. She also works as advisor to several animation festivals.