Discipline: Film/Video – animation

Dennis Tupicoff

Discipline: Film/Video – animation
Region: Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Dennis has made many films as writer, director, producer, and designer/animator. These have been fictional and documentary, animated and live-action, comedy and drama, and often inventive combinations. The films have screened widely on television, and at film festivals around the world, and have won numerous awards. They are often shown in retrospectives, and are discussed in recent books such as: Animation: a World History (Bendazzi), Animated Documentary (Honess Roe), A New History of Animation (Furniss), The Animation Bible (Furniss), Documentary: The Margins of Reality (Ward), and Contemporary Documentary (Marcus & Kara)

Dennis was also featured in Chris Robinson’s book as one of the Unsung Heroes of Animation. He has spoken at many international conferences, and has taught, presented his work and run workshops at many universities and film schools around the world. Dennis was admitted as a Doctor of Philosophy by Deakin University in 2021.

His new animated short film The Only Photograph of Emily Dickinson, American Poet was completed in 2023. Since 2000, Dennis and Fiona Cochrane have worked together on various projects as Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd. His lengthy filmography is full of award-winning pieces such as Chainsaw (2007), which won grand prizes at five festivals and best short film at 10 festivals in addition to over a dozen other awards.



Dennis Tupicoff worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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