Simon Rippingale is a Sydney-based director and writer with a background in animation and illustration. Most recently, Simon directed 'A Cautionary Tail', an animated short film starring Cate Blanchett, Barry Otto and David Wenham, which won the won the 2014 AACTA award for best short animation. 'A Cautionary Tail' also won the Jury award at the Austin Film Festival Jury Award, Best Animation at The Blue Mountains Film Festival and was a finalist in the Dendy Awards at the 2013 Sydney Film Festival. Other festival screenings include, Flickerfest, Rhode Island, Hamptons, Edinburough, Palm Springs, LA shorts amongst other festivals.
Simon also been nominated for an AFI award for Visual Effects for the animation on ‘Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst’, directed by Gillian Armstrong, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Simon’s work as an Animation director on a number of other films, ebooks and documentaries including: My Naughty Shadow wins a Silver Award at the 2015 App design Awards, a nomination for Best Foreign Animation at the Shanghai Magnolia Awards and Best Documentary at the 2011 IF Awards. Simon has directed music videos for numerous Australian recording artists and as a freelance illustrator he has contributed to publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Herald Sun, The Financial Review and The Diplomat.
Simon has been a keynote speaker speaker at the 2013 AG Ideas Design Conference in Melbourne Victoria and at the 2013 Tropfest Roughcuts in Sydney. He is represented by Tanya Cohen at WMA in Los Angeles and is managed by Lital Spitzer at 3rts.
Simon is currently in development with Screen Australia on a feature animation film with writer Erica Harrison and Producer Martha Coleman.