Nancy Denney Phelps

Unsung Women Heroes of Animation.

In the presentation I will talk briefly about 10 women who were pioneers in the animation industry but in most cases are practically unknown today.  The main body of my talk will focus on the career of Joy Batchelor who, although being the creative force behind Halas & Batchelor, was forced to take a back seat to her husband when it came to recognition of her work.  My presentation will be illustrated with short films.

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.