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Osbert Parker - Senior Lecturer in Stop-Motion Animation

Lecturer in Stop-Motion Animation


Osbert Parker

Osbert Parker is a member of the Electronic and Digital Arts Research Cluster. Click here to visit the Middlesex University research profile.

Personal webiste: www.osbertparker.com

Three time BAFTA nominated director Osbert Parker, is perhaps best known for his signature style of using photo cut-out animation, mixed with objects and live action to create one-of-a-kind imaginary landscapes within commercials and short films. 

Parker is a freelance director and animator who consistently over 30 years has worked on a wide range of industry projects. From Quentin Tarantino’s production company A Band Apart as their first commercial director in 1995 to Steve Barron’s second unit director on Hallmark’s TV special ARABIAN NIGHTS and "STRUNG OUT" 8 short online films for E4 hit series, MISFITS.

Parker's multi award winning short films continue to receive great acclaim on the international film festival circuit. “FILM NOIR” was nominated for best short animated film by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in 2006 and also was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. "YOURS TRULY" aka "HEAD OVER HEELS" best short animated film winner at the British Animation Awards was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2008 and selected for Sundance. Both films have screened at over 150 film festivals world wide, including the Telluride Film Festival.

His award winning commercial credits include such clients as Coca-Cola, Nike, Budweiser, Orange, The World Wildlife Fund and Gatorade. TV clients inc. BBC, Channel 4, E4, ITV and MTV.

Parker was a 2008 UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit and lectures at Middlesex University and the (NFTS) National Film & TV School. In addition he runs animation workshops in Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Colombia and the UK, while continuing to freelance and work on his mixed media feature.

Parker is represented for TV & feature films by Independent Talent in the UK and United Talent Agency in the US.


2013/14 - Mixed Media Feature Development

Director Master Class & Workshops:

Universitst Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Animateka, Slovenia

Cinetoro Experimental Film Festival, Colombia

2012 - MISFITS director for 8 x short films entitled, 'STRUNG OUT'

(BAA) British Animation Awards judge.

2010 – 2012 Freelance Director & Animator 

Cinetoro Film Festival; Master Class & Animation Workshop.

2009 Exhibition screenings and Director seminars:

Tabor Film Festival Short Film Jury President. 

BAFTA/Film4 & Somerset House Summer Screenings.

National Gallery London: Film season called 'Men Without Women'. 

V&A Sackler Centre of Arts Education.

Collection of the best ever BAFTA films at The National Theatre's summer festival WATCH THIS SPACE. 

WSFF Toronto, Trilogy screening & seminar.

2008 Exhibition screenings and seminars:

UK Film Council Breakthrough Brit

BBC2 Culture Show screening & talk.  

AARHUS Film Festival Lecture and Seminar 

FLIP Film Festival Talk and Seminar.

2006 - 2008 YOURS TRULY aka Head Over Heels (BAFTA nominated animated short)

FILM NOIR (BAFTA nominated animated short)

2004 - 2005 Lectures & workshops on animation at the NFTS & RCA

2001 Jury member British Environment + Media Awards

1999 2nd unit Director on Hallmarks TV feature film ARABIAN NIGHTS dir. Steve Barron. 


1998 Jury member (BAA) British Animation Awards. 

1997 Main stage speaker AIGA Design conference USA

1995 Guest speaker at the Monterey TED6 conference USA

Director - A Band Apart Production company (USA)

1989 – 1994 Limelight Films (London/USA) 

Director & Animator on award winning commercials for Nike, Coca-Cola, MTV, Budweiser and The World Wildlife Fund. 

Jury member animate! tv scheme

1988 - 1989 Director & Animator -  BAFTA nominated & (BAA) British Animation Award winner 'CLOTHES' (graduation film).

Director & Animator - BBC, Janet Street-Porter's 'A-Z of Belief' title sequence.

Director & Animator - BBC, Ruby Wax's 'Hit & Run' title sequence. 

Animator - Channel 4, Clive Anderson's 'Don't Talk Back' title sequence. 

Animator - ITV, The South Bank Show title sequence. 

1985 – 1988 Director & Animator - MTV stings: 'Head Interior' & 'Inventors'

Animator -'THE BIZ' title sequence, won D&AD highly commended Film + TV student bursary. 

BA Honours in Graphic Design at Middlesex Polytechnic, London UK

1984 Diploma in Graphic Design at Berkshire College of Art & Design, Reading UK


Original Title: MISFITS - STRUNG OUT (2012)

Duration: 8 x 2 min short films.

Director: Osbert Parker

Client: Channel 4 & Clerkenwell Films


Original title:  THE 7TH VICTIM (2008)

Duration: 5 Minutes


Writers: Osbert Parker

2008 Grand Prize: OneShort OneMovie - Best of Short Film Festivals


Original title: YOURS TRULY  aka HEAD OVER HEELS (2007)

Duration: 8 Minutes



Writers: Osbert Parker & Ian Gouldstone

Animators: Osbert Parker, Laurie Hill, Meghana Bisineer

Editor: Julian Tranquille



1st Prize - Jury's Choice Black Maria Film + Video Festival 2009

2008 BAFTA nomination: Best Short Animated Film

Gold Plaque Winner for Best Animated Short Film: Chicago International Film Festival

1st Prize Best Short Animated Film: British Animation Awards (BAA) 2008

1st Prize (Animated Eye Award) Best Animated Short Film: Aspen Shortsfest 2007

1st Prize Best Animated Short: Melbourne International Film Festival

1st Prize Best Animated Short: St. Louis Film Festival

1st Prize Best Experimental Short: Expresion en Corto Film Festival

1st Prize Best Experimental Short Film: Tabor Film Festival

1st Prize Best Experimental Short Film: FILMETS

1st Prize Best Animated Short Film: Durango Independent Film Festival

Winner Award for Most Technically Innovating Film: Ann Arbor Film Festival

Winner Labo Canal+ Prize: Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival

Winner Kring Award, Most Creative & Experimental Film: ASIANA Int. Film Festival

Winner Best Art Direction: Anima Mundi

Winner Onda Curta Award: IndieLisboa

Winner Audience Award: Hamburg International Short Film Festival

Winner Audience Award: Krea Expression

Winner Public Award: Tirana International Film Festival

Winner Youth Jury Award: Imago Int. Short Film Festival

Honorable Mention for Best Animated Short Film: Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival

Special Mention: Seattle 1 Reel Film Festival

Special Mention: Curtocircuito

Special Animation Mention: Tirana International Film Festival

Best Animated Film at the Cutting Edge nomination: British Animation Awards 2008

2009 Official competition selections:

Boston Underground Film Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

2008 Official competition selections:

Sundance, Cinequest, Dresden, Flickerfest, Florida Film Festival, RiverRun, Santa Cruz, San Francisco Int. Film Festival, Nashville, Imago, Odense, ArtFilm Festival, Bolanzo Film Festival, Regensburg Short Film Week, Roshd Int. Film Festival, Warsaw Int. Film Festival, Downtown Film Festival - LA, Anim'est Int. Short Film Festival, Short Film Festival,  L`alternativa, Holland Animation Film Festival, Middle East Int. Short Film Festival, Prague Short Film Festival and Best of Short Film Festivals.

2008/9 Exhibition screenings and seminars:

2009 Tabor Film Festival Short Film Jury President. BBC2 Culture Show feature on my films, BAFTA/Film4 & Somerset House Summer screenings, National Gallery London: Film season called 'Men Without Women', V&A Sackler Centre of Arts Education, Collection of the best ever BAFTA films at The BFI National Film Theatre's summer festival WATCH THIS SPACE. AARHUS Film Festival and FLIP Film Festival Talk and Seminar on my films and commercials. WSFF Toronto talk, seminar and special Trilogy screening on my films and commercial work.

2007 Official competition selections:

Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, AFI Film Festival, Los Angeles

International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Raindance Film Festival, Athens International Film & Video Festival (Ohio), Platform Animated Film Festival, 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival, Big Sur, 25 fps Festival

Official selection Telluride Film Festival 2007


Original title:   FILM NOIR  (2006)

Duration: 3 mins 48 secs

Director/Animator: OSBERT PARKER


Le Prix du Public Adulte: Festival d’un Jour Valencia, France 2014 

2006 Cannes Palme d'Or nomination: Best Short Film in competition

2006 BAFTA nomination: Best Short Animated Film

Best UK Short Film Winner: Raindance Film Festival

Gold Plaque Winner for Best Animated Short Film: Chicago International Film Festival

1st Prize Best Animated Short: Athens International Film Festival (Ohio)

1st prize Best Experimental Short film: Worldwide Short Film Festival

Best Pioneering Film Award: San Francisco International Short Film Festival.

Grand Prize for Best Experimental Film: Rhode Island International Film Festival

Winner Best Experimental Film: Festival International de Filmets de Badalona

Best Short Short: St. Louis International Film Festival

Best of Fest (Short) Award: Boston Underground Film Festival 2007

Gold Remi Winner: WorldFest-Huston Film Festival

Jury Prize: Ismailia International Film Festival

Best Short Animated Film nomination: British Animation Awards (BAA) 2006

Mixed Media Winner: One Screen 2008

2008 Official competition selection:

Slamdance Film Festival, Bolanzo Film Festival, Anim'est Int. Short Film Festival and The Fantastic Film Festival.

2007 Official competition selection:

Clermont-Ferrand, Miami, Santa Barbara, Cinequest, RiverRun, Rotterdam, Granada, Nashville, Ann Arbor, Artfilm Film Festival, Hamburg, Hawaii, Expresion En Corto, CineVegas, Best of Festival - La Ciotat & Asiana International Film Festival.

2006 Official competition selection:

LA Film Festival, AFI, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Edinburgh, Encounters, LA ShortsFest, Brest Festival, Sarajevo, 25FPS, Cinanima, Curtas Vila do Conde, Imago, Sitges, and Melbourne International Film Festivals.

Official selection Telluride Film Festival 2006



Collection of the best ever BAFTA films at The National Theatre's summer festival WATCH THIS SPACE 2008. IFC Center in NYC, Egyptian Theatre Los Angeles, NOIR CITY 6,



Hallmark TV feature


OSBERT PARKER - Second Unit Director


Original title:   CLOTHES  (1988)

Duration: 3 mins

Director/Animator/: OSBERT PARKER


1988 BAFTA nomination: Best Short Animated Film

Wins Best original Concept: British Animation Awards 1988

Selected as out standing Short Film: London Film Festival 1989

Official competition selection:

LA, Sydney,  Zargreb, Hiroshima and Annecy International Film Festivals.


Osbert Parker's research in the University Repository

Sir John Lubbock's Pet Wasp

Parker, Osbert and Hill, Laurie (2018) Sir John Lubbock's Pet Wasp. [Film/Video] ...

Lost luggage

Fernandes, Gavin and Parker, Osbert and Thomas, Peter (2016) Lost luggage. In: GLAD conference 2016: Creative Pedagogies Across Disciplines, 26 Feb 2016, Birmingham, United Kingdom. ...

Yours truly (aka Head over heels)

Parker, Osbert and Gouldstone, Ian W. and McKinnon, Matthew and Hill, Laurie and Bisineer, Meghana (2006) Yours truly (aka Head over heels). [Film/Video] ...

Misfits: strung out

Parker, Osbert (2013) Misfits: strung out. [Film/Video] ...