Frodo Kuipers (1976) studied animation at the ABV Tilburg (NL) and at KASK Hogeschool Ghent (Belgium). In 2001 he graduated with great honours with his short ‘Antipoden’. This film won awards at several film festivals and was nominated for the selection of the Cartoon d'Or by Anima Brussels (B) in 2002.
Frodo was an artist in residence at the NIAf (Netherlands Institute for Animation film) for almost 3 years, where he took part in numerous masterclasses and workshops by professionals like Michael Dudok de Wit, Paul Driessen, Normand Roger, Mark Baker, Daan Jippes, Piet Kroon, Konstantin Bronzit, Amanda Forbes and Wendy Tilby. He finished two films at the NIAf: 'Street' and 'Shipwrecked', which both were successful at international film festivals worldwide. 'Shipwrecked' was also noticed by ACME's Ron Diamond and became a part of ACME's Animation Show of Shows in 2006.
In 2005 Frodo founded Studio Mosquito, where he focussed mainly on directing independent animation shorts, but he also animated a broad collection of commissioned work.
In 2016 Frodo finished his latest short film 'Bullet Time' (Merlijn Passier Productions), which is currently in distribution and is selected at numerous international filmfestivals.
Also, the film was selected to be the Dutch submission for the Oscar® in the Animated Short Film category.
Frodo mainly works as a traditional 2D hand drawn animator. In his films he creates his own characteristic animation logic, with a focus on character. He is hugely interested by the way his characters manage in these imaginary worlds.
Humour is taking an important place in his work, but there's definitely room for meaning.
Beside his animation work, Frodo teaches animation and directing at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and occasionally works as a musician and actor.