Dave Jones has been working as an animator/director/illustrator since 1994. In 1999 he founded the animation company “Transience” and shortly afterwards released the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning short film TEETERING. Since then animated works of transience have featured in festivals and collected awards across the globe (France, Brazil, Germany, America, Spain, Italy, Australia and Korea).
He has worked with the ABC’s to help create DUST ECHOES series of animated indigenous stories from the Beswick Community in the Northern Territory. Dave directed and animated a number these stories including THE WAGALAK SISTERS, THE MIMIS and THE BAT AND THE BUTTERFLY (nominated for an AFI award).
As part of his ongoing IN MY DAY animated series Dave has sought to document and revitalize the oral history of Australia. Films from this series have won ‘Best Animation’ at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), ‘Best Australian Animation’ at the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) and featured at the prestigious Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany.
In addition to his traditional animation work, Dave has become renowned over the last decade, for his work in the rapidly evolving field of digital theatre. He directed the animation for a number of projects that incorporate animation into live theatre such as Legs On the Wall’s ON THE CASE, Federation Square’s (Greenroom Award Winning) ADVENT CALENDAR and SPACE AND PLACE as well as more traditional theatrical settings such as The Malthouse theatre’s recreation of ONE NIGHT THE MOON and NGANGWURRA with the Black Arm Band.
In 2013 Dave received the prestigious CREATIVE AUSTRALIA FELLOWSHIP from the Australia Council.