Ainslie Henderson is a Writer/Director/Animator/ who, in 2012 was awarded a BAFTA for co-writing ‘The Making of Longbird.’

Ainslie’s following short films ‘I Am Tom Moody’ and ‘Monkey Love Experiments’ were both BAFTA nominated, and have won over 60 international festival awards, including; Best British short at Encounters, and the Jury crystal at Annecy.

‘Moving On’- his music video for the band ‘James’ has clocked up over 1.9m plays on Vimeo, and was awarded the UK’s Best animated music video. His latest short film ‘Stems’ was awarded Edinburgh International film festival’s McLaren award.

In 2016, He and creative partner, Will Anderson produced the animated content for Martin Green’s show ‘Flit’, which toured internationally and was awarded 4 stars in the Guardian newspaper.

Ainslie has a particular love of stop frame animation and is currently freelancing between Edinburgh and Newcastle.


2011. Director/animator of ‘Its About Spending Time
Together’ - Winner of the BAFTA new talent award
and “new Juice” film festival.
2011. Co-writer for ‘The Making of Longbird’
Directed by Will Anderson. - Winner of 2013 BAFTA
2012. Director/writer/animator of ‘I am Tom Moody’
- Nominated for 2014 BAFTA, Over 30 Film Festival
2014. Director of ‘Moving On’ -Winner of best
animated music video –UK music video awards.
2015. Co-writer, director of ‘Monkey Love
Experiments’ Nominated for BAFTA, Winner
of ‘Outstanding Contribution to short film’ at
Edinburgh Int Film Festival.
2015. Director of ‘Stems’, -Winner of the McLaren
award for animation.
2019. Director of ‘Archie’ - Winner of Best Film at Chicago
Int Children's Festival.
2022. Co-writer/director of ‘A Cat Called Dom’ -
Winner of the Powell and Pressburger Best Film Award at
the Edinburgh Int Film Festival.


Jared Taylor, head of animation ECA:
Cameron Fraser, Ko-Lik films: