Tommy Simms is an interdisciplinary artist from Wisconsin. He perfected his stop-motion animation technique while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His senior film, “The Legend of Leatherface Larry” went on to be showcased at the Festival de Cannes. After achieving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Tommy co-founded Out of Toon Studios. The studio’s team is dedicated to teaching the art of animation, while also creating original films. Their animated short, “Genie Gypsy Woman,” was awarded Best Animated Music Video at the Rincón International Film Festival. In addition to the work with Out of Toon Studios, Tommy has had his animations and puppetry featured on PBS, in local theatre productions, and at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For years he has inspired the next generation of artists, teaching puppetry and stop-motion classes at art camps across the United States. His animated adventures now continue with SIMWIG films, currently creating music videos with the surf-pop indie-rock band, Fuzzysurf.
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
Montreal International Animation Film Festival - ANIMAZE
Montreal, Quebec
2022
Winner - Best Director & Honorary Mention (2nd Place)
She Was Crying Sugar
Milwaukee International Short Film Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2022
Winner - Best Music Video
She Was Crying Sugar
Cannes Shorts
Cannes
2022
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
New Zealand's Vision Feast Film Festival
Auckland
2022
Semi-Finalist
She Was Crying Sugar
AniMate: Australia Animation Film Festival
Sydney
2022
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
Green Bay Film Festival
Green Bay, Wisconsin
2022
Semi-Finalist
She Was Crying Sugar
International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo
Tokyo
2022
Winner - Best Mixed Media
She Was Crying Sugar
Los Angeles Animation Festival
Burbank, California
2021
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
#MoStopMo - Stop Motion Shorts Festival
YouTube
2021
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
Hobnobben Film Festival
Fort Wayne, Indiana
2021
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
2D & 3D Animation Film Festival
Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi
2021
Honorable Mention - Best Animated Music Video
She Was Crying Sugar
Rome Music Video Awards
Rome
2021
Honorable Mention - Best Animated Music Video
She Was Crying Sugar
International Music Video Awards
London
2021
Semi Finalist
She Was Crying Sugar
London Indie Short Film Festival
London
2021
Winner - Best Music Video Clip
She Was Crying Sugar
Vesuvius International Film Festival
Campagna
2021
Official Selection
She Was Crying Sugar
Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2021
Winner - Best Wisconsin Film
Reanimation of The Imagination
Milwaukee International Short Film Festival
Milwaukee, WI
2021
Official Selection
Genie Gypsy Woman
Milwaukee Film Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2017
Best Animated Music Video
Genie Gypsy Woman
Rincón International Film Festival
Rincón
2017
Court Métrage Short Film Corner
The Legend of Leatherface Larry
67th Festival de Cannes
Cannes
2014
Winner - Second Place
The Legend of Leatherface Larry
61st UWM Student Film & Video Festival
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2011
College
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
As a child, Tommy learned to draw from watching the PBS shows, "Mark Kistler's Imagination Station" and "The Secret City." Years later, he taught puppetry and claymation classes alongside his childhood inspiration at numerous art camps across the United States.
Studied animation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the guidance of Simpsons/Disney animator, Tim Decker.