Interview with director/animator Patrick Jenkins (PHANTOM CITY)

Patrick Jenkin’s animation short film “Phantom City” played to great acclaim at the December 2016 Animation Short Film Festival.

This is one of those films that needs and deserves multiple views as there is so much going on. I felt the audience feedback video didn’t truly do this film’s justice as people were just taking in what was happening. When the filmmaker puts the film online, I will definitely go out of my way to help promote it as I feel millions of people will love this film.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Patrick Jenkins: The film came about from drawings I made in my sketchbooks. The idea was to explore the lives of 4 different people living in a big city with elements of surrealism and magic realism.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

PJ: It was about a year of work, spread over 2.5 years.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

PJ: Animation Noir

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

PJ: The Paint on Glass animation technique I use to make my films is very demanding, so I have to have lots of personal drive and determination to keep going until the film is finished.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

PJ: I was pleased to have my film shown to the audience.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

PJ: The film is based on daily sketchbook drawings I have been doing for the past 8 years. The story was improvised during the shooting process.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

PJ: It’s hard to answer that question. My favourite film, or the film I’ve seen the most, changes with every passing year. I like all types of film: narratives, animated films, and documentaries. I like to watch a wide range of different films.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

PJ: I am currently finishing an abstract animated film called “Emanations: A Visual Poem”. It’s in post production and will be finished mid-January 2017.



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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