Haptic Kickstarter video from Tess Martin on Vimeo.


What is Haptic?

Haptic Animation Amplifier is a one-stop shop for animators expanding their independent careers, and for outsiders learning about animation in the Northwest. Haptic is fiscally sponsored by the NW Film Forum in Seattle.


What does haptic mean?

Haptic means ‘of or having to do with the sense of touch’. We feel it represents the ‘artist’s hand’ visible in the auteur independent animation that our non-profit supports.


 What does Haptic do?

Haptic Animation Amplifier supports independent animation in the Northwest of the United States. We do this by:

  • Promoting and preserving NW animation history by providing an animation timeline on our website, as well as profiles on key artists. We have also compiled an exhaustive database of every animated film ever made in the Pacific NW (that we could find!). This database is available to the public on request, and is continuously updated.
  • Presenting resources on educational courses worldwide, distribution and funding options, and continuously updating lists of upcoming animation events, and festival, residency and grant submission deadlines.
  • Curating programs of shorts and making them available for booking around the world. All profits from these screenings are split amongst the filmmakers.




Tess_Martin_Headshot_midTess Martin is the main force behind Haptic. She is an award-winning independent animator, having created 12 short films and gallery installations since graduating from her BA of Fine Art in the UK in 2007. She has since earned an MA of Animation from the AKV St Joost Academy in the Netherlands, graduating in 2014. She is American but grew up and studied in Europe, living in her adopted city of Seattle between 2008 and 2013.

She is a member of the Seattle Experimental Animation Team, a collective of independent animators, and in this capacity has curated two collections of animated shorts from Seattle and toured with them around Europe (screening at 25 venues in 10 countries). She also co-curated (along with animator Webster Crowell) the ‘Stop-Framing Me’ gallery show of SEAT work at the Gage Academy in August 2012. She has also helped organize screenings of SEAT films at the Zietgeist Cafe in Pioneer Square, and SEAT’s involvement in public art projects such as The Long Walk in 2011 and the Sound Transit Red Wall project on Capitol Hill.

Tess continues to run Haptic from her base in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she is able to promote NW animation at European festivals and venues.


Advisory Board


Stefan_GruberStefan Gruber is an American experimental animator and performance artist from Seattle. He creates hand-drawn, digitally finished experimental animation for galleries, touring, and performance art. Stefan is the Animation Department director at The Nova Project and the founder of Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT).









warren-etheredge-largeWarren Etheredge is a Storyfinder™. He has conducted over 3,000 interviews. He is the Chief Storytelling Officer for Enthrall Sports. He is also one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool, helping filmmakers translate their stories for screens big and small, and The Red Badge Project, helping combat veterans work through PTSD and other issues by teaching them the art of storytelling. He hosts The High Bar, his Emmy®-nominated television series devoted to “raising the bar” and Reel NW on KCTS. He is the founder of The Warren Report, a published author, staged playwright, successful producer, veteran festival curator and much sought-after public speaker. As a producer, his credits include FUREVER (d. Amy Finkel); HUMOR ME (d. Chris Towey), EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING (d. Sonya Lea), THE LOST MARINER (d. Tess Martin) and EVEN THE WALLS (d. Saman Maydani & Sarah Kuck).



Sven-Bonnichsen-2015_300Sven Bonnichsen is an artist, community organizer, and festival director based in Portland, Oregon. As an artist, his specialty is constructing intricate ball-and-socket armatures for stop-motion puppets. His armatures have been used for feature films, commercials, and music videos, including the forthcoming feature Hell and Back, from the makers of Robot Chicken. He helps promote animation in our region as president of ASIFA-Portland, and is a board member at large for Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH. In 2010 he founded the Northwest Animation Festival, which has since become the largest showcase of international animated films in the USA. Under his directorship, last year’s festival spanned thirteen days in two cities, and included over 270 films.



Thank you to our Kickstarter contributors


Original Haptic Founding Donors:

Nadine Martin, Nancy Fornoville, Vlada Knowlton, Charlie Daugherty, Chris Martin, Ilona Rossman Ho, Beth Martin Quittman, Christopher Newell, Stephen Martin, Ben Luce.

Other Haptic contributors:

Bob Hutchinson, Otts Bolisay, Caryn Cline, Ruth Hayes, Vlad Butucariu, Douglas Mora, Rebecca A Bush, Laura Di Trapani, Kris & Lindy Boustedt, Christopher Day, Sven Bonnichsen, Jossie Malis, Bret Fetzer, Ian Obermuller, Britt Madsen, Daniel Ekis, Bry Troyer, Miguel Guillen, Jason Staczek, J. Brad Wilke, Stewart McCollough, Sarah Klein, Erik Wirfs-Brock, James Webber, Mari Ichimasu, Neely Goniodsky, Terese Cuff, Ian Glodich, TEDCO Studios, Aabid A. K. Dhamani, Charlie Willis, Marilyn Zornado, Kurtis Hough, Oana Clitan.