sweaty eyeballs


The SNF Parkway is thrilled to welcome back Baltimore’s yearly animation bash, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival for its tenth year!  There are three exciting animation events to enjoy all happening on the evening of October 22.

6:30 PM – Animation Windows Installation
Recent animations made by students at Towson University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County projected onto the Charles Street windows. Enjoy from inside or outside the building!

7:00 PM  – International Invitational Program
This program will feature the best work submitted by animators from all over the world. Click the box above to see which artists have been selected.

9:00 PM – Baltimore Showcase Program
This program will feature the best work submitted by animators from Baltimore and the region. Click the box above to see which artists have been selected.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival is a juried international festival of the world’s most boundary-pushing, mind-blowing animation programmed and organized by animator and educator, Phil Davis. The mission of Sweaty Eyeballs is to showcase unique, experimental and diverse voices in the field of animated filmmaking with a focus on innovation in craft, storytelling and work that questions preconceived notions of what animation can and should be. Sweaty Eyeballs supports independent and emerging animators with dynamic programming + networking and seeks to ignite a hub for professional animation opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Baltimore City. With over a dozen colleges + universities in the area, a diverse + vibrant arts scene, ample affordable live/work space, and a central location, Baltimore is the perfect place to build community. 

Phil Davis began Sweaty Eyeballs as an annual invitational programming series in 2012. He is an animator, avid musician, cartoon watcher and professor of animation and film at Towson University. His animations and music videos have been featured in festivals internationally. He is currently working on an animated documentary short about the town of Millinocket, ME and incidents surrounding a fatal paper mill accident.


Adam Davies is an artist and stop-motion animator living in Baltimore, MD. He fell in love with animation when he found that it voiced his stupid sense of humor and dread. His work has screened and won awards in festivals around the world. Wild Life, his most recent labor of love, is a 2D-animated, post-apocalyptic zoo series about animal friends just trying to survive and it was SyFy’s first internally-developed animated show picked up to series (streaming now on Peacock!).

Lynn Tomlinson is an award-winning director of animated short films. She animates moving clay paintings that transform and shift perspectives. Her work explores environmental themes, often imagining how non-human beings might view humanity’s impact. Her work has screened around the world, from Ann Arbor to Annecy, Hiroshima to Hollywood. Her award-winning films include The Ballad of Holland Island House (2014), The Elephant’s Song (2018), and Ten Degrees of Strange (2021). She is Associate Professor Electronic Media and Film Department at Towson University, where she is currently researching the development of an interdisciplinary immersive fulldome production lab.

Ismael Sanz-Pena is an animaton filmmaker currently living in Baltimore, MD. After receiving his Postgraduate Diploma in Character Animation at Central Saint Martins London he moved to Los Angeles to study Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Ismael has since worked on music videos, commercials, promotional videos and independent films across the globe. Among other screenings his work has been exhibited in the National Gallery London, Annecy, Hiroshima, Zagreb, Ottawa and Questors Theatre, the largest community theatre in Europe.

Eric Dyer is internationally recognized as a leading practitioner in the animated arts avant-garde. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Grantee, and Guggenheim Fellow; while his films have won numerous awards, including Best Animated Film and Best Experimental Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Jury’s Choice, Jury’s Citation, and Director’s Choice awards at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. His talk on TED.com, The Forgotten Art of the Zoetrope [go.ted.com/ericdyer] communicated his art practice to the general public and has been viewed over 1.1 million times. He teaches at UMBC in Baltimore and is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City.