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Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore is an LA-based director, animator, and alumna of California Institute of the Arts. Her films have taken top prizes at SXSW, Slamdance, Stuttgart Animation festival, Florida Film Fest, Arizona Film Fest, Vimeo Awards, the Annie Awards, and many others. She has given talks everywhere from Pixar to Portugal and has also been featured in Juxtapoz, Shots Magazine, Animation Magazine, and named one of the 50 Most Creative People by Creativity. With a client list including Google, MTV, Facebook, Nickelodeon, Yo Gabba Gabba, Whole Foods, Toyota, and more, her work has been featured on TV, the web, in museums, and at 100+ international film festivals.

In 2016, Kirsten wrote and directed an Emmy-winning stop-motion episode for Cartoon Network’s hit show, Adventure Time. She also wrote, directed, and animated the viral short film “Hi Stranger,” a contribution to Late Night Work Club’s “Strangers.” The stop-motion video garnered over 140 million views, even inspiring Stephen Colbert to create a Donald Trump-centric parody on The Late Show.

In 2017, Kirsten co-directed the documentary short 100 Years with Lena Dunham. Giving an animated history of Planned Parenthood, the film features an all-star cast, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, and Constance Wu.

The following year, she acted as the writer and storyboard artist for the episode, “It’s My Party,” on season one of Cartoon Network’s series Summer Camp Island.