John Serpentelli has directed nearly100 short animated films for networks such as HBO, Nickelodeon, Noggin, and PBS (Sesame Street). Serpentelli is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. He has a Masters in Art Education and is state cerified in Pennsylvania.

Serpentelli’s independent films have won awards in festivals including The American Motion Picture Society and the New York Expo of Short Film. Screenings include the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Tokyo International Festival, Amnesty International Festival (Amsterdam), the American Cinematheque (L.A.) and a group retrospective at the ZKM (Germany).

Serpentelli has appeared in articles in Variety, The New York Times, Animation Magazine and in the book ‘Your Career in Animation’ by David Levy.

Serpentelli was recently the focus of the feature length documentary, “Animating Autism’, where he taught a group of children with autism how to make their own animated film. Serpentelli is currently directing a series of short animated films as part of the rebranding of Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.

'Catilin' Came out Kicked out is the first in a series called 'From Homeless to Hopeful'. Each film will feature documentary audio with mixed media animation.
'Caitlin' is a true life story of a young girl who grew up in the Midwest and eventually realized she was transgender. Rejected by her family, she moved to Philadelhia
where she was homeless until she discovered her passion for making cartoons.


"Dream Quilt"
Cinema Arts Centre - New York City - Screening
Delaware Art Museum Biennial - Screening

Original Works

"Once Upon A Time" Short History of America
American Motion Picture Society - Most Creative Award
The Sundance Channel - Broadcast