Janet Perlman

Janet Perlman

Janet Perlman is an independent writer and director whose work shows a distinctively absurdist sense of humour, evident in her films The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin, Why Me?, My Favorite Things That I Love, and Sorry Film Not Ready.

She has directed animated segments for television’s Sesame Street, contributed to group films including Marv Newland’s Anijam and Pink Komkommer, and created the TV special Penguins Behind Bars, a parody of 1950s “women in prison” movies.

For the National Film Board series ShowPeace, which explores conflict resolution, Perlman made Dinner for Two and Bully Dance, the latter on the subject of peer abuse.

Among her many awards are an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short, an Emmy Award, and many festival grand prizes. Perlman has taught animation at Harvard, Rhode Island School of Design and Concordia University, and has written and illustrated four children’s books.

Her latest work is a ten-minute film called Monsieur Pug, which was produced by the French Animation studio at the National Film Board of Canada.

Work by Janet Perlman