Anna Samo was born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia. On her first animation job in Moscow she scanned and colored hand drawn animation for director Ivan Maximov. For the first time she witnessed how thousands of separated drawings put together suddenly turn into a living character. She experienced the tickling feeling of surprise and wonder. This feeling has not left her ever since.

Anna studied animation in Moscow and Berlin. She was a master student with Professor Gil Alkabetz who encouraged her to create very personal work and to strive for her own authentic voice. As an independent filmmaker she uses a variety of analog animation techniques to create her own films.

Anna’s films have been screened and won awards at highly acclaimed festivals around the globe such as Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale, Annecy Film Festival, Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films, Animafest Zagreb, Aspen Shortsfest, Sundance and Palm Springs, among others. 

Anna is a fellow of Toepfer Stiftung, the Rotary Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.



2020 Conversations with a Whale
8:40min | stop motion, pixilation, cut out, drawing

2019 The Opposites Game
(together with Lisa LaBracio) 4:00min | stop motion | drawing

2018 OBON
(co-directed with Andre Hörmann) - 15:00min | animadoc | hand drawn in TvPaint

2016 The Man is Big
9:30min | paint on glas

2013 Fish
2:00min | Animadoc | hand drawn animation

2012 Eyes Closed
6:00min | Animadoc | hand drawn animation

2012 Little Plastic Figure
(together with Veronika Samartseva) - 3:10min, pixilation, stop motion, clay

2010 white no white
7:00min | sand animation

2009 Hocus-Pocus
4:12min | hand drawn animation

2008 Hello Antenna
(together with Veronika Samartseva) - 4:40min | cut out animation

2009 Ring Frei
Bundeskunsthalle Bonn/Germany (group exhibition)

2009 C.A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr
Gelsenkirchen/Germany (group exhibition)

2013 Daily Parade
Kutscherhaus Recklinghausen/ Germany – Art Exhibition of graphic works, installations, films together with Thomas Bergmann (Printed Catalog: ‘Tägliche Parade’ / Daily Parade)

2019 Behind The Scenes
KIC/Animafest Zagreb/ Croatia (group exhibition) dedicated to the process of animation film-making