Sophie Koko Gate is an artist, animation director, and writer based in London. Her practice both resembles and resists the features of mainstream animation, playing with the formulaic nature of storytelling to evoke the satisfying effect of conventional narrative without there ever being one. A strangely familiar cast of eccentric characters live on behind the scenes, aging and shapeshifting as they move between parallel worlds in each film. In her work, rare moments of pleasure are interrupted by frustrated desire, a longing for something that is never quite resolved.
Her films have been screened at Tate Modern, London; Edinburgh Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival, Utah, USA; BFI London Film Festival; Tel Aviv Festival, Israel; Sydney Film Festival; London International Animation Festival and SXSW Austin Texas, USA. She has won awards at Ottawa Animation Festival, SXSW, GLAS Animation Festival and Indie Lisboa.