Born and raised in Winnipeg, Neil McInnes started in animation in Winnipeg and moved to Toronto to work as an illustrator. He returned to Winnipeg and formed Audience Animation Inc. to pursue his love of animation. He and partner Cathy McInnes directed many animated projects through their production company. Neil McInnes taught animation, graphic design, and history of graphic design at Red River College and left teaching in 2011 to work full time on personal projects. The award-winning short animated films Boardinghouse, Transformer, and Lovehound have shown internationally and been bought by television stations worldwide including the BBC, RTP Portugal and the Comedy Network. Cathy and Neil were both founding members of the Manitoba Society for Independent Animators - Neil as past president and Cathy as past executive director.