Justin Norman is an award-winning writer, director, editor, animator, actor, and music composer. He has written, edited, and directed over 50 short films, many of which are part of the award-winning Evil Grin Gift Box web series.
His political short, NaziMaker, received over 600,000 views within three days of its publication. His animated short film, The Eye, won Runner Up Best Film in its category at Salute Your Shorts Fest in Los Angeles. His other award-winning shorts include Whistle Boys (Best in Show – ISA Short Film Showcase, Best Editing – IMPA Awards), Note to Self (First Runner Up Best Film, Best Directing, Best Editing, Best Acting, Audience Choice – 48HFP Des Moines), The Wash (First Runner Up Best Film, Audience Choice – 48HFP Chicago), The Breadwinner (Best Writing, Best Actor, Audience Choice), One Million XP (Best Editing, Best Cinematography), Twig (Best Editing), Cope (Best Editing, Best Actress, 2nd Runner Up Best Film) and Paved (Best Editing, Audience Choice). He is also a winner of the Moving Picture Association’s 2019 Mindful Editor competition, the recipient of a 2020 Greenlight Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, and a recipient of an Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery grant.
Support provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, through the federal CARES Act.
He has also written, directed, and edited several documentary shorts for PBS, and has brought to light issues like sweatshop labor, torture, and child homelessness for organizations including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, and Beza Threads. He composes music as Make-Believe Machines and has released three full-length albums and three soundtracks under the name.