Tom has been making hand-drawn animated films since 1990. His films have been broadcast on Independent Lens, Sundance Channel, Canal + France, SBS in Australia and CBC in Canada and have screened at the American Cinematique in Los Angeles and Anthology Film Archives in New York. The films have also played widely on the international festival circuit, including at Annecy, Rotterdam, Sundance, South by Southwest, Ottawa and Edinburgh, and have won over forty festival awards. Tom received Minnesota State Arts Board Grants in 1991,1999, 2006 and 2014, Jerome Film and Video Grants in 2000 and 2004, McKnight Fellowships in 2006, 2011 and 2015, a Rooftop Films grant in 2013 and Bush Fellowships in 1997 and 2008. He has directed commercials for Kashi, Samsung and Hertz Car Rental and is currently represented by Global Mechanic, Vancouver, Canada. Many of his short films are distributed by Short International, London, England. "Marcel, King of Tervuren" is currently handled by Magnetfilm, Germany.