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Academy Talks: The Storytellers | Animation in Canada

Monday, July 17, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Toronto, ON


With Canada widely known as a world leader in animation, what can we expect in the next decade and how do we continue to stay ahead of the curve? Join us as we hear from three diverse voices that are experts working in multi-faceted formats of animation including experimental, stop-frame, cross-media, and 2D/3D.



The Spoke Club


5:30 PM – Registration

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Academy Talks


Free for Academy Members, $30 for Non-Members

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Terril Calder

Terril Calder is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario and currently residing in Toronto. Calder has training in fine art and performance and has exhibited her art across the country. Her work has strongly influenced many Indigenous filmmakers and a new genre in film. Compelled by the love of Hybrid Media and Fusion Art, Calder currently experiments with the amalgamation in her stop frame animated films that she writes, directs, crafts and animates. Her most recent film work includes Choke (2011), which received an Honorable Mention at Sundance Film Festival as well as a Canadian Genie Award nomination, and SNIP (2016), which received an Honorable Mention at the Berlinale in 2017. Both films have appeared on TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten list in 2011 and 2016 respectively.

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Lillian Chan

Lillian Chan is an award-winning animation filmmaker and director based in Toronto, Canada. Her children’s film, Jaime Lo, Small and Shy, was produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and won public prize at both the Ottawa International Animation Festival and Anima Mundi in Brazil. Her most recent project, Ramen Party, is a cross-media entertainment property that introduces preschool children and their trend-savvy parents to culture, music and food, through quirky characters based on Japanese food ingredients. She continues to animate and design for children’s content and programming, with clients like Disney, Kid Koala, and Nelvana. See her work at

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Jennifer Sherman

Since graduating from the Classical Animation course at Sheridan College in 1988, Jennifer Sherman has been continuously involved in a great number of projects in Toronto from hand drawn, classically animated commercials like Rice Krispies and Nesquik at the Animation House to the feature film Fern Gully for Karen Johnson Productions. For the last fourteen years Jennifer has been at 9 Story Media Group working on 2D computer animated televisions series like; Peep and the Big Wide World, Max and Ruby, Arthur, Fugget About It, and Camp Lakebottom to name just a few. Throughout her career she has adapted to take on the various aspects of the animation industry from character design, layout, animation, animation supervisor, storyboard supervising, assistant director and director. Jennifer also takes pleasure in mentoring young talent.

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Moderated by: Angela Stukator

Angela Stukator has over twenty-five years of experience in animation, film, television and game design education at the post-secondary level. She studied in three countries, achieving a BA from Brock University, a MA from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from the University of Bristol. Angela has a record of excellence in teaching, research and administration. She brings leadership and management skills, especially in the area of curriculum design and implementation. As a champion of arts education, Angela is committed to fostering partnerships between the industry, cultural institutions, and colleges and universities, both domestic and international.