Ann Marie Fleming | 2019 Women in Film’s Spotlight Awards

Ann Marie Fleming (BFA, 1989) has been awarded a 2019 Women in Film Spotlight Award for Cast & Crew Canada Artistic Achievement. This award honours a screen-based media artist (i.e. writer, director, producer, editor, director of photography or performer) who has created an outstanding recent work or a significant body of work. Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer, and artist, who creates work that addresses themes of family, identity, history, and memory. Her creative and signature animation has garnered international acclaim.

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning Canadian visual artist, writer, director, animator and cross-platform media maker who works in a variety of genres (animation, experimental, documentary and drama). Her work often deals with themes of family, history and memory.Ann Marie’s graduating film from Emily Carr College of Art and Design,You Take Care Now (1989), was ranked among the Top 10 short films in Canada’s 150th Essential Cinema. Blue Skies (2002) and New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes (1990) both won Best Canadian Short Film Awards at TIFF. Her filmography includes such acclaimed short films as I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010), Big Trees (2013), and the animated web-series My Place (2009) for Discovery USA’s Planetgreen.com. Ann Marie adapted her 2003 award-winning animated documentary The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam into a graphic novel, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2007 at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as well as being listed on the American Library Association’s Top Ten List for Tens. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam also won the Doug Wright Award for Best Canadian Comic.Ann Marie’s 2016 animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet discovering her family history, received awards all over the world, including the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Animated feature, Best Animated Film at the Gijon International Film Festival in Barcelona, the Jury Prize at the Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea, the audience award at the AnimaSyros International Animation Festival in Greece, Best Canadian and Best B.C. Feature Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Screenplay by the Vancouver Critic’s Award, Best Canadian Film by the Association of Canadian Online Critics, and the Humanitarian Award from the Riverrun Festival in North Carolina.In 2018 Ann Marie created the portrait A Short Film about Tegan and Sara, for the Governor General Awards, highlighting their advocacy work in the LGBTQ community, and is currently working on Question Period, a short film that gives a window to the thoughts and voices of a group of recent Syrian refugee women as they negotiate their life in Canada.

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