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I Am Here

Eoin Duffy
2016 | 5 min


Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionVIFF 2016

  • Official SelectionFNC 2016

  • Best Animated Short SelectionCanadian Screen Awards 2017

  • Official SelectionHolland Animation Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionCinefest Sudbury 2017


Interview with Eoin Duffy

Promotional Materials



Animated Gifs


Eoin Duffy
Photo : Kristina Shu

Eoin Duffy

Originally from Ireland, Eoin Duffy is a Vancouver-based writer and director of animated films. He studied Visual Communication at the Dublin Institute of Technology and worked as a graphic and web designer before transitioning to animation with his 2012 short film On Departure. Influenced by a variety of visual traditions including art nouveau, comic books, futurism, and cubism, Duffy’s signature style blends clean lines and colourful graphics with a humorous approach to dark and complex themes like grief, fear, human relationships, and the nature of life and death.

In 2014, Duffy’s short animation The Missing Scarf was shortlisted for Best Animated Short at the 86th Academy Awards and nominated for Best Short Film at the 27th European Film Awards. His films have received international accolades, including awards at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival, and many others. Duffy’s forthcoming film (produced in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada) is I Am Here, the story of a man who travels the universe for trillions of years in search of its origin.

Shirley Vercruysse
Producer (NFB)
Photo : Emily Cooper

Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse is the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s BC & Yukon Studio, where she leads the team producing documentary and animation projects. The studio’s latest projects include the feature-length musical documentary The Road Forward; the animated feature film Window Horses; the animated shorts I AM HERE, The Mountain of SGaana and Shop Class; the mid-length documentary Beauty; the soon-to-be-released feature doc That Higher Level; and the documentary series True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a Producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s English Program Animation Studio. She was recruited by the NFB in 2006 as the first Associate Producer of Hothouse, the celebrated apprenticeship program for emerging animation filmmakers which has spawned such gems as Sweet Talk(by Esteban Azuela), Git Gob (by Philip Eddolls) and Orange(by Sylvie Trouvé). Maral has nurtured artists in the Making Music emerging filmmaker program that createdThe Mixy Tapes (by David Seitz and Mike Wray) which toured as part of Best of Ottawa 2008.

Maral’s recent projects include The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita, an innovative animation/live action hybrid which won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the NYC Shorts Festival. Maral’s latest project is BAM, a short animation directed by Howie Shia which follows a young boxer as he struggles to understand the violent rage within himself.

Prior to joining the NFB, Maral was the Workshop Programmer and Director of the Television Animation Conference at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. She studied Cinema at Carleton University.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, co-founding the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, in 2002 and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013.

Some notable films in his filmography include Genie Award winner cNote (2004), by Chris Hinton; Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which won the Golden Dove at DOK Leipzig and the prestigious NHK Japan Prize; Muybridge’s Strings (2011), by Oscar-nominated Japanese filmmaker Koji Yamamura; Oscar-nominated films Dimanche (2011), by Patrick Doyon, and Me and My Moulton (2014), by Torill Kove; and, most recently, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God… and Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses. Michael now mostly produces the producers and offers up sagacity, but he continues to keep his hand in—this year, on the first short film in two decades by Oscar winners Alison Snowden and David Fine, and on Oscar winner Torill Kove’s new film, Threads.


Voiced by
Nicholas Campbell


Eoin Duffy
Henrique Baron

Original Music

Sound Design
John Black

Written and Directed by
Eoin Duffy

Additional Voice
Fred Ewanuick (Gerry)

Stills Photography
Rosamond Nobury

Karla Baumgardner

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Re-Recording Mixer
Jean Paul Vialard

Online Editor
Denis Pilon


Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Coordinator
Steve Hallé

Technical Edit Coordinator
Wes Machnikowski

Production Coordinator
Kathleen Jayme

Studio Administrators
Carla Jones
Rosalina Di Sario
Victoire-Émilie Bessette

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Production Supervisor
Jennifer Roworth


Thanks to
Neera Josephson
Andrew Francis
Dave Pettitt
Kristina Shu
Jaime Hogan

Shirley Vercruysse
Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producers
Shirley Vercruysse
Michael Fukushima



BC & Yukon Studio & Animation Studio – English Program



Press Relations

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    NFB Publicist – Montreal
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