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4 North A

Jordan Canning and Howie Shia
2020 | 10 min 53 s
2D animation

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection // World PremiereToronto International Film Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Official CompetitionOttawa International Animation Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionSt. John's International Women's Film Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Quebec-Canada PanoramaLes sommets du cinéma d'animation, Montréal, Canada (2020)

  • Nominee - Best Animated Short Canadian Screen Awards (2021)

  • Nominee - AnimationYorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2021)


Director Statement



Jordan Canning
Writer and Director
Photo : Shlomi Amiga

Jordan Canning

A graduate of the Directors’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, Jordan Canning has made more than a dozen short films (including Countdown, Not Over Easy, Seconds) that have screened at numerous festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin.

Canning has also directed two feature films—We Were Wolves (TIFF 2014) and Suck it Up (Best Feature Film at the 2017 B3 Biennale in Frankfurt)—and co-directed the omnibus film Ordinary Days (Best Director at the 2018 Canadian Film Fest).

In addition, she’s directed many episodes of various television series, including This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Baroness Von Sketch Show and the Emmy-nominated Schitt’s Creek. In 2019, she and her co-director took home the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction, Variety or Sketch Comedy for their work on season three of Baroness Von Sketch Show.


Her most recent project, the animated short 4 North A, was co-directed with Howie Shia and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Howie Shia

Howie Shia

Howie Shia is a Toronto-based illustrator, animator, writer and director. His short films have won several awards internationally, including the 2007 Grand Prix at the Tokyo Anime Fair. Much of his work combines a love of ancient mythologies and a fascination with modern urban environments. Creating contemporary visuals using mostly traditional drawing techniques, Shia also draws heavily on music, especially contemporary jazz and hip hop.

Along with his brothers, Shia is the co-founder of PPF House, a Toronto-Taipei music, animation and design studio that creates both independent and commercial work for the likes of the National Film Board of Canada, Disney, Nike, UN-Habitat and others.

His latest film, 4 North A, is a collaboration with filmmaker Jordan Canning. 4 North A is Shia’s fifth animated short with the NFB, following BAM (2015), Peggy Baker: Four Phrases (2009), Flutter (2006) and Ice Ages (2004).

Annette Clarke
Producer and Executive Producer
Photo : Dave Howells

Annette Clarke

An accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to craft transformative stories,  Annette’s select producer credits include The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF), Love, Scott (2018, Hot Docs, BFI Flare, Inside Out, One World) and Assholes, a theory (CPHDOX). In addition to Conviction, her current productions reflect on the human condition through the eyes of a twelve year old Yazidi boy arriving in Canada, and inside the lives of resilient women along the Brazilian Amazon. As executive producer for NFB’s Quebec Atlantic studio, Annette envisions a potent and ambitious slate of short form and feature documentaries, animation, and interactive story telling across a rich and large territory.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer
Photo : David Fine

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is studio head and executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s world-renowned English Animation Studio. After a brief freelance animator career, Fukushima joined the NFB Animation Studio in 1990 as a filmmaker, then became a studio producer, and is now studio head, with a lot of films (and some awards) under his belt. He now mostly produces the producers, and offers up pearls of wisdom and wise-cracking bon mots.



Written by
Jordan Canning

Directed by
Jordan Canning
Howie Shia

Storyboard, edit and design
Howie Shia

Miranda Quesnel
Simon Cottee
Duncan Major

Colour and additional animation
Jennifer Krick

Sound design and music
Sacha Ratcliffe

Produced by
Annette Clarke

Online editor
Denis Pilon

Howie Shia

Digital editing technicians
Pierre Dupont
Marie-Josée Gourde
Patrick Trahan

Technical director
Eloi Champagne

Technical specialist – animation
Randall Finnerty

Karla Baumgardner

Foley recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Isabelle Lussier

Sound technician
Bernard Belley

Production supervisor
Roz Power

Technical coordinators
Daniel Lord
Chris MacIntosh

Senior production coordinator
Kelly Davis

Studio administrator
Leslie Poyntz

Marketing manager
Johanna Lessard

Legal counsel
Dominique Aubry

Executive producers
Annette Clarke
Michael Fukushima

Executive director, English program
Michelle van Beusekom

Developed in association with
The Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation


Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

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