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David Barlow-Krelina
2018 | 5 min
Computer animation

Selections and Awards

  • Special Mention of the Ecumenical JuryOberhausen International Short Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection - Narrative Short Animation CompetitionOttawa International Animation Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionDenver International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionFANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival 2018(Switzerland)

  • Official SelectionBucheon International Animation Festival 2018 (Korea)

  • Official SelectionLinz Prix ARS Electronica 2018 (Austria)

  • Official SelectionLondon International Animation Festival - LIAF 2018(England)

  • Official SelectionBerlin International Shortfilm Festival - Interfilm 2018 (Germany)

  • Nomination - Best Animated Short Canadian Screen Awards - 2019

  • Special Mention - Best Animated ShortPalm Springs International Short Fest 2019


Detailed Description

Director's Statement





David Barlow-Krelina
Director and Animator
Photo : Yannick Grandmont

David Barlow-Krelina

Born in 1988 in Ottawa, David Barlow-Krelina graduated from Concordia University in film animation and computation arts. His first independent film Bless You (2013) was an online hit and screened at the OIAF, The Animation Show of Shows etc. Mixing classical animation and modern CGI to tell experimental narratives, David’s joy of animating is in the ability to create glimpses into new and unusual universes that function by their own unique logic.

Jelena Popović
Photo : NFB

Jelena Popović

Producer at the NFB Animation Studio since January 2014, Jelena forged her skills as production manager and associate producer on conventional, interactive and hybrid documentary and animation films. She directed and co-wrote the documentary The Knights of Orlando (2007) and edited Patrick Doyon’s Oscar-nominated short Sunday, as well as three editions of NFB’s acclaimed Hothouse program. She co-produced with Marcy Page Theodore Ushev’s Blood Manifesto (Prix Créativité, FNC 2015), Sheldon Cohen’s My Heart Attack, (Best Animated Short, Cleveland Int’l Fest) and Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur VR. With Maral Mohammadian, she co-produced Naked Island, a series of public service alerts by some of the top Canadian animators exposing the dark underbelly of modern times. Her latest releases are Hedgehog’s Home, a stop-motion fable about cherishing one’s home directed by Eva Cvijanović and co-produced by Vanja Andrijević (Bonobostudio, Croatia), which won over 30 prizes including Special Mention at Berlinale and Prix Jeune public in Annecy, and Manivald, a gender-ambiguous tale about the boomerang generation by Chintis Lundgren, a coproduction with Estonia and Croatia selected at Sundance, SXSW, Annecy and awarded at OIAF, LIAF, NYSFF, Aspen, Denver, Manchester etc.


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)

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.



Written and Directed by
David Barlow-Krelina

Design & Animation
David Barlow-Krelina

Modeling & Animation
Patricia Granato
Patrick Rouleau
Alexandre Francoeur Barbeau
Laurence Grégoire
Tulia Dicaire-Acosta

Modeling Assistants              
Han Han Li
Oleksandr Alakseiev
Patrick-Hubert Roy

Dana Darie

Art Direction
Jessy Veilleux
Corinne Merrell

Luka Sanader
Stéphanie Weber Biron

Lighting & Rendering
François Beaudry

Sébastien Proulx

Vid Cousins

Sound Design
Greg Debicki & Vid Cousins

Greg Debicki (Samples & Remix)
Adam Kinner (Saxophone)
Sarah Pagé (Harp)

Akua Carson

Foley and Music Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Recording Assistant
Padraig Buttner-Schnirer

Karla Baumgardner

Jean Paul Vialard

Offline Editing
Oana Suteu

Online Editing
Denis Pilon

Technical Direction
Eloi Champagne

Technical Co-ordination
Randall Finnerty
Candice Desormeaux
Luc Binette

Titles and Credits
Mélanie Bouchard

Victoire-Émilie Bessette
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget
Stéphanie Lalonde

Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Special Thanks
Dominique Forget
Kathryn Ruscito
Jane Barlow
Michael Krelina
Cielle Graham
Upjeet Cambow
Emily Barlow-Krelina

Jelena Popović

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada


Press Relations

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

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