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Kassia Ward
2019 | 1 min
3D animation in CGI (Maya)

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

  • Nominee - Children's/Youth ProductionYorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2021)





Kassia Ward
Director and Animator
Photo : Stephan Ballard

Kassia Ward

Born in Edmonton and raised on the Enoch Cree Nation, Kassia Ward traces her artistic bent to hearing stories about the trickster Wesakechak as a child and youthful exposure to traditional beading. Having completed BAs in both psychology and biology, she went on to study 3D animation at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts. Kassia’s interests extend from life drawing to oil painting and lighting design. She has created animation for Spotted Fawn Productions and is artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Skwacháys Lodge, Canada’s first Indigenous arts hotel.

Amanda Roy
Associate Producer
Photo : Stephan Ballard

Amanda Roy

An Anishinaabe filmmaker and producer from the Wikwemikong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, Amanda Roy has worked with Mushkeg Media, Nish Media and other Indigenous companies, producing everything from Indie films and docs to fiction series and VR apps. She views Hothouse as a way of challenging dominant Western modes of storytelling.

Amanda Strong
Associate Producer
Photo : Stephan Ballard

Amanda Strong

A Michif media artist based in the unceded Coast Salish Territories, also known as Vancouver, Amanda Strong directs and produces animation through her own company Spotted Fawn Productions, winning acclaim for work like Four Faces of the Moon, remarkable stop motion that elicits comparisons to Tim Burton. When the legendary Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin was given the Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award by the Toronto Film Critics Association in 2016, she bequeathed the cash award to Strong, acknowledging Strong’s important contribution to contemporary Indigenous cinema.

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio in Montreal. Her award-winning auteur films include I Am Here, directed by internet sensation Eoin Duffy, and the innovative mixed-media film The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer, directed by Randall Okita. Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, which has spawned a series of one-minute hits. In addition to films, she produces interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge, such as Paloma Dawkins’ stunningly beautiful multi-award-winning VR joyride, Museum of Symmetry.

Jelena Popović
Producer (NFB)
Photo : Carrier Haber

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.


Written, Directed and Animated by
Kassia Ward

Mentoring Director
Marie Clements

Nicolas Renaud

Sound Designer
Luigi Allemano

Assistant Sound Designer
Travis Mercredi

“Wild West”

Additional Animation & Effects
Zane Kozak

Technical Director
Eloi Champagne

Technical Specialist – Animation
Randall Finnerty

Technical Coordinator
Maud Chayer

Karla Baumgardner
Christopher Grant

Foley Assistant
Rod Thibeault

Geoffrey Mitchell
Luc Léger

Mélanie Bouchard

Denis Pilon

Studio Administration
Rosalina Di Sario
Victoire-Émilie Bessette

Senior Production Coordinator
Dominique Forget

Studio Coordinator
Barry Ahmad

Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Associate Producers
Amanda Strong
Amanda Roy

Jelena Popović
Maral Mohammadian

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with imagineNATIVE ©2019

Press Relations

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and participatory experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. The NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a destination on NFB.ca.