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Mystery of the Secret Room

Wanda Nolan
2016 | 5 min 41 s

Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionAtlantic Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionSt. John's International Women's Film Festival



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Wanda Nolan
Photo : Carol Kean

Wanda Nolan

Wanda Nolan is a writer and filmmaker based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Invisible Publishing and Riddle Fence. In 2014, CBC Canada Writes named Nolan one of 11 writers to watch. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. The animated short Mystery of the Secret Room, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, is her directorial debut. Her next project is the short film Crocuses, winner of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award.

Claire Blanchet
Art director and Animation Supervisor
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Claire Blanchet

Montreal-based filmmaker Claire Blanchet grew up in Fredericton and studied dance, studio art, and philosophy before her love of drawing led her to Concordia University’s animation program. She employs a variety of animation techniques: hand-drawn, under-the-camera, direct-on-film, and stereoscopic, in addition to digital media. In 2013, she directed The End of Pinky, an animated stereoscopic film based on a short story of the same name by Heather O’Neill. It was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Jutra Award and selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten shorts program. Claire took on the roles of art director and animation supervisor for Mystery of the Secret Room (2016), written and directed by Wanda Nolan, and she is currently assistant director for Felix Dufour-Laperriere’s animated feature Ville Neuve.

Annette Clarke
Producer / Executive Producer
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Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke’s love of storytelling began around a kitchen table playing poker for pennies in a small community in Newfoundland. She honed her story instincts travelling with a 16mm projector and NFB film cans in the trunk of a car and fell in love with documentary when she witnessed the transformative power of its mirror. An accomplished and award-winning producer with 100 hours of screen time, Clarke is committed to stories that challenge stereotypes and shift the usual lens on the world. Her current productions, directed by both emerging and established talent, cross paths with courageous young girls and brilliant lawyers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered Bluefin tuna, rock star chefs taking a stand against food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her Mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books.

Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec / Atlantic studio, her recent producer credits include:
VIVE LA ROSE 2009 (TIFF and Sundance)
FLAWED 2010 (Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at Palm Springs, EMMY nomination)
HOW DOES IT FEEL 2011 (Golden Sheaf award)
THE BOXING GIRLS OF KABUL 2011 (IDFA and CSA for best documentary short).
HARD LIGHT 2012 (FIFA Jury Award)
BUYING SEX 2013 (Hot Docs)
DANNY 2014 (Hot Docs Big Ideas series)
54 HOURS 2014 (Yorkton Founder’s Award)
GUNRUNNERS 2015 (Hot Docs)

Jon Montes
Associate Producer
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Jon Montes

Based in Winnipeg, Jon is currently a producer with the NFB’s North West Studio. His recent projects as associate producer with the NFB include the feature documentaries Gun Runners (Hot Docs 2016) and Danny (Hot Docs 2015), the animated short 54 Hours (Founder’s Award, Yorkton Film Festival), the interactive documentary Bubble Dancers (32nd International Environmental Film Festival, Paris), and the 10th and 11th editions of Hothouse, the NFB’s intensive program for emerging animators. A transplanted East Coaster, Jon holds an MA in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson universities.


Written and directed by
Wanda Nolan

 Art director and animation supervisor
Claire Blanchet

 Animation by
Hyun Jin Park
Claire Blanchet
Simon Cottee
Malcolm Sutherland

Fred Casia

Original music by
Jeff Johnston

Sound design by
Kyle Stanfield


Kate Bevan-Baker

Louise Campbell

Jeff Johnston

Lise Wedlock

Foley and music recording
Geoff Mitchell


Technical director
Eloi Champagne

Technical animation coordinator
Randall Finnerty

 Still photography
Carol Kean
Victoria Wells

Mélanie Bouchard

Online editor
Serge Verreault

Jean Paul Vialard

Post-production supervisors
Jean-François Laprise
Roz Power

Post-production assistant
Mylène Augustin

Senior production coordinator
Kelly Davis

Studio administrator
Leslie Poyntz

Marketing manager
Melissa Wheeler


Justin Simms
Kat Baulu
The Nolan Family
Grace, Tyler, Emma

The Blanchet Family
Lynne, Nicole, Paul

Bruce Alcock
Chris Bonnell
Jordan Canning
Laura Churchill
Chris Darlington
Michael Fukushima
Lauren Goldman
Patricia Granato
Michelle van Beusekom


Legal counsel
Dominique Aubry

Associate producer
Jon Montes

Producer and executive producer
Annette Clarke



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