July 8 - December 9, 2017

Vancouver Film School
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada

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Celebrating Independent Animation in Canada
July 8 - December 9, 2017


In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Spark CG Society is hosting a Special Series of monthly talks celebrating Independent Animation in Canada. Please join us as we celebrate Canadian animation.

Canada 150

Saturday - October 14, 1:30 PM
moderator: Marv Newland with Cordell Barker

Vancouver Film School
420 Homer St (@ West Hastings St)
Vancouver, Canada

As an independent animation filmmaker, who focuses on pacing, action and narrative, Cordell Barker is one of Canada’s brightest lights. With a distinguished career that has garnered two Oscar nominations and almost 50 awards from every major film and animation festival in the world, Cordell Barker has brought worldwide acclaim and attention, not only to Canada, but to its animation heartland, Winnipeg.

It is our greatest pleasure to have Cordell Barker present and discuss his multi award-winning short films.

Cordell Barker. All Rights Reserved.

© Cordell Barker. All Rights Reserved.


Cordell Barker
Director, Animator, Advisor // National Film Board of Canada

CordellCordell Barker (born 1956) is a Canadian animator based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began animating in his late teens after taking on an apprenticeship at Kenn Perkins Animation. A two-time Academy Award nominee, Barker is an animation filmmaker best known for his work with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

He began his career in 1974 working for Sesame Street and collaborating on a number of commercials. In 1982, he joined the NFB’s Winnipeg studio where he made his first film, The Cat Came Back in 1988. The short was a huge audience favourite and garnered 16 awards in addition to picking up an Oscar nomination. He subsequently returned to advertising, directing commercials for a number of major companies before returning to filmmaking in 2001. His second film, Strange Invaders would be nominated for an Oscar in 2002. He completed his third film for the NFB, Runaway, in 2009.

In 2015, Cordell released If I Was God, his fourth film with the NFB. Inspired by his own experiences as a 12-year-old boy, Barker experiments with a variety of animation techniques in this film, from stop-motion to traditional animation.

Cordell continues to work with the National Film Board as a creative consultant, advising producers on animation projects, generated in the prairie and north west provinces of Canada.

Marv Newland
Director, Animator
(Bambi Meets Godzilla, Anijam, Tales From the Far Side, CMYK)

MarvMarv Newland graduated from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and made his first animated short, "Bambi Meets Godzilla," (1969). This production was followed by TV commercial work. He moved to Toronto, Canada working on TV commercials, "Sesame Street" segments and magazine illustration. Newland designed and/or directed; TV series, commercials and short films for companies in: Holland, New York and Ottawa. In 1975 he founded the production company International Rocketship Limited in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as designer, animator, director and producer of commercials, series and shorts for his own company and for among others: Vinton Studios, USA; Studio B, Canada and the National Film Board of Canada.

Marv Newland received the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Animation Festival, France for his direction of, Gary Larson's "Tales From the Far Side," 1995. Films made under his direction have been awarded festival prizes in: Hiroshima, Japan; Asolo, Italy; Chicago, Portland, Houston and San Francisco, USA; Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, Canada. He has served on film festival juries in: Japan, England, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, Norway, Korea and on Genie juries in Canada. Newland has conducted animation workshops at: Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg and Kunsthochschule in Kassel, Germany and at La Poudrière in Valence, France. He is currently an animation instructor at the Vancouver Film School in Canada.

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