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Amanda Strong | GIRAF 14


  • TRUCK U-HALL 2009 10 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB, T3C 0K4 Canada (map)
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Exhibition // November 22 – November 25 2018

A behind-the-scenes look at the puppets and props created for Strong's imaginative stop motion animated films. This exhibition begins to show the intensive process behind stop motion animation through a look at the scale, intricate details, and method based decision making. Strong utilizes animation as a medium of storytelling to explore ideas of blood memory and indigenous ideology.

Presented in partnership with Quickdraw Animation’s GIRAF 14 Festival. For full line-up and tickets see their website here: http://www.giraffest.ca/


Amanda Strong is an Michif interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art. Currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. Strong received a BAA in Interpretative Illustration and a Diploma in Applied Photography from the Sheridan Institute. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Strong is the Owner/Director/Producer of Spotted Fawn Productions Inc. (SFP). Under her direction SFP utilizes a multi-layered approach and unconventional methods that are centered in collaboration on all aspects of their work. 

Strong's work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books and community-activated projects. Strong and her team at Spotted Fawn Productions are currently working on the research and development of bringing these works into more interactive spaces. 

Most recently she was selected by renowned filmmaker Alanis Obamsawin to receive $50,000 in post-services through the Clyde Gilmour Technicolour Award. In 2016 she received the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist. In 2013, Amanda was the recipient of K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video. Her films have screened across the globe, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council and the NFB. Spotted Fawn Productions is currently developing new short animations Wheetago War and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes). SFP's latest short animations Four Faces of the Moon and Flood are available online through CBC Short Docs and CBC Arts.