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For the first time in Canadian history, 15 of Canada’s most award-winning and celebrated independent animators have come together to create a collaborative animated film. Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam is an innovative and global approach to animation filmmaking and unites animators from coast to coast, from Vancouver to Halifax and all parts in between, to self reflect on one day of their lives using only 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and animation meditation. Featuring animation from the original Anijam creator Marv Newland along with Oscar® winners Alison Snowden and David Fine and Academy® Award nominees Cordell Barker, Janet Perlman, Chris Hinton, and Paul Driessen.

To create the film, the animators were asked to self-reflect through animation on personal and global events that impacted one day of their lives. Each of the animators created their sequences without knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a ‘to do’ list written on the day of a life-altering event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing ‘animation meditation’ to create a visually animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings link together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.

Director: Jeff Chiba Stearns

Year: 2013

Genre: Animation / Documentary

Length: Short

Runtime: 7mins 40secs

Colour: Black and Yellow

Country: Canada

Language: English

Production and Sales Company: Meditating Bunny Studio Inc.

Cast & Credits:

Producer and Director:  Jeff Chiba Stearns

Anijam Mentor: Marv Newland

Producing Consultant: Ruth Vincent

Animators:  Jeff Chiba Stearns, Marv Newland, Cordell Barker, Chris Hinton, Alison Snowden, David Fine, Janet Pearlman, Paul Driessen, Jody Kramer, Howie Shia, Jonathan Ng, Lillian Chan, Malcolm Sutherland, Joel Mackenzie, Louise Johnson

Music: Genevieve Vincent

Sound: Raphael Choi

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary filmmaker. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. From animated viral video ads and broadcast commercials for companies like Sharpie, 3M, Generali and Post-it Note, to short and feature films like “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010) and Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013), Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered 33 awards.  The studio is currently completing its second feature length ani-doc and pitching various animated series.

“A roster of artists displays the full spectrum of Canadian animation talent as they each animate a single diary entry using nothing other than a black marker and some yellow sticky notes.”  – Cinemablographer – A Canadian Film Review Site

“I’ll admit a real resistance to see this short – not because Mr. Chiba Stearns isn’t one of Canada’s most interesting animators, which he is – but because the title is recycled from his career establishing 2009 short AND it took me a while to figure out that Anijam was shortened term for Animation Jam. Clunky titling aside, this 9 minute festival favorite is a rare gift which uniquely celebrates Canadian animators. Mr. Chiba Stearns has corralled every top Canadian sketch artist to deliver their work via a yellow sticky note. The result is a potpourri of creativity you have to see to believe.” – Kellie Ann Benz, Editor of The Shorts Report

2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2013 46th WorldFest – Houston International Independent Film Festival – Houston, Texas  WINNER: GOLD REMI AWARD

2013 13th Melbourne International Animation Festival – Melbourne, Australia

2013 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival – Edinburgh, Scotland

2013 17th Reel Asian Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2013 London International Animation Festival  – London, England, UK

2013 Sommets du cinéma d’animation, Montreal and Quebec City International Festival – Montreal/Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

2014 ReelWorld Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014 Fantasia International Film Festival – Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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