Cordell Barker, the award winning animator of the short film The Cat Came Back, has joined the National Film Board of Canada as a creative consultant for its Prairie and North West centers.
According to the organization, Barker will advise NFB producers on animation projects that come out of the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
‘Cordell is a wonderful addition to our production team,’ says the centers’ executive producer, David Christensen. ‘His breadth of experience will not only help the NFB but also benefit the animation community in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.’
Cordell Barker’s films with the NFB include The Cat Came Back (1988) and Strange Invaders (2001). Together, the shorts that have won more than 30 international awards and picked up two Oscar nominations. His most recent NFB film, Runaway (2009), was a prize winner at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and took the 2010 Genie Awards for Best Animation Film.