Amanda Strong

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Amanda Strong
Residenceunceded Coast Salish territory, Vancouver, British Columbia
EducationSheridan College
Known forIndigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director
Notable work
Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (2018), Indigo (2014), Mia' (Salmon) (2015)

Amanda Strong is a Michif Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop-motion director based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1][2] [3]She grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and has lived in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. She has exhibited work and her films have been screened at festivals worldwide, including Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.[4]

Film career[edit]

Strong's films tell Indigenous stories through a style she calls "hybrid documentary" as she combines stop-motion animation with new media technology. Strong's style merges genres such as documentary, animation and more traditional narrative driven storytelling. Her background is in photography, illustration, and media.[1] She often works collaboratively, such as in her films Indigo and Mia.

Strong is the founder of Spotted Fawn Productions, a production studio that provides mentorship and training opportunities for emerging and diverse artists.[5]

Strong engages with communities by curating, facilitating, programming, and teaching youth across Canada.[6] As Strong has stated, "Connecting with my Indigenous roots has allowed me to explore these personal themes in my work as well as my involvement with native and vulnerable youth". She engages with Indigenous youth through her work with the Indigenous Routes Collective, a sustainable cross-cultural training program for Indigenous young people and the Media Creatorz Collective.


Strong studied illustration, media, and photography at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario.[7][8]

Awards and grants[edit]

Strong has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada.[4] In 2009, Strong was the recipient of the ImagineNATIVE/LIFT mentorship.[9] In 2013, Strong was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video.[4] In 2015, she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist.[10] In 2016, she was selected by Alanis Obomsawin to receive $50,000 in services from Technicolor as part of Obomsawin's Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award at the 2016 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.[11][12] In 2018, she was awarded best script as well as Special Mention for her short film Biidaaban at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.[13] Biidaaban is also a nominee for best animated short in the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards[14]


Year Title Contribution
2008 Alice Eaton Director/Writer/Editor
2009 Honey for Sale Director/Writer/Editor
2014 Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters Director/Animator/Mentor/Editor
2014 Indigo Director/Co-Writer/Illustrator/VFX
2015 Mia Director/Animator/Producer/VFX
2015 How To Steal A Canoe Director/Producer/Animator
2016 Breaking Point Episode X Company CBC Director/Producer/Animator
2016 Hipster Headdress Director/Producer/Animator
2016 Four Faces of the Moon Director/Writer/Producer/Animator/Illustrator
2017 Ghost Food Producer
2017 Flood Director/Producer/Animator
2018 Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) Director/Producer/Animator


  1. ^ a b "X Company". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  2. ^ "Amanda Strong - Dispatches - X Company". Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ "Mississauga director Amanda Strong screening short film 'Biidaaban' at Indigenous film festival ImagineNative".
  4. ^ a b c "grunt gallery | Spark: Fireside Artist Talks". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  5. ^ "Stop Motion Animation, Vancouver BC, Spotted Fawn Productions". Stop Motion Animation, Vancouver BC, Spotted Fawn Productions. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  6. ^ "Women's International Film & Television Showcase". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  7. ^ "Oxygen Art Centre | Artist: Amanda Strong". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  8. ^ "Arts alumni win prizes for films celebrating Indigenous heritage".
  9. ^ Louise, Bigeagle, (2015). "Amanda Strong : Indigo". Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  10. ^ Vancouver, City of (2015-11-04). "2015 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients announced". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  11. ^ "Amanda Strong Selected To Receive The Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award". CFWE. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  12. ^ "Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award - Toronto Film Critics Association". Toronto Film Critics Association. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  13. ^ "2018 Award Winners". Ottawa International Animation Festival.
  14. ^ "2019 Canadian Screen Awards: Five Animated Shorts Nominated".

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