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|Residence||unceded Coast Salish territory, Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Known for||Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director|
|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. 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.
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. 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.
Strong engages with communities by curating, facilitating, programming, and teaching youth across Canada. 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.
Awards and grants
Strong has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada. In 2009, Strong was the recipient of the ImagineNATIVE/LIFT mentorship. In 2013, Strong was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video. In 2015, she was awarded the Vancouver Mayor's Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist. 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. In 2018, she was awarded best script as well as Special Mention for her short film Biidaaban at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Biidaaban is also a nominee for best animated short in the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards
|2009||Honey for Sale||Director/Writer/Editor|
|2014||Haida Raid 3: Save Our Waters||Director/Animator/Mentor/Editor|
|2015||How To Steal A Canoe||Director/Producer/Animator|
|2016||Breaking Point Episode X Company CBC||Director/Producer/Animator|
|2016||Four Faces of the Moon||Director/Writer/Producer/Animator/Illustrator|
|2018||Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)||Director/Producer/Animator|
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