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Alumna Ann Marie Fleming's Window Horses Named Best Canadian Film + Best BC Film at VIFF

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on October 31, 2016 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:06AM

Ann Marie provided ECU students with a Master Class on the development and production of her feature this past spring.

Emily Carr University is pleased to share news that alumna Ann Marie Fleming has been awarded the Best BC Film Award and Best Canadian Film Award for her latest feature, Window Horses.

Window Horses is a beautifully narrated and colourfully animated story of a young girl’s journey toward self-discovery. After being invited to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, by a mysterious figure, Rosie Ming faces challenges and discoveries that ultimately lead to her self-realization. Unaware of the reasons behind her father’s disappearance, she has her perspective and conscience awakened by her experiences and the information she uncovers.

Window Horses (Trailer: COMING SOON)

Window Horses is an animated feature! It’s about love (it’s always about love…) – love of family, poetry, history, culture. Here’s the story: Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry. Rosie goes on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and perhaps above all, understanding, through learning about her father’s past, her own cultural identity, and her responsibility to it. This film is our small effort to try and add a little more peace, love and understanding to our increasingly complex and conflicted world through art, poetry, history and culture.

"This is not just a visual treat, it’s a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling."

Wendy Ide, Screen

The first feature-length animation from the NFB to be selected for the festival since Pierre Hébert’s La plante humaine, the film features a rich colour palette sure to tantalize the audience. At times, it gives way to guest-animated sequences in which poetic illustration and artistic expression convey the spiritedness of living freely. Window Horses uses poetry, music and illustration to celebrate the value of accepting cultures, opening one’s mind and tapping into unknown aspects of the self as a form of self-transformation and spiritual transcendence. The superb voice cast includes festival veterans Don McKellar, Sandra Oh and Ellen Page.

Ann Marie Fleming graduated from the Emily Carr Animation program with Honours in 1989, and has since developed an international reputation for her films and animations, and her persona 'stick girl'.

Reposted from the Ignite | Youth | BC Spotlight

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