2008 – Anne Koizumi

AnneKoizumiAnne Koizumi completed her undergraduate studies in Film Production at the University of British Columbia in 2004, and was actively involved with the UBC Film Society.

Her student film, Patricia Grey, won the Outstanding 4th year film award and screened at Slamdance Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and various film festivals throughout North America.

In early 2006, Anne was invited by the National Film Board of Canada to participate in Hothouse 3, an animation intensive for emerging animators, where she completed her first professional film A Prairie Story, which went to screen at Annecy International Animation Festival, Animation Nation in Singapore and the Calgary International Film Festival.

Shortly after her return she became involved with Quickdraw Animation Society’s Youth Animation Project where she is currently employed as the Project Producer. The Youth Animation Project is a community action project supporting Youth with barriers in the development of animation and life skills. Through this project, Anne has produced over 30 short animated films and uses her experience as a filmmaker and animator to mentor the participants through the process of creating their own animations.

In May 2008 she was awarded the Alberta Media Arts Alliance film commission for her screenplay adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper, which is currently in production. It is a long-term goal for Anne to establish her filmmaking and animation career in Calgary, Alberta through the production of animation and live-action films.