Michael Fukushima (pictured) has been named executive producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) Montreal-based animation studio.
Fukushima, a veteran filmmaker who joined the NFB in 1990 and became an animation producer seven years later, will head up the English program animation studio. Among his notable work, he directed the Hot Docs-winning animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile.
“I have high regard for Michael’s considerable experience, his expert reflections on our animation history, and his thoughtful, progressive ideas for the future,” said NFB English program director general Ravida Din in a statement.
Fukushima’s NFB producer credits include Shira Avni’s animated documentary Tying Your Own Shoes (2009), which was the winner of the Golden Dove at Dok Leipzig and the NHK Japan Prize; and Ann Marie Fleming’s illustrated memoir I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010).
With additional files by Adam Benzine