ANN MARIE FLEMING is an award-winning Canadian independent filmmaker of Chinese and Australian descent. She works in a variety of different genres including: dramatic, animation, experimental and documentary.


Big Trees

Despite meticulous preparations and good intentions all round, when stickgirl's parents visit, only a good old family gorge-out can fill the deafening silence that represents all that is never said.

Writer/Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Composer: Gordan Durity
Animator: Kevin Langdale
Producers: Amit Breuer, Peter Harvey
Funder: NFB



Despite meticulous preparations and good intentions all round, when stickgirl's parents visit, only a good old family gorge-out can fill the deafening silence that represents all that is never said.

Writer/Director: Ann Marie Fleming
Composer: Gordan Durity
Animator: Kevin Langdale
Producers: Amit Breuer, Peter Harvey
Funder: Bravo!FACT


I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors

I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors is director Ann Marie Fleming’s animated adaptation of Bernice Eisenstein’s acclaimed illustrated memoir. Using the healing power of humour, the film probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience.

What is Atrial Fibrillation - a public service announcement by Ann Marie

Atrial fibrillation (or A-Fib) is a kind of abnormal heartbeat (or arrhythmia) where your heart beats irregularly and abnormally fast. A-Fib affects approximately 250,000 Canadians. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5 times greater risk for stroke than those without A-Fib. Learn more about Atrial Fibrillation here.


I Won! (DNTO and Sook-Yin Lee get animated!)

This wonderfully weird DNTO animated short is a story by Sook-Yin Lee
directed by filmmaker Ann Marie Fleming. For more eye and ear candy go to:

Window Horses (karaoke project)

(digital paint, 5:20 min)


Stickgirl observes the horses outside her window and reminisces about her father, world history and the way things are...
Upside down karaoke: An unknown song for public consumption

My Place

(flash animation, 15:15 min)


Our witty and charming Heroine struggles to make green choices in a confusing world.

Click to view the film on Planet Green.



(digital paint, 3:32 minutes)

Film by Ann Marie Fleming
"Landslide" interpreted by Sarah Jarvis

Lyrics- Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, 1974
-about a father-daughter relationship

This work was produced for 2008 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival & Gendai Gallery Empty Orchestra Video Commission.

With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Running (heart, body, mind, spirit)

(digital paint, 5 min.)


Based on the theory that each acupuncture needle has a resonance and each resonance corresponds to an organ and each organ tells a different story . . . we watch the continuing saga of Stickgirl as he runs through her life. A film about resilience and endurance.


M. O. O. D. (my obscure object of desire)

(digital, 2 min.)


In this bravofact! commissioned cellphone mobisode... the heart tries to transform itself into whatever it thinks its love desires... but it all goes to hell.

Click to view the film on Shorts in Motion.


The French Guy

(35 mm feature, 83 min.)


Elizabeth Murray just wants to help! Feeling lucky to be alive after surviving brain surgery, she brings home a stray young man to nurse him back to health.

  • Female Eye Film Festival
  • Jacksonville Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival
  • Leo Awards Film Festival
  • Singapore International Film Festival
  • Canadian Filmmakers Festival
  • 30th Cleveland International Film Festival - Somone to Watch
  • Boston Underground Film Festival - Best of Fest Feature Film
  • 21st Festival Mar del Plata Film Festival
  • Park City Film and Music Festival - awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence and Jury Choice for Best Impact of Music in a Feature film.
  • Victoria Independant Film Festival
  • 5th Annual Whistler Film Festival
  • Puerto Vallarta Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival
Check out The French Guy film web site.

Room 710

(35 mm animated, 8 min.)


A woman is awakened in her hotel room to a couple fighting next door. It all goes very terribly wrong. A true story.

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival 2005
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2005
  • Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival 2006


Aguas de Março

(digital, 4 min.)


An animated riff on Jobim's bossa nova classic.

  • NXNW Music Festival,
  • Toronto Blinding Light! Rock Action winner, Vancouver

Blue Skies

(35mm drama, 7min.)

Writer/Director/Executive Producer

In a world hungry for martyrs or heroes, of global corporate culture, pointless elections and ceaseless political strife, there is still a way to use history as a healing force. There is still a personal ability and responsibility to continue to make art; art that moves us beyond helplessness; art that can celebrate the very act of living.

  • Henry Miller Big Sur Short Film Program (2006)
  • Toronto International Film Festival, winner Best Short
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • winner Fajr Film Festival, Iran
  • CBC, Summer 2003


Lip Service - A Mystery

(35mm/digital/animated/live action drama, 45 min.)


A single, unemployed, lipless woman hires herself out as a private detective, but the only thing she finds is her own vulnerability.

  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Mostra Film Festival,
  • Brazil Figuera de Foz, Lisbon


Hysterical: The Musical

(animated/digital, 2min)


A musical look at reproductive technologies circa 1962.



(35mm/animated, 5min)


The myth of Tiresias, revisited

  • Ottawa Animation Festival,
  • Bilbao Short Film & Documentary Festival, Spain
  • Brisbane International Film Festival


Great Expectations (not what you're thinking...)

(35mm/animated, 2min)

Stickgirl finds fame and fortune through documentary filmmaking.


Automatic Writing

(experimental/historical drama, 16mm, 85min)

Using the adventure-filled diary of her great great grandfather, SoTo-Ming, as a guide, the filmmaker explores the nature of biography.

  • Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Sarajevo International Film Festival, Bosnia
  • Izmir International Film Festival, Turkey


Pleasure Film (Ahmed's Story)

(experimental drama, 16mm, 7min)

A woman recounts Ahmed's dream of desire while a man sings to us about the ineffability of happiness.

  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival


I Love My Work

(16mm/animated, 90sec)


Some of life's little obstacles that get in the way of a girl and what she really wants: to do her work.

My Boyfriend Gave Me Peaches

(16mm/animated, 90sec)


A schoolyard clapping song prepares us for future dysfunctional relationships.


It's Me, Again

(16mm, Documentary, 45min)


Ostensibly a mockumentary on twins, this film explores narrative expectations and our desire for meaning.

  • Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Vancouver International Film Festival

Buckingham Palace

(35mm, 7min)


What looks like a bad date turns out to be an allegory for why 1993 was not the year to be quoting T.S. Eliot.

  • Toronto Festival of Festivals
  • Vancouver International Film Festival


So Far So....

(16mm/animated, 2min)

A stick figure portrait of the artist as a young woman.

The New Man

(16mm, 5min)

With Mike Hoolboom-musical exploration of gender construction within the context of mainstream cinema.


New Shoes: an interview in exactly 5 minutes

(16mm, drama, 5min)


Made for Studio D's 5 Feminist Minutes series, this film explores the themes of media voyeurism and violence through the story of Gaye, whois a survivor of a murder/suicide attempt by her ex-fiancé.

  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Festival of Festivals, winner
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, winner
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • CBC Canadian Reflections


You Take Care Now

(16mm, Experimental Documentary, 11min)


A story of being raped and run over is an acknowledgement of commonhuman experience and the grace and humour that lets us go on.

  • B.C. Student Film Festival, winner
  • Canadian Student Film Festival, Montreal, winner
  • Centre George Pompidou, Paris
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, winner
  • 5th annual Festival of Films by Women Directors, winner

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