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Christopher Hinton

(b. January 1, 1952 Cambridge, Ontario)

A multiple-award-winning animator, Christopher Hinton has worked extensively for the National Film Board – where he has animated, written, directed and produced over a dozen films – as well as for the CBC and several commercial animation studios. His carefully calibrated style tends to be very frantic, sometimes minimalist, and often characterized by exaggerated shifts in perspective.

After honing his animation skills working for “Sesame Street” in the early seventies, the Winnipeg-based Hinton began freelancing for the NFB’s newly opened Prairie Production Office, where he directed Canada Vignettes: Lady Francis Simpson (1978) and co-directed the award-winning Blowhard (1978).

He spent much of the eighties animating and directing several independently produced films, including The Gift (1981), A Piece of the Action (1983) and A Nice Day in the Country (1988), and also began teaching animation in the film programme at Concordia University in Montreal.

Among Hinton’s numerous international awards are two Academy Award® nominations for Best Animated Short Film for Blackfly (1991) and Nibbles (2003). He currently lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.

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