Role:FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 1, _FilmMakerRole = Director) / FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 5, _FilmMakerRole = Animator) / FilmmakerRoles(_FilmMakerRoleID = 4, _FilmMakerRole = Screenwriter)
Websitemeditatingbunny.com and hapanimation.com
InfluencesSheldon Cohen, Norman Mclaren, Dr. Suess, Maurice Sendak, Ryan Larken, Bill Plympton, Peter Chung
DirectorsHayao Mizazaki, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, Norman McLaren, Bob Clampett, Francis Ford Coppola, Brad Bird
Awards"What Are You Anyways?" WINNER: 2006 Best Animated Short Subject: Canadian Awards for Electronic Arts and Animation WINNER: 2005 Best Animation: Los Angeles ARPA International Film Festival WINNER: 2005 People’s Choice and Best Overall Production: Okanagan Film Festival WINNER: 2006 Edith Lando Peace Prize - Vancouver Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth WINNER: 2006 Most Innovative Film - Ages 9+ - Vancouver Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth WINNER: 2006 NFB Kids Prize for Best Animated Short - Freeze Frame International Festival of Film for Kids of All Ages Yellow Sticky NotesWINNER: 2007 Animasian Award for Best Animated Film - 11th Toronto Reel Asian International Film FestivalWINNER: 2008 Best Animated Short Subject - 2nd Annual ELANS, Canadian Awards for the Electronic and the Animated ArtsWINNER: 2008 Youth Jury Honourable Mention: 12th Freeze Frame International Festival of Film for Kids of All Ages WINNER: 2008 Remi Award Winner for Best Animated (Classic Cel Animation): 41st WorldFest - Houston Remi Awards
Festivals"What Are You Anyways?" Official Selections: *2001 18th Annual - Chicago International Childrens Film Festival *2001 Ottawa International Student Animation Festival *2001 6th Annual - Manchester International Short Film Festival (Kinofilm) *2002 4th Annual - Sarasota Film Festival *2002 4th Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth *2004 11th Annual Beach Blanket Film Festival *2005 Maui Film Festival *2005 6th San Diego Asian Film Festival *2005 8th Los Angeles ARPA International Film Festival *2005 22nd Chicago International Childrens Film Festival *2005 9th Vancouver Asian Film Festival *2005 9th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival *2005 12th Beach Blanket Film Festival *2005 8th Okanagan Film Festival *2006 10th Manchester International Short Film Festival *2006 5th Northwest Asian American Film Festival *2006 Delray Beach Film Festival *2006 Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour *2006 4th Regent Park Film Festival *2006 8th Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth *2006 10th Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages *2006 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon *2006 6th ReelWorld Film Festival *2006 7th Newport Beach Film Festival *2006 22nd VC Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival *2006 5th Asian Film Festival of Dallas *2006 Festival Internacional de Cine para ninos (y no tan ninos) Mexico City Yellow Sticky Notes Official Selections: * 2007 11th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
* 2008 7th Tribeca Film Festival – New York City, New York, US
* 2008 Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation - International Traveling Animation Festival
* 2008 3rd DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon, US
* 2008 Dawson City International Short Film Festival – Dawson City Yukon, Canada
* 2008 12th Freeze Frame International Festival of Film for Kids of All Ages – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
* 2008 9th Newport Beach Film Festival – Orange County, California, USA
* 2008 24nd Los Angeles VC Asian Pacific Film Festival – Los Angeles, California, USA
- Nov 18, 2006 12:28 AM Back from a Crazy Trip to Toronto!
- Nov 6, 2006 7:05 AM Hapa: The Face of the Future
- Sep 19, 2006 3:36 AM CHIBA STEARNS WINS BEST ANIMATED SHORT AT NATIONAL ANIMATION AWARDS SHOW
- May 19, 2006 8:09 AM The First Ever Animated Hapa Film for Sale on DVD!
- May 17, 2006 10:42 AM Super Nip From My Short Animated Film, "What Are You Anyways?" to Appear in Ricepaper Magazine
Jeff Chiba Stearns has 398 friends.
..I am an internationally award-winning animation filmmaker working in traditional and computer-based techniques. In 2001, I founded Meditating Bunny Studio. Based in both Vancouver and Kelowna, I have enjoyed creating works aimed at children and adults that combine different philosophical elements together to create humorous, inspiring, and entertaining stories. After graduating from the Emily Carr Institute with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in Film Animation, I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am the head classical animation instructor at the Center for Arts and Technology Kelowna, as well as the Vice President of the Okanagan Film Festival.
My previous short animated films, The horror of Kindergarten (2001) and Kip and Kyle (2000) have both screened at film festivals around the world and have been bought and aired by the CBC for their show ZeD. My latest award winning classically animated short, What Are You Anyways? looks at my life growing up half-Japanese and half-Caucasian in a small Canadian town, and how I dealt with being typecast as a minority and overcame my struggle for self-identity.
My cultural background is actually a mix of Japanese, English, Scottish, Russian, and German, which is also known as Hapa. Hapa has become the buzzword used to describe people of mixed racial heritage with partial roots in Asian and/or Pacific Islander ancestry. After creating What Are You Anyways? the first animated film that explores Hapa issues, I have become an international spokesperson for Hapa advocacy. The film has screened at over 35 international film festivals and won 7 awards. I have also written articles for national publications and lectured around the world at conferences, universities, and workshops about mixed-race identity, cultural awareness, and Hapa issues. I have received a substantial amount of international publicity from my work by appearing in various print, radio, and television sources, including MTV, Global, CBC, Channel M and Ricepaper Magazine. I coined the term Hapanimation after my unique blend of North American and Japanese animation styles. My style is a fusion of cultures, much like my blended cultural background.
Continuing to focus on issues of diversity and identity in my work, my next film, One Big Hapa Family, is a 44 minute animated documentary that explores the lives of children of all ages who are a product of mixed-race marriages and how they perceive themselves as global citizens. Watch for the film to be released 2009. My latest award-winning film, Yellow Sticky Notes, winner of the 2008 CAEAA for Best Animated Short Subject, was animated with just a black pen on over 2300 sticky notes and is currently traveling on the international film festival circuit. It has currently just played the Tribeca Film Festival and continues to win accolades at various film festivals around the world.
Yellow Sticky Notes Synopsis:
After realizing that yellow sticky note “to do” lists were consuming his life, animation filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns decided to visually self-reflect on his filmmaking journey by animating on the same sticky notes that caused him to ignore major world events for the last nine years. Animation meditation is blended with image, text, and an original musical score by Genevieve Vincent through the creation of a classically animated experimental film that was drawn straight ahead with only a black ink pen on over 2300 yellow sticky notes. Watch the film at www.pangeaday.org or Order a Yellow Sticky Notes DVD today for $12 by emailing email@example.com - DVD included high resolution film, bonus commentary tracks, Kip and Kyle and making of slideslow!
“Yellow Sticky Notes, a funny, lively and insightful look at the life of a working artist and activist – all told through thousands of yellow sticky notes. An original idea, impeccably executed, and all those years and pieces of paper were well spent.” - Glenn Sumi, Associate Entertainment Editor at Now Magazine - Toronto Reel Asian International Jury statement
"What Are You Anyways?" Synopis:
The first animation dealing with Hapa issues. Follow the adventures of the Super Nip as filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns explores his cultural backgrounds growing up a mix of Japanese and Caucasian in a small white-bred Canadian city. This short classically animated film looks at particular periods in Jeffs life where he battled with finding an identity being a half minority - from his childhood origins to the epic showdown against the monster truck drivin redneck crew. What Are You Anyways? is a humorous yet serious story of struggle and love and finding ones identity through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
A must for any Hapa household. The first ever animation dealing with Hapa issues. Great for all ages, especially both youth and adults! Order your full 11 minute version of the film today on DVD for $12 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from www.nfb.ca
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"'What Are You Anyways?' is a really nice work ... funny, poignant, and well done." - Kip Fulbeck author of Part Asian - 100% Hapa
Who I'd like to meet:STUDIO WEBSITE www.meditatingbunny.com Enjoy the site!
Order a collectable DVD of Yellow Sticky Notes or "What Are You Anyways?" via PayPal at www.hapanimation.com for $14 USD or CAD (includes shipping and handling) or $25 for both
Educational and public sales of "What Are You Anyways?" can be ordered at www.nfb.ca
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- Orientation: Straight
- Ethnicity: Other
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Animator/Filmmaker/College Instructor
GeneralAnimation, Filmmaking, Travel, Film Festivals, Snowboarding, Life, Instructing Classical Animation
BooksPart Asian - 100% Hapa by Kip Fulbeck, Obasan by Joy Kogawa, The Sweater by Roch Carrier, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
2002 to 2003
- Vancouver, Canada
- Graduated: 2003
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Secondary Fine Arts Education
EMILY CARR INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN
1998 to 2001
- Vancouver, Canada
- Graduated: 2001
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Media Arts Film Animation
RUTLAND SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL
1995 to 1997
- Kelowna, Canada
- Graduated: 1997
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: High School Diploma