Seven year old filmmaker Willier wows at Native film festival

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“My mom signed me up for QuickDraw Animation Lockdown, I wrote the story, my friend Ethan and I animated it, and our moms helped,” Colton Willier, 7

A young boy with family roots in Sucker Creek First Nation was in the spotlight in the 17th annual ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto.

Colton Willier, 7, of Calgary, is the director and animator of Skateboarding Pants, short drama about a pair of pants that rages through town on a skateboard.

“I was amazed that my film was selected for the festival,” says Colton, son of Amy Willier, and grandson of Russell Willier of Sucker Creek and Yvonne Jobin of Calgary.

As the youngest filmmaker in the festival, he attended the event Oct. 19-23 in Toronto to show his one minute and 15 second film he produced with his friend Aspeslet-Asels, as the fun animation was created with cut-outs and original music.

“My mom signed me up for QuickDraw Animation Lockdown, I wrote the story, my friend Ethan and I animated it, and our moms helped,” says Colton, a member of Sucker Creek First Nation.
“We sent it in and they picked it.”

Making films is his dream and he loves to draw.

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