Jeff Chiba Stearns
Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award winning animation and documentary director and producer. He is also an accomplished author and illustrator. Born in Kelowna, BC of Japanese and European ancestry, Jeff’s work often focuses on themes of multi-ethnic and Japanese Canadian identity. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver based boutique animation studio Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. in 2001. Jeff also has a Bachelor of Education from UBC.
Jeff has directed and produced nine award-winning short animations and feature length documentaries including “What Are You Anyways?” (2005), Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2010), Ode to a Post-it Note (2010), Yellow Sticky Notes | Canadian Anijam (2013) and Mixed Match (2016). Jeff’s work has broadcast around the world on PBS, CBC, Knowledge Network, TVO and Discovery. His films have screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered over 40 awards.
Jeff has presented his films at over a hundred universities including Harvard, Yale, Kyoto and Cornell. For four years, Jeff taught classical animation at the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna. He received the 2011 Emily Award from the Emily Carr University for my outstanding achievements as an alumnus and that year was also awarded the Cultural Pioneer Award by Harvard University for his exploration of multi-ethnic identity in his work. In 2017, the Vancouver Asian Film Festival awarded Jeff the Cultural Diversity Award for his vast catalogue of films exploring multicultural themes and identity.
He wrote and illustrated his first children’s book Mixed Critters in 2018 and just released his latest children’s book Nori and His Delicious Dreams in 2020. Currently, Jeff has just completed his first graphic novel, On Being Yukiko.