MONTREAL -- The National Film Board has hired Oscar-nominated movie-maker Cordell Barker to oversee animation projects on the Prairies, and in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Winnipeg-born Barker created 1988's The Cat Came Back, one of the NFB's most popular shorts. He also did 2001's Strange Invaders.
Both were nominated for Oscars.
In the last year, he's received kudos for his most recent production, Runaway.
Earlier this month it took the Genie Award for best animated film of 2009.
In his new role as creative consultant with the NFB's Prairie and North West centres, Barker will advise producers and help discover new talent.
-- The Canadian Press