Akiko McQuerrey is an art director, animator, puppet maker, and filmmaker. She was born in a port town (Yokohama) and bred in a beach town (Hayama) near Tokyo, Japan. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She started the Papa Cloudy animation series as a way to feel better about the world and she hopes that people watching her films will share this feeling, and have warmer hearts as a result. The most recent Papa Cloudy episode "Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant" has won the Best Animated Short at Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2015 and the Best Film For 2 -5 Year Olds at BAMkids Film Festival 2014.