Gerald Potterton (1931) is a British/Canadian director, producer and animator. He is best known for directing the cult classic Heavy Metal and his animation work on Yellow Submarine. Potterton has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film: as director on the National Film Board of Canada animated shorts My Financial Career (1962) and Christmas Cracker (1963), and as producer for The Selfish Giant (1971). After working as an assistant animator in London, Potterton joined the NFB in 1954 where he directed both animated and live-action films. He collaborated with Harold Pinter on Pinter's People (1969) and Buster Keaton on The Railrodder (1965).