NFB Animations at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

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Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Fes­ti­val du Nou­veau Cinéma

Sev­eral ani­mated pro­duc­tions and co-productions of the National Film Board of Canada will be screen­ing at the 41st edi­tion of the Fes­ti­val du Nou­veau Cinéma, to be held in Mon­treal from Octo­ber 10 to 21.

A recently pre­miered short ani­mated film from the NFB is in offi­cial com­pe­ti­tion: Edmond Was a Don­key (Papy3D Productions/ARTE France/NFB), directed by Franck Dion. The film is screen­ing in Que­bec for the first time, as are the remark­able Kali the Lit­tle Vam­pire (Folim­age Studios/Ciclope Filmes/NFB/Studio GDS), directed by Regina Pes­soa, and L’automne de Pougne (Folim­age Stu­dio – Foliascope/Piwi+/Carpe Diem Film & TV/NFB), directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux.

The full slate once again high­lights the NFB’s exper­tise in animation.

Twenty-seven films — includ­ing two from the NFB — are in the run­ning for the Loup Argenté award, given to the best short film in inter­na­tional selec­tion at the festival.

Over the past few months, Edmond Was a Don­keythe third ani­mated film by French film­maker Franck Dion — has taken home the spe­cial jury prize at the Annecy inter­na­tional ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val and the Bravo!FACT prize for best Cana­dian short at the World­wide Short Film Fes­ti­val in Toronto. Dion brings us the touch­ing story of an out­sider who does not reveal his true self until the day his co-workers place a set of don­key ears on his head. Edmond then dis­cov­ers the chal­lenges of being true to one’s self in a world of social con­formists. The film is co-produced by Papy3D Pro­duc­tions and the NFB. The fes­ti­val screen­ing is its Que­bec premiere.

Kali the Lit­tle Vam­pire is a must-see in the festival’s P’tits loups (Young Wolves) sec­tion of pro­gram­ming for chil­dren. A co-production between France, Por­tu­gal, Switzer­land and Canada, this ani­mated film has already won four inter­na­tional awards, includ­ing the pres­ti­gious Hiroshima prize. Directed by Por­tuguese film­maker Regina Pes­soa, this poetic fable reminds us that there can be accep­tance for all — even young Kali, who is hav­ing a hard-time com­ing to terms with being a vam­pire. This film is the third and final instal­ment in Pessoa’s tril­ogy on the dis­com­forts of child­hood. It is mas­ter­fully nar­rated by Oscar-winning actor Christo­pher Plummer.

L’automne de Pougne (Pop­pety In The Fall), directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lan­ci­aux, fea­tures the return of the award-winning grumpy hedge­hog and his other pup­pet friends from the land of King Balthasar for one last adven­ture, in which they search for a hid­den trea­sure that turns out to con­sist of love, for­give­ness and family.

The NFB — like the FNC — is enthu­si­as­tic about explor­ing new tech­nolo­gies and the broad­cast and dis­tri­b­u­tion plat­forms of tomor­row. There are three inter­ac­tive NFB projects at the fes­ti­val, each bring­ing together the art of ani­ma­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy, and sound: Sol­dier Brother by Kaitlin Ann Jones, Bear 71 by Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Alli­son, and 24 poses fémin­istes by Car­o­line Hayeur. These projects will be avail­able on the FNC’s Web site and can be seen on touch-screens installed in sev­eral loca­tions at the festival.

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