This Festival Stop Motion Montreal program will give you a glimpse of the talent and creativity that is blooming in the province.
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Program 10: A Taste From Québec
Running time: 55 min
0) Festival intro video, 0:00, 2020
1) Welcome, Laura Stewart, 2:30, 2018, no dial
This film starts at: 01:02
Welcome is a stop motion animation about a man who tries to befriend his new neighbor by baking her cookies. It doesn’t go as planned…
ABOUT: Laura Stewart: https://patonstewart.com/
Laura Stewart is a stop motion animator living in Montreal, Quebec. Since Graduating from Concordia University's animation program, she has been working as a freelance animator on whatever projects come her way. She is a lover of all things small and likes to tell stories that break your heart a little bit.
2) La chambre des filles | The Sister's Bedroom, Claire Brognez, 7:00, 2018, no dial
This film starts at: 03:34
Louise enjoys a private moment to open her treasure box in the room she shares with her little sister. She does not know that she has been hiding under her bed to spy on her. The film deals with sensuality through a both charming and erotic experience of an involuntary interaction between two sisters.
ABOUT: Claire Brognez: https://cargocollective.com/clairebrognez
In 2005, after completing a degree in applied arts, Claire Brognez, a French citizen, joined the ENSAAMA, a prestigious school of applied arts in Paris where modelling, molding, and sculpture courses were being offered. There, she gained an in-depth understanding of various synthetic materials and acquired a high level of expertise in modelling and molding techniques. Inspired by the reputation of Canadian animated films, she decided to move to Quebec and study film at the UdeM (Université de Montreal). Since 2010, she has worked on various animated film projects, most notably at the NFB (National Film Board of Canada), as a second assistant of the director Patrick Bouchard (The Brainwashers, Bydlo...), and has become specialized in stop-motion animation techniques. Living in Montreal, she is currently writing her thesis on the subject of puppets in animated films. Winner of the international competition for a residency organized by La Bande Vidéo, she has completed one film there (Marguerite, 2013).
3) The Drawer and the Crow, Frédérick Tremblay, 13:30, 2009, no dial
This film starts at: 10:02
A young woman imposes on a young man trying to forget the other girl.
ABOUT: Frédérick Tremblay: https://vimeo.com/user9769061
4) Cycle, Raquel Sancinetti, 4:56, 2013, no dial
This film starts at: 23:34
A man and a woman surrounded by the overwhelming noise of electronics and consumerism. A portrait of loneliness in modern times.
ABOUT: Raquel Sancinett: https://cargocollective.com/kelsan
Raquel is an animator/video editor originally from Brazil. She studied International Relations before to start working in the film industry. In 2013 she graduated in Film Animation at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She currently lives in Montreal.
5) The Oldest Stone, Mathieu Girard, 10:00, 2014, no dial
This film starts at: 28:16
At the top of a mountain where stands a mysterious shrub, an old man in a wheelchair stumbles upon an unexpected finding. On his way back, he will try to get the most out of his discovery from the city's inhabitants.
A sinister fable gravitating towards the themes of ownership and high productivity.
ABOUT: Mathieu Girard: https://www.behance.net/girardmathieu
Mathieu Girard always had a vivid passion for drawing. He focused his first years has a student on cartoon animation only to segue in media and visual arts studies in UQAM where his interest for stop-motion animation and pixilation were truly born. His videos and art films have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals in Quebec, the United States and France. He also works as an illustrator, having notably published a children's book and the Vraiment Vrai book series. He is currently working on a graphic novel and new animation film projects.
6) The Necktie, Jean-François Lévesque, 12:00, 2008, no dial
This film starts at: 38:21
A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, The Necktie is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.
ABOUT: Jean-François Lévesque: https://www.onf.ca/cineastes/jean-francois-levesque/?language=en
Jean-François Lévesque was born in Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski, Quebec, in 1978. He studied traditional animation at Capilano College in Vancouver and was subsequently hired by Atomic Cartoons. In 2000, he moved to Montreal, where he worked in advertising (Productions Pascal Blais), directed his first independent film (La cigarette, 2003), and created animation for the television series Toupie et Binou (Spectra Animation). In October 2004, he won the NFB French Animation Studio’s 17th Cinéaste recherché(e) Competition. That creative residency allowed him to complete Le nœud cravate (The Necktie, 2008), which would go on to win 15 awards, including the Jutra Prize for best animated film and the Fabrizio Bellocchio de I Castelli Animati Prize (Genzano, Italy). With The Necktie, Lévesque achieved his goal of mastering a wide range of animation techniques, including traditional animation, stop-motion, and 3D. As an independent filmmaker he was involved in one project after another, notably in collaboration with Valérie Dupras on two music videos, Entre deux taxis for the band Les Cowboys Fringants and Ficelles for singer-songwriter Ingrid St-Pierre. He also worked as an animator on the 2010 short film Citrouilles et vieilles dentelles (Pumpkins and Old Lace) by Juliette Loubières. In I, Barnabé, his second project with the National Film Board, he continues the exploration of hybrid animation techniques he began with The Necktie.
7) A girl named Elastika, Guillaume Blanchet, 3:30, 2014, VOE
This film starts at: 50:43
Elastika is not like any other little girls. First, because she made of elastics. Also because her universe is a land of cork. Her journey is also one of a kind, as she jumps from one building to another, crosses an ocean solo or travels to space holding on to a firework rocket. Her adventure, shot in stop motion, required over 10 000 pictures.
ABOUT: Guillaume Blanchet: https://vimeo.com/gblanchet
We thank the following content providers for giving us permission to present these works temporarily on VUCAVU.
National Film Board (NFB):
The Necktie, Jean-François Lévesque, 12:00, 2008, no dial, https://www.nfb.ca/film/necktie/
Travelling Distribution :
A Girl Named Elastika, Guillaume Blanchet, 3:30, 2014, VOE https://travellingdistribution.com/en/film/a-girl-named-elastika-55
La chambre des filles | The Sister's Bedroom, Claire Brognez, 7:00, 2018, no dial, https://travellingdistribution.com/film/la-chambre-des-filles-332