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The Hat / Le Chapeau

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A young woman works as an exotic dancer in a bar. She recalls an incident from her childhood in which she was physically abused by a male visitor. This inner journey brings back painful memories, including the obsessive image of a hat. Black-ink drawings, spare and rapidly executed, flow together in a succession of troubling and striking metamorphoses. The Hat is a tough, visceral experience. With naked honesty, animator Michèle Cournoyer invites the audience to share in the pain of a woman whose body is on display and whose soul is forever soiled. A film without words.

1999, 06 min 01 s

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Special Jury Award
Los Angeles Animation Competition / World Animation Celebration (Wacfest)
August 7 to 12 2001, Los Angeles - USA

Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury
International Short Film Festival
May 3 to 8 2001, Oberhausen - Germany

Prize of the City of Vienna (ex-aequo with Surface Dive by Joanna Priestley) with a cash prize of 25,000ATS (approx. 2,612.50$Cdn divided between the winners)
Tricky Women International Women's Animated Film Festival
March 2 to 8 2001, Vienna - Austria

Best Animated Short Award
International Film Festival
March 1 to 11 2001, Santa Barbara - USA

Best Animated Short
Gala Québec Cinéma
February 25 2001, Montréal - Canada

AQCC-Téléfilm Canada Award - Category: Best Short or Medium-Length Film - with a cash prize of 4,000$ (ex-aequo with Du front tout le tour de la tête de Chantal DuPont)
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
February 15 to 25 2001, Montréal - Canada

Honorable Mention - Category: Films less than 7 minutes Category A
International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
November 6 to 12 2000, Espinho - Portugal

Special Jury Award - For its creativity, sensitivity and personal treatment of a difficult and grave subject such as incest.
International Film Festival
October 20 to 28 2000, Valladolid - Spain

Special Jury Award
International Animation Festival
September 19 to 24 2000, Ottawa - Canada

Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadien short film - with a cash prize of 4,000$
International Francophone Film Festival in Acadie
September 15 to 21 2000, Moncton - Canada

John Spotton Award - with a cash prize of 2,500$
International Film Festival
September 7 to 16 2000, Toronto - Canada

Special Mention FIPRESCI award
International Animated Film Festival
June 5 to 10 2000, Annecy - France