A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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Emmanuelle Loslier wins the NFB’s Cinéaste recherché(e) competition

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Montreal, May 30, 2011 – The Animation and Youth Studio of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Program is proud to announce that the winner of the 20th edition of the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition is Emmanuelle Loslier. The jury was highly impressed by the strong originality of her film project Heure de pointe. The work continues in the same vein as her acclaimed student film Tic Tac (2007). “Her way of combining animation and the urban landscape is very refreshing and playful. Her touches of humour and fantasy are absolutely charming and make her work unique,” said the jury’s spokesperson, producer Julie Roy. The young filmmaker will benefit from ideal conditions for completing her film: facilities, materials and guidance. The entire team of professionals at the NFB and French Program’s Animation and Youth Studio will help her make her animated short. After completion, the work will be distributed by the NFB.

Producer Julie Roy made the following statement about the competition’s 20th edition candidates: “All the candidates this year submitted projects of exceptional quality, so the choice wasn’t easy. It’s also interesting to observe the steady increase in recent years in the number of women entering the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition. Emmanuel Loslier is the eighth woman to win the competition.”

Emmanuelle Loslier made her first animated film, L’avaleur d'image (2002), while studying film at Ahuntsic College. She subsequently entered the Film Animation program at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, where she explored various animation techniques: drawing, stop motion, painting on glass and digital 3D. While at Concordia, she used origami to make the stop-motion animated film Aspiration (2004). Tic Tac (2007), her graduating film at Concordia, blends photography and drawing. It won the prize for Best Production in the animation category at the 38th Canadian Student Film Festival held during Montreal’s 31st World Film Festival (MWFF) in 2007.

Cinéaste recherché(e), which is in its 20th edition this year, is a competition that gives winners a chance to make their first professional film at the NFB French Program’s Animation and Youth Studio. The initiative has fostered the emergence of many animated filmmakers, including Michèle Cournoyer ( A Feather Tale, 1992), Nicolas Brault ( Antagonia, 2002), Jean-François Lévesque ( The Necktie, 2008) and Marie-Hélène Turcotte ( The Formation of Clouds, 2010). The previous winner of this biennial competition was Dominic-Étienne Simard, who is currently completing Missing Paula. The film garnered the jury’s attention in 2009. To be eligible, a candidate must be a francophone Canadian citizen and have already made at least one non-professional animated sound film.

Information about the competition is available online at nfb.ca/cineaste-recherche. For additional information, please contact the NFB French Program’s Animation and Youth Studio directly at 514-283-9332.

About the NFB

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is breaking new ground in form and content through interactive and mobile media, community filmmaking projects, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic film and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 2 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the new BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Source: National Film Board of Canada

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