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The NFB applauds the appointment of Marcel Jean as Artistic Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Press release


Montreal, June 9, 2012 – Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), and Monique Simard, Director General of the NFB French Program, congratulate Marcel Jean on his appointment as Artistic Director of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, announced Saturday, June 9, at the closing ceremony of the 2012 edition of the festival. Jean, who succeeds Serge Bromberg, is the festival's first artistic director who comes from outside France—an appointment that underlines his renowned expertise in the field of animation and an honour that reflects highly on the animated film industries of Quebec and Canada.

Marcel Jean is a long-time collaborator of the NFB, having served as executive producer in the Animation and Youth Studio of the French Program from 1999 to 2005. In this capacity, he produced or co-produced some 30 animated films that won over 125 international awards, including Black Soul by Martine Chartrand, Sleeping Betty by Claude Cloutier, The Brainwashers by Patrick Bouchard, Stormy Night by Michèle Lemieux, Jeu by Georges Schwizgebel and Tragic Story with Happy Ending by Regina Pessoa. More recently, as an independent producer for L'Unité centrale, he co-produced, with the NFB and Sacrebleu Productions, the animated short film The Man Who Slept by Inès Sedan (2009).

A critic, teacher and author, Marcel Jean has held various positions in the film industry and in publishing. He has also directed five films of his own, including Vacheries (1990) and Luce Guilbeault, explorActrice (NFB, 2000), and has written various books on animation, such as Le Langage des lignes (1995) and Pierre Hébert, l'homme animé (1996). He was the animation curator at the Cinémathèque québécoise from 1996 to 1998 and has been teaching courses in the history and aesthetics of animation cinema at the Université de Montréal for more than 20 years.

The Annecy Festival, which annually brings animation professionals from around the globe to the shores of one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, is the oldest and largest event of its kind. Over 7,000 accredited participants will be doing business at the festival screenings and at the Film Market (MIFA). The NFB had a strong presence at the festival this year: Tom Perlmutter, member of the jury for the feature-film competition, was accompanied by Monique Simard, executive producers René Chénier and Roddy McManus, and by Julie Roy, producer of the Animation and Youth Studio, as well as by filmmakers Patrick Bouchard, Franck Dion, Michèle Lemieux, Regina Pessoa and Georges Schwizgebel. The NFB had four productions or co-productions in competition at the festival, and two in the Panorama selection.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB's award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada's public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.

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