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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21st edition of the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition

Press release


Montreal, October 4, 2012 – Who wouldn't dream of having their first animated film produced by the National Film Board of Canada? Today the NFB is launching the 21st edition of the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition. Candidates have until Friday, January 11, 2013, to submit their projects for the opportunity to join the NFB's team of animation filmmakers. Former winners of the competition include Michèle Cournoyer (winner of two Jutra awards), Nicolas Brault (nominated this year for a César award in Paris), Jean-François Lévesque (winner of a Jutra award and the Grand Prix for a short film at the Montreal World Film Festival) and Marie-Hélène Turcotte (whose film won awards at festivals in Dresden and Montevideo). For information about eligibility guidelines and submission details, the NFB invites you to consult the Cinéaste recherché(e) website, onf.ca/selection/cineaste-recherche/.

The winner will be offered a contract enabling him or her to work in close partnership with a producer in the NFB French Program's Animation and Youth Studio. Assisted and supported by the NFB's team at every stage in the production of the film, the person chosen will have the chance to make their first professional film in the NFB's animation studios in Montreal. The competition is open to all francophone-Canadian citizens. From digital creation to the traditional plastic arts, animated film can draw on numerous artistic disciplines.

Producer Julie Roy, who has been responsible for the competition since 2008, noted that “ Cinéaste recherché(e) is central to our policy of fostering emerging talent in the field of animation filmmaking. Over the years the majority of winners have pursued successful careers, often while continuing to work with the NFB, sometimes as independent directors, as is the case with Frédéric Tremblay. The competition also brought to our attention filmmakers such as Théodore Ushev, Karl Lemieux and Nicolas Lemay, who, although they did not win the edition in which they took part, sparked the interest of NFB producers.”

A promotional tour

During the last week of October, Julie Roy and Patrick Bouchard, the director of Dehors novembre and Bydlo, will make the rounds of universities and specialized schools to promote the competition. Institutions visited will include Cégep Bois-de-Boulogne, Centre NAD, UQAM, Université Laval and Concordia University. Elsewhere in Canada, educators who would like their students to attend the presentation workshop by Julie Roy and Patrick Bouchard may make their request via e-mail to k.desmeules@nfb.ca. Presentations via SKYPE can be organized throughout Canada.

Updates on past winners

The winner of the 19th edition of the competition, Dominic Etienne Simard, saw his film Paula screened at the opening of the Montreal Animated Film Summit in 2011. It was later nominated at the most recent Jutra gala and screened in official competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and at Fantoche, a major festival held in Baden, Switzerland. Rue de l'Inspecteur by Emmanuelle Loslier, winner of the 20th edition of the competition, will be launched in the spring of 2013.

Do you need more information?

To obtain additional information, candidates should contact Karine Desmeules at the Animation and Youth Studio by calling 514-283-9299 or by sending an e-mail to k.desmeules@nfb.ca.

Some of the films from the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition may be viewed on the competition website. You are also invited to follow updates about the competition at facebook.com/cineasterecherche.

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.



Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
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E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca  

Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB
Phone: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca