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Strong lineup of NFB productions showing at the Sommets du cinéma d'animation de Montréal 2012

Press release

2012/11/14


Montreal, November 15, 2012 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be highly visible at the 11th annual Sommets du cinéma d'animation de Montréal (Montreal animated film summit). The Summit will feature the launch of Réflexion (NFB), an immersive installation by Ontario artist Sylvie Trouvé that offers a unique exploration of Montreal. Filmmaker Frank Dion, director of Edmond était un âne ( Edmond Was a Donkey), in competition at the Summit, will teach a film class with NFB producer Julie Roy. The NFB will also present 10 films, six in competition and four as part of the Panorama Québec + Canada program.

Réflexion

Developed from the eponymous film, Réflexion is an installation on three screens that immerses viewers in the city's frenzy. Sylvie Trouvé takes an abstract approach to examining the omnipresence of reflections in our surroundings and questioning our relationships with images. With its juxtaposition of motifs, colours and textures, and rearrangement of the photograms that make up each shot, Réflexion in some ways blurs the lines between photography and animation. The work was put together in collaboration with animator Theodore Ushev. Réflexion takes the same approach that gave us Trouvé's Orange (NFB, 2009), an experimental animated short that is showing permanently at Pierre-Eliott Trudeau International Airport and online at NFB.ca.

Produced by the NFB (Julie Roy), Réflexion will be shown free of charge at the Cinémathèque québécoise from November 28 to February 3, 2013. A presentation of the Cinémathèque québécoise and the National Film Board of Canada.

Film class by a renowned filmmaker

After touring the world with his film Edmond était un âne ( ARTE FrancePapy3D Productions│NFB) and garnering awards such as the Special Jury Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, a Gold Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival, the Bravo!Fact Award for best Canadian Short at the World Wide Short Festival, and Best International Film at the Tokyo Film Festival, Franck Dion has returned to Montreal to enter his film into competition at the Sommets du cinéma d'animation. He will also teach a class in animation script development as part of the Cours écrire ton court 2012 competition on Thursday, November 29, based on his work and his recent short. He will be accompanied by producer Julie Roy. Admission is free.

Numerous NFB films featured

The Summit's programming will feature a number of NFB films, giving audiences a chance to see or rediscover original animated films that have been received enthusiastically here and internationally.

Six NFB films are screening in the official competition: Frank Dion's Edmond était un âne, Patrick Bouchard's Bydlo, Regina Pessoa's Kali le petit vampire ( Kali the Little Vampire), Michèle Lemieux's Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici ( Here and the Great Elsewhere), Hefang Wei's Le banquet de la concubine ( The Banquet of the Concubine), and Dominic Etienne Simard's Paula, which is in competition this year after opening the 10th edition of the Summit in 2011. Produced by Julie Roy, these films appear at the Summit having already won numerous prestigious awards.

In the Panorama Québec + Canada section, the NFB presents Martine Chartrand's MacPherson, Élise Simard's Suivra le jour ( My Little Underground), Diane Obomsawin's Kaspar, and Le poème de Petra ( Petra's Poem) by Shira Avni.

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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Information:

Nadine Viau, NFB Publicist
Telephone: 514-496-4486
Cell: 514-458-9745
E-mail: n.viau@nfb.ca

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