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The NFB at the 20th REGARD Festival. 5 Shorts Project films have their world premiere at Saguenay's international short film festival.
February 23, 2016 – Saguenay, National Film Board of Canada
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is back at the R E G A RD Festival with a strong lineup of shorts, including the world premiere of five documentaries from the 5 Shorts Project (NFB/La bande Sonimage) that will screen during the festival’s Soirée régionale: Carrière (Stone Makers) by Jean-Marc E. Roy, Dialogue(s) by Philippe David Gagné, Help! by Noémie Payant-Hébert, Une bonne récolte (A Good Harvest) by Bogdan Stefan, and Une nuit (One Night) by Serge Bordeleau. Three NFB films will be screening in official competition: the animated Autos Portraits ( Carface ) by Claude Cloutier and If I Was God … (Si j’étais le bon Dieu…) by Cordell Barker, and the documentary Nowhere Land (Entre-deux) by Bonnie Ammaaq. Caroline Monnet’s M obilize ( M obiliser) and Claude Cloutier’s ever-popular Isabelle au bois dormant ( S leeping Betty ) are also on the program. Lastly, a number of virtual reality projects produced by the NFB will be presented in the Espace NFB at the Hôtel Chicoutimi on Saturday, March 19. The 20th REGARD Festival takes place from March 16 to 20, 2016, in Saguenay, Quebec.
The 5 Shorts Project is an NFB initiative that explores the short documentary genre by working with artist- run centres or production centres throughout the various regions of Quebec. This second edition was created in partnership with La bande Sonimage, a Saguenay-based organization that supports cinema and video production in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.
An important showcase for short films in North America, the highly popular REGARD Festival boasts varied and innovative programming, with regional, national and international film selections.
- W orld premieres: films from the second edition of the 5 Shorts Project, produced by Denis McCready and Colette Loumède (NFB) and Claudia Chabot (La bande Sonimage):
- Carrière, Jean-Marc E. Roy (6 min)
A routine workday in a granite quarry turns into a captivating industrial symphony. While men work in the background, various pieces of equipment and machines perform for the camera as if they were dancers in a contemporary ballet.
- Carrière, Jean-Marc E. Roy (6 min)
- Dialogue(s), Philippe David Gagné (6 min)
Air force pilots, a heavy metal band and two fans of modified cars are the unlikely focus of a deadpan film-essay on language. Through clever, unpredictable editing, Philippe David Gagné takes great delight in revealing the strange ways in which men communicate.
- Help!, Noémie Payant-Hébert (5 min 30 s)
Lifeguards run down the beach and dive into the ocean to save swimmers from drowning. These dramatic rescues are captured by a hyperactive, spinning camera that becomes one with the elements and challenges how subjective a documentary may be.
- Une bonne récolte, Bogdan Stefan (6 min 15 s)
The bleeding of a pig in a rural setting is filmed matter-of-factly, as if it were an autumn ritual. A just and moving tribute to traditions shared across families and generations that perpetuate true social harmony.
- Une nuit, Serge Bordeleau (6 min)
A night in a bar like any other… Deftly capturing furtive glances, moments of euphoria, and awkward situations, Serge Bordeleau combines tools borrowed from fiction filmmaking and documentary observation to construct a gallery of characters who provide undeniable proof that any night can yield myriad stories.
Films in official competition
- Autos Portraits (Carface), directed by Claude Cloutier (5 min) Produced by Julie Roy for the NFB
From filmmaker and cartoonist Claude Cloutier comes this scathing musical-comedy satire about the power of Big Oil, in which cars perform a song-and-dance number while the planet slides toward ruin.
Autos Portraits is the seventh short film from Claude Cloutier. It was in official competition at the prestigious Annecy Animation Film Festival and won the Guy L. Côté Prize for Best Animated Canadian Short at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal. It has also made the shortlist of 10 works in consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
- If I Was God… ( Si j’étais le bon Dieu…) , directed by Cordell Barker (8 min 30 s) Produced by Michael Fukushima and David Christensen for the NFB
If I Was God… flashes back to the filmmaker’s elementary-school days, when he entertained fantasies of omnipotence.
Barker is an internationally renowned filmmaker twice nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category, for The Cat Came Back (1988) and S trange Invaders (2001). If I Was God…, his first stop-motion animation film, had its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival before screening in festivals in Canada and around the world. The film also made the shortlist of 10 works in consideration for this year’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
- Nowhere Land (Entre-deux), directed by Bonnie Ammaaq (13 min 15 s) Produced for the NFB by Alicia Smith with Executive Producer David Christensen
When Bonnie Ammaaq was young, she and her family moved from nowhere—the government-manufactured community of Igloolik—to somewhere: the vast interior of Baffin Island. For 11 years, they lived the way many past generations of Inuit had lived, and look back now on a way of life lost not only to them, but also to the entire world.
Winner of the Best Short Documentary award, presented by TVO at the 2015 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.
Other film selections
- M obilize (Mobiliser) by Caroline Monnet (3 min 30 s) Produced for the NFB by Anita Lee
M obilize explores the perpetual negotiation between the modern and the traditional by North American Indigenous peoples, with images culled entirely from outtakes from over 700 NFB films dating back to 1939. Featuring a driving musical score by Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. The film was created as part of S ouvenir, a series of four short works by Indigenous artists that address Aboriginal identity and representation.
M obilize had its festival premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It also screened at the 2016 Sundance Festival.
- Isabelle au bois dormant (Sleeping Betty) by Claude Cloutier (2007, 9 min) – screening in the Festival’s youth program
Produced for the NFB by Marcel Jean
Claude Cloutier reinterprets Charles Perreault’s classic fairy tale in this quaint and playful animated short drawn in ink. S leeping Betty is stuck in bed, the victim of a strange bout of narcolepsy. The King calls on his subjects to rescue her and they all respond to the call. But will a kiss really be enough to wake the sleeping princess? This popular animated short has won over 20 awards worldwide.
A number of virtual reality projects produced by the NFB will be presented on Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Hôtel Chicoutimi.
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