Filmmaker support programs

Cinéaste recherché(e)

23rd edition – Women animators in the spotlight

Enter to win an NFB residency to make your first professional animated film.
Competition ends on February 26, 2018.

What makes the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition so unique?

Held every other year since 1980, the competition allows the winner to enter the professional animated film community by joining the NFB, a world leader in producing and distributing animated short films.

It gives filmmakers a chance to create their first professional film within a vibrant and passionate community. The winner receives guidance from a producer and support from a team with rich and varied expertise. Services are all grouped together under one roof with cutting-edge technology. That’s what makes this a one-of-a-kind residency.

How is this edition different?

For the competition’s 23rd edition, the NFB’s French Animation Studio is taking practical steps to honour the commitment to gender parity made by the organization in 2016, which included a promise to dedicate half of all production spending to films directed by women. Restricting this edition of the competition to women is thus part of an initiative to support and increase the presence of women animators.

Who is eligible?

Any francophone Canadian woman who has already made at least one non-professional animated sound film or interactive work is eligible.

Can I submit a project that is not in film format?

Yes! Any project using a new narrative form—a game, an interactive production, a mobile application, or a virtual reality experience, for example—is eligible. However, animation must always be central to the projects submitted.

What are the selection criteria?

We are looking for a creative person, an original high-quality script, accompanied by a personal graphic proposal that conveys a distinctive artistic vision. A selection committee will choose the winning project. All candidates will be personally notified of the decision, and files that are not selected will be returned within three months of the registration deadline date.

The winner will be offered a production contract with the French Animation Studio. She will carry out her work at the Montreal studio and be subject to the NFB’s normal production constraints.

What should the entry file contain?

Each candidate must provide:
-> a completed registration form,
-> a statement of intent,
-> the URL address or a DVD copy of at least one animated film or interactive work made non-professionally or in an educational setting,
-> a curriculum vitae (with birth date and education),
-> the script and/or storyboard for an animation project or interactive production that does not exceed four minutes in length (original script with no rights restrictions),
-> a timeline for each production phase of the project,
-> any other documents in support of the proposal.

The complete file can be sent by mail or e-mail.

By mail
Mailed by and postmarked no later than February 26, 2018, to the following address:
National Film Board of Canada
French Animation Studio
3155 Chemin de la Côte-de-Liesse
Montreal, QC H4N 2N4

By e-mail
Sent no later than February 26, 2018, before 3 p.m. to the following address:

Download the registration form (French – PDF).
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The 22 Cinéaste recherché(e) winners

22e édition : Patrick Lapierre – Nuna 2015-2016
21st edition: Keyu Chen – Un printemps 2012-13
20th edition: Emmanuelle Loslier – Rue de l’inspecteur / Inspector Street 2010-11
19th edition: Dominic-Étienne Simard – Paula 2008-09
18th edition: Marie-Hélène Turcotte – La formation des nuages / The Formation of Clouds 2006-07
17th edition: Jean-François Lévesque – Le Noeud cravate / The Necktie 2004-05
16th edition: Frédérick Tremblay – Un jour ordinaire pas comme les autres / Remote Paradise 2002-03
15th edition: Nicolas Brault Antagonia 2000-01
14th edition: Philippe Vaucher – Chasse-papillon / The Song-Catcher 1997-98
13th edition: Jeanne Crépeau – La solitude de Monsieur Turgeon / Lonesome Monsieur Turgeon 1995-96
12th edition: Tali – À l’ombre / Under the Weather 1993-94
11th edition: Suzie Synnott – Entre le rouge et le bleu / Between Red and Blue 1990-91
10th edition: Vincent Gauthier – Territoire / Borderlines 1991-92
9th edition: Michèle Cournoyer – La basse-cour / A Feather Tale 1989-90
8th edition: Pierre M. Trudeau – Enfantillage / Kid Stuff 1988-89
7th edition: Sophie Clerk – Cabinet d’aisance 1986-87
6th edition: Martin Barry – Juke-Bar 1985-86
5th edition: Luce Roy – Oniromance / Oneiromancy 1984-85
4th edition: François Aubry – Concerto Grosso 1983-84
3rd edition: Michel Murray – Sylvia 1982-83
2nd edition: Georges Mauro – Le cadre / Bounds 1981-82
1st edition: Denis Poulin – Le Bouffe-Pétrole 1980-81