French Program

Projects in production and development

NFB Studio: Animation

Title

Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in production

THE AWAKENING

La girouette

Short Animation

Director: Jean-Francois Lévesque

Producer: Julie Roy

La Girouette recounts the initiatory journey of a suicidal priest tormented by his ego. A brief death experience brings him back to life.

Summer 2018
MAMIE

mamie

Short Animation

Director: Janice Nadeau

Producer: Marc BertrandCo-

Producer: Folimage

“When I was six, I took the train to visit my grandma in the summer. I only saw her two or three times over the next 28 years. So my most vivid memories of her are filtered through a child’s vision. I remember meeting a cold and distant woman at the time.” (Janice Nadeau)

In festival release
I LIKE GIRLS

jaimelesfilles

Short Animation

Director: Diane Obomsawin

Producer: Marc Bertrand

This film is based on a comic book by Diane Obomsawin, On Loving Women, published in English by Drawn and Quarterly in February 2014. In it, she addresses the topics of coming out, first love and sexual identity.

September 2016
CHARLES

Charles1

Short Animation

Director: Dominic Etienne Simard

Producer:  Julie Roy

Co‑Producer: Desanimations

Charles et les grenouilles is the story of a neglected child’s resilience.

Summer 2017
BLIND VAYSHA

studio_animation

Short Animation

Director: Theodore Ushev

Producer:  Marc Bertrand

A metaphor on the impossibility of living in the here and now. A blind woman is unable to see what goes on around her in the present. Vaysha sees only the past and the future, though she remains physically rooted in the moment. Filmed in stereoscope.

In festival release
ACCOUNTING OF THE DAYS

Short Animation

Director: Regina Pessoa

Producer: Julie Roy

Co‑Producers:  Cyclopes Films, Studio Film Bilder
Regina Pessoa draws on her childhood memories to pay tribute to her uncle Thomas. Though he lived a simple, ordinary life, this unsung hero had an extraordinary impact on his niece.

Winter 2019
AUTO PSY

Short Animation

Director: Patrick Bouchard

Producer:  Julie Roy

Stop motion animated film emphasizing free and improvised yet structured creation. All kinds of salvaged parts are collected and either instinctively or thoughtfully arranged so as to create meaning each time. This constantly changing, lively and expansive process moves toward the revelation of an art object.

February 2018
MAUVAISES HERBES

Short Animation

Director: Claude Cloutier

Producer: Julie Roy

Co-Producer: Unité Centrale

This animated fable stars strange creatures that could almost be human, even though they also have animal and plant parts. Like all good fables, the film provides much food for thought on moral issues.

November 2017
WHERE IS MONSIEUR PUG?

MrPug_4

Interactive game

Director: Janet Perlman

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer: Frima Studio

Monsieur Pug blends the real and the virtual in a gaming experience and social experiment. Players can act as both creators and researchers while also having a ton of fun.

Fall 2016
UN PRINTEMPS

un_printemps

Short Animation

Director: Keyu Chen

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Combining digital drawing and animation techniques with traditional ink drawings, Printemps tells the story of a little girl whose innate curiosity prompts her to leave the haven of her grandmother’s love and protection.

June 2017
THE HEAD VANISHES

tete_disparait

Short Animation

Director: Franck Dion

Producer: Julie Roy

Co-Producers: Papy 3D, Arte

Jacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she decides to take a train ride to the seashore all by herself – just like a big girl!

In festival release
PHYSIQUE DE LA TRISTESSE

Short Animation

Director: Theodore Ushev

Producer: Marc Bertrand

“I’m nobody here. I don’t even know my name anymore. My name can be translated three different ways. And since Plato said that objects and people were deeply connected to their name, I’m connected to three people, because I have three different names. If you count their translation in both official languages, that makes six! In any case, regardless of these six different names, it’s never me.” (T. Ushev)

Fall 2018
LE TABLEAU

Short Animation

Director: Michèle Lemieux

Producer: Julie Roy

The opening of the film shows pins landing on a screen and forming a blackboard. The pins move quickly through space like a swarm of bees. Fleeting images appear and distort like an anamorphosis. These simple images cast shadows on the planes of the subconscious and form ideas that haunt the painter.

Fall 2018
THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT

Tesla1

Short Animation

Director: Matthew Rankin

Producer: Julie Roy

An impressionistic portrait of the great Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla, one of the most important figures in the history of technology.

Winter 2017
NADINE

Nadine1

Short Animation

Director: Patrick Péris

Producer: Marc Bertrand

What’s a first date like when you are 13?

Winter 2017
LES CHRONIQUES DU 9E ART

4 shorts animations

Directors: Guy Delisle, Sylvie-Anne Ménard, Lewis Trondheim, Aude Picault

Producers:  Julie Roy, Marc Bertrand

Co-Producer: Sacrebleu productions

A compact collection that chronicles everyday life, as seen by four comic-book artists who tell their stories through animated shorts.

Spring 2017
LE CORTÈGE

Short Animation

Director: Pascal Blanchet

Producer: Julie Roy

In this short film, a man has just buried the woman he loved. Family, friends and guests gather at his house after the funeral. As the afternoon wears on, they head home one by one till the man is left alone with his grief.

Winter 2019

Projects in development

HARVEY

Short Animation

Directors: Nicola Lemay, Janice Nadeau

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Hervé Bouchard and illustrated by Janice Nadeau, Harvey is a story of grief experienced by a young child who suddenly loses his father.

Winter 2019
NUNA

Short Animation

Director: Patrick Lapierre

Producer: Marc Bertrand

A fantastical interpretation of the tragedy that befell John Franklin and his crew in the Canadian arctic.

Summer 2018
ALTÖTTING

Short Animation

Director: Andreas Hykade

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Co-Producer: Studio Film Bilder

A young boy fascinated with the icons in a neighbouring village’s chapel undertakes an annual pilgrimage.

Winter 2018
LE PETIT ROY

Short Animation

Director: To come

Producers: Marc Bertrand, Julie Roy

Montreal, June 9, 1993. Six-year-old Théo comes home from school to find his dad has given him the greatest gift of his young life: two tickets for the playoff game pitting his favourite hockey team, the Canadiens, against the L.A. Kings. It’s a night he’ll never forget: the night his heroes win the Stanley Cup.

Spring 2019
HOLOPRJCT

Interactive animation

Director: François Chalet

Producer: Marc Bertrand

When an animation director encounters a new high technology to create an interactive holographic work…

 

Spring 2018
LA PRINCESSE PARFAITE

Short Animation

Director: Janet Perlman

Producer: Marc Bertrand

A princess asks her fairy godmother to accentuate some of her physical traits (so she’ll really look like princess) until things start becoming grotesque.

To be determined

NFB Studio: Documentary

Title

Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in production

GULÎSTAN, LAND OF ROSES

rose

Feature Documentary

Director: Zayne Akyol

Producers: Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready

Co‑Producer: Peripheria productions

In the mountains and deserts of Kurdistan, female PKK guerillas are fighting Daesh (the Islamic State). In this startling and intimate and immersive documentary, these revolutionary women invite us into their daily lives, speak frankly about their ideals and share reflections on their world.

In festival release
LES DÉPOSSÉDÉS

Les depossédés

Feature Documentary

Director: Mathieu Roy

Producer: Colette Loumède

Co‑Producers: Lowik Media, Mira Films

Les dépossédés bears witness to the global food crisis, from the perspective of the peasants.

Winter 2017
24 DAVIDS

24 davids

Feature Documentary

Director: Céline Baril

Producer: Colette Loumède

24 Davids deals with the power of ideas, the power of collective intelligence against isolation and exploitation. A vast laboratory in which DAVIDS of all backgrounds and occupations work together to create a new vision of society – one in which radical empathy delivers a knock-out punch to predatory capitalism.

Winter 2017
FREELANCER ON THE FRONT LINE

Rosenfeld

Feature Documentary

Director: Santiago Bertolino

Producers: Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready

This documentary is a one-year expedition into the daily life of young freelance journalist Jesse Rosenfeld. We find ourselves alongside this bold, fast-talking and passionate individual, in the heart of the major socio-political issues of a Middle East still experiencing the shockwave of the Arab spring.

Fall 2016
WASESKUN

Waseskun 1

Feature Documentary

Director: Steve Patry

Producers: Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready

A look inside an Aboriginal detention centre, a healing lodge that offers traditional and spiritual guidance tailored to an inmate’s reality.

Fall 2016
PREMIÈRES ARMES

Feature Documentary

Director: Jean-François Caissy

Producer: Johanne Bergeron

For his third opus, the filmmaker is focusing his camera on the 18-to-25-year-old age group by following soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces during the first stage of their training: boot camp.

Summer

2017

LA PART DU DIABLE

La part du diable

Feature Documentary

Director : Luc Bourdon

Producer : Colette Loumède

This film blends sounds and images from NFB works shot in English and French in the 1980s.

Fall 2017
LE GRAND VOYAGE

Feature Documentary

Director: Pascal Sanchez

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

How do the children of refugees build ties with their host country? How do they forge relationships with their peers?

Fall 2017
VOLONTAIRES

Feature Documentary

Director: Julien Fréchette

Producer: Colette Loumède

A documentary that explores the little-understood phenomenon of volunteers joining the ranks of Kurdish fighters battling ISIS.

Fall 2017
À LA RECHERCHE DE L’APOLLON

Feature Documentary

Director: Nicolas Wadimoff

Producer: Colette Loumède

The story of a 2,500-year-old statue of Apollo that washed up in a fisherman’s net and wound up being put up for sale on eBay.

Fall 2017
PAULINE

Feature Documentary

Director: Pascale Ferland

Producer: Johanne Bergeron

Pauline Julien was one of Quebec’s best-known and most loved singers during a pivotal time in the province’s history. And, as an engaged feminist and nationalist, she left behind a significant cultural and political legacy. Using archival footage, interviews and animation, this film traces the inspiring journey of an independent woman, singer, and activist who sang from the depths of her soul while sharing her vision and experience.

Fall 2018
RAMAILLAGES

Documentary

Director: Moïse Marcoux-Chabot

Producer: Colette Loumède

Communities all across the vast Gaspé Peninsula are driven by the desire for a healthier way of living, and the need to collectively confront ecological and social crises. Ramaillages will be shot in these communities over a span of one year, using cinéma direct techniques.

Fall 2018
LE BONHEUR DE FILMER

Feature Documentary

Director: Michel La Veaux

  Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

An encounter with Jean-Claude Labrecque, one of the pioneers who have come to define documentary filmmaking in Quebec through their extraordinary inventiveness.

Fall 2017

Projects in development

LE FOND DE L’AIR

Feature Documentary

Director: Simon Beaulieu

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

This project is a kind of sweeping political panorama that blends archival images, actual shots, and experimentation with form and narrative. It seeks to understand the status of Quebec’s collective future.

Sping  2018
ADIEU PAPIER

Adieu_Papier_model

Feature Documentary

Director: Oana Suteu

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

Co‑Producer: Informaction

ADIEU PAPIER! is a film about encounters, an inquiry into the ambiguity of progress, and a fascinating aesthetic challenge that presents paper in all its shapes and forms through a visual and sensory journey interspersed with high flying animation by Theodore Ushev.

Fall 2018
LES TECHNICIENS DU SACRÉ

Feature Documentary

Directors : Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins

Producer : Johanne Bergeron

Somewhere between Sept-Îles and Schefferville, a free soul named Eddy meets up each year with Zacharie, an Innu chief, to hunt for six months far from home. Together, these two best buddies track forest spirits and delve into the mysteries of science with the same curiosity and zeal.

Fall 2019
LES ROSES

Les Rose

Feature Documentary

Director: Félix Rose

Producer: Colette Loumède

Co-Producer: Productions Babel

In October 1970, the Rose brothers – Paul and Jacques – and the Chénier cell of the FLQ kidnapped minister Pierre Laporte. Now, Félix, the son of Paul Rose, undertakes an introspective quest to rediscover his family’s history.

Summer 2020
EN ATTENDANT RAÏF

Feature Documentary

Directors: Patricio Henriquez, Luc Côté

Producer: Colette Loumède

Co-Producer:  Macumba media

This documentary will follow the incredible story of Raïf Badawi and his family, who lives in Canada and with whom the two directors have had close contact since 2013.

Spring 2019
C’EST À TOÉ LA SHOP

Feature Documentary

Director: Loïc Darses

Producer: Colette Loumède

While the perspective of political independence appears to be quietly fading from the Quebec landscape, a young filmmaker examines the national conscience of the first post-referendum generation.

Fall 2017
POINT D’ÉQUILIBRE

Point d'equilibre

Feature Documentary

Director: Christine Chevarie-Lessard

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

Co-Producer : Avenida

Filmed over one year, the documentary will capture the entry of children admitted to the École supérieure de ballet du Québec.

Spring 2018

NFB Studio: Francophonie

Title

Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in production

LE DERNIER PLACARD

Feature Documentary

Director: Paul Émile D’Entremont

Producer: Jac Gautreau

A project on young athletes torn between their sexual orientation and their love of sports.

Fall 2018
THANKS FOR PLAYING

Interactive for browser

Director: Andrea Cohen

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

Interactive project about the addiction to gambling and money games in Canada.

Spring 2017
SIMPLEMENT VIOLA

Viola

Feature Documentary

Director: Rodolphe Caron

Producer: Jac Gautreau

A portrait of the Acadian actor Viola Léger, known for her interpretation of the role of La Sagouine

Fall 2016
PART OF ME

PARTIE_DE_MOI

Tremplin 2016 acadie

Short Documentary

Director: André Roy

Producer: Jac Gautreau

This film addresses the sensitive subject of women’s hair loss. Is the impact on women the same as on men?

Fall 2016
THE LAST KEY

La-derniäre-clÇ

Tremplin 2016 Ontario and West

Short Documentary

Director: Julien Capraro

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

A French 2CV (deux chevaux) car show in Vancouver serves as the pretext for introducing us to fans of these cars and their love stories with these vehicles.

Winter 2017
MATHIEU-MARTIN

Feature Documentary

Director: Samara Chadwick

Producers: Kat Baulu, Jac Gautreau

Co‑Producer : Parabola Films

In 1997 and 1999, Mathieu Martin High School in Dieppe near Moncton was the scene of dramatic events that still haunt a generation of people now in their thirties. The film focuses on the impact that a wave of suicides had on this small community in southeastern New Brunswick. It also explores Acadian life, the Chiac language and local culture.

Fall 2017
LA TROISIÈME ROUE

Short VR experience

Director: André Roy

Producer: Jac Gautreau

When a phys ed teacher decides to make his courses accessible to students in wheelchairs, everyone rallies behind his project.

Summer 2017
SANS MAMAN

Feature Documentary

Director: Marie-France Guerrette

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

The filmmaker, who was a teenager when her mother died, explores the bright and dark sides of her mother’s legacy while also addressing the topics of genetic testing and breast cancer.

Fall 2018
LES ARTISANS DE L’ATELIER

Feature Documentary

Director: Daniel Léger

Producer: Jac Gautreau

A visit to the Artisan Workshop in Memramcook, which plays a decisive role in the inclusion of people with special needs in its community.

Summer 2018

Projects in development

VOYAGE IMMOBILE

Interactive installation

Creators: Priam Givord, Nicolas Joliet

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

An interactive 360 VR journey that takes us to a gathering of North American Francophones, and reveals the distinct ways in which they experience their Francophone heritage and culture.

Phase I : summer 2017

Phase 2 : spring 2018

PLUS HAUT QUE LES FLAMMES

Documentary

Director: Monique Leblanc

Producer: Jac Gautreau

Plus haut que les flammes is a lyrical director-driven documentary inspired by the poetry anthology of the same name by Louise Dupré, and comprising two narrative elements: one of Dupré’s poems, and the experiences of grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren.

Fall 2018
LE DÉDRIMEUR

Interactive Animation

Director: Jean-Pierre Morin

Producer: Jac Gautreau

The daydreamer is a superhero who has only one super power: the ability to daydream.

To be determined
LE FILS D’ADAM

Feature Documentary

Director: Marie Ka

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

What constitutes the male identity today? How is it defined? Are people born male?

To be determined
COINCÉE AU MILIEU

Feature Documentary

Director: Saida Ouchaou

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

Highlighting the feminist movement that exists and that is claiming its place in Islam in Canada and the United States, the director wants to give a voice to Muslim women who experience their faith in a context of emancipation.

To be determined
SUR LA CORDE RAIDE

Feature Documentary

Director: Claude Guilemain

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

This project by Claude Guilemain deals with Canada’s refusal to participate in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and sets out to explore various perspectives of that important decision.

To be determined
YALLA

Feature Documentary

Directors: France Gallant, Samuel Caron

Producer: Jac Gautreau

This film tackles the still taboo topic of therapeutic abortion (or MTP- medical termination of pregnancy), focusing on the human impacts, such as the unique bereavement parents experience following an MTP.

To be determined

NFB Studio: French Interactive

Title

Genre / platform

Creator, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in production

COMMENT CRÉER UNE CRISE

Interactive browser based and mobile

Creators: Léon Courville, Marc-Antoine Jacques, David Mongeau-Petitpas

Producer: Louis-Richard Tremblay

Crise financière deals with the 2008 financial crisis which is unquestionably the most serious that has affected the world in nearly a century. Understanding this crisis, its mechanisms and especially its effects remains a major issue.

Winter 2017
ENEMY

Interactive, VR

Creators: Karim Ben Khelifa, Nicolas S. Roy

Producer: Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co-Producers : Caméra Lucida, France télévision, Emissive, INA, Departement Studio Créatif

The Ennemi project breaks with traditional media representations of war, choosing instead to use virtual reality to place participants between combatants at the frontline.

Winter 2017
PIRATE TA BOUTIQUE

Interactive

Creators: Joël Ronez, Émilie Grenier, Xavier Kronstrom-Richard, Iris Ollivault, Nael Shiab

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Co-Producer : Arte France

A participatory work about new business models of the digital age, known variously as sharing, collaborative or peer-to-peer economy. These new models, like Uber, are destabilizing traditional ones, and this is just the beginning.

Fall 2016
L’EFFET PAPILLON

Interactive Installation

Creators: Marianne Prairie, Jonathan Bélisle, Franck Devernes, Sylvain Dumais

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Co-Producer: Quartier des spectacles 

Installation of oversized surveillance cameras in a public space in order to reverse their use. And if it was the passerby, who was looking inside?

Fall 2017
MOBILE AND INTERACTIVE 60 SECONDS

Short interactive productions for mobile platforms

Creators: To come

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Co-Producer: Arte France

Starting with a few rules of engagement and the theme of mobility, we’re asking artist-creators to develop mobile and interactive experiences that are funny, moving, engaging or thought- provoking.

Spring 2018
STREAMERS

Interactive Documentary

Creative head: Guillaume Braun

Producer: Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co-Producer : Arte

 

An interactive experience that dives into the world of online gamers who film themselves in action, sparking reflection on this new kind of celebrity.

Fall 2017
INTERACTIVE SHORTS

Short interactive productions for social medias

Creators : Laura Antohi, Nika Khanjani, Olivia Lagacé, Widia Larivière, Raphaëlle Levy, Melanie Lumsden, Maude Plante Husaruk, Michèle Provencher

Producers : Hugues Sweeney, Rob McLaughlin

 

Shorts works that experiment in native formats on social platforms (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram).

Fall 2017

Projects in developement

RÊVES

Interactive Browser based and mobile

Creator: Philippe Lambert

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

An interactive work that generates structured, individual micro-experiences based on the unique mechanisms of dream logic.

Winter 2017