French Program

Projects in production and development

NFB Studio: Animation
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
LA GIROUETTE ANIMATION / Short Director:
LEVESQUE, JEAN-FRANCOIS

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
JE NE SENS PLUS RIEN ANIMATION / Short Réalisateurs:
ROOSENS, CARL; MARSILY, NOÉMIE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
ZOROBABEL

A bittersweet day in the lives of a magician and a female firefighter. Perched atop an engine ladder, they experience the power of flames and illusion in an absurdist world populated by quirky characters. December 2016
MAMIE
ANIMATION / Short Director:
NADEAU, JANICE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
FOLIMAGE

“My maternal grandmother was never all that interested in us grandkids. For the longest time, I wondered why she was that way. So I decided to make this film to seek my own answer to that question. 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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
OBOMSAWIN, DIANE

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 ET LES GRENOUILLES ANIMATION / Short Director:
SIMARD, DOMINIC ETIENNE

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
DESANIMATIONS

Charles et les grenouilles is the story of a neglected child’s resilience. Summer 2017
BLIND VAYSHA
ANIMATION / Short Director:
USHEV, THEODORE

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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
PESSOA, REGINA

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
BOUCHARD, PATRICK

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. Summer 2018
MAUVAISES HERBES ANIMATION / Short Director:
CLOUTIER, CLAUDE

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. Summer 2017
TROUVER M. PUG INTERACTIVE / Game Director:
PERLMAN, JANET

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
OSCAR
ANIMATION / Short Director:
ST-PIERRE, MARIE-JOSEE

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Co‑Producer:
MJSTP FILMS INC.

Animated documentary film project focusing on the life of Oscar Peterson and his personal world. The 14-minute film will be fully animated mainly via rotoscoping and special effects techniques. September 2016
MON YIDDISH PAPI ANIMATION / Short Director:
GOLDBERG, ELEONORE

Producer:
Julie Roy

Co‑Producer:
PICBOIS PRODUCTIONS

His name was Georges (Josek) Goldberg and he was a resistance fighter in France during WW II. He survived the Paris occupation in 1942 and joined the resistance in Lyon a few years later. Summer 2017
UN PRINTEMPS ANIMATION / Short Director:
CHEN, KEYU

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. Fall 2017
THE HEAD VANISHES ANIMATION / Short Director:
DION, FRANCK

Producer:
Julie Roy

Coproducer:
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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
OUCHEV, THEODOR

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 ANIMATION / Short 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
NIKOLA TESLA ANIMATION / Short Director:
RANKIN, MATTHEW

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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
PÉRIS, PATRICK

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

What’s a first date like when you are 13? Winter 2017
LES CHRONIQUES DU 9E ART ANIMATION/4 shorts Directors:
DELISLE, GUY
MÉNARD, SYLVIE-ANNE
TRONHEIM, LEWIS
PICAULT, AUDE

Producers:
Julie Roy

Marc Bertrand

Coproducer:
Sacrebleu productions

A compact collection that chronicles everyday life, as seen by four comic-book artists who tell their stories through animated shorts. Fall 2017
LE CORTÈGE ANIMATION / Short Director:
BLANCHET, PASCAL

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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
LEMAY, NICOLA
NADEAU, JANICE

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 ANIMATION / Short Director:
LAPIERRE, PATRICK

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

A fantastical interpretation of the tragedy that befell John Franklin and his crew in the Canadian arctic. Summer 2018
ALTÖTTING ANIMATION / Short Director:
HYKADE, ANDREAS

Producer:
Marc Bertrand

Coproducer:
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 ANIMATION / Short 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

 

NFB Studio: Documentary
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
GULÎSTAN LAND OF ROSES
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
AKYOL, ZAYNE

Producer:
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
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
ROY, MATHIEU

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Co‑Producer:
LOWIK MEDIA; MIRA FILM

Les dépossédés bears witness to the global food crisis, from the perspective of the peasants. Winter 2017
DAVID (S) UN HOMME DANS L’UNIVERS
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BARIL, CELINE

Producer:
Colette Loumède

DAVID (S), un homme dans l’univers 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
LE PROJET ROSENFELD
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BERTOLINO, SANTIAGO

Producer:
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
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
PATRY, STEVE

Producer:
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
WHEN THE MILL CLOSES
DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
RODRIGUE, SIMON

Producer:
Johanne Bergeron
Marie-Anne Raulet

Not long ago, pulp and paper mills were a key part of Canada’s economic development. Today, however, many of these mills no longer exist. Former plant workers from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick tell their side of the story. Community screenings on tour
PIPELINES, POWER AND DEMOCRACY
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
ASSELIN, OLIVIER D.

Producer:
Denis McCready

From the corridors of Quebec’s National Assembly to headline-grabbing actions on the St. Lawrence River, this film looks at those fighting to stop the construction of pipelines transporting bitumen through Quebec. Though their goals are the same, their actions and the results they achieve are different. Community screenings on tour
LES 5 COURTS, AN 2
DOCUMENTARY / Short Directors:
BORDELEAU, SERGE
DAVID GAGNÉ, PHILIPPE
PAYANT-HÉBERT, NOÉMIE
E. ROY, JEAN-MARC
BOGDAN, STEFAN

Producer:
Colette Loumède
Denis McCready

Coproducer: Bande Sonimage

With the 5 courts project, the NFB and La Bande sonimage want to reaffirm the short documentary film’s place in the cinematic landscape. Five filmmakers will each make a short 5-to-8 minute documentary questioning the foundations of narrativity and classic documentary form, while pushing the grammar usually associated with documentaries still further. In festival release
NOUVELLES RECRUES DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
CAISSY, JEAN-FRANCOIS

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. Fall 2017
LA PART DU DIABLE
DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director :
BOURDON, LUC

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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
SANCHEZ, PASCAL

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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
FRÉCHETTE, JULIEN

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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
WADIMOFF, NICOLAS

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. Summer 2017
PAULINE DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
FERLAND, PASCALE

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:
MARCOUX-CHABOT, MOÏSE

Producer:
Denis McCready

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. Chantiers-Ramaillage will be shot in these communities over a span of one year, using cinéma direct techniques. Fall 2018
Projects in development
LE FOND DE L’AIR DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BEAULIEU, SIMON

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. Winter 2018
ADIEU PAPIER
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
SUTEU, OANA

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier
Denis McCready

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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director :
CARRIER, MÉLANIE
HIGGINS, OLIVIER

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
DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
ROSE, FÉLIX

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Coproducer:
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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
HENRIQUEZ, PATRICIO
CÔTÉ, LUC

Producer:
Colette Loumède

Coproducer:
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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
DARSES, LOÏC

With :
LACOURSIÈRE, CHARLOTTE
LEFEBVRE, PHILIPPE

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
DOCUMENTAIRY / Long Director:
CHEVARIE-LESSARD, CHRISTINE

Producer:
Nathalie Cloutier

Coproducer :
Avenida

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

 

NFB Studio: Francophonie canadienne
Title Genre / Length Director, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
DE BROOKS À SHERBROOKE DOCUMENTARY / Medium Director:
PARENT, ROGER

Producer:
Dominic Desjardins

This project seeks to understand the human issues related to the migration of Black and French-speaking populations from the refugee camps of Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo once they arrive in Canada. Released
LE DERNIER PLACARD DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
D’ENTREMONT, PAUL EMILE

Producer:
Jac Gautreau

Le dernier placard: a project on young athletes torn between their sexual orientation and their love of sports. Fall 2018
THANKS FOR PLAYING INTERACTIVE Director:
COHEN, ANDREA

Producer:
Dominic Desjardins

Interactive project about the addiction of seniors to gambling and money games in Canada. Fall 2016
SIMPLEMENT VIOLA DOCUMENTARY Director:
CARON, RODOLPHE

Producer:
Jac Gautreau

A portrait of the Acadian actor Viola Léger, known for her interpretation of the role of La Sagouine Fall 2016
LA PERTE TREMPLIN 2016 ACADIE DOCUMENTARY / Sort Director:
ROY, ANDRÉ

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
LA DERNIÈRE CLÉ TREMPLIN 2016 ONTARIO AND WEST DOCUMENTARY / Sort Director:
CAPRARO, JULIEN

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 DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
CHADWICK, SAMARA

Producer:
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. Spring 2017
Projects in development
VOYAGE IMMOBILE INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION Creators: GIVORD, PRIAM
JOLIET, NICOLAS

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

L’OBSOLESCENCE ANTICIPÉE DOCUMENTARY / Long Director:
BOSSÉ, PAUL

Producer:
Jac Gautreau

Co‑Producer :
Mozus Productions

What happens to people in a world in which machines have become autonomous and human labour is no longer needed? Winter 2018
PLUS HAUT QUE LES FLAMMES DOCUMENTARY Director:
LEBLANC, MONIQUE

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 2017
LE DÉDRIMEUR INTERACTIVE Director:
MORIN, JEAN-PIERRE

Producer:
Jac Gautreau

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

 

NFB Studio: Productions interactives
Title Genre / platform Creator, producer and co-producer Synopsis Release date
Projects in production
COMMENT CRÉER UNE CRISE INTERACTIVE / GAME FOR TABLETS Creators:
COURVILLE, LEON
MINORITY MEDIA

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 / VIRTUAL REALITY Creator:
BEN KHELIFA, KARIM

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Coproducer :
Caméra Lucida, France télévision
Emissive,
INA

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 Creator:
RONEZ, JOËL

Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Coproducer :
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
Projects in development
RÊVES INTERACTIVE Browser based and mobile Creator:
LAMBERT, PHILIPPE

Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

An interactive work that generates structured, individual micro-experiences based on the unique mechanisms of dream logic. Winter 2017
STREAMERS INTERACTIVE DOCUMENTARY Creative head:
BRAUN, GUILLAUME

Producer:
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Coproducer :
ARTE

A film that dives into the world of online gamers who film themselves in action, sparking reflection on this new kind of celebrity. Fall 2017
L’EFFET PAPILLON INTERACTIVE Installation Creators:
PRAIRIE, MARIANNE
BÉLISLE, JONATHAN
DEVERNES, FRANCK
DUMAIS, SYLVAIN

Producer:
Hugues Sweeney

Coproducer:
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