French Program

Projects in production and development

NFB Studio: Animation

Title

Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in release

MON YIDDISH PAPI

MON YIDDISH PAPIShort Animation

Director: : Eléonore Goldberg

Producer: Julie Roy

Co-producer: Picbois productions

A young woman misses her grandfather’s last phone call. After his death, she remembers a promise not kept: her vow to pass on to future generations his story of courage and resistance in the face of fear.

Fall 2017
THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT

THE TESLA WORLD LIGHTShort 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.

Summer 2017
CHARLES

CharlesShort 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
LES CHRONIQUES DU 9E ART

LES CHRONIQUES DU 9E ART4 shorts animations

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

Producers: Julie Roy, Marc Bertrand

Co-Producer: Sacrebleu

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

Summer 2017
WHERE IS MONSIEUR PUG?

WHERE IS MONSIEUR PUG?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.

Available online
NADINE

NadineShort Animation

Director: Patrick Péris

Producer: Marc Bertrand

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

Soon on nfb.ca

Projects in production

THE AWAKENING

La girouetteShort 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
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.

Spring 2018
UN PRINTEMPS

UN PRINTEMPSShort 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.

September 2017
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)

Summer 2019
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.

Spring 2019
LE CORTÈGE

LE CORTÈGEShort 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
ÉTREINTES

Short Animation

Director: Justine Vuylsteker

Producer: Julie Roy

Co-producer: Offshore

A woman stands at an open window. In the clouds, a passionate lovemaking scene unfolds.

Spring 2018
COMME UN FLEUVE

Short Animation

Director: Sandra Desmazières

Producer: Julie Roy

Co-producer : Les films de l’Arlequin

The intertwined destinies of two sisters separated by the Vietnam War.

Summer 2018

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.

Summer 2018
HOLOPRJCT

Interactive animation

Director: François Chalet

Producer: Marc Bertrand

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

To be determined
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
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
TELEKISENIUM

Virtual reality / animation

Director: Nicolas Brault

Producer: Julie Roy

Inspired by the “strange loop” concept (Douglas R. Hofsadter), this immersive experience provides a playful space where viewers witness the creation of their own subliminal self-portrait.

To be determined
SYMPHONIE D’UNE ATTAQUE NORDIQUE

Animation/ Court métrage

Director: Caroline Monnet

Producer: Julie Roy

A foreign army surges in from the North to conquer Canada. To survive and protect their land, the Indigenous people unite to challenge the enemy using supernatural forces.

To be determined

NFB Studio: Documentary

Title

Genre / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in release

LES DÉPOSSÉDÉS

Les depossédésFeature 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.

To come in 2017
24 DAVIDS

24 davidsFeature 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.

To come in 2017
FREELANCER ON THE FRONT LINE

LE PROJET ROSENFELDFeature 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.

Soon on nfb.ca
WASESKUN

WaseskunFeature Documentary

Director: Steve Patry

Producers: Nathalie Cloutier, Denis McCready

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

Available on nfb.ca

Projects in production

PREMIÈRES ARMES

PREMIÈRES ARMESFeature 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.

Fall 2017
LA PART DU DIABLE

La part du diableFeature 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
LOIN DE BACHAR

LOIN DE BACHARFeature Documentary

Director: Pascal Sanchez

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

Loin de Bachar tells the story of a Syrian family in Montreal. As the children attempt to shape a daily life for themselves, their parents live in hope of one day returning to build their country.

Fall 2017
VOLONTAIRES

VOLONTAIRESFeature 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

À LA RECHERCHE DE L’APOLLONFeature 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
PAULINEFeature 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
LE BONHEUR DE FILMERFeature 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
C’EST À TOÉ LA SHOP
Short 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.

Spring 2018
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.

Summer 2018
LA FILLE DU CRATÈRE
Feature Documentary
Directors: Nadine Beaudet et Danic Champoux

Producer: Johanne Bergeron

A portrait of Yolande Simard Perrault, a woman of the land, as solid as the Laurentian Shield, who had a major impact on the work of Pierre Perrault, her partner and true love.

December 2018
LE PARCOURS DU COMBATTANT
Feature Documentary
Director: Will Prosper

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

Alain Philoctète, a Haitian forced into exile under the Duvalier regime, is determined to bequeath the permaculture to Haitian farmers.

Summer 2018

Projects in development

ADIEU PAPIER!
ADIEU PAPIER!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 ROSES
Les RoseFeature 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
POINT D’ÉQUILIBRE
Point d'equilibreFeature 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 release

SIMPLEMENT VIOLA
SIMPLEMENT 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.

Available on nfb.ca
PART OF ME
PART OF METremplin 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?

To come on nfb.ca
THE LAST KEY
THE LAST KEYTremplin 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.

To come on nfb.ca
THANKS FOR PLAYING
Interactive for browser
Director: Andrea Cohen

Producer: Dominic Desjardins

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

To come on nfb.ca

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
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
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
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 / Length

Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

Synopsis

Release date

Projects in production

COMMENT CRÉER UNE CRISE
Interactive browser based and mobile
Creators: Léon Courville, Charles Trahan, Folklore

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.

Fall 2017
ENEMY
Interactive, VR
Creators: Karim Ben Khelifa, Nicolas S. Roy

Producer: Louis-Richard Tremblay

Co-Producers: Caméra Lucida, France télévisions, 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.

Fall 2017
PIRATE TA BOUTIQUE
Interactive
Creator: Joël Ronez

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 2017
LA MACHINE À BIENVEILLANCE
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?

August 30, 2017
MOBILE AND INTERACTIVE 60 SECONDS
Short interactive productions for mobile platforms
Creators: 10 international teams

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.

November 2017 to March 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
RÊVES
VR
Creator: Philippe Lambert

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

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

Winter 2018
ROXHAM
Interactive browser based and mobile
Creators: Michel Huneault and Maude Thibodeau

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Be a first-hand witness to the situation at Roxham Road on the U.S. border, where hundreds of refugees illegally cross into Canada every month.

November 2017
LEONARD COHEN : I HEARD THERE WAS A SECRET CHORD
Interactive Installation and mobile work
Creators: Mouna Andraos and Mélissa Mongiat

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Co-Producer: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

A participatory and planetary choir transforms the collective vibe of all online users crooning a Leonard Cohen tune into real time.

November 2017