French Program

Projects in production and development

NFB Studio: French animation

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Director, NFB Producer and Co-Producer

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Projects in release

THE SUBJECT

THE SUBJECT

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.

Spring 2018

Projects in production

THE AWAKENING

THE AWAKENING

Short Animation

Director: Jean-Francois Lévesque

Producer: Julie Roy

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

Summer 2019
ACCOUNTING OF THE DAYS

ACCOUNTING OF THE DAYS

Short Animation

Director: Regina Pessoa

Producer: Julie Roy

Co Producers: Cyclopes Films, Les Armateurs and Unipessoal

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.

Summer 2019
ALTÖTTING

ALTÖTTING

Short Animation

Director: Andreas Hykade

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Co-Producer: Ciclope filmes, Unipessoal and Studio Film Bilder

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

Fall 2019
MAUVAISES HERBES

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.

Summer 2019
PHYSIQUE DE LA TRISTESSE

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

LE TABLEAU

Short Animation on pinscreen

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.

Summer 2020
LE CORTÈGE

LE CORTÈGE

Short Animation

Directors: Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais

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
SANS OBJETS

SANS OBJETS

Short Animation

Director: Moïa Jobin-Paré

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Experimental study showing the body movements in relation to objects that we do not see.

 

Spring 2019
COMME UN FLEUVE

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 2019
LE MAL DU SIÈCLE

Short Animation

Director: Catherine Lepage

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Animation project based on graphic novels by Catherine Lepage: 12 mois sans intérêts, Fines tranches d’angoisse and Zoothérapie.

Winter 2020

Projects in development

HARVEY

Short Animation

Director: Janice Nadeau

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Coproducer: Folimage Studio

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.

To be determined
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
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
CARESSES MAGIQUES

Short animation

Director: Lori Malépart-Traversy

Producer: Julie Roy

Animated documentary vignettes illustrating real life stories of women on masturbation.

To be determined
LA JEUNE FILLE QUI PLEURAIT DES PERLES

Short animation

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szcerbowski

Producer : Julie Roy

A fairy tale about a sad young girl and the boy who loves her.

To be determined
CORTINA

Short animation

Director: Véronique Paquette

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Dancing a liberating tango with a stranger enables a woman to reconnect with herself.

To be determined
THE HANGMAN AT HOME

Animation / VR

Directors: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot

Producer: Marc Bertrand

Co-producer: Late love production, Miyu productions

The hangman at home by the American icon Carl Sandburg is a poem written almost 100 years ago, and is still as relevant and poignant as ever, as the world slips into dark times.

To be determined

NFB Studio: Documentary

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Genre / Length

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Projects in release

LE PROJET DES 5 COURTS

LE PROJET DES 5 COURTS

Documentary/ 5 shorts

Directors: Gabrielle Cornellier, Delia Gunn, Evelyne Papatie, Jessy Poulin, Émilie Villeneuve

Producers: Colette Loumède et Nathalie Cloutier

Five women filmmakers from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region will each direct a 3-minute documentary short, for distribution via digital platforms and social networks, investigating the foundations of classic documentary film language and form.

Now on nfb.ca
THE APOLLO OF GAZA

L’APOLLON DE GAZA

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.

Launched
PAULINE JULIEN
INTIMATE AND POLITICAL

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.

Launched
FIRST STRIPES

FIRST STRIPES

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

Launched
MY WAR

MY WAR

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.

Launched

Projects in production

SORTIR DE L’OMBRE

SORTIR DE L’OMBRE

Feature Documentary

Director : Gentille Assih

Producer : Nathalie Cloutier

 

Sortir de l’ombre lift the veil on the path of women who followed their husbands in their immigration project and who found themselves trapped in the spiral of conjugal violence.

 

Fall 2019
FAR FROM BASHAR

LOIN DE BACHAR

Feature Documentary

Director: Pascal Sanchez

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

Far from Bashar 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 2018
RAMAILLAGES

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.

Summer 2019
LA FIN DES TERRES

LA FIN DES TERRES

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.

Winter 2019
LE FOND DE L’AIR

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.

Winter 2019
LA FILLE DU CRATÈRE

LA FILLE DU CRATÈRE

Feature Documentary

Directors: Nadine Beaudet et Danic Champoux

Producer: Johanne Bergeron

Co-producer: Les vues du fleuve

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.

Summer 2019
KOMBATTANT

LE PARCOURS DU COMBATTANT

Mid-lenght 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.

Winter 2019
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.

December 2018
EN ATTENDANT RAÏF

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.

Fall 2020
LES ROSE

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.

Fall 2019
AU-DELÀ DU PAPIER

Feature Documentary

Director: Oana Suteu

Producer: Nathalie Cloutier

What is becoming of our memory in the digital age? The film explores two parallel themes: reconstructing an identity via paper documents and the quest for meaning in the change that our relationship with memory is undergoing.

Winter 2020

Projects in development

NIN, AUASS

Documentaire / Long métrage

Director: Kim O’Bomsawin

Producer: Colette Loumède

An intimate portrait of the experience of early childhood in various Indigenous communities.

To be determined

NFB Studio: Francophonie

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WITHOUT MOM

WITHOUT MOM

Feature Documentary

Director: Marie-France Guerrette

Producer: Dominic Desjardins / Denis McCready

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
THE ARTISANS

THE ARTISANS

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 production

STANDING ON THE LINE

STANDING ON THE LINE

Feature Documentary

Director: Paul Émile D’Entremont

Producer: Jac Gautreau/ Christine Aubé

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

Fall 2018
PLUS HAUT QUE LES FLAMMES

PLUS HAUT QUE LES FLAMMES

Feature Documentary

Director: Monique Leblanc

Producer: Jac Gautreau / Christine Aubé

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.

Winter 2019
LE BONHEUR DE LUCIEN

Tremplin competition (Acadie)

Short Documentary

Director: Nathalie Hébert
Producer: Christine Aubé

Everyone is looking for perfect happiness. Except Lucien. He’s found it by not looking for anything at all.

Spring 2019
LA RÉVOLUTION COURBES

Tremplin competition

Short Documentary

Director: Josiane Blanc

Producer: Denis McCready

The documentary sets out to meet women who are at different stages in accepting their imperfections and seeks to break taboos about body diversity.

Spring 2019
YALLA
Feature Documentary
Directors: France Gallant, Samuel Caron

Producer: Christine Aubé

Coproducer: Appalaches Films

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.

Summer 2019
SUR LA CORDE RAIDE

Feature Documentary

Director: Claude Guilemain

Producer: Dominic Desjardins / Denis McCready

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.

Winter 2019

Projects in development

LE DÉDRIMEUR
Interactive Animation
Director: Jean-Pierre Morin

Producers: Jac Gautreau / Christine Aubé

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

To be determined
LE SILENCE
Feature Documentary
Director: Renée Blanchar

Producer: Christine Aubé

Coproducer: Ça tourne productions

The silence of a victim, a tormenter, a loved one, a community, an institution. . . and of a filmmaker.

To be determined
COINCÉE AU MILIEU
Feature Documentary
Director: Saida Ouchaou

Producers: Dominic Desjardins / Denis McCready

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.

2020
LES DOUÉS
Short Animation
Director: Laura Bergeron

Producer: Denis McCready
A look at the pervasiveness of technology in our society and how it affects learning.

To be determined

NFB Studio: French Interactive

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DEVILS TOY REMIX
Short videos for social medias
Creators: Luke Jackson, Jess James Harris, Peter Schûttemeyer & Marten Persiel. Matt Charland, Myriam Verreault, Nikola Lezaic, Corey Adams, Qi An Juan, Steve Durand, Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Fred Mortagne

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Claude Jutra’s classic skateboarding film through the eyes of 14 international contemporary directors.

Now on Facebook or nfb.ca
DREAM
Virtual reality
Creator: Philippe Lambert

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

An online experience-generating system based on the unique mechanisms of dreams. To experience in VR or on desktop.

Now on nfb.ca
ROXHAM
Virtual reality and social medias
Creators: Michel Huneault and Maude Thibodeau with Dpt

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Get transported to the little-known road that has become the location with the largest number of irregular border crossings with this virtual reality project.

Now on nfb.ca
MOBILE AND INTERACTIVE 60 SECONDS
Short interactive productions for mobile platforms
Creators: 10 international teams

Producer: Hugues Sweeney

Co-Producers: Arte France in collaboration with IDFA Doclab

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.

Available at veryveryfast.com

Projects in release

JEUNES POUSSES #2
Production for mobile platforms
Creators: Maude Fraser, Stéphanie Dupuis, Noémie Beaulac, Audrey Malo, Léa Martin, Catherine Sabourin, Laurence Gélinas, Vincent Paradis

Producers: Hugues Sweeney and Valérie Darveau
Co-Producers: UQAM

The NFB partners with UQAM to offer 8 students the opportunity to complete a 9-week apprenticeship at the Interactive Studio, during which they will produce digital content via a reactive approach adhering to current phenomena.

Spring 2018
PIRATE TA BOUTIQUE
Interactive production for social medias
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 2018
STREAMERS
Interactive browser based 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 2018