The NFB takes the Annecy International Animation Film Festival by storm
withÂ 9 films, including 7 in competition and 6 world premieres
April 24, 2014Â – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada
At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which takes place fromÂ June 9 to 14, 2014, theÂ National Film Board of CanadaÂ (NFB) will present a rich selection of innovative films showcasing the talents of animation filmmakers from here and elsewhere. This yearâ€™s program boasts no less than nine short films produced or co-produced by the NFB: seven of them are in competition, six are receiving world-premiere screenings, and four are international co-productions. The NFB is extremely pleased to play a part in the worldwide renown of Canadian animated films. Animation has always had pride of place at the NFB, and is the genre par excellence through which audiences can discover the daring creativity of some of todayâ€™s finest filmmakers.
Among the films in competition at Annecy, the NFB is proud to presentÂ Me and My Moulton, the long-awaited new work by Norwegian-born Canadian filmmaker Torill Kove, whoseÂ The Danish PoetÂ won an Academy Award in 2006. Other high-profile NFB-produced shorts in competition includeÂ Nul poisson oÅ¯ allerÂ (No Fish Where to Go)Â by Nicola Lemay and Janice Nadeau,Â Rainy DaysÂ by Vladimir Leschiov,Â Pilots on the Way HomeÂ by Olga Parn and Priit Parn, andÂ Histoires de busÂ (Bus Stories)Â by tali. Two NFB productions are screening in special competitive sections:Â 3eÂ page aprÄs le soleilÂ (Third Page from the Sun)Â by Theodore Ushev (whose previous filmÂ Gloria VictoriaÂ won an award at last yearâ€™s Annecy festival) is in the â€œAnimation Off-Limitsâ€ section, andÂ Le Sapin dâ€™Ã‰loÄse, a short by Dominic Etienne Simard commissioned by the NFB, is in the â€œCommissioned Filmsâ€ section.Â The NFB will also be represented by two major co-productions in the out-of-competition section: Bruce Alcockâ€™sÂ ImpromptuÂ and MichÄle Cournoyerâ€™sÂ Soif. Cournoyerâ€™s earlier filmÂ The HatÂ (1999) enjoyed considerable success and was named one of the top 100 animated shorts of all time in a 2005 survey of international experts conducted by the Annecy festival andÂ VarietyÂ magazine.
In partnership with the Annecy festival, the NFB will also launch two innovative programs in theÂ McLaren NowÂ event designed by Marcel Jean, the eventâ€™s artistic director, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of pioneering animator Norman McLaren.Â McLaren NowÂ is a brilliant selection of works by contemporary filmmakers who are McLarenâ€™s artistic heirs. All of its programs will subsequently be presented at various festivals and events in Canada and around the world, and then made available atÂ NFB.ca.
The weeklongÂ Annecy International Animation Film Festival, one of the oldest and most important celebrations of animation cinema in the world, hosts the industryâ€™s leading creators and professionals every year in early June. The 2013 edition welcomed 7,100 professionals from 80 countries, presented 236 films in competition, and was attended by 110,000 filmgoers.
Ë‡Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â List of NFB films selected for theÂ Annecy International Animation Film Festival:
oÂ Â Â Me and My Moulton, dir. Torill Kove (14 min) â€“ World premiere
Unexpected drama ensues when a seven-year-old girl and her sisters ask their parents for a bicycle. Co-produced byÂ Mikrofilm ASÂ (Lise Fearnley) and the NFB (Marcy Page).
oÂ Â Â Nul poisson oÅ¯ allerÂ (No Fish Where to Go), dir. Nicola Lemay and Janice Nadeau (12Â min) â€“ World premiere
A little girl is forced from her home, but her painful exodus is illuminated by the friendship of a schoolgirl who belongs to another clan. Music by Jorane. Produced by the NFB (Marc Bertrand).
- Rainy Days, dir.Â Vladimir Leschiov (8Â min)
An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry, and during the voyage recollects three pivotal moments in his life. Co-produced byÂ Lunohod Animation StudioÂ (Vladimir Leschiov) and the NFB (Marc Bertrand).
- Pilots on the Way Home, dir.Â Olga Parn and Priit Parn (16 min) â€“ World premiere
Stranded in the middle of the desert, three pilots who have lost their planes fall prey to visions. Co-produced byÂ Eesti JoonisfilmÂ (Kalev Tamm) and the NFB (Julie Roy).
- Histoires de busÂ (Bus Stories), dir. tali (10Â min)Â â€“ World premiere
A woman signs up to drive a school bus and has to cope with a faulty clutch and a boss named â€œKiller.â€ Produced by the NFB (Julie Roy).
In competition â€“ â€œAnimation Off-Limitsâ€ section:
- 3eÂ page aprÄs le soleilÂ (Third Page from the Sun), dir.Â Theodore Ushev
(5Â min) â€“ World premiere
An abstract exploration of a number of big issues, from the ephemerality of the digital age to recycling. Produced by the NFB (Marc Bertrand).
In competition â€“ â€œCommissioned Filmsâ€ section:
- Le sapin dâ€™Ã‰loÄse, dir.Â Dominic Etienne Simard (1Â min)
A father and daughter prepare for the holidays, trying to respect traditions as best as they can. Produced by the NFB (Julie Roy and Marc Bertrand).
Out of competition:
- Soif, dir.Â MichÄle Cournoyer (8Â min) â€“ World premiere
On the screen of her life, a woman drinks away her youth, becoming completely absorbed by the desire to satisfy her thirst. Co-produced byÂ UnitÃ© centraleÂ (Marcel Jean and GalilÃ© Marion-Gauvin) and the NFB (RenÃ© ChÃ©nier).
- Impromptu, dir.Â Bruce Alcock (10Â min)
The chaos of a last-minute dinner party provides the backdrop for a quiet epiphany about embracing lifeâ€™s rich pageant. Co-produced byÂ Global MechanicÂ (Tina Ouellette) and the NFB (Annette Clarke and Michael Fukushima).
- FromÂ June 9 to 14, 2014, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will present a total of 55Â short films in competition, including 12 in the â€œOff-Limitsâ€ section, 29 made-for-television films, 36Â commissioned films, 56 graduation films and 36 out-of-competition short films.
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