The NFB enters Annecy with 9 films


The NFB takes the Annecy International Animation Film Festival by storm
with 9 films, including 7 in competition and 6 world premieres

April 24, 2014 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada


At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which takes place from June 9 to 14, 2014, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will present a rich selection of innovative films showcasing the talents of animation filmmakers from here and elsewhere. This year’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 today’s finest filmmakers.


Among the films in competition at Annecy, the NFB is proud to present Me and My Moulton, the long-awaited new work by Norwegian-born Canadian filmmaker Torill Kove, whose The Danish Poet won an Academy Award in 2006. Other high-profile NFB-produced shorts in competition include Nul poisson oů aller (No Fish Where to Go) by Nicola Lemay and Janice Nadeau, Rainy Days by Vladimir Leschiov, Pilots on the Way Home by Olga Parn and Priit Parn, and Histoires de bus (Bus Stories) by tali. Two NFB productions are screening in special competitive sections: 3e page aprčs le soleil (Third Page from the Sunby Theodore Ushev (whose previous film Gloria Victoria won an award at last year’s Annecy festival) is in the “Animation Off-Limits” section, and Le Sapin d’Éloďse, a short by Dominic Etienne Simard commissioned by the NFB, is in the “Commissioned Films” section. The NFB will also be represented by two major co-productions in the out-of-competition section: Bruce Alcock’s Impromptu and Michčle Cournoyer’s Soif. Cournoyer’s earlier film The Hat (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 and Variety magazine.


In partnership with the Annecy festival, the NFB will also launch two innovative programs in the McLaren Now event designed by Marcel Jean, the event’s artistic director, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of pioneering animator Norman McLaren. McLaren Now is a brilliant selection of works by contemporary filmmakers who are McLaren’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 at


The weeklong Annecy International Animation Film Festival, one of the oldest and most important celebrations of animation cinema in the world, hosts the industry’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.


Quick facts


ˇ         List of NFB films selected for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival:


In competition:


o   Me and My Moulton, dir. Torill Kove (14 min) – World premiere

Unexpected drama ensues when a seven-year-old girl and her sisters ask their parents for a bicycle. Co-produced by Mikrofilm AS (Lise Fearnley) and the NFB (Marcy Page).


o   Nul poisson oů aller (No Fish Where to Go), dir. Nicola Lemay and Janice Nadeau (12 min) – 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. Vladimir Leschiov (8 min)

An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry, and during the voyage recollects three pivotal moments in his life. Co-produced by Lunohod Animation Studio (Vladimir Leschiov) and the NFB (Marc Bertrand).


  • Pilots on the Way Home, dir. Olga Parn and Priit Parn (16 min) – World premiere

Stranded in the middle of the desert, three pilots who have lost their planes fall prey to visions. Co-produced by Eesti Joonisfilm (Kalev Tamm) and the NFB (Julie Roy).


  • Histoires de bus (Bus Stories), dir. tali (10 min) – World premiere

A woman signs up to drive a school bus and has to cope with a faulty clutch and a boss named “Killer.” Produced by the NFB (Julie Roy).


In competition – “Animation Off-Limits” section:


  • 3e page aprčs le soleil (Third Page from the Sun), dir. Theodore Ushev

(5 min) – 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 – “Commissioned Films” section:


  • Le sapin d’Éloďse, dir. Dominic Etienne Simard (1 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. Michčle Cournoyer (8 min) – 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 by Unité centrale (Marcel Jean and Galilé Marion-Gauvin) and the NFB (René Chénier).


  • Impromptu, dir. Bruce Alcock (10 min)

The chaos of a last-minute dinner party provides the backdrop for a quiet epiphany about embracing life’s rich pageant. Co-produced by Global Mechanic (Tina Ouellette) and the NFB (Annette Clarke and Michael Fukushima).


  • From June 9 to 14, 2014, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will present a total of 55 short films in competition, including 12 in the “Off-Limits” section, 29 made-for-television films, 36 commissioned films, 56 graduation films and 36 out-of-competition short films.


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Annecy International Animation Film Festival:

Jean-Dominique Fievet

What is your name and your current occupation?
Jean-Dominique Fievet – Head of Animation at MPC Los Angeles.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Never had another job, unfortunately


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
A Gentlemen’s duel, Hotel Transylvania, The Golden Compass


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
From France. I did a (generalist) computer graphics school, then Continue…

Hayley Dwan

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Hayley Dwan. I currently work as a full time print and designer of t-shirts and hoodies at In my spare time I do freelance animation and illustration work, hoping to one day fully break into the animation industry.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
The only other job that I’ve had apart from my current occupation was as a dispenser in a pharmacy….not so crazy I know! I’ve always quite fancied wearing a pizza box to advertise dominoes or something though!


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think during work experience at companies like Milky Tea and Factory Trans media. I was so grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of their projects such as advertising campaigns, character designs for series pitches and storyboard work. I learnt so much from these companies and working within the studio, therefore my finished pieces of work where something I was very proud of!

How did you become interested in animation?
I’ve always loved cartoons (and still do…..I’m a big kid!) I think it was from age 8 that I began my love for drawing. I would draw everything I could see! I would sit in front of the tv and draw characters from the cartoons. I then began keeping my own little books of characters I had created and little stories to go with them. When I discovered



Rani Naamani

What is your name and current occupation?
Rani naamani

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I never had a crazy job 🙁  … wait that should be a smiley face actually 🙂


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’m happy to have been a part of the Madagascar franchise, I’ve been given great opportunities on that show and currently got a chance to be character lead for King Julien! it’s a little surreal, seeing that it wasn’t that long ago I was sitting on my couch watching the first Madagascar movie, stuffing my face with Doritos and wishing I can work on something like that. So I have to pinch myself every now and then. At the moment I’m working on the second installment of Dragons and couldn’t be happier. The first one resonated with me so much, so I’m excited to be a part of the Dragons family now!

How did you become interested in animation?
When I saw this:


Dan Long

What is your name and your current occupation?
Dan Long and I am a freelance animator currently working on the adventure game Cognition from Phoenix Online Studios and also on the web series Eight Bit Strange.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have been a bouncer at a bar, a commercial fisherman, a race horse groom where I lived on the racetrack in a tack room, a telemarketer, a roof truss designer and builder, and tons of other jobs. So many that it’s really hard to recall them all.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am really proud of Eight Bit Strange. I was brought on at the very end of the last episode so I only go to animate a few seconds in it, but the next “season” is in production right now and I got to animate, co-write and co-direct one of them and I hope that people think that it’s as funny as I think it is. Eight Bit is not about money, it’s about the love of animation and having fun animating.

How did you become interested in animation?
I got into it way late in life. I’m 42 now and just graduated Animation Mentor last year. I wanted to Continue…