Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The 12th edition of the Sommets du cinéma d’animation- Festival international de Montréal et de Québec promises to impress!
From November 27th to December 1st, the Montreal component of the Sommets, held at the Cinémathèque québécoise, will present almost 120 animated films from around the world, including world premieres, as well as Canadian and Quebec premieres. This 12th edition, more substantial than ever, confirms the position the Sommets in the international circuit of animation, in addition to being the largest festival of its kind in the province. The Sommets now play a key role in bringing together artisans and professionals of animation cinema, as well the general public.
Back for a third year, the international competition will surely dazzle the eye! Divided into three programs, it will feature two world premieres, Le Puits de Philippe Vaucher, a beautiful fable about childhood made with the technique of sand animation, as well as Lieux et monuments- 5-- John Cage-Halbertstadt by Pierre Hébert, an unforgettable experimentation of documentary and animation around the interpretation of a work by composer John Cage. Two Quebec premieres are also scheduled; Tresspass, by Austrian filmmaker Paul Wenninger, a dizzying walking journey on more than one continent and the result of repeated use of photo animation, as well as Recycled by Chinese Lei Lei and French Thomas Sauvin, a moving evocation of pictures of families showcasing daily life in China.
Panorama Quebec+Canada and Student competition
The Panorama Quebec+Canada will feature numerous films by local animators, among them 21 by Yann Bel Allouch (a film filled with biting humor) Tiger by Alexander Roy (an energetic abstract work with music by Dumas) Le jour nous écoute by Félix Dufour-Laperrière (a sensitive and touching film based on a poem by Hélène Dorion), and Le courant faible de la rivière by Joël Vaudreuil (animated humoristic drawing on the lives of teenagers with the voice of Gaston Lepage). The Student competition will present the best of the next generation of animation filmmakers. Quebec's selection promises to be particularly fascinating. The selected films reflect the inventiveness of our local students, as well as the vitality of our schools. Among the selected works, Dents de lait by Julie Charette, The Yellow Light by Guillaume Vallée, Passing by Hamish Lambert, Tears of Inge by Alisi Telengut (Concordia University), Tommy by Eloi Grenier-Thibault (Laval University) and Meps Cluhub by Xavier Ford Legrand (UQAM).
Exhibitions: 3e page après le soleil and Pionniers de l’animation américaine
Two exhibitions will be inaugurated on the occasion of the opening night of the Sommets this year. From November 27th to February 2nd 2014, the installation 3e page après le soleil will occupy the space of salle Norman-McLaren. Three movies produced by the artist and filmmaker Theodore Ushev (Gloria Victoria) on pages of books parade on original music composed by Ana Sokolovic. A film festival catalogue, a French-English dictionary and a Bible serve as Ushev’s canvas. The result is a corrosive work, very symbolically charged, suggesting the obsolescence of the printed medium. The installation is presented by the National Film Board of Canada. On the walls of Foyer Luce-Guilbeault, the special exhibition Pionniers de l’animation américaine will also be inaugurated on November 27th and will run until February 9th, 2014. A unique opportunity to discover original documents by artists (preserved by the Cinemathèque) such as Winsor McCay, Dave Fleischer, Otto Messmer and Raoul Barré, to name a few. Both exhibitions are free of charge.
Sexe, femmes et cinéma d'animation! and Peinture sur verre avec Martine Chartrand
Sexuality and eroticism are territories surveyed by women animators with freedom and boldness. FCTNM, in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, invites five women for an exclusive roundtable. Hosted by producer Julie Roy, Sexe, femmes et cinéma d'animation! will feature the participation of the sexologist Louise-Andrée Saulnier and filmmakers Amélie Harrault, Janet Perlman and Marie-Josée Saint–Pierre. This event, held at salle Fernand-Seguin on November 28th at 2pm, is free of charge! Another collaboration with the NFB this year, the activity Peinture sur verre avec Martine Chartrand, to be held on Saturday, November 30th at 5pm, salle Claude-Jutra. Known for her sensitive yet powerful films such as Âme Noire and MacPherson, Martine Chartrand specializes in one of the most demanding animation techniques of all: painting on glass. We thus welcome her for a master class on her impressive craft.
Conferences with French filmmakers Jérémy Clapin and Alexandre Dubosc
Welcoming an important delegation on the occasion of this 12th edition, the Sommets offer two conferences by masters of animation, Jérémy Clapin and Alexandre Dubosc. On November 29th at 2pm, salle Fernand-Seguin, Marcel Jean, artistic director of the Festival international d’animation d’Annecy, will host a meeting with Jeremy Clapin, who is known for his creative and personal use of 3D animation. His film Skhizein won the Prix du public at the 2008 edition of the Sommets. On the same day at 9pm, salle Claude-Jutra, Montrealers will get an exclusive chance to meet Alexandre Dubosc. A viral star, his short film Food about you has been viewed more than three million times on the web. Playful and colorful, his work is full of confectionery and pastry, displayed quite surprisingly! These events are made possible through the support of the Consulat général de France à Québec, which is also contributing to the program Les nouveaux visages de l’animation française.
Trésors de l’Academy Film Archive, Tito on Ice and a videoconference with Ari Folman
The Sommets will present a special program called Trésors de l’Academy Film Archive, a selection of American independent films (archived copies in 35 mm), which have been nominated for the Oscars. Brian Meacham, jury member of the International competition and former short film conservator at the AFA, will present the program. The highly anticipated film Tito on Ice- Folle randonnée à travers les cultures émergentes des pays de l’Ex-Yougoslavie will be presented in collaboration with theRencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal. Director Max Andersson (Sweden) will be present at the screening of Thursday November 28th to present his work, which will be preceded by the presentation of the very short film Libérez Jahar Panahi- Le Cinéaste by Éléonore Goldberg. Moreover, following the presentation of the opening film The Congress, the Sommets will hold a Skype session with Israeli director Ari Folman. A unique opportunity to interact with the artist on Thursday November 28th, at 11am salle Fernand-Seguin, presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel in Montreal.
Activities for children
The Sommets have concocted two programs for its youngest followers! On Saturday November 30th at 11am, salle Claude-Jutra, do not miss La Légendede Sarila (Nancy Savard, 2013), the story of a journey in which three young Inuit search for a promised land in order to save their clan from starvation. At 1pm on the same day at salle Fernand-Seguin, musician and multidisciplinary artist Frédéric Lebrasseur presents a Foley workshop, which will explain to children and their parents the basics of sound effects in animation filmmaking. This activity is free of charge.
Activities at the Café-bar
The Cinémathèque’s Café-bar will host a number of special events during the Sommets. On the opening night, after the presentation of The Congress, DJ Rülf Delawani will have you dancing until dawn! On Friday November 29th at 11pm, make sure to check out the performance of the Antitube Bobine Band, composed of Frédéric Lebrasseur, Jean Derome and Lori Freedman, who musically accompany animated shorts films from the 1930s and 1940s, screened in 16mm. Moreover, on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st, the traditional Tête-à-tête avec les réalisateurs will return, from 1pm to 3pm. A unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers whose work was selected in the competitive section of the festival.
The composer and animator Jarosław Kapuściński (California) presents its intermedia works: Mondrian Variations, Juicy and Oli's Dream. Classical musician by training, the piano virtuoso incorporates music to animation sequences with perfect synchronization. Images, words and music weave a playful counterpoint with structural and metaphorical links. This exclusive performance will mark the closing event of this year’s Sommets, on Sunday December 1st at 9pm at Salle Claude-Jutra. Presented in collaboration with the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.
Composition of the jury
Several prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremony of the Sommets. The Grand Prize and the Special Jury Prize will be given out by an international jury consisting of prominent figures in the film industry, namely: Michèle Lemieux, Quebec animation filmmaker, Ségolène Roederer, director of Québec Cinema and Brian Meacham, director of the archives and special collections of the Yale Film Study Center in New Haven. The Grand Prize, which includes cash prize of 2,000$, will be presented by the Cinémathèque québécoise. The jury will also select the winner of the Guy-L. Côté for the Best Canadian animated film, with a cash prize of 1,500$, which will be awarded by Nathalie Côté. The student jury will be composed of students from various Quebec universities: Maude Arès-Blouin (UQAM), Carol-Ann Norman Belzile (Laval University) and Rebecca St. John (Concordia University). They will present the award for Best student film, along with a 500$ scholarship offered by Marcel Jean. An Audience Award will also be presented at the closing ceremony. The Montréal’s Sommets wishes to thank its partners, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Conseil des Arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts, the Consulat général de France à Québec, as well as the Caisse de la culture, Publicité Sauvage and the Hôtel Château de l’Argoat. The Sommets also wishes to thank Nicolas Ménard, designer of the visual of the 2013 edition of the festival.
The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal’s museum of moving images. Its mission is to preserve and promote the world’s audiovisual heritage, with an emphasis on Quebec and Canadian works and international animation, and to make it available for educational and cultural purposes.