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October 28, 2021 | 4 pm
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Artist Talk ONF x Sommets | Jean-François Lévesque

Jury & Awards

International and Canadian Competition

Benoit Berthe Siward - France
The animation Showcase

Benoit Berthe Siward is the founder of a strategy agency promoting animation in the world after working few years in animation studios and directing animated short films. He runs "The animation Showcase" a curated screening of the best animated shorts presented to the creative industry and to the major animation studios (Disney, Pixar, Netflix, Dreamworks, Illumination, Laika, Blue Sky...).

Actively engaged in the animation industry, he advises companies, schools, institutions and participated to create the first European Animation Awards Academy. He specialized in accompanying new talents, first short film directors & graduated students during the Award season, that led him to create multiple short films campaigns and to gain 4 Oscar nominations, BAFTA, Student Academy Award, VES & Annie Award wins.

Philippe Brach - Quebec

Philippe Brach is a singer-songwriter from the Saguenay region. In 2014, he won the eighteenth edition of the Francouvertes and launched his first album, La foire et l'ordre.

Less than a year and a half later, in September 2015, he returned with his second opus, Portraits de famine, directed by Louis-Jean Cormier. A few months later, Brach was named Revelation of the Year at the Gala de l'ADISQ.

Following a tour of more than a hundred shows and five nominations at the ADISQ Gala in 2016, Philippe Brach chose to explore new avenues - directing, film music, writing, La Noce festival - and to set off on an exploration, both literally and figuratively.

In November 2017, Philippe launches his third album in three years: Le silence des troupeaux, directed by Jesse Mac Cormack. This ambitious third offering, on which more than eighty musicians can be heard, is awarded five Félix Awards (Album of the Year - Alternative, Author or Composer of the Year, Show of the Year - Singer-songwriter, Arranger of the Year, Cover of the Year) at the ADISQ 2018 Gala.

After more than five years of creation, production and conceptual shows (Bienvenue à Enfant-Ville at Club Soda, Mysterio Steve at Métropolis, Boum Dang Sangsue at the Maison Symphonique, Le Show Chié at Foufounes Électriques) Since winter 2019, Philippe Brach has been working to diversify his artistic proposal by working on a book, a children's show and on initiatives within his new community.

Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet) - Quebec
cartoonist and illustrator

Boum (Samantha Leriche-Gionet) is a graduate from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in 2D Animation and Concordia University in Film Animation. Her student short films are shown at festivals around the world, including Annecy, Seoul and Zlin, Czech Republic, where she received the Hermina Tyrlova Award in 2011. She works for the NFB on several productions and animates the election campaign for Québec solidaire in 2012. She now devotes herself to comics, and is published by Éditions de la Pastèque, Glénat Québec, Front Froid and Éditions de la Bagnole, among others.

Student Jury 2020

Mikaëla Daoust - Quebec
Concordia University

Mikaëla Daoust is an animation student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She specializes in stop motion animation. Involved in her community to promote environmental awareness, she is also interested in the development of eco-responsible artistic practices.

Florence Panneton - Quebec
Université du Québec à Montréal

Graduating with a bachelor's degree in graphic design from UQÀM's School of Design, Florence Panneton's areas of interest revolve around illustration, graphic animation and visual identity. She likes to let each new learning process weave itself into her own personal canvas and enrich it.

Lysandre Chartrand - Quebec
Université de Montréal

Lysandre Chartrand graduated in Cinema Studies at Cégep de Saint-Laurent and, after a year in Literature at UQÀM, she is now completing a Bachelor's degree in Cinema at the Université de Montréal.

Grand Prize Sommets/École NAD-UQAC for the International Competition
SOUVENIR SOUVENIR by Bastien Dubois (France)

Special Jury Award
AWKWARD by Nata Metlukh (USA)
SPECIAL MENTION: ÉCORCE by Samuel Patthey and Silvain Monney (Switzerland)

People's Choice Award
MAUVAISES HERBES by Claude Cloutier

Mini-Sommets Award
L’ODYSSÉE DE CHOUM by Julien Bisaro

Guy-L.-Coté Award for Best Canadian Animated Film
HOT FLASH by Thea Hollatz

International Student Competition Award
CIERVO by Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma (Rhode Island School of Design)
SPECIAL MENTION: NIGHT SHIFT by Linda Sture (Art Academy of Latvia)

Award École NAD-UQAC for Best Canadian Student Film
PREY by Oh Deer Studios (Sheridan College)
SPECIAL MENTION: AU PLACARD by Vivien Forsans (Concordia University)

UQAT Award for Best Very Short Film
ATTENTION AU LOUP ! by Nicolas Bianco Levrin

Award for the Pitches Contest
A NIGHT FOR THE DOGS by Max Woodward


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