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The professional activites at the 2022 Sommets du cinéma d'animation are revealed !

April 7th, 2022

It is during a get together that the Sommets du cinema d’animation enthusiastically unveils the first elements of it's program for the Festival that will be held from May 10 to 15 at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Accompanied by the official beer of this 20th edition brewed by MaBrasserie, the festival team will playfully explain the professional activities: the panel " Animation and dance ", cinema lessons from Jean- Charles Mbotti-Malolo and Élise Simard and a retrospective of the works of Métis director Terril Calder. The next generation will also be celebrated, with the presentation of the 2022 cohort of animated film residents and via the famous pitches competition. Finally, the public will be able to wander around exhibitions highlighting the work of animators and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Sommetss!

EXPERIENCE, TECHNIQUES AND… DANCE! One of the missions of the Animation Cinema Summits is to showcase the industry and artisans as well as share their knowledge and experience. Two film lessons will take place during the festival: artist and director Élise Simard (My Little Underground, Breakfast, Hours d'ouverture, Beautiful Like Elsewhere) will expose his ephemeral and exploratory processes of image construction. For the second, the public will have an appointment with the French director Jean-Charles Mbotti-Malolo (Le Sens du touche, Make It Soul) who will talk about his career as a filmmaker, his artistic approach and the relationship between body and movement within animation. The director, designer and dancer will also be part of the Animation and Dance round table with Quebecer Thomas Corriveau, who has five animated films to his credit. Hosted by the artistic director of Les Sommets, Marco de Blois, the discussion will address the approach that combines the two arts: dance and animation.

This year, the festival wishes to highlight the work of Métis director Terril Calder. A Toronto-based multidisciplinary creative from Fort Frances, Ontario, Terril is one of the country's foremost Métis media artists. She is mainly dedicated to the creation of stop-motion animation works that she writes, directs, shapes and animates. Her most recent film, Meneath: The Secret Island of Ethics, won over audiences at TIFF and the Berlinale. For the occasion, the director will present her eight short films including The “Gift”, Repercussions and Keewaydah.

WIP Les Sommets will present, as part of its new section "WIP" (Work in Progress), two projects currently in production, in the presence of their authors and producers: Les Faufiles, directed by Louis Roy and produced by Rosalie Chicoine Perreault of ED Movies; and Adam change lentement, directed by Joël Vaudreuil and produced by David Pierrat of Parce Que Films.

LES FAUFILES: Montreal 1930, in a luxurious department store, Gabrielle is bewitched by the beauty of a dress that her mother cannot afford. The young girl then decides to flee, taking the dress with her. Freely adapted from The Distress and the Enchantment by Gabrielle Roy.

ADAM CHANGE LENTEMENT: Adam is a 15-year-old teenager, who has this strange characteristic of seeing his body change according to the teasing and negative comments of people around him. The summer his grandmother dies, he must learn to juggle the torments of teenage life.

FUTURE OF ANIMATION For several years now, the Cinémathèque québécoise has been organizing an animation residency for young local filmmakers. For five weeks, six residents, associated with mentors, develop an animated film project by occupying the premises of the Cinémathèque. For the 5 to 7 for residents on Friday, May 13, the public will have the chance to see the progress of the work of the 2022 cohort: Joey Desjardins (Montreal), Vaiana Gauthier ( France), John Harbour (Quebec), Vergine Keaton (France), Sarah Rothenberger (Switzerland) and Max Woodward (Montreal). The mentors for this fifth residency are Patrick Doyon, Thomas Corriveau, Éloi Champagne, Olivier Calvert, and Karl Lemieux.

The Cinémathèque québécoise animation residency is organized thanks to the support of the Consulate General of France in Quebec City, the Consulate General of Switzerland, SWISS FILMS, the National Film Board of Canada and patrons Jean-Philippe Fauteux and Marthe Cousineau.

Les Sommets always seek to promote creation and that is why, for a second year, a competition aimed at selecting the best pitch surrounding an animated short film project will take place on Friday, May 13. The event, open to both professionals and the public, allows you to attend the presentation of five filmmakers who will have to find the right words in ten minutes flat to convince the jury of the relevance of their project. The winning pitch will finally be rewarded on May 15, during the festival awards ceremony.

The 2022 Pitch Competition is presented thanks to the support of Telefilm Canada, Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, Cartoon Brew and H264.

EXHIBITIONS TO DIVE IN ANIMATION For several years, director Daniel Gies has been working on a short film project that is dear to him, Back to Hairy Hill, for which he created paper puppets. Presented in collaboration with E.D. Films, the exhibition shows a few of these creations. As part of a posthumous tribute to animator Craig Welch (Welcome to Kentucky), the Sommets will expose a lesser-known part of the author's life. The exhibition Craig Welch : Beneath the Eclipse focuses on the artist's astonishing oil paintings — a pictorial production that he developed in parallel with his practice in animated cinema. Also, throughout the duration of the Sommets, an exhibition of posters from the 22 editions of the Dérapage festival, an event highlighting non-narrative audiovisual productions with sound and lasting less than 3 minutes, will be accessible in the Norman McLaren room. Other magnificent posters with unique visuals, those of the Sommets du cinéma d'animation, will be displayed in the lobby of the Cinémathèque. From Malcolm Sutherland to Diane Obomsawin, via Pierre Hébert, Nicolas Ménard, Félix Dufour-Laperrière and Martine Frossard, many artists lent their brushes and graphic tablets to illustrate the energy of the festival. This special 20th anniversary exhibition is presented by Publicité sauvage.

THANKS The Sommets du cinéma d'animation would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Bureau des festivals de la Ville de Montréal **, the **Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec, Le Devoir, Wild Advertising, the National Film Board of Canada, La Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec, MaBrasserie, the Consulate General of France in Quebec City, Consulate General of Switzerland, ED Films, Caisse Desjardins de la Culture, NAD/UQAC School, SWISS FILMS, The Japan Foundation, Unifrance, PRIM **, **H264, Cartoon Brew, Annecy Festival, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Panorama-Cinéma, the Festival de Stop Motion Montréal, Dérapage, MediaFilm, Zone Festival and the Hôtel Zéro1 for their support.