The René-Jodoin Award, created by the Sommets du cinéma d'animation and the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2015, recognizes an outstanding, influential and committed figure in Canadian animation.
This year, the award will be given to Chris Robinson.
Chris Robinson is a Canadian writer and author. He is also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) and is a well-known figure in the animated film world. As an author, curator and writer, he has made an enormous contribution to the promotion of independent animated film. Quick to speak out vigorously on various platforms and famous for his provocative commentary and aversion to empty rhetoric, Robinson has been called “one of the stylistically most original and most provocative experts in the history of animation.” He made a name for himself with a unique and eclectic magazine column Animation Pimp, which became a book of the same name (the column was later renamed into Cheer and Loathing in Animation). Robinson is also the editor of the ASIFA Magazine, a frequent contributor to Cartoon Brew.