Frédéric Back is an internationaly-recognized animated film
producer. Born in 1924 in Saarbrücken, he has lived in Montréal,
Canada since 1948. He started his career as a teacher and then worked on
educational series for Radio-Canada Television in the 1950s and 60s. In
1967, he created the stained-glass window in the Place des arts Métro
station in MontrÉal.
Mr. Back, who joined Radio-Canada's animated film section in 1968, has been
producing award-winning films for the last quarter century. Some of his
works include "Abracadabra" (1970); "Inon ou la conquête
du feu" (1971); The Bratislava and Yorkton Festivals' award-winning;
"La création des oiseaux" (1973); "Illusion"
(1974), which earned five international awards; "Taratata la parade"
(1977); the animated film sequences for "The Firebird" (1979),
a show produced by Jean-Yves Landry and winner of the Prague d'Or in 1980
and a Emmy Award in New York; "Tout-rien" (1980) which received
three awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 1981. In 1982, Frédéric
Back won the Oscar for best animated film for the work "Crac"
(1981), which also enjoyed some 20 other awards. Furthermore, the film was
selected from a group of 50 as the sixth-best animated film of the century
at the Olympiad of Animation held in Los Angeles during the 1984 Summer
Olympic Games. In 1986, Frédéric Back received the ASIFA Award
(Hollywood) for outstanding achievement.
"The Man who Planted Trees" (L'Homme qui plantait des arbres)
won some forty awards as well as the Oscar for best animated film given
by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Los Angeles, U.S.A.,
April 11, 1988.
"The Mighty River" (Le Fleuve aux grandes eaux), Frédéric
Back's latest work has received some twenty awards. It was the grand prize
winner at the International Animated Film Festival held in Annecy, France
in June 1993. It was also nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences for 1993.
- Honorary Member, Société des décorateurs-ensembliers
- Member, Association internationale du film d'animation (ASIFA).
- Member, Cinémathèque québécoise.
- Member, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Member, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
- Member, Royal Academy of the Arts of Canada.
- Honorary Member, Association des illustrateurs du Québec.
- Interior design, La Saulaie Restaurant at Boucherville, Quebec, in
association with interior designer Claude Hinton.
- Interior design, Hélène de Champlain Restaurant in Montreal,
in association with interior designer Claude Hinton for Expo '67; creator
of the Restaurant's mural.
- Creator of the mural at the VendÙme Cinema in Place Victoria,
- Restoration and ornamentation of churches at Pierreville and Aylmer,
- Restoration and ornamentation of churches at Clarenceville and Ste-Agathe,
Quebec, at Darmouth, Nova Scotia, as well as at Chateauguay and Brushton,
New York State.
- Interior design of the Montreal restaurants Pescatore, La Tour Eiffel
and Roma Antiqua, in association with interior designer Claude Hinton.
- Illustration for CRAC, an artbook with text by Ghylaine Paquin-Back.
- Officer of the Order of Canada.
- Knight of the Order of Quebec.
- Officier de l'ordre des Arts et Lettres de la France
- Governor-General's Performing Arts Awards, 1994, Canada
Ecole Estienne, Paris.
Rennes School of Fine Arts (Award-winning studies).
Studies with noted marine illustrator and painter Mr. Meheut. Book illustration
and murals. Exhibitions of work in Rennes and Paris.
Arrived in Canada in 1948. Lives in Montréal since then. Professor
at l'Ecole du meuble, later integrated into the CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal
and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which is now the Department of Plastic
Arts of the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Worked for French CBC Network in MontrÉal, in the graphic arts department.
"On camera" drawings for "Le nez de Cléopâtre",
produced by Jean Boisvert telecast on the French CBC Network in Montréal.
Illustrations, animated films, on camera graphics, and visual effects for
educational, musical and scientific television programs. Film decors for
series "Le roman de la science", telecast on the French CBC Network
Animation films of the series "La joie de connaître", telecast
on the French CBC Network in Montréal.
Research into, and production of processes of painting on glass. Way Of
the Cross and windows in church of Mattawa, Ontario; windows in Holiday
Inn, Sainte-Foy, Québec and Montréal.
Illustrator for television educational programs. Award Entertainment Congress
and Art Director's Club.
100 drawings for "Samuel de Champlain". Director: Denys Arcand,
a National Film Board production.
Canadian Arts Council grant for period of study in Europe in film and animation.
1965-1968 Animation films for the series "Quebec School Telecast",
produced by Leonard Weinstein and telecast on the CBC Network.
Stained-glass window in Place-des-arts subway station, Montréal.
Production of 9 scale-models for historical series "D'Iberville",
produced by Pierre Gauvreau and Rolland Guay, telecast on the French CBC
Network. On Display in Montréal's military and maritime museum.
Joined Radio-Canada's animated film section under the direction of Mr. Hubert
Decors and costumes for the series "Les Oraliens", telecast on
Illustrator of television series "Les forges de Saint-Maurice",
produced by Louis Bédard and Richard Martin, telecast on the French
CBC Network in Montreal.
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