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The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival 2010

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

Official Program

Montreal - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – The second Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the release of the official program for 2010. This year, the Festival will be taking place on October 29, 30, and 31, in the J.A. de Sève Theater at Concordia University (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal). 

“The Stop Motion Film Festival celebrates this unique art form and helps support the already vibrant Stop Motion community,” says Festival Manager Erik H. Goulet. “For years, Stop Motion has been used in television and feature films.  And, we have seen significant box office success for films like Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Corpse Bride.  Despite this, many animators struggle to have their work shown on the big screen.  Now, with the Stop Motion Film Festival, everyone can experience these films as they deserve to be seen.”

This year's program has something for everyone. As well as the official film selection, conferences, and guest artists, the festival is also offering family and school programs.

Opening Night: A Master Class with BARRY JC PURVES

Friday October 29 – 7:30 p.m.

Award winning British director and animator Barry JC Purves will present a master’s class dealing with his process, his passions, and his art. The festival is proud to be screening a selection of his films, including Next, (the complete works of Shakespeare in five minutes), Screenplay (the Willow Pattern story told through Kabuki), and a version of Verdi’s Rigoletto. He will also be heading the 2010 jury committee. 

The Official Film Selection

More than sixty Stop Motion films from sixteen countries will be presented on the big screen. The jury will select a winner for each of the four competition categories:

ü      Academic films:                Saturday October 30 - 1:00 p.m.

ü      Independent films:             Saturday October 30 - 7:30 p.m. 

ü      Professional films 1:         Sunday October 31 - 1:00 p.m.

ü      Professional films 2:         Sunday October 31 - 7:30 p.m.   

This year, the jury consists of three members of the arts community: Barry J.C. Purves, Pierre M. Trudeau, and Luc Chamberland. The winners will be declared on Sunday evening at the close of the festival.

The Premiere of « LA FAMILLE SAC À PAPIER »

Saturday October 30 – 4:00 p.m.

The festival is honoured to present the world premiere of the animated short film « La Famille Sac à Papier ».This Montreal based production follows the adventures of a wonderfully dysfunctional family. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the different stages of the Stop Motion process with producer Denis Wolff, director Patrick Péris, and the production team.

Conference on Stop Motion with PATRICK BOIVIN

Sunday October 31 - 4:00 p.m.

Patrick Boivin is a self-taught director from Québec. Famous for his cult classic Phylactère Cola series, Bovin’s animated shorts have been screened on the international festival circuit and his videos have become Youtube sensations. Boivin uses unusual techniques to create quirky videos loaded with playful pop culture references. We are excited to have him at the festival, presenting his films and sharing his tricks, techniques as well as the secrets of his success.

Screenings for the whole family

Saturday October 30 - 10:00 a.m.

Sunday October 31 - 10:00 a.m.

For the first time, the festival is holding two family screenings. The whole family will have the opportunity to enjoy stop motion animation from around the world. 

New this year! Screenings for Schools

For reservation:

The festival will host a special day for schools where students and teachers can attend a free screening and a seminar on the techniques of Stop Motion.

Screening for young filmmakers

Friday October 29 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The afternoon screening will introduce young filmmakers to the Stop Motion technique with a selection of films from around the world. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the Festival’s director.

Teachers' Seminar

Friday October 29 – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Teachers are invited to a seminar on the art of animation. Using films as examples, the talk will demystify the process and materials required to produce short Stop Motion films in a school environment.


  • Adults: $10 per session
  • Child (12 years and under): $5 per session
  • VIP Pass: $50 (access to all sessions)

Tickets are now on sale at and will be available for purchase at the door before each screening.


For more information, visit our website:

The official festival trailer is now available online.


The Montreal Stop Motion film Festival celebrates the talents of all stop motion artists. The festival is an initiative of Erik H. Goulet, director of the festival and teacher in the animation department at Concordia University since 2001.

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 11:38am to Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 11:38am
Submission Deadline 
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 1:39pm