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‘Carface’ Director Claude Cloutier Unveils Animated Holiday GIF

Holiday-themed animated GIF is inspired by the director’s Oscar-shortlisted short film produced by Julie Roy for the NFB.

Claude Cloutier, director Carface -- the winner of the Prix Guy-L.-Coté award for Best Canadian Animation Film at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation -- has unveiled a holiday-themed animated GIF inspired by the film.

Billed as a scathing musical-comedy satire about the power of Big Oil, in which cars perform a song-and-dance number while the planet slides toward ruin, the five-minute Carface is produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada. The film is one of the 10 shortlisted projects in consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Carface is the seventh short film by Claude Cloutier, whose 2007 film, Sleeping Betty, won a Genie, a Jutra, and more than 20 other awards around the world. It was the opening film of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ) and was in official competition at the prestigious Annecy Animation Film Festival as well as the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Cloutier first gained fame as a comic-book artist with the series La légende des Jean-Guy and Gilles la Jungle contre Méchant-Man. He went on to make several animated films, including The Persistent Peddler (1988), Overdose (1994), From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning (2000), Sleeping Betty (2007), The Trenches (2010), and Interférence (2014).

Source: National Film Board of Canada

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.