Produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada, ‘Carface’ is one of the 10 shortlisted films in consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
MONTREAL -- Carface (Autos Portraits) by Claude Cloutier, a short produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), won the Prix Guy-L.-Coté Best Canadian Animation Film at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation on Sunday. The Festival ran from November 25-29 in Montreal.
The film has made the shortlist of 10 works in consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, along with another NFB production, Cordell Barker’s If I Was God. The five nominees will be announced on January 14.
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.
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 NFB.
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; in competition at Cannes), Overdose (1994), From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning (2000), Sleeping Betty (2007; some 20 awards), The Trenches (2010) and Interférence (2014).