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Festival Stop Motion Montréal Returns with Spotlight on Indigenous Artists

The 13th edition runs September 10-19, and features the panel discussion, ‘Indigenous Stop-Motion Productions—Voices and Images,’ and a stop-motion character workshop by Jean-François Lévesque.

The 13th edition of the Festival Stop Motion Montréal returns online, running September 10-19, providing moviegoers across the world the chance to discover an original selection of 93 stop-motion films, organized into 12 short competition programs, via the Cinéma Public website.

Take a peek at what’s in store:

Program highlights include:

2021 Fest Spotlight on Indigenous Artists:

  • Roundtable discussion entitled “Indigenous Stop motion Productions—Voices and Images.”
  • Live streamed free on Facebook - Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Presented in collaboration with Wapikoni
  • Panelists include:
    • Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush – moderator/director
    • Terril Calder – panelist/filmmaker
    • Melanie Jackson – panelist/director and producer
    • Zacharias Kunuk – panelist/director and producer, IsumaTV
    • Neil Christopher – panalist/producer, Taqqut Productions Inc.
  • A selection of films directed or produced by the guest panelists will also be part of the program.

A character animation workshop:

“From 2D to StopMo with Jean-François Lévesque” (Lévesque is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary animator (2D, 3D, stop motion).

  • The workshop runs September 13–14 or September 16–17
  • In person, at the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM) in Outremont
  • The two-day workshop is for 2D or 3D animators who wish to learn the stop motion technique, or for stop motion animators looking to improve their skills.
  • The participation fee ($250 + tx) includes a complimentary Festival VIP Pass which gives passholders unlimited access to the full program, including the latest short film by Jean-François Lévesque, I, Barnabé (2020).
  • Attendance is limited - reserve your place here.

The Festival VIP Pass, presented by TONIC DNA, offers 13 hours of stop-motion cinema, including six regular short film competition programs, two family-friendly Youth Film programs, two TNT — Terrifying, Naked & Twisted programs (mature content), the Sneak-Up program (documentaries), a special program showcasing films from Indigenous artists, and a short film competition program exclusive to Canadian viewers.

VIP pass holders will have access to exclusive content and perks such as behind-the-scenes studio tours and film production visits, as well as a private exchange group hosted on Facebook, games, networking sessions and more. They’ll also get to attend a special Q&A session with Joseph Wallace, the British director of the highly anticipated 2022 film Salvation Has No Name. Canadian audiences will have access to watch the short film Angakuksajaujuq (The Shaman’s Apprentice) by Zacharias Kunuk, which will have its Quebec Premiere at Festival Stop Motion Montréal.

The complete program is available here.

Source: Festival Stop Motion Montréal