Out of 75 films in 10 curated competition programs, 58 make their Montreal premiere at the in-person event coming to Concordia University next month; the NFB’s ‘Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics’ by Toronto-based Métis artist Terril Calder joins the lineup.
The 14th edition of the Festival Stop Motion Montreal has released the short film screening calendar for this year’s in-person event, which features 75 stop-motion films presented in 10 different curated short film competition programs. The festival runs September 16-18 at Concordia University.
The programs include 58 animated works making their Montreal premiere and a number of local productions coming out of the pandemic pause, including a dozen Canadian shorts directed mostly by female and emerging filmmakers.
Selections include the National Film Board of Canada production Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics, a recent film from multidisciplinary Toronto-based Métis artist Terril Calder. The film looks at the contrast between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Sacred Teachings along the challenging journey of a young Métis girl. Calder participated in the Indigenous Stop Motion Productions Roundtable at Festival Stop Motion Montreal in 2021. She returns this year with her stop-motion animated short previously screened at TIFF 2021 and the 2022 Annecy Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards this past spring.
Salvation Has No Name, from British filmmaker Joseph Wallace, joins the competition this year following the 2021 behind-the-scenes presentation on the film’s production. The short deals with themes of refugees and xenophobia; it screens in a thematic program called ‘Behind the Curtain’ (a selection of politically inspired films), alongside the 2022 Academy-Award nominated film Bestia by Chilean director Hugo Covarrubias.
Check out the full lineup here.
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Source: Festival Stop Motion Montreal