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Festival Stop Motion Montreal Unveils Official 2016 Program

Highlights of the eighth edition, taking place September 16-18, include Opening Night presentation from ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ producers Clyde Henry Productions, a behind-the-scenes look at LAIKA’s ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ and indie stop-motion animator Chris Hopewell, who directed the music video for Radiohead’s ‘Burn the Witch.’

MONTREAL, QC -- Festival Stop Motion Montreal has announced the release of its official program for 2016. This year the Festival will be taking place September 16th – 18th in the J.A. de Sève Theater at Concordia University (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal). Founded in 2009, Festival Stop Motion Montreal is the first festival in the world to be entirely dedicated to films using the technique of stop motion animation. The Festival will present 48 short films in competition during its weekend and 3 master classes.

The Festival continues its mission in making the technique of stop motion publicly available by offering family-friendly educational workshops during the afternoons of Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. Also, a new screening dubbed Discovery Program is free and open to all ages, sponsored by La Régie du Cinéma (10:30AM September 18th).

Movie magic, a phrase often used, resonates with creators of Stop Motion animation. Just like magicians of the image, they must deal with a thousand and one physical obstacles during production. Whether it be the fabrication of puppets, sets or filming constraints, it is often a spark of ingenuity that will solve the puzzles of their projects. The public is invited to three master classes to discover three different visions and methods of creation.

  • Clyde Henry Productions, a Montreal production company founded by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, will open the eighth edition of the Festival Friday, September 16th. Known worldwide for the film Madame Tutli-Putli (NFB, 2007), the pair will allow us to discover their creative universe through many productions which they directed.
  • Mark Shapiro will present behind the scenes of KUBO and the Two Strings; LAIKA Studio’s latest creation (Coraline, ParaNorman). Taking place Saturday, September 17th, with exclusive behind the scenes footage and film elements, you will reach a new understanding of the scope of work required for the production of this recently released feature film.
  • Chris Hopewell, prolific independent Stop Motion artist and director of Radio Head’s latest music video for Burn the Witch, will bring to light his career as an independent filmmaker Sunday, September 18th, and will present numerous productions that he has directed.

Mr. Hopewell will be one of the three (3) jury members whose task will be to determine a winner from the official selection of animated shorts presented during the festival. He will be joined by Mrs. Sylvie Trouvé, co-founder of See Creature, an animation studio located here in Montreal, and Mr. Claude Robinson, creator, designer and author of Robinson Curiosity.

The Festival VIP Pass, presented by Studio Pascal Blais, allows access to all activities and screenings and are currently on sale here until September 15th. Individual tickets will be available for purchase at the door before each screening.

Source: Festival Stop Motion Montreal