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The NFB at Annecy 2023 Competition Film Slate

The National Film Board of Canada (The NFB) is returning to the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival with a very diverse slate of films, including works by or about festival mainstays Janice NadeauChris Lavis and Maciek SzczerbowskiTheodore Ushev and Diane Obomsawin. Taking place this year from June 11 to 17, the Annecy festival is the world’s largest event dedicated to animated films.

Young Audiences Short Films in Competition

HARVEY by Janice Nadeau (9 min)

Co-produced by Marc Bertrand (NFB’s French Program Animation Studio) and Reginald de Guillebon ( Folimage), with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée. Head of Development: Corinne Destombes (Folimage).

The NFB – Work in Progress Short

La jeune fille qui pleurait des perles by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski

This piece directed by the Oscar-winning animation duo of Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, a.k.a. Clyde Henry Productions, is well known amongst Annecy circiles. Past works include Madame Tutli-Putli, which played at Annecy in 2007. Montreal musician Patrick Watson, who composed the film’s soundtrack, will also be in attendance and will perform live at the event.

The NFB Presents A Theodore Ushev two-for-one:

Filmmaker Theodore Ushev, an Annecy regular and winner of the festival’s top award, the Cristal, for his masterful short The Physics of Sorrow in 2020, is being honoured this year with a documentary about him and an exhibition at the Musée-Château d’Annecy. Details are as follows:

Animation, Pride and Diversity – Hidden Queer Desires

The theme “Animation, Pride and Diversity” is in the spotlight at Annecy in 2023, with four programs of short films for festival-goers to choose from, including Hidden Queer Desires. Included in that program is J’aime les filles (I Like Girls), by Quebec graphic artist and animator of Abenaki descent Diane Obomsawin, which was in competition at Annecy in 2017.

J’aime les filles (I Like Girls) by Diane Obomsawin (2016, 8 min 12 s)

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