FESTIVALS - MSMFF announces festival guests and jury members


With our Call for Entries closed, films selected and filmmakers notified, we would like to invite you to consult the official selection page on our website to discover the over 60 short films chosen for the 6th edition!

The festival is quickly approaching and our team is working hard to put together an unforgettable edition for 2014! Once again we'll be offering an astounding selection of breathtaking films, renowned special guests, as well as free screenings and stop motion work stations for families. Mark your calendars and don't miss out on the ultimate stop motion weekend: September 26th to 28th. For more information, visit the PROGRAM section on our website.



The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is very proud and excited to announce that LAIKA's Georgina Hayns will be joining us to talk about the making of their latest film, The Boxtrolls! Georgina Hayns has been involved in all aspects of puppet fabrication for stop-motion films for over twenty years. Her career began in the UK, working for Cosgrove Hall Films, Mackinnon and Saunders and Warner Bros. The presentation will take place on Saturday, September 27th at 7:00pm.


Alex Kamer, animation director on Robot Chicken, will be giving the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival's opening presentation for on Friday, September 26th at 7pm. Alex will be giving a not-to-be-missed presentation on the hilarious and long running stop motion series. The event will be followed by the traditional "friendship cake", desserts, and drinks to celebrate the festival's opening.



Mark Osborne

Two-time Academy Award® -nominated director Mark Osborne co-directed the 2008 critically acclaimed animated summer blockbuster Kung Fu Panda, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Osborne was selected to develop Kung Fu Panda on the strength of his award-winning animated short, MORE, which screened at more that 150 film festivals worldwide and garnered dozens of awards including an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Short.

Osborne also has earned several awards for designing and producing graphics and animation for television, he co-directed a Grammy Nominated animated music video spoof of Jurassic Park for Weird Al Yankovic, he directed an independent feature film Dropping Out, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000, and he directed most of the live-action material for the popular animated TV series “Spongebob Squarepants” as well as for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

Osborne studied foundation art at New York’s Pratt Institute before earning his BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts. His thesis film, Greener, won numerous awards and screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide.
Currently Osborne is directing and co-producing a major animated feature film adaptation of the iconic French book The Little Prince, a dream project combining stop-motion animated sequences with CG ones.

Pascal Blais

Pascal Blais is a well-known Canadian animation director and producer. Passionate about animation and inspired by Disney’s storytelling style, Pascal pursued classical animation with frenzy starting at a very young age.

After working as an animator on short films and television commercials, he opens his first company: Pascal Blais Productions, at age 23. Its name quickly becomes synonymous with high-quality animation production. As the company grows, he broadens the range of animation services from traditional cell animation to Stop-Motion / Clay Animation, Computer Graphics, Visual Fx and other techniques. The Studio quickly establishes itself as a lighthouse for internationally acclaimed talents.

In 1995, Pascal discovers Sylvain Chomet and produces his first film: The Old Lady and the Pigeons, which won many international prizes including a Bafta Award, Annecy’s Grand Prize in 1997, and an Academy Award® nomination.

In 1999, Pascal produces the 2000 Oscar®-winning animated short film The Old Man and the Sea by Alexander Petrov inspired by Hemingway’s novel.

Mastering a wide variety of styles including 2D, 3D, Stop-Motion and Live-Action, Pascal has directed, animated, and produced over 250 national and international television commercials, as well as creating original characters and packaging designs for international brands such as Kellogg’s, General Mills and Yoplait.

Over the years Pascal has continued to reinvent himself through ever-greater artistic challenges and is currently developing new business opportunities and creating original content projects for TV series and feature films.

Georgina Hayns

In 1993, Georgina joined Mackinnon and Saunders as an armaturist where she supervised children’s television series and commercials, including BBC Television’s Noddy, HIT Entertainment’s Bob the Builder, Lipton® Brisk® Tea and Puffs Tissues. She also worked on animated feature films and shorts such as Mars Attacks! and the Academy Award®-nominated Periwig Maker.
Prior to joining LAIKA in 2006, Georgina worked on Corpse Bride and most recently served as Supervisor of the Puppet Fabrication Department on ParaNorman and Coraline.



The Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce its continued partnership with La Vitrine for advanced purchasing of the Festival's VIP passes.  VIP passes are $60 CAD and grant access to:

•  All screenings and all guest conferences
•  Priority seating for each event
•  Free entry to the MSMFF Saturday Night Party

To purchase VIP passes online: LaVitrine.com

During the festival:
Individual tickets will be available for purchase on site starting Friday, September 26th and throughout the weekend.

- Single Ticket for screenings and talks
               Adults: $10 (taxes included)
               Children (13 and under): $5 (taxes included)