The 2015 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival - Sept 25, 26, 27

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival
7th edition: Montreal’s got talent!
(Official program)

The seventh edition of the Montreal Stop  Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the release of its official  program for 2015. This year, the Festival will be taking place on  September 25th, 26th, and 27th in the J.A. de Sève Theater at Concordia University (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal).

Montreal has got talent and it will be honored at the seventh edition  of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival. As the first festival in the world to focus on this animation technique, the community in Montreal quickly supported our original initiative. Now, seven years later, and after presenting films from all over the world, this year we will also focus on what Montreal achieved in recent years.

The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne and distributed in Québec by Les Films Séville, was shot entirely in Montreal. The film is composed of several breathtaking Stop Motion sequences that support the look of the original artwork of Antoine de St-Exupery’s famous book. To celebrate the efforts and talent of our artists, we will offer a special behind the scenes presentation with some of the key members of the crew.

Famed animator Cordell Barker (The Cat Came Back (1988)) will also be joining us at the festival for the Quebec premier of his new movie If I Was God, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film is his first venture in Stop Motion animation and has strong Montreal ties as two companies; See Creature and Jako Lanterne lent a hand in the creation of the puppets and the animation. The whole crew will be at the festival to give us a behind the scenes look at this new  

The festival also has managed another coup by inviting world famous pixilation artist PES (Fresh Guacamole (2012)) who will join us for the official start of the festival with a master class on both his way of working and his many productions.

And lastly, how can we have a Stop Motion film Festival without inviting a celebrity like  …Shaun The Sheep?  Laurie Sitzia, lead animator at England’s famous studio Aardman Animations will be joining us during the festival with Shaun to give us a look at the animation process that goes into the production of a feature film like Shaun the Sheep: The Movie!

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is more than just illustrious guests; we also have 88 exceptional films from 26 countries competing during this weekend-long event proving, once again, that a huge revival of Stop Motion animation is currently taking the animation world by storm.

This year's program has something for everyone. The festival is offering two free family screenings, presented by Brault et Bouthillier, and several hands-on pods with animation software so that  young animators can discover the magic of animation on site.

The VIP pass, presented by Lezar3D, is your best bet if you don’t want to miss anything at the festival, they are currently on sale on

Mark your calendar for September 25-26-27, this is one animation film festival you don’t want to miss!

Opening Night: Special guest speaker PES, presented by La Fondation  
Daniel Langlois
Friday September 25 – 7:00 p.m.

We are extremely proud to have such a special guest for the official opening of the Stop Motion Film Festival of Montreal. PES, renowned artist and director of the film Fresh Guacamole, will be presenting a master class where we will learn more about his creative process and his many productions.

PES uses Pixilation (a technique made famous by Norman McLaren with his film Neighbours) with everyday objects in his films. Since 2002, he has contributed to, created, and directed numerous films, including his trilogy on food. The first film of this series, Western Spaghetti (2008) won an award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and was named second viral video of the year by TIME Magazine. The second, Fresh Guacamole (2012), is the shortest film ever to have been nominated for an Oscar. His latest film, Submarine Sandwich (2014) was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign that was supported by well over 1,100 donors.

Fresh Guacamole (2012)   :

Having contributed to more than 40 films and commercials in the last 15 years, he is able to breathe new life into the pixilation technique, which, coincidentally, has now been accepted in the official competitions of the Festival.

We have the great pleasure of inviting you to a master class given by PES, one of the best ambassadors of the pixilation technique.

Eighty eight Stop Motion films, from twenty six countries, will be presented on the big screen. The jury will select a winner in each of the competitive categories:

Academic films: Saturday September 26 - 12:30 p.m. (General)
Independent films 1: Saturday September 26 - 2:30 p.m.   (PG-13)
Independent films 2: Saturday September 27 - 12:30 p.m.      (PG-13)
Professional films 1: Sunday September 27 - 2:30 p.m.     (PG-13)
Professional films 2: Sunday September 27 - 7:30 p.m.     (PG-13)

The jury is composed of three members from the stop motion community: Michel Breton, Michael Hollenbeck, and Laurie Sitzia. The winners will be announced on Sunday evening, the closing night of the festival.


MASTER CLASS – Behind the Scenes  - IF I WAS GOD presented by The  
National Film Board of Canada
Saturday September 26 – 4:30 p.m.

Internationally renowned filmmaker Cordell Barker will join us at the Festival to present a master class for the Quebec premier and his most recent film If I Was God.

Having received two Oscar nominations for best animated short, The Cat Came back (1988) and Strange Invaders (2001), Cordell chose Stop Motion animation as a technique for his most recent production. With the help of See Creature and Jako Lanterne, two Montreal companies who  
participated in the fabrication of the puppets and animation, the filmmaker will be present, with the crew, for a rare behind the scenes look at the numerous processes required to fulfill his original vision.

Special presentation: The CREW of the LITTLE PRINCE
Saturday September 26 – 7:30 p.m.

The Little Prince is an extraordinary gift. The book is one of the most read stories in the world and the cinematographic adventure based on it happened here, in Montreal. Over the course of one year, many talented individuals participated in the production of The Little Prince under the direction of Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda). Even though the film is mostly CG, close to 22 minutes of awesome Stop Motion sequences were made to meet the director’s vision.

The Little Prince will be released on the big screen later this year by Les Films Séville in Québec, but in the mean time, the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is extremaly please to announce a special behind the scenes presentation with many local artists who participated in the production, including puppet construction, sets, and animation, this is a rare opportunity to have a look behind the curtain at some of the magic that went into the making of this magnificient production.

Behind the scenes with LAURIE SITZIA, Lead Animator on Shaun the  
Sheep: The Movie, presented by CUPFA
Sunday  September 27 – 4:30 p.m.

Continuing the line up of special guest speakers at the festival this year, we are delighted to have Laurie Sitzia, lead animator at Aardman Animations.

Laurie has worked as a stop motion animator at Aardman since 2005. Her projects to date include various commercial work, Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists and, most recently, the Shaun the Sheep movie on which she was lead character animator.

For her presentation, she will be joined by Shaun the Sheep as she takes us behind the scenes and reveals some secrets of the trade from this latest Stop Motion adventure.

FREE SCREENINGS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Presented by Brault & Bouthillier
Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The festival will be holding two free family screenings. The whole family will have the opportunity to enjoy stop motion animation from around the world. These screenings are made up of a selection of films from the official competition line up.

HANDS-ON Sessions
Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The festival will have “hands-on” sessions on Saturday and Sunday where animators can get better acquainted with animation software while animating construction toys, plasticine and other materials. With animators on site, artists and enthusiasts will be able to try their hands at stop motion animation.

  • Adults: $10 per session
  • Children (13 years and under): $5 per session
  • VIP Pass: $60

The VIP Pass, presented by Lezar3D ( which gives access to all sessions and screenings, will be on sale at in limited quantity. Individual tickets will be available for purchase at the door before each screening.

SEPTEMBER 25,26 & 27
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The official Festival trailer is now available online:  

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival celebrates the talents of all stop motion artists. The Festival is an initiative of Erik H. Goulet, director of the Festival and teacher in the animation department at Concordia University since 2001.