2017 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

Festival Stop Motion Montreal – 9th editionSpotlight on women in stop motion film animation(Full Program)

Montreal, August 22nd, 2017 – Festival Stop Motion Montreal is proud to present the full program for its 9th edition, which will take place September 15th, 16th and 17th at Concordia University’s J.A. DeSève Theater (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal). The Festival continues to grow and has acquired a second theater this year to offer more screenings and master classes.
The Festival has put together an abundant program, largely dedicated to the work of female directors and women who specialize in stop motion animation. We feel it is important to recognize the responsibility we have in representing the diverse implications of women in the stop motion film animation industry from near and far. We hope that our numerous master classes and activities will inspire more women to pursue careers in key creative positions in this field.
To open the festival, we will have the honor of hosting Katarzyna Gromadzka, project coordinator and executive producer at Momakin, an agency established in Poland. She will present "Polish Quality"; a project honoring the work of Polish artists.
Two Montreal filmmakers, Eva Cvijanović and Alexandra Lemay, will take us behind the scenes of their latest stop motion creations produced at theNFB. A unique opportunity to discover their respective careers and for merging artists to get inspired!
Theresa Grysczok, a director from Kassel, Germany and member of the collective Sticky Frames, will be with us to present a program of German short films thanks to the support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal. A second Carte Blanche program, in collaboration with the Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival, will present films made at La Academia de Animación in Barcelona since its creation in 2013, as well as short films made by the Montreal division of Kino movement.
This year, for the very first time, the Festival will also be hosting a professional development workshop from September 12th to 14th with American specialist Kathi Zung and Montreal artist Laurent Canniccioni from Jako Lanterne studio. Participants will learn sculting, molding and casting techniques. In addition, Kathi Zung will present a master class conference during the weekend covering her professional career in puppet making for stop motion animation.
A variety of other activities are offered on the schedule including 87 short films competing in 6 international screenings, a family friendly feature film presentation, an interactive meet with the filmmakers, our specially selected Discovery program for the general public, social networking events and free stop motion workshops!
Close to 20 acivities have been lined up to knock your stop motion socks off, one frame at a time.
The VIP pass is your best bet if you don’t want to miss out the best of the Festival. They are currently on sale on LaVitrine.com.
The VIP pass give you access to all of the activities offered at Festival Stop Motion Montreal, which comes with priority entrance for the theater events. For only $60! You can buy them online at LaVitrine.com, or on site at the Festival box office during the event.
Mark your calendar for September 15-15-17, this is one animation film festival you don’t want to miss!
Did you know that Festival Stop Motion Montreal was the first film festival in the world dedicated entirely to the art of stop motion animation? Join us in celebrating our 9th edition!

Complete list of activities
  • 4 special guest master classes 
  • 6 competitive short film programs 
  • 1 special short film program: Carte blanche to Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival and Kino Montreal
  • 1 special short film program: Carte blanche to Sticky Frames – German collective
  • 1 Stop Motion Creative Club meeting with animator Vincent Éthier – Dans ta pipe studio 
  • 1 feature film screening for families - Pat & Mat's new adventure (no dialogue)
  • Opening night cocktail 
  • Official Saturday night party 
  • Awards ceremony 
Our free activities not to be missed:
  • Meet the filmmakers 
  • The Discovery program 
  • 8 hours of hands-on stop motion workshops 

MASTERCLASS: POLISH QUALITY – MOMAKIN (POLAND)Special guest: Katarzyna Gromadzka (This presentation will be held in English)
Opening night - Friday, September 15, 7:30 PMConcordia University, J.A. de Sève Theater,
1453 Mackay Street, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
The Festival is proud to welcome Katarzyna Gromadzka, one of the four creative members of the agency MOMAKIN in Poland. The group offers, among other things, representation and networking services for visual artists involved in the creation of sets, props and puppets for cinema and, of course, for stop motion animation projects. MOMAKIN is also behind the creation of Animarkt in Lodz an event dedicated to popularizing emerging stop motion and puppet animation from Central and Eastern Europe.
Katarzyna Gromadzka has been wearing varioue hats since the beginning of her career. Sometimes as a coordinator, or an executive producer for film or television series, she also organizes various cultural events and coordinates cinematographic projects. She is currently the distribution manager and coordinator of international events and partnerships at MOMAKIN, including the Polish Quality project, which is being presented at various international festivals and markets in 2017. Following a visit to Mexico, Katarzyna wil stop in Montreal to dazzle us with the expertise of Polish artists.
To learn more about ‘Polish Quality’ project and discover their catalogue, visit : 
To find out more about Animarkt, visit : http://en.animarkt.pl/
*This conference will be followed by an opening cocktail in the atrium of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex – EV Building, at 1515 Ste-Catherine West, where refreshments and desserts will be offered to the festival goers in attendance.

Special guest: Alexandra Lemay (Montreal, Canada) (This presentation will be held in English)
Saturday, September 16, 4:30 PMConcordia University, J.A. de Sève Theater,
1453 Mackay Street, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Alexandra Lemay works on personal and collaborative film projects as a writer, director, fabricator and animator. Her selection by the National Film Board of Canada to be part of Hothouse apprenticeship program in 2014 led to the creation of her stop motion short, All the rage. The film has been featured in numerous festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and received a nomination for best animated short by The Gala du cinéma québécois.
Alexandra takes us behind the scenes of her new short film Freaks of Nurture, currently in post-production at the NFB. Inspired by her own experiences and relationship with her mother, Alexandra created a comedy with a sensitive side, which deals with the theme of acceptance. Nearly twenty puppets were created for this ambitious project including adults, children, babies and animals, making for a beautiful parade of characters in this feast for the eyes.
To discover the artist’s current project, visit the NFB blog:

Special guest: Eva Cvijanović (Montreal, Canada) (This presentation will be held in English)
Sunday, September 17, 4:30 PMConcordia University, J.A. de Sève Theater,
1453 Mackay Street, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Eva Cvijanović shows us the creation process behind her latest film co-produced by the NFB and Bonobo studio, Hedgehog’s Home. Having celebrated the premiere of the film at the Berlinale last February where she received a special mention, her film has already travelled around thirty festivals and has received awards on nearly a dozen occasions. Hedgehog’s Home also received the Young Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Festival this summer. Don’t miss the master class conference led by animator and filmmaker Eva Cvijanović to hear more about her career and enjoy a sneak peak behind her latest creation.
About the film 
Hedgehog’s Home is a needle-felted stop motion animation for audiences young and old, based on a famous children’s poem by Branko Ćopić, a writer from the former Yugoslavia. Deeply rooted in post-World War II Yugoslavia, this modern tale is entrenched in folk tradition but transcends specific cultures, eras and generations by focusing on the essence of home. Hedgehog’s home is an act, not a place or a culture. It represents devotion to and cultivation of safety, dignity and comfort, a protective shelter that also reflects and defines who we are.
To find out more about the project visit: 
MASTERCLASS: PUPPET AND MOLD MAKING Special guest kathi zung (USA) (This presentation will be held in English)
Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PMConcordia University, J.A. de Sève Theater,
1453 Mackay Street, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Kathi has been fabricating models and puppets in the stop motion animation industry for nineteen years. Her career began at MTV Animation in New York City, creating up to forty foam latex puppets each week for the television series, ‘’Celebrity Deathmatch’’. Her works in foam latex and silicon have appeared in commercials and films for clients such as: Nike, HBO, Nickelodeon, Kmart, NBC, McDonald’s, Crunch Gyms, Pampers, Laika, and Premavision – the creators of Gumby. Kathi’s masterclass conference will focus on designing and building a mold for casting puppets. She will discuss the mechanics of moldmaking and armature construction, and bring a working knowledge of the old-school puppet fabrication techniques, as well as the newer materials and streamlined methods.
Saturday, September 16, 9 AM (free)Concordia University, J.A. de Sève Theater,
1453 Mackay Street, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Festival Stop Motion Montreal is proud to provide a friendly forum where festivalgoers can meet the artists behind the films they are watching on the big screen. With the growing number of filmmakers participating in our short film competitions visiting us each year, an official meet the filmmakers activity has been added to the Festival calendar since 2015. Local and international filmmakers discuss their different approaches and techniques in a talk led by a host, to ease along the interactive exchanges between the artists and audience members. We are expecting over 35 local and international filmmakers in attendance this year. This activity is free and open to all.
The talks will take place in English or French, depending on the preference of the interviewed artists.
The Festival has compiled 87 short films in three different competition categories. The films this year come from 26 different countries. A jury of professionals from the film animation industry will choose a winner from each category, and the public will cast their votes to elect the winner of the Audience Choice award.
* Some films may not be suitable for young children. Please consult our booklet or our complete calendar online.
            - Emerging Talent 1                  Saturday, September 16, 12:30 PM
            - Emerging Talent 2                  Sunday, September 17, 12:30 PM
            - Independent Films 1               Saturday, September 16, 2:30 PM
            - Independent Films 2               Sunday, September 17, 10:30 AM
            - Independent Films 3               Sunday, September 17, 2:30 PM
            - Professional Films                 Saturday, September 16, 2:30 PM and
                                                           Sunday, September 17, 7:30 PM

The jury is composed of four members from the stop motion community. The winners will be announced Sunday evening, on the closing night of the Festival.
This year, the jury is composed of two members from the local artistic community, Dale Hayward and Hélene Dallaire, as well as tow members from the international community: Ludovic Berardo and Rachelle Lambden*. The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony Sunday evening, on the closing night of the Festival.

Saturday, September 16, 4:30 PM Concordia University, EV Room 1.615, EV building 
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Thanks to the support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal, Theresa Grysczok will join us in person to present her Carte blanche program, selected specially for the Festival. A graduate of the Kassel School of Fine Arts, Theresa is a director at the heart of the Sticky Frames collective in Kassel, Germany, which brings together young professional artists who specialize in animation. Discover a unique program in a blend of contemporary works by German artists!
* Some movies may not be suitable for young children.
Sunday, September 17, 2:30 PM Concordia University, EV Room 1.615, EV building
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
In collaboration with the Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival, we are pleased to present films made at La Academia de Animación in Barcelona since its creation in 2013. Discover a dozen short films without dialogue created using various stop motion techniques such as puppet animation, replacement animation, pixilation and claymation. These films were made under the supervision of Lula Gomez and Jordi Piulachs, cofounders of the academy and the Stop Motion Barcelona SFF.
View the different projects that were made during Kino's stop motion challenge last month. The participants had fun creating short stop motion films of two minutes and less, with the only other constraint of their usual motto: Do well with nothing, do better with little, and do it now!
* Some films contain French dialogue
Saturday, September 16, 12:30 PM Concordia University, EV Room 1.615, EV building
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Discover the world of Vincent Ethier, host and co-creator of Dans ta pipe studio. Vincent and his colleague Bruno Mercure are among others the creators of the web series Camille raconte, which airs on tou.tv. This series uses various traditional animation techniques, including the drawing and animation of objects, methods favoured by the two partners. Vincent is a regular in the advertising industry and in the web series, and will talk about his career and his latest projects.
* Some movies may not be suitable for young children.
What is the Creative Club?
The Creative Club was established to bring the stop motion community together in Montreal and to keep the enthusiasm for the art form going all year long. Several meeting are organized throughout the year.
Follow the Stop Motion Creative Club Facebook page for news and details of the upcoming meetings in 2017-2018, which will take place at the café-bar Kafein in downtown Montreal.

* Some excerpts may not be suitable for young children.

Saturday, September 16, 10:30 AM (free)Concordia University, EV Room 1.615, EV building 
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Sunday, September 17, 10:30 AM (free - 2nd screening)Concordia University, Room EV1.615, EV building 
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Since the very first Festival edition, a special free family program has been offered to introduce our young audience members to the exciting world of stop motion animation. In 2016, the Festival changed the name of this screening to the Discovery Program in an extended invitation to all members of the public who are curious to learn more about this unique style of animation, or to simply sit back and enjoy a carefully crafted program that is sure to please all age groups. After all, there is no age limit in discovering the wonderful world of stop motion animation! The selected films will not have any dialogue in order to accommodate all ages and languages of audience members. A diverse selection of films will be presented, from auteur films and musical films to television series episodes.

Sunday, September 17, 12:30 PMConcordia University, EV Room 1.615, EV building
(Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex)
1515 St-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Attend a special presentation of Les nouvelles aventures de Pat et Mat / Pat & Mat’s new adventures and discover these legendary characters of Czech origin as they star in their second feature film. Popularized by the television series of the same name since 1976, Pat and Mat are revived with a new generation of budding cinema enthusiasts. 
Pat and Mat are two inseparable handymen and friends. Everything they do, they do with loads of determination and never give up, regardless of the consequences! Perseverant and passionate, the two companions are full of ingenious and unique ideas to overcome their obstacles. Pat and Mat always find the most surprising way to solve a problem!
Director: Marek Beneš
Czech Republic, 2014, 40 min
(no dialogue)

Saturday, September 16 and Sunday September 17 from 12 PM to 4 PM (free)Concordia University, EV building atrium
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex
1515 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal, H3G 1M8 (Guy-Concordia metro station)
Free stop motion workshops are offered for all ages during the Festival with our hands-on animation stations. Discover the basics of frame-by-frame filmmaking under the supervision of local animators, or perfect your skills with the expertise of our on-site staff that will be happy to answer any questions and help with your creative goals. All participants will have the chance to experiment for an average of 20 minutes, or longer, depending on the volume of participants at time of arrival.
  • Adults: $10 per activity 
  • Children (12 years old and under): $5 per activity 
  • VIP Pass: $60 
The Festival VIP pass gives you access to all of the activities offered at festival Stop Motion Montreal from September 15-17, for only $60!
On top of benefiting from discounted access to all of the Festival activities held from September 15th to September 17th, a VIP pass also gives you access to the best seats in the house as VIP pass holders receive priority entrance to the theater.
That means pass holders have access to the screening rooms 15 minutes before the regular tickets holders!
All of the Festival details can be found on our website:

SEPTEMBER 15, 16 & 17
For more information, visit our website: www.stopmotionmontreal.com