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My Yiddish Papi

Éléonore Goldberg
2017 | 7 min 21
Ink drawing, gouache, and pigment on paper

Selections and Awards

  • Canadian Panorama - Official SelectionOttawa International Animation Festival 2017

  • International competitionSommets du cinéma d’animation 2017

  • Official SelectionLondon International Animation Festival (LIAF) 2017

  • Official SelectionVictoria Film Festival 2017

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Interview with Éléonore Goldberg




Éléonore Goldberg
Photo : Stéphane Calce

Éléonore Goldberg

Éléonore Goldberg is a Franco-Canadian filmmaker, animator and cartoonist. She was born in France and spent part of her childhood in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Congo-Brazzaville. At age 19, she left France for Quebec, where she undertook studies in the visual arts before turning to film animation, earning a BFA and an MFA (2013) at Concordia University.

Éléonore publishes her graphic novels with collectives and has presented her animated films at many international festivals. Her screenplay for the animated short My Yiddish Papi won the SODEC/SARTEC Award and the Special Jury Prize in the 2011 Cours écrire ton court competition. Her 2013 animated short Wandering was nominated for a Jutra Award in 2014 and received an Honourable Mention at the 2014 Breakthroughs Film Festival and a Special Jury Award for animation at the 2015 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. In 2013, she made the animated short The Filmmaker as part of the Free Jafar Panahi project.

Éléonore has collaborated as an animator on a number of films, including Tamas Wormser’s The Wandering Muse (2014), Dominic Goyer’s L’origine des espèces (2016) and Cam Christiansen’s Wall (2017). She also illustrated The Young Lady in White, a graphic novel published in 2016 by Éditions Mécanique générale. Éléonore teaches drawing at the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal.

Her latest film, My Yiddish Papi (NFB/Picbois Productions), is an animated short that uses the technique of ink on paper to explore mourning, family lineage and the duty of memory.

Karine Dubois
Producer (Picbois Productions)
Photo : Julie Artacho

Karine Dubois

The founder of Picbois Productions, Karine Dubois is a driven and versatile producer who holds degrees in journalism and political science. Over the past 10 years, she’s produced socially conscious films that have received both local and international acclaim, works distinguished by their subtle approach to their subjects and their visual aesthetic. Equally at ease with new digital platforms, theatrical distribution, and television, she enjoys working closely with directors and helping them break new ground with powerful content. She is convinced that documentaries should be distributed widely and is fearless in promoting her company’s productions. A dynamic entrepreneur, Karine is also involved in her community and sits on a number of boards.

Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Julie Roy

As the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio, Julie Roy has produced some 40 animated short films. She holds a master’s degree in cinema studies from Université de Montréal and has published numerous articles about women and animated films.

Her notable productions include The Subject by Patrick Bouchard and THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT by Matthew Rankin, both of which screened at Cannes, at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight and the 2017 Semaine de la Critique, respectively. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy 3D/NFB), which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Among the many other artists whose work she has guided are Claude Cloutier, Michèle Lemieux, and Regina Pessoa.

Roy encourages diverse approaches to filmmaking, and is currently developing an interactive installation with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli, 2007) on their next short film.



A film by
Éléonore Goldberg

In memory of Georges (Josek) Goldberg (1923-2009)  

Script, Animation, Direction
Éléonore Goldberg

Produced by
Karine Dubois (Picbois Productions)
Julie Roy (NFB)

With the financial participation of
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Produced with the financial assistance of
the SODEC Young Creators Support Program

Offline Editing
Catherine Legault

Music and Sound Design
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Musical Adaptation of “My Yiddishe Momme”
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Evelyne de la Chenelière

Script Consultants
Claude Cloutier
Evelyne de la Chenelière
Jean-Philippe Duval
Catherine Mavrikakis

Storyboard Editing
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo

Production Consulting
Galilé Marion-Gauvin

Lorraine Price
Kathleen Fee

Réjean Myette

Élise Simard

Online Editing
Serge Verreault (NFB)

Olivier Girouard

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell (NFB)

Assisted by
Padraig Buttner-Schnirer (NFB)

Voice Recording
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Sound Mix
Serge Boivin (NFB)        

Voice Direction
Manon Arsenault
Kathleen Fee

Technical Direction
Pierre Plouffe (NFB)

Technical Coordination – Animation
Yannick Grandmont (NFB)

Postproduction Direction
Anne-Marie Bousquet (Picbois Productions)

Technical Coordination
Daniel Lord (NFB)

Production Coordination
Michèle Labelle (NFB)
Andrée-Anne Frenette (Picbois Productions)
Valérie Mantha (Picbois Productions)

Diane Régimbald (NFB)
Karine Desmeules (NFB)

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte (NFB)
Michael Shu (NFB)
Stéphanie Lalonde (NFB)           

My Yiddishe Momme
Composed by Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music Canada Ltd. and BMG Rights Management

Bronna Levy


Laurence Sabourin

William Gossage

Stéphane Allard

Samuel Bonnet

Release of Musical Rights

Pro-Prod Gestion
Nancy Larue
Vicky Boisvert

Interim Financing
National Bank of Canada
TV & Motion Picture Group

Yves Giroux CPA


  • Picbois Productions

    Picbois Productions is an independent production company founded in August 2010 by Karine Dubois. Its goal is to initiate, produce, and distribute thought-provoking, creative works that tackle social or cultural themes and subjects.

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Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745