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The NFB × UQAM Jeunes Pousses interactive apprenticeship program welcomes its latest participants. Master classes by renowned artists and professionals.


Photo Gaëlle Leroyer for the NFB.

April 26, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Following a call for applications that went out in October 2017, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) have revealed the names of the eight apprentices who will take part in the second Jeunes Pousses interactive program. The nine-week apprenticeship (April 25 to June 21, 2018) will give students from a variety of UQAM programs the chance to work together at the NFB’s Digital Studio, under the guidance of executive producer Hugues Sweeney. They’ll create an interactive multiplatform project around the theme of metamorphosis to be launched in fall 2018. Besides benefiting from a multidisciplinary experience in a real production environment, participants will attend master classes led by acclaimed artists and professionals from various fields: Émilie F. Grenier (NFB), Marc-Antoine Jacques and David Mongeau-Petitpas (Folklore), Bruno Choinière (Akufen), Amélia Blondin (URBANIA), Marie-Laurence Rancourt (Magnéto), Sarah Babineau (RAD) and Vincent Morisset (AATOAA).

The apprentices

The Jeunes Pousses participants, who will work at the NFB two days per week, are from a range of UQAM programs:

  • Léa Martin and Maude Fraser – bachelor’s in communication (journalism)
  • Laurence Gélinas and Vincent Paradis – bachelor’s in communication (interactive media)
  • Audrey Malo and Catherine Sabourin – bachelor’s in graphic design
  • Noémie Beaulac – bachelor’s in communication (television)
  • Stéphanie Dupuis – master’s in communication (media studies)

Master classes

Master classes will be given once a week, either at the NFB or by the artist in their studio:

  • Émilie F. Grenier, Creative Director, Digital Studio, NFB – From Words to Experience
  • Marc-Antoine Jacques, Artistic Director, and David Mongeau-Petitpas, Developer, Folklore – Short Interactive Experiences for the Web
  • Bruno Choinière, Creative Director, Akufen – Stories Told Digitally
  • Amélia Blondin, Project Manager, URBANIA – Producing Unconventional Projects
  • Marie-Laurence Rancourt, Journalist, Magnéto – Sound as the Driver of Narrative
  • Sarah Babineau, Content Creation Consultant, RAD – Creating Multiplatform Content
  • Vincent Morisset, Director and Producer, AATOAA – Auteur Digital Creation

Participants will receive a $1,000 grant. For more information about the program and the selected apprentices, visit the NFB blog (in French).

The NFB and UQAM: a fruitful collaboration where talent meets know-how

UQAM trains talented young people in a multitude of arts- and communications-related disciplines, from new media to documentary. The NFB draws on this rich resource to concoct creative syntheses that yield surprising new works. As part of this exploration of new ways of producing multiplatform content, the Jeunes Pousses program doesn’t just target emerging talent, but also new audiences. A further aim of the program is to encourage parity—and early on, during training—in key creative positions for interactive works at the NFB. The two institutions have another ongoing collaboration: Repêchage, an initiative through which three graduates of UQAM’s School of Media (École des médias) produce their first professional film at the NFB French Program’s Documentary Studio. The talented trio selected for this first edition are director Loïc Darses, director of photography Charlotte Lacoursière and editor Philippe Lefebvre, whose film is to be launched in fall 2018 or winter 2019.

Déroutes, un voyage sonore au cœur de Montréal

Last October, the first cohort of Jeunes Pousses apprentices launched Déroutes, un voyage sonore au cœur de Montréal, a free app for iOS that features French-speaking new Montrealers discussing their first experiences riding the Montreal metro. The app is available for downloading in the App Store.

UQAM and media production

An active player in all areas of media production and creation, UQAM is recognized for the excellence of its teaching in a range of fields including interactive media, journalism, film, music, television and design. www.etudier.uqam.ca




Anik Veilleux, Media Relations Consultant
Press Relations and Special Events Division
Communications Service, UQAM
Tel.: 514-987-3000, extension 5184

For the NFB

Marie-Claude Lamoureux
NFB Publicist
Tel.: 514-283-9607
Cell.: 514-297-7192
E-mail: m.c.lamoureux@nfb.ca

Lily Robert
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Tel.: 514-283-3838
Cell: 514-296-8261
E-mail: l.robert@nfb.ca

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences, working with talented creators across the country. The NFB is taking action to combat systemic racism and become a more open and diverse organization, while working to strengthen Indigenous-led production and gender equity in film and digital media. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including 12 Oscars. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.