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NFB and UQAM announce names of participants in Jeunes Pousses interactive apprenticeship program as well as artists who will lead master classes, including Vincent Morisset (AATOAA), Simon Coutu (VICE), Raphaëlle Huysmans (URBANIA), and Maude Thibodeau (Dpt.)


(Photo : Caroline Hayeur for the NFB)

April 27, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

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 be taking part in the Jeune Pousses interactive program, following a call for applications that went out in November 2016. This new nine-week apprenticeship (April 25 to June 21, 2017) will give students from a variety of UQAM programs the chance to work together at the NFB’s Interactive Studio, under the guidance of executive producer Hugues Sweeney, where they’ll create an audio project that will be launched when the apprenticeship is over. In addition to benefiting from a multidisciplinary experience in a real production environment, participants will attend master classes led by acclaimed artists and professionals from various fields.

The apprentices

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

  • Raphaëlle Joo and Félix Deschênes – bachelor’s in communication (journalism)
  • Pascale Tétreault and Vincent Cusson – bachelor’s in communication (interactive media production)
  • Maïa Faddoul and Fanny Huard – bachelor’s in graphic design
  • Étienne Gratianette – DESS in film music
  • Prune Lieutier, doctoral student in art studies and practices, serving as production manager

Master classes

Master classes will be given once a week by the following artists in their studio:

  • Jérémie Battaglia, director – interactive documentaries
  • Simon Coutu, journalist, VICE – native content creation for social networks
  • Vincent Morisset, director, AATOAA – digital creation
  • Marie-Laurence Rancourt, journalist, Magnéto – radio production
  • Raphaëlle Huysmans, producer and associate, URBANIA – digital production
  • Philippe Lambert, sound designer – interactive sound design
  • Maude Thibodeau, interactive designer, Dpt. – digital production design

Participants will also work with UQAM professors and researchers in developing content.

The Jeune Pousses program is designed to explore new methods of producing social media content using audio, which is often given lower priority in interactive productions. It also aims to foster parity in key interactive-production positions at the NFB at the early training stage. Participants will receive a $1,000 grant.

For more information about the program and the selected apprentices, visit the NFB blog (in French).


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