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Animal Behaviour

Alison Snowden & David Fine
2018 | 14 min
Digital Hand-drawn 2D

Awards

  • Best animated shortCanadian Screen Awards 2019

  • Grand Prize Winner - Short FilmsAnima Mundi International Animation Festival 2018

  • Prix animé TVA Abitibi-TémiscamingueInternational Film Festival in Abitibi Témiscamingue 2018

  • Best Direction & Best Comedy Los Angeles Animation Festival- L.A.F.F. (2018)

  • Audience Choice Best Short Film Cinéfest Sudbury 2018

  • Prix du publicFestival Court, c'est COURT! 2018

  • Audience AwardInternational Weekend of Animation 2018

  • Audience Choice AwardInternational Film Festival Etiuda & Anima 2018

  • Official SelectionTRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES International Animation Filmfestival 2019

  • Jury Award for Best Animated ShortPalm Springs International Animation Festival, Palm Springs, U.S.A. (2019)

Selections

A FILM BY THE OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM OF ALISON SNOWDEN AND DAVID FINE


Short Synopsis


Interview with Alison Snowden and David Fine

Trailer

NFB Pause | Alison Snowden and David Fine

Animal Behaviour | Filmmaking at Home

Animal Behaviour | More Than a Character

Animal Behaviour | Back to The Drawing Board

Promotional Materials

Images

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The Team


Alison Snowden
Director and Animator
Biography
Photo
Photo : Chad Galloway


Alison Snowden

Alison Snowden grew up in Nottingham, England. Her keen interest in art and storytelling led to a degree in graphic design, at which time she also dabbled in animation. She soon discovered that her real interest lay in animation and filmmaking.

Snowden attended Britain’s National Film and Television School, and it was there that she met her partner and husband, David Fine. She worked in live action and animation and collaborated with Fine on her student film, Second Class Mail, which won several awards and earned an Oscar® nomination.

Shortly thereafter, Snowden and Fine moved to Canada and worked in live action and animation at the NFB, where they co-directed the animated short George and Rosemary, which earned many awards, including a Genie and first prize at the Zagreb Animation Festival, in addition to garnering their second Oscar nomination. They also made the short film In and Out.

In 1989, they moved back to London, England, where they created the Oscar-winning Bob’s Birthday, which led to the acclaimed Comedy Central/Channel 4/Global TV series Bob and Margaret.

Snowden also wrote episodes of the animated series Peppa Pig, for which Snowden and Fine’s daughter Lily provided the voice of Peppa. With Fine, Snowden also produced several TV ads and developed the series Shaun the Sheep.

Back in Canada, they produced the series Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy for Nickelodeon and Teletoon in addition to developing other projects. They have just completed their latest short film for the NFB, Animal Behaviour.


David Fine
Director and Animator
Biography
Photo
Photo : Chad Galloway


David Fine

Toronto-born David Fine has been making films since the age of 13. At 17, his animated short The Only Game in Town was nominated for a Genie.

As a teenager, Fine was offered the opportunity to work in the NFB’s animation department, where he was inspired by many talented filmmakers and created three short films.

At the age of 19, he produced and directed a half-hour documentary about a Toronto viola maker. The film aired on the CBC and won a number of awards. Fine then moved to the UK and attended the National Film and Television school, where he met his partner (and wife) Alison Snowden. They collaborated on her student film, Second Class Mail, which won several awards and earned an Oscar® nomination.

Shortly thereafter, Snowden and Fine moved to Canada and worked in live action and animation at the NFB, where they co-directed the animated short George and Rosemary, which earned many awards, including a Genie and first prize at the Zagreb Animation Festival, in addition to garnering their second Oscar nomination. They also made the short film In and Out.

In 1989, they moved back to London, England, where they created the Oscar-winning Bob’s Birthday, which led to the acclaimed Comedy Central/Channel 4/Global TV series Bob and Margaret.

Snowden and Fine have also worked on several TV ads and produced the Nickelodeon/Teletoon series Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy, in addition to developing the series Shaun the Sheep, among other projects. Animal Behaviour, their latest short film, was produced by the NFB.­


Michael Fukushima
Producer
Biography
Photo


Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima has been making films since 1984. He joined the NFB in 1990 to direct the animated documentary Minoru: Memory of Exile (1992), winner of the Hot Docs Best Short Documentary award. Michael became an NFB animation producer in 1997, and was appointed executive producer of the NFB’s fabled Animation Studio in 2013. Whilst continuing to produce a couple of films each year, Michael now focuses primarily on sustaining and building upon the seven-decade legacy of NFB Animation, and on mentoring the next generation of the Animation Studio. Animal Behaviour is Michael’s 2018 production.

Credits

Written, Directed, and Animated by
ALISON SNOWDEN and DAVID FINE

Cast
Dr. Clement – RYAN BEIL
Victor – TAZ VAN RASSEL
Lorraine – LEAH JUEL
Cheryl – ANDREA LIBMAN
Todd – TOBY BERNER
Jeffrey – JAMES KIRK
Linda – ALISON SNOWDEN

Casting
NEERA GARG (Your Sound Productions)

Music
JUDITH GRUBER-STITZER
© 2018 National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Musicians
David Gossage (flute)
Thom Gossage (drums)

Sound Design
OLIVIER CALVERT

Additional Animation
JANET PERLMAN
MARIO RICHARD
DAVID BARLOW-KRELINA

Ink and Paint
CHANTAL BEAULNE
LILY SNOWDEN-FINE
AMBER ERICHSON
CHRISTOPHER PARNELL
SARA DESAULNIERS
ANKA DO
SOLALEH KAZEMI
ADAM de SOUZA

Foley Artist
LISE WEDLOCK

Foley Assistant
THOMAS GARANT

Foley Recording
GEOFFREY MITCHELL

Voice Recording
GGRP Sound

Online Editing
DENIS PILON

Re-Recording
JEAN PAUL VIALARD

Technical Director
ELOI CHAMPAGNE

Technical Coordination
RANDALL FINNERTY
CANDACE DESORMEAUX
LUC BINETTE

Special Thanks
WENDY TILBY
AMANDA FORBIS
JANET PERLMAN
DAVID VERRALL
CHAD ESSLEY
DON PERRO
PIA GUERRA
DR, SHIMI KANG M.D.
THE TVPAINT FORUM
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY ANIMATION PROGRAM
CAPILANO UNIVERSITY ANIMATION PROGRAM

Marketing
GENEVIÈVE BÉRARD
MICHELLE ROZON

Administration
VICTOIRE-ÉMILIE BESSETTE
ROSALINA DI SARIO
DOMINIQUE FORGET
STÉPHANIE LALONDE

Producer and Executive Producer
MICHAEL FUKUSHIMA

Dedicated to the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Vancouver General Hospital

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Produced by The National Film Board of Canada
English Animation Studio
© 2018



Press Relations

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    Publicist – Montreal
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    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 7,000 awards, with NFB animation accounting for 7 of the NFB’s 12 Oscars, as well as 6 grand prizes at France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, 4 Palmes d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and 2 Golden Bears at Berlinale. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB animators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

  • About Alison Snowden and David Fine

    David Fine and Alison Snowden are Academy Award®-winning filmmakers who work in Vancouver. They met at film school in the UK, and together they have written, directed and created award-winning animated TV shows and short films for more than 30 years, including the Oscar-winning NFB short Bob’s Birthday and the acclaimed adult TV series Bob and Margaret, the highest-rated Canadian-made animation series ever. Animal Behaviour marks their return to short filmmaking, their first since Bob’s Birthday in 1993. For more information, visit their website: www.snowdenfine.com.