The NFB at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2022
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Le matelot volant (The Flying Sailor) de Wendy Tilby et Amanda Forbis (7 min 45 s) – espacemedia.onf.ca/epk/le-matelot-volant
Meneath: l’île secrète de l’éthique (Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethic) de Terril Calder (19 min 22 s) – espacemedia.onf.ca/epk/meneath
Caresses magiques de Lori Malépart-Traversy (4 min) – espacemedia.onf.ca/epk/caresses-magiques
Three shorts in competition
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is participating in this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival, which runs from June 13 to 18, with three short films in competition: the much-anticipated The Flying Sailor, by acclaimed filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, which will have its world premiere at the festival; Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics, by award-winning Orkney Cree Métis artist Terril Calder; and Magical Caresses: Sweet Jesus by young director Lori Malépart-Traversy. These films, all of which were directed by talented and acclaimed women animators and produced mostly by women, are striking in their original creative approaches, varied techniques and unique subject matter, ranging from reflections on existence to identity and sexuality. The NFB and its animation studios will also be in the spotlight at the festival’s Studio Focus, an in-person event taking place on June 14.
Complete press release.
NFB’s screening schedule at Annecy 2022s.
The Flying Sailor
Short Films – Official Competition
2022 | 7 min 45 s
Two ships collide in a harbour, an explosion shatters a city, and a sailor is hurled skyward. With ears ringing, blood pulsing and guts heaving, he soars high above the mayhem and towards the great unknown. A bold mix of comedy, suspense and philosophy, The Flying Sailor is an exhilarating contemplation of the wonder and fragility of existence.
Directors Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby
Producer and Executive Producer David Christensen (NFB)
Electronic press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/the-flying-sailor
June 13, 2022 | 4:30 PM | La Turbine
June 14, 2022 | 6:30 PM | Le Mikado
June 15, 2022 | 10 AM | Grande Salle
June 16, 2022 | 1:30 PM | Pathé 1 Atmos
June 17, 2022 | 9 PM | Pathé 1 Atmos
June 18, 2022 | 4 PM | Pathé 4
Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics
Perspectives program – Short Films in Competition
2021 | 19 min 22 s
Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics dives deeply into the innate contrast between the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride and Envy) and the Seven Sacred Teachings (Love, Respect, Wisdom, Courage, Truth, Honesty and Humility), as embodied in the life of a precocious Métis baby. Brought to life by Terril Calder’s darkly beautiful stop-motion animation, Baby Girl’s inner turmoil is laid bare with unflinching honesty. Convinced she’s soiled and destined for Hell, Baby Girl receives Anishinaabe Teachings from Nokomis that fill her with strength and pride, and affirm a path towards healing. Calder’s tour-de-force unearths a hauntingly familiar yet hopeful world that illuminates the bias of colonial systems.
Director Terril Calder
Producer Jelena Popović (NFB)
Consulting Producer Jason Ryle
Electronic press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/magical-caresses
June 13, 2022 | 2:30 PM | Pathé 3
June 15, 2022 | 11:30 AM | Petite Salle
June 17, 2022 | 10:30 AM | Pathé 6
June 18, 2022 | 5 PM | Pathé 3
Magical Caresses: Sweet Jesus (Caresses magiques - Doux Jésus)
Competition – TV and Commissioned Films
2022 | 5 episodes x 4 min
Magical Caresses is a series of animated documentaries by Lori Malépart-Traversy, creator of the popular short film Le clitoris. A skillful blend of humour and confession, these four-minute episodes provide a range of female perspectives, taking a healthy and uninhibited approach to demystifying masturbation. The films’ source material is adapted from intimate accounts published in the Caresses magiques book series written and edited by Sarah Gagnon-Piché and Sara Hébert. Using the tremendous creative freedom afforded by animation, Malépart-Traversy tells these stories from a new angle, crafting a bold and insightful original series about solo sexuality.
Episode 3: Sweet Jesus
What happens when masturbation has its “come to Jesus” moment? This animated short takes a light and humorous approach to examining religion’s moral taboos around the female body and desires. A story full of kindness and questioning, in which good and evil intermingle with prayer and caresses.
Director Lori Malépart-Traversy
Producers Julie Roy and Christine Noël (NFB)
Electronic Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/magical-caresses
June 13, 2022 | 10:30 AM | Pathé 6
June 16, 2022 | 11:00 AM | Pathé 3
June 17, 2022 | 5 PM | Pathé 3
Excerpt from Episode 3: Sweet Jesus
“NFB: New Spaces for Storytelling” Studio Focus
A not-to-be-missed event on Tuesday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Impérial Palace – Rotonde de l’Europe room: For this Studio Focus session—the first to be held in-person—the NFB will showcase its programming vision, more dedicated than ever to new forms of storytelling, through the voices of its women creators whose projects were selected for Annecy this year. Expect exclusive discoveries and captivating encounters with filmmakers Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, Terril Calder, and Lori Malépart-Traversy.
Information and tickets here.
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.