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Bad Seeds

Claude Cloutier
2020 | 6 min 22 s
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Selections and Awards

  • International CompetitionLes sommets du cinéma d'animation, Montréal, Canada (2020)

  • Official Selection - Short film competitionAnnecy International Animation Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Official Competition REGARD - Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection Palm Springs International ShortFest, California (2021)


Long description

Interview with Claude Cloutier


Claude Cloutier
Photo : Véronique Boncompagni

Claude Cloutier

Claude Cloutier first made his name as a comic book artist with the series La légende des Jean-Guy and Gilles la Jungle contre Méchant-Man. He then made the leap to a career in animation with several films: The Persistent Peddler (1988, in competition at the Cannes Film Festival), Overdose (1994), From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning (2000), Sleeping Betty (2007, winner of some 20 awards, including the Genie and Jutra awards for best animated short), The Trenches (2010), Interférence (2014), Carface (2015, Guy-L.-Coté and Iris awards for best animated short), and his latest, Bad Seeds (2020).

Galilé Marion-Gauvin

Galilé Marion-Gauvin

Over the years, Galilé Marion-Gauvin has produced more than 20 shorts and seven feature-length films. The common thread in all the projects he’s taken on is the unique vision of their creators and the strength of their message. His first feature-length film, Arwad, directed by Dominique Chila and Samer Najari, was screened in official competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014 and at Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) in 2013. In 2015, he produced Philippe Lesage’s first feature film, The Demons (Les démons), which was first screened in official competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and then in over 50 other festivals around the world, most notably the Raindance Film Festival, the Göteborg Film Festival, the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In 2015, The Demons won the prestigious Golden Gate award at San Francisco and the critics’ choice and Gilles-Carle awards at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. In 2016, Marion-Gauvin co-produced Jean-François Laguionie’s animated feature film Louise By the Shore (Louise en hiver), which won the Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and was screened at both the Annecy International Animation Festival and San Sebastian.


In a busy 2018 for Marion-Gauvin, The Far Shore (Dérive), directed by David Uloth and Chloé Cinq-Mars, was screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival and FNC. In August, Lesage’s second feature film, Genesis (Genèse), was presented in official competition at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival. After this noteworthy screening, the film won numerous awards, including the Louve d’or for best feature film at FNC. Genesis also won awards for best feature-length film at the Valladolid International Film Festival and the Los Cabos International Film Festival, and went on to screen at more than 70 other festivals. Lastly, the feature-length animated film Ville Neuve, directed by Félix Dufour-Laperrière, was shown at the Venice Film Festival in the Giornate degli Autori and in official competition at FNC and Annecy.

Currently, Marion-Gauvin is co-producing, in partnership with micro_scope, Pierre Földes’ feature-length animated film Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Saules aveugles, femme endormie), scheduled for release in 2021. He is also developing a number of feature-length screenplays, including projects by Jennifer Alleyn, Pier-Philippe Chevigny, Samer Najari and Dominique Chila, along with Philippe Lesage’s highly anticipated new film.

Julie Roy
Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Julie Roy

Julie Roy is the Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio. She has produced some 40 animated short films. Julie holds an MA in Film Studies from the Université de Montréal and has written extensively on women and animation. She has also served as a guest programmer at several film festivals.

Her recent productions include Patrick Bouchard’s Le sujet (2018), Justine Vuylsteker’s Embraced (2018), and Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (2017), which was selected to screen in competition in the Cannes Film Festival’s illustrious Critics’ Week program. Julie is the executive producer of Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha, which was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Animated Short. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy3D/NFB), winner of the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s highest honour, the Cristal Award.

She also produced Claude Cloutier’s Carface (2015), Priit and Olga Pärn’s Pilots on the Way Home (2014), Tali’s Bus Story (2014), which received an honourable mention at Annecy, Franck Dion’s Edmund Was a Donkey (2012), winner of the Special Jury Award at Annecy and some 30 international awards, Dominic Etienne Simard’s Paula (2011), recipient of the Best Film Award at Interfilm Berlin, and Michèle Lemieux’s Here and the Great Elsewhere (2012), which garnered the Grand Prize at the Cinanima festival in Espinho.

A firm believer in taking diverse approaches to filmmaking, Julie is currently developing a virtual reality project with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli Putli, 2007) on their next short film, tentatively titled La jeune fille qui pleurait des perles, which will use a hybrid technique that combines marionette animation, live action and computer-generated imagery. Her special interest in experimental animation led her to produce Quiet Zone (2015) by Karl Lemieux and David Bryant, Reflection (2013) by Sylvie Trouvé, and Mamori (2010) by Karl Lemieux, which won the Grand Prize at the 25 FPS Festival in Zagreb. She is also a producer in the animation sector of the NFB’s Aide au cinéma indépendant program.




Written, Directed and Animated by
Claude Cloutier

Galilé Marion-Gauvin (L’Unité centrale)
Julie Roy (NFB)

Guillaume Fortin

Robert Marcel Lepage

Sound design
Olivier Calvert

Musicians and voice
Zoé Dumais (violin)
Guy Donis (banjo)
Yanik Cloutier (guitar and dobro)
Samuel Desrosiers (percussion)

Music Recording
Robin Girard
Samuel Desrosiers

Music Editing and Mix
Samuel Desrosiers

Claude Cloutier

Nicolas Gagnon

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell (NFB)
Luc Léger (NFB)

Shelley Craig (NFB)

Visual Post-production Studio

Creative Direction and Supervision of Compositing
Mathieu Tremblay

Mélanie Boudreau Blanchard

Digital Image Compositing and Colouring
Daria Pelsher
Patrick Lapierre
Raquel Magalhães Sancinetti

Online Editing
Serge Verreault (NFB)

Trina Daniel

Technical Directors
Eric Pouliot (NFB)
Pierre Plouffe (NFB)

Technical Specialist Animation
Yannick Grandmont (NFB)

Technical Coordinators
Jean-François Laprise (NFB)
Mira Mailhot (NFB)

Post-production Management
Mélanie Boudreau Blanchard

Line Producers
Anne-Marie Bousquet (NFB)
Mylène Augustin (NFB)

Studio Coordinators
Laetitia Seguin (NFB)
Michèle Labelle (NFB)

Assistant Producers
Dominique Chila (L’Unité centrale)
Marco Santos (L’Unité centrale)

Diane Régimbald (NFB)
Karine Desmeules (NFB)

Isabelle Côté – CPA

Senior Production Coordinator
Camila Blos (NFB)

Christiane Aubé
Amal Hage

Karine Sévigny (NFB)

Thanks to
Cordell Barker, Guillaume Chouinard, Pascale Ferland, Geneviève Gosselin-G., Dominique Noujeim, Michel Ouellette, Frédérique Schmidt

Produced by L’Unité centrale and the National Film Board of Canada

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