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Dominic Etienne Simard
2017 | 10 min 50

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection - ShortcutsToronto International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionLondon International Animation Festival – LIAF

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous Québec Cinéma 2018

  • Official SelectionSommets du cinéma d'animation

  • Official SelectionFestival international du film Valladolid

  • Official SelectionCork Film Festival

  • Official SelectionFestival international du film Uppsala

  • Official Selection - Animation Yorkton Film Festival 2018


Long Synopsis

Interview with the Director


Dominic Etienne Simard

Dominic Etienne Simard

Animated and art film director for over 15 years, Montrealer Dominic Etienne Simard has a passion for painting, photography, engraving, illustration and the visual arts – a varied array of techniques whose expressive amalgam has become a hallmark of the filmmaker’s works.

As a student in the film studies department of Université de Montréal and Concordia University, the elegance of his scripts and the finesse of his visual mastery were already recognized, garnering multiple awards and honours, including the Norman McLaren Award, presented by Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Dominic Etienne’s cinematic career began in 2003, when he won the “Vidéaste recherché” competition. The following year, he received the award for Best Animation Production for his film Pourquoi moi? at the Canadian Student Film Festival, held during the Montreal World Film Festival.  Over the years, he has perfected his use of various techniques, ranging from classic animation (cartooning) to stop-motion (puppets) and rotoscoping.

In 2008, he won the National Film Board of Canada’s “Cinéaste recherché” competition. In 2012, a pivotal year for Dominic Etienne, he landed the Berlin-Brandenburg Award for Best Film at the Interfilm Berlin Festival for his work Paula, a film which also earned the Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short. The year was crowned with the win of the SODEC “Cours écrire ton court” competition, for the script for Charles, the second instalment in an emotionally charged trilogy that began with Paula in 2011.

Recognized and honoured with numerous awards both nationally and internationally, Dominic Etienne is enjoying a growing reputation in the animated film world.

Dora Benousilio
Producer (Les Films de l’Arlequin)

Dora Benousilio

I was born in Paris in 1950 and spent the first few years of my life in South America. After studying history, I worked as a teacher for several years.

In 1976, I opened up a bookshop. After 12 years of experience in the world of books and publishing, I got the opportunity to work with an animation production company (C2A). In 1991, six friends and I created the production company Les Films de l’Arlequin. In 1996 we produced our first feature, Aaron’s Magic Village, based on tales by Isaac Bashevis Singer and directed by Albert H. Kaminski.

We gradually became more specialized and now mainly produce animated films, in all formats and for all audiences.

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.


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Script, Direction, Editing
Dominic Etienne Simard

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Original Score
Ramachandra Borcar

Jens Hans
Benoît Chieux
Jérémy Depuydt
Dominic Etienne Simard

Animation Assistant
François Kiraly

Cécile Pradère

Emmanuel Suquet
Dominic Etienne Simard

Laurie-Mei Ross

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Mélanie Bouchard

Ambient Voices
Manon Arsenault
Paul Malo

Voice Direction
Manon Arsenault

Lise Wedlock

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Jean Paul Vialard

Marco Santos

Production Accounting
Christiane Aubé

Technical Direction
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordination – Animation
Yannick Grandmont

Technical Coordination
Daniel Lord

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Michael Shu
Stéphanie Lalonde

Dominic Etienne Simard (DESanimations)
Dora Benousilio (Les Films de l’Arlequin)
Julie Roy (NFB)

Production assistants
Fariza Daguelou
Carole Leichtmann

Executive Producer
Galilé Marion-Gauvin

A Canada-France co-production

With the participation of ARTE France – Cinema Department
Short Film Program Manager
Hélène Vayssières

Produced by
Les Films de l’Arlequin

The National Film Board of Canada

Press Relations

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    NFB Publicist – Montreal
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