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Justine Vuylsteker
2018 | 5 min 24
Made using the Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen

Selections and Awards

  • Best Classic Animation StyleLos Angeles Animation Festival- L.A.F.F. (2018)

  • Official SelectionAnnecy 2018

  • Official Selection - Canadian PanoramaOttawa International Animation Festival 2018

  • Competition - Short FilmsAnima Mundi International Animation Festival 2018

Short Synopsis




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Justine Vuylsteker
Photo : Stéphan Ballard

Justine Vuylsteker

The 23-year-old French animation filmmaker Justine Vuylsteker first encountered the work of inspiring animation pioneers such as Oskar Fischinger, Berthold Bartosch, Alexeïeff–Parker and others during her art training at ESAAT in Foubaix, France. After earning a degree in animation, she made the short film Paris (2015) using paper, sand and plants, part of the En sortant de l’école collection that pays tribute to French poet Robert Desnos.

The same year, she became acquainted with the pinscreen at a workshop given by Michèle Lemieux in Annecy. She continued her exploration with the support of Jean-Baptiste Garnero and Sophie Le Tétour, managers of the Alexeïeff–Parker fund at the CNC in Bois-d’Arcy. She developed her first professional auteur film, Embraced, during various residencies in France, and completed it at the NFB in December 2017. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, Justine posts occasional essays about animation and her creative process on the Web.

Rafael Andrea Soatto
Producer (Offshore)

Rafael Andrea Soatto

After earning a degree in fine arts from the University of Picardie Jules Verne, Rafael Andrea Soatto started his career in cinema as a location scout. He went on to work as assistant producer in charge of the Champagne–Ardenne region film commission, and eventually became production manager. In September 2015, he joined the French production house Offshore, where he has thus far produced a feature documentary and several short films, including Justine Vuylsteker’s Embraced, his first short. He is currently working with Vuylsteker on her next 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.




Script, Animation and Direction
Justine Vuylsteker

Offline Editing
Annie Jean

Additional Animation
Gilles Cuvelier

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert (ONF/NFB)

Original Score
Pierre Caillet

Éric Lacrouts

Guillaume Martigné

Bruno Marcil

Technical Direction
Pierre Plouffe (ONF/NFB)

Technical Coordination – Animation
Yannick Grandmont (ONF/NFB)

Online Editing
Serge Verreault (ONF/NFB)

Mélanie Bouchard (ONF/NFB)

Lise Wedlock

Foley Assistant
Thomas Garant

Technical Coordination
Jean-François Laprise (ONF/NFB)

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell (ONF/NFB)

Jean Paul Vialard (ONF/NFB)

Production Coordination
Michèle Labelle (ONF/NFB)
Laëtitia Denis (Offshore)

Diane Régimbald (ONF/NFB)
Karine Desmeules (ONF/NFB)

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte (ONF/NFB)
Stéphanie Lalonde (ONF/NFB)

Geneviève Bérard ( ONF/NFB)

Assurance / Insurance
Gras Savoye

Martin Maurel

with the support of
Région Hauts-de-France
Ciclic – Région Centre-Val de Loire

This film received support through a residency at
Abbaye de Fontevraud
Cinémathèque québécoise

Rafael Andrea Soatto (Offshore)
Julie Roy (ONF/NFB)
Fabrice Préel-Cléach (Offshore)
Emmanuelle Latourrette (Offshore)

Co-produced by
and the National Film Board of Canada

Offshore is a member of Syndicat des producteurs indépendants et d’UniFrance

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© 2018 Offshore – National Film Board of Canada




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