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I Like Girls

Diane Obomsawin
2016 | 8 min 12 s
Technique: Computer animation and rotoscopy.

Prizes and awards

  • Official SelectionSundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA (2018)

  • Best Animated Short SelectionCanadian Screen Awards 2017

  • Official SelectionAnnecy 2017

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International ShortFest 2017

  • Official SelectionImagineNATIVE 2017

  • Best LGBT ShortNew York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) 2017

  • GRAND PRIZE - Cartoon Network Award for Best Narrative Short AnimationOttawa International Animation Film Festival

  • Official SelectionCinequest Film & VR Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionMostra La Ploma 2018


Interview with Diane Obomsawin


Meet the Filmmaker...

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Diane Obomsawin
Script, Animation, Direction
Photo : Rehab Nazzal

Diane Obomsawin

Diane Obomsawin is a cartoonist and animator of Abenaki descent who calls Montreal home. Born in 1959, she grew up mainly in France, where she began her career as a graphic artist. She returned to Montreal in the early 1980s and made the natural leap to comic books, illustration and painting. For the next two decades, she would be a mainstay of Quebec’s underground comic book scene, during which time she became better known under the pseudonym “Obom.” In 1992, she created her first animated short, L’abominable microbe, launching a long and wild adventure in filmmaking.

Obom’s first comic book, Plus tard, was published in 1997 by L’Oie de Cravan, a small Montreal publisher specializing in works of poetry. During this time, she also directed a number of films commissioned by the NFB: The Worm (2000), The Coat (2000) and Elbow Room (2002) proved her to be a gifted storyteller and honed her unique perspective on the world.

In more recent years, Obom has focused heavily on her own personal projects. In 2007, she made Here and There, her first auteur film for the NFB. It was nominated for Genie and Jutra awards and won Best Narrative Short Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Later that same year, Obom created Kaspar, a moving and poetic comic book about the documented story of “Europe’s child” Kaspar Hauser, who was allegedly raised in a dark cellar. The book won the Grand Prix de la ville de Québec and the Best French Book prize at Montreal’s Expozine in 2008. Shortly after, Montreal’s Festival international du film sur l’art honoured her work with a tribute award, while 2010 saw the release of Obom’s Pink Mimi Drink, a comic book collection of dreams. In 2012, the NFB produced the animated adaptation of Kaspar, which was nominated for a Jutra Award in 2013 and awarded a Silver Pegasus at the Animator Festival in Poznan, Poland.

In 2014, L’Oie de Cravan published her comic book J’aime les filles. This first printing was quickly followed by an English version by publishing house Drawn & Quarterly. The long-awaited film adaptation of this original work marks the eighth collaboration between this influential filmmaker and the NFB.

Throughout her prolific career, Obom has participated in numerous shows, installations and performances. She has also frequently lent her illustration talents to the Montreal daily newspapers Le Devoir and La Presse, and contributed to the best years of humour magazines such as Croc and Anormal, along with Clin d’œil, Châtelaine, Le temps fou and La vie en rose. More recently, she was interviewed on BD QC, a French-language show on ICI ARTV dedicated to Quebec’s comic book scene.

A master of storytelling and framing, Obom has made a name for herself worldwide with her uniquely naïve, minimalist style and her distinctive creations: human characters with animal heads. Ever striving for simplicity, this multidisciplinary artist depicts humanity in a profoundly perceptive and earnest way that is both captivating and bewitching.

Marc Bertrand
Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Marc Bertrand

Marc Bertrand joined the French Animation Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay, which won Gémeaux Awards for Best Animated Series or Film in 2002 and 2004 respectively.  He also co-produced with Marcel Jean the Norman McLaren Master’s Edition (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren, a pioneer in the fusion of music and animation. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he coproduced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Private Eyes, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay.

Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin and works by Theodore Ushev: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2009) and Lipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Bertrand has worked on numerous productions, including the Studio GDS/NFB co-production Romance (2011) by renowned Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, winner of the 2012 Genie Award. In 2011, he produced Sunday (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination and won the 2012 Jutra Award for Best Animated Film.

In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the co-production Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria (T. Ushev), which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013.

In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production, No fish where to go, that received the same honor. The same year, the film Jutra (Marie-Josée St-Pierre, a co-production with MJSP Film) was selected at the Fortnight of directors in Cannes and in February 2015 won a Jutra, a Gemeaux and a Canadian Screen Award for best short animated film.  In 2016, his production of Théodore Ushev’s Vaysha the Blind won both the Jury Prise and de Children Jury prize in Annecy and in 2017 the film was nominated for an Oscar® in for the Best Short Animated film category.

Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : NFB

Julie Roy

As the Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio, Julie Roy has produced some 40 animated short films. She holds a master’s degree in cinema studies from Université de Montréal and has published numerous articles about women and animated films.

Her notable productions include The Subject by Patrick Bouchard and THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT by Matthew Rankin, both of which screened at Cannes, at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight and the 2017 Semaine de la Critique, respectively. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy 3D/NFB), which won the Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Among the many other artists whose work she has guided are Claude Cloutier, Michèle Lemieux, and Regina Pessoa.

Roy encourages diverse approaches to filmmaking, and is currently developing an interactive installation with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli-Putli, 2007) on their next short film.



Script, Animation, Direction
Diane Obomsawin

Amy Donovan
Holly Gauthier Frankel
Julie Burroughs
Valerie Mervis

Kathleen Fee

Sound Design and Original Music
Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Compositing and Animation
Janet Perlman

Offline Editing
Augustin Rioux

William J. Gossage
Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Christine Tassan

Voice Editing
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Catherine Van Der Donckt
Tristan Capacchione

Monique Vézina

Geoffrey Mitchell
Padraig Buttner-Schnirer

Jean Paul Vialard

“Le temps de l’amour”
Composed by Jacques Dutronc, Lucien Jean Morisse, André Michel Charles Salvet
Éditions musicales Alpha and Les éditions Ad Litteram Inc.
Performed by Françoise Hardy
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.

Copyright Clearance
Lucie Bourgouin for Permission Inc.

Technical Director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Online Editing
Yannick Carrier

Live-Action Shoots and Rotoscoping

Marie-Ève Carrière
Marie-Gabrielle Ménard
Marie-Hélène Montpetit

Director of Photography
Éric Barbeau

Production Manager
Khoa Lê

Production Assistant
Patrick Bouchard

Props Person
Nancy Belzile

Thanks to
Laura Babin
Lou Babin
Lili Rose Babin
Lou Beaulieu
Martin Bellemare
Anne-Marie Cadieux
Marie Charlebois
Renée Cossette
Helge Dascher
Mathilde Geromin
Fanny Jane
Alice Moreault
Mylène Savoie
Élise Simard
Laurie St-Jacques
Hélène Tanguay

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Diane Régimbald

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Karine Desmeules

Executive Producer
Julie Roy

Marc Bertrand

Animation Studio / French Program


Press Relations

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