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The Head Vanishes

Franck Dion
2016 | 9 min 28 s

Prizes and awards

  • Annecy Crystal for Best Animated Short FilmAnnecy 2016

  • Best Animation AwardNew York City Short Film Festival 2016

  • Best Animated Short FilmFestival Imaginaria 2016 of Conversano

  • Unifrance AwardFestival Off Courts 2016 of Trouville

  • Best Animated Stage Direction AwardInternational Festival of Animated film 2016 of Paris

  • Animation AwardShort Animated Film Festival of l'Isle-Adam 2016

  • Award Coup de CœurInternational Animation Film Festival 2016 of Paris

  • Official SelectionRegard- Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay 2017

  • Special Jury MentionSeattle International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International ShortFest 2017

Short Synopsis

Long Synopsis

A conversation with Franck Dion

Promotional Materials


Franck Dion
Director and Producer (Papy3D)

Franck Dion

Born in Versailles in 1970, Franck Dion has worked as an actor, theatre set designer, and illustrator. In 1999, he launched the first version of his website, Les voyages imaginaires de Franck Dion (www.franckdion.net); it won a 2001 Golden Net award as best artistic website. In 2003, he made his first animated short film, L’inventaire fantôme, which won an award at the Annecy International Animation Festival. In 2006, with a group of friends, he founded the production company Papy3D, which produced his second film, Monsieur Cok (2008), which was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several festival awards. His third short film, Edmond Was a Donkey (2012), marked the first collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada, Papy3D and ARTE. It won the Special Jury Prize at Annecy and the FACT Award for Best Canadian Short at the Worldwide Short Film festival in Toronto. In 2014, Dion designed the poster for the Annecy Festival, and the following year, in collaboration with Chloé Delaume, he created Alienare, a digital-app-enhanced novel. The Head Vanishes (Une tête disparait, 2016) is his fourth animated short and the second co-production of the NFB, Papy3D and ARTE.

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.


Hélène Vayssières
Producer (ARTE)

Hélène Vayssières

Hélène Vayssières studied film at Université de Paris VIII and the Free Conservatory of French Cinema.

She worked as assistant director and assistant producer for several film shoots and directed a short film. In 1991, she became post-production manager for the various program units at La Sept ARTE (Shows, Fiction, Documentary, Theme Nights and Cinema). Since November 1996, she has been responsible for the short- and medium-length film policy at the ARTE France Cinema Unit.

In 2001, she was instrumental in creating Court-circuit magazine, a program focusing on short films, broadcast around midnight on ARTE.

In 2007, she launched the community-based interactive platform Court-circuit web.

In 2008, she developed the Caméra de poche (pocket camera) collection of shorts shot with mobile phones and extended the project through 2009.

In 2010, she initiated a partnership with ARTE France and the CEEA (European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing) to develop a workshop on 3D short film writing.

In 2012 and 2013, she developed five program series of animated and fiction shorts for ARTE France (Silex and the City, La minute vieille, Portraits de voyages, Juliette génération 7.0 and H-man).

In 2014 and 2015, she developed two new animated shorts series: Tu mourras moins bête and Salaire net et monde de brutes.




Writer, Designer, Editor and Director
Franck Dion

French Voice
Florence Desalme

English Voices
Jeannie Walker
Kathleen Fee

English Adaptation, Casting and Voice Direction
Kathleen Fee

Gilles Cuvelier
Gabriel Jacquel
Nicolas Trotignon
Franck Dion

Bei Chen

Studio Train Train – le studio qui n’a pas peur du quotidien

3D Modeling
Nicolas Trotignon

Clément Vaucelle


Textures, sets, 3D rendering and compositing
Studio Salon Liberté-Caulaincourt

Original score – Executive music producer
Pierre Caillet

Performed by
Akosh S: saxophone
Edward Perraud: drums
Ludovic Balla: violin
Pierre Caillet: musical saw

Music recorded and mixed in Studio Sequenza by
Thomas Vingtrinier

Assisted by
Rémi Bourcereau

Sound Design
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Lise Wedlock

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell (NFB)

Serge Boivin (NFB)

Technical Direction
Pierre Plouffe (NFB)

Technical Coordination
 Daniel Lord (NFB)

Production Coordination
Michèle Labelle (NFB)

Diane Régimbald (NFB)

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte (NFB)
Karine Desmeules (NFB)

Franck Dion, Richard Van Den Boom (Papy3D Productions)
Julie Roy (NFB)

Co-produced by
Papy3D Productions
National Film Board of Canada
and ARTE France Cinema Department

Short Film Program Manager
Hélène Vayssières

With the support of
Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée – contribution financière
CNC (Nouvelles technologies en production)







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