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Matthew Rankin
2017 | 8 min 18 s

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionAnnecy 2017

  • Official SelectionSemaine de la critique - Cannes 2017

  • Official SelectionSydney Film Festival 2017

  • Narrative Short Animation Official CompetitionOttawa International Animation Festival 2017

  • Official Selection - ShortcutsToronto International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionWiesbaden International Weekend of Animation 2017

  • Best Animation Technique Award & Media PrizeOttawa International Animation Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionCinequest Film & VR Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionCanada's Top Ten - 2018

  • Official SelectionSanta Barbara International Film Festival - 2018

  • Experimental AwardYorkton Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International ShortFest 2018

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Matthew Rankin
Photo : Julien Fontaine

Matthew Rankin

Matthew Rankin was born in Winnipeg. He studied Québec history at McGill University and Université Laval before devoting himself to filmmaking. His work features a blend of genres, the use of historical or documentary elements, and a referential, lyrical aesthetic. Two films exemplary of his approach are Tabula Rasa (2011), inspired by the Winnipeg flood of 1950, and Mynarski Death Plummet (2014), about the death of Canadian war hero Andrew Mynarski. His style can be likened to that of Guy Maddin and Deco Dawson, eminent members of what might be called the “Winnipeg School.” Rankin frequently makes use of experimental techniques, in particular direct manipulation of the film itself. Cattle Call (co-produced with Mike Maryniuk, 2008) is typical of this approach. Three of his films have competed at the Sundance Film Festival (Negativipeg, 2010; Tabula Rasa, and Mynarski Death Plummet), two of which were nominated for Québec cinema awards, while Mynarski Death Plummet won the Off-Limits award at the Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy. Tabula Rasa was featured at SXSW, at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, and at the Prends ça court awards. Matthew Rankin was awarded a National Media Arts Prize in 2014 for his body of work. He is currently working on his first feature film, entitled The 20th Century.

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.




Direction, animation & editing
Matthew Rankin

Director of photography
Julien Fontaine

Set design & special effects
Dany Boivin

Robert Vilar

Christian Mouzard

Pigeon design
Atelier Sylvain Racine Inc.

Costume & hair design
Becca Blackwood            

Art director
Louisa Schabas

Art department
Ismaël Tremblay-Desgagnés
Simon Besré                     

Production manager
Guillaume Bilodeau

Production assistants
Nellie Carrier
Frédérick Ouellet
Louis -Thomas Paradis Barnabé
Alexis Veilleux

Fries Mitchell 35R 434 operator
Luka Sanader

Film development
Niagara Custom Lab

Sound design
Sacha A. Ratcliffe

Christophe Lamarche

Sound mix
Jean Paul Vialard

Adrian Replanski

On line editing
Serge Verreault

Telecine colorist
Aldo La Ricca

Annie Goulet

Maurice Krank 

Voice recording
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Studiotoons Inc.

Lise Wedlock

Geoffrey Mitchell
Luc Léger

Technical director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical coordination, animation
Yannick Grandmont

Technical coordination
Daniel Lord

Production coordination
Michèle Labelle

Marketing manager
Karine Sévigny
Paule Béland

Diane Régimbald

Administrative team
Diane Ayotte
Karine Desmeules

Julie Roy

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada


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    NFB Publicist – Montreal
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