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The Procession

Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais
2019 | 11 min 23 s
2D Animation

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionAnnecy International Animation Film Festival, Annecy, France (2019)

  • Official SelectionAnimafest Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia (2019)

  • Official SelectionAnima Mundi International Animation Festival, Brazil (2019)

  • Official SelectionQuebec City Film Festival, Quebec, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionNew York City Short Film Festival, New York City, U.S.A. (2019)

  • Official SelectionEtiuda&Anima International Film Festival, Krakow, Poland (2019)

  • Official SelectionFestival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada (2019)

  • Official SelectionFestival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie – FICFA, Moncton, Nouveau Brunswick (2019)

  • Official SelectionSommets du cinéma d'animation, Montréal, Canada (2019)

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Pascal Blanchet
Photo : Allison Cordner

Pascal Blanchet

Born in Trois-Rivières, Pascal Blanchet is a self-taught illustrator whose interests include music, architecture and 20th-century design. His cartoon strips and graphic novels have received multiple awards over the last 15 years, including the Prix Bédélys Québec for graphic novel of the year (La fugue, 2005), the Grand-Prix Lux (Rapide-Blanc, 2007), and a Ragazzi Award at the Bologna Book Fair (Le Noël de Marguerite, written by India Desjardins and illustrated by Pascal, 2014).

Pascal has created illustrations for several North American and European publications (The New Yorker, Le Figaro, Il Corriere della sera, The National Post) and publishers (Penguin Books, Alto, L’instant même). He has also collaborated as a designer and illustrator with composer and singer/songwriter Pierre Lapointe (La science du cœur, Paris tristesse) and filmmaker Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs, The French Dispatch). His work has been shown in a number of museums, notably as part of an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts celebrating the 15th anniversary of La Pastèque Publishing House.

Rodolphe Saint-Gelais
Photo : Allison Cordner

Rodolphe Saint-Gelais

Self-taught Montreal artist Rodolphe Saint-Gelais is an animator and illustrator whose work in one field fuels his work in the other. After designing, animating or directing a number of ads and TV productions, he ventured into the world of filmmaking with the feature-length Dédé à travers les brumes (2009), whose opening sequence he drew and animated.

Over the last decade, Rodolphe has remained active on both fronts, designing the visuals for several animated series (Télé-Québec, Historia, TFO) in addition to pursuing a career as a painter. He’s also known for his animated music videos, including Strongest Man Alive for The Franklin Electric, for illustrated stories such as the tales of “true love” created for Radio-Canada series Hubert et Fanny, and for a short film made for the MSO opera Chaakapesh, le périple du fripon. The Procession is his first film with the NFB.

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.



A film by
Pascal Blanchet and Rodolphe Saint-Gelais

Julie Roy

Original Score
Pierre Lapointe and Philippe Brault
© 2019The National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Alarey Alsip (ACTRA)

Pascal Blanchet
Sylvain Charbonneau

Art Direction
Pascal Blanchet

Lead Animation
Rodolphe Saint-Gelais

Pascal Blanchet
Brenda Lopez Zepeda
Nicolas Brault

Rodolphe Saint-Gelais
Brenda Lopez Zepeda

Offline Editing
Isabelle Malenfant
Michel Pelland

Sound Design
Sacha A. Ratcliffe

Karla Baumgartner

Mélanie Bélair
Philippe Brault
Guillaume Bourque
Amélie Fortin
Renaud Gratton
Sheila Hannigan
Mélanie Harel
Pierre Lapointe
José Major
Lise Millet
Ligia Paquin
François Pilon
Jocelyne Roy
Jocelyn Veilleux

“Don’t Take the Lovers from the World”
Written by Hugo E. Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss
Performed by Shirley Bassey
Courtesy of Parlophone Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing

“BERCEUSE, OP.1 No. 5”
Written by Alexandr Gretchaninov
Performed by Paul Robeson Jr.
Courtesy of SCHOTT Music Corporation and Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Canada

Sylvain Charbonneau
Benoît Chartier

Voice Direction
Kathleen Fee

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Shelley Craig

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Technical Directors
Pierre Plouffe
Yannick Grandmont
Eric Pouliot

Technical Coordinator
Jean-François Laprise

Studio Coordinators
Michèle Labelle
Laetitia Seguin

Production Coordinator
Brenda Lopez Zepeda

Line Producers
Mylène Augustin
Anne-Marie Bousquet

Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules

Rights Clearance
Sylvia Mezei

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Marketing Coordinator
Michelle Rozon

Special thanks to
Claude Cloutier
Norma Andreu
La bande à Pascal
Henri, Éloïse and Georges Saint-Gelais

With the support of ARTE France

Cinema Department
Short Film Program Manager: Hélène Vayssières
Virginie Cauvy – Sylvie Smets – Pascal Richard – Romain Froidefond

Animation Studio
French Programming and Production
Creation and Innovation

© 2019 National Film Board of Canada

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