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Patrick Bouchard
2018 | 10 min
Stop-motion and pixilation

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionAnnecy 2018

  • Competition - Short FilmsAnima Mundi International Animation Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionDirectors’ Fortnight Cannes 2018

  • Official Selection - Short CutsToronto International Film Festival 2018

  • Official Selection - Narrative Short Animation CompetitionOttawa International Animation Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionFIN Atlantic International Film Festival 2018

  • SICAF Choice WinnerSICAF Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Film Festival 2018

  • Best Short Animation RVQC 2019

  • Official SelectionTIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2018

Detailed description

Interview with Patrick Bouchard

Trailer (17 sec.)

Trailer (32 sec.)

Promo Clip

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Patrick Bouchard
Photo : Marlène Gélineau Payette

Patrick Bouchard

Born in Quebec City in 1974 and raised in Saguenay, Quebec, Patrick Bouchard earned an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, where he directed his first stop-motion puppet film, Jean Leviériste (1998), as part of his degree. His first professional film, The Brainwashers (2002), a comic but chilling look at a musician tormented by his overactive imagination, won a Jutra Award for best animated short. Dehors novembre (2005), based on a song by the Quebec rock group Les Colocs, also received a Jutra and was screened in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Bouchard followed up with his third stop-motion puppet film, Subservience (2007), which depicts a world on the verge of collapse thanks to its callous bourgeoisie and submissive servants. In 2007, at the Off-Courts Festival in Trouville, France, he made Talon d’argile, a very short film with constantly mutating clay figures, in just 24 hours. This experiment inspired Bydlo (2012), which was selected to screen at both TIFF and Annecy and went on to win Bouchard’s third Jutra in 2013. The film received awards at several other film festivals, notably the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, where it won the award for best animated film, and the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it won the Special Award for Technical Achievement. Le sujet is his fifth film with the NFB.

Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)
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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.



Written, Animated and Directed by
Patrick Bouchard

Julie Roy

Sets and Props
Dany Boivin

Animation and Compositing
Pierre M. Trudeau

Offline Editing
Sacha Ratcliffe
Theodore Ushev

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Original Music
Patrick Bouchard
© 2018 National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Music Director
Philippe Brault

Patrick Bouchard

On-camera Performer
Patrick Bouchard

Lise Wedlock

Foley Assistant
Thomas Garant

Sound Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Serge Boivin

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Réjean Myette

Technical Direction
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordination – Animation
Yannick Grandmont

Technical Coordination
Jean-François Laprise

Production Coordination
Michèle Labelle

Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules

Administrative Assistant
Diane Ayotte

Rights Clearance
Sylvia Mezei

Marketing Managers
Karine Sévigny
Geneviève Bérard

Nadine Viau


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