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Winds of Spring

Keyu Chen
2017 | 6 min 07 s
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Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection36th edition of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival

  • Official SelectionSommets du cinéma d'animation 2017

  • Official SelectionFestival international du court métrage Clermont-Ferrand

  • Official SelectionRendez-vous Québec Cinéma 2018

  • Official SelectionAnnecy 2018 - Perspectives Section



Short Version

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Interview with Keyu Chen


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Keyu Chen

Keyu Chen

Born in China, Keyu Chen studied animation for two years at the Communication University of China in Beijing before moving to Rouyn-Noranda in 2006 to attend the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. After earning a bachelor’s degree in interactive multimedia and 3D creation, she studied at Laval University in Quebec City, graduating in 2011 with a master’s in visual arts, and making her first film, Le Manque.

Keyu first came to the National Film Board of Canada’s animation studios through the Équité program as part of the production team for Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s animated documentary Jutra. She went on to work on No Fish Where to Go (Nul poisson où aller), directed by Nicola Lemay and Janice Nadeau; Mamie, directed by Janice Nadeau; and Bus Story (Histoires de bus), directed by Tali.

Keyu won the 21st edition of the NFB’s Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, allowing her to direct her first professional animated film,  Winds of Spring (Un printemps).

Marc Bertrand
Producer (NFB)
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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
Producer (NFB)
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Julie Roy

Julie Roy is the Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio. She has produced some 40 animated short films. Julie holds an MA in Film Studies from the Université de Montréal and has written extensively on women and animation. She has also served as a guest programmer at several film festivals.

Her recent productions include Patrick Bouchard’s Le sujet (2018), Justine Vuylsteker’s Embraced (2018), and Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT (2017), which was selected to screen in competition in the Cannes Film Festival’s illustrious Critics’ Week program. Julie is the executive producer of Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha, which was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Animated Short. In 2016, she co-produced Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes (Papy3D/NFB), winner of the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival’s highest honour, the Cristal Award.

She also produced Claude Cloutier’s Carface (2015), Priit and Olga Pärn’s Pilots on the Way Home (2014), Tali’s Bus Story (2014), which received an honourable mention at Annecy, Franck Dion’s Edmund Was a Donkey (2012), winner of the Special Jury Award at Annecy and some 30 international awards, Dominic Etienne Simard’s Paula (2011), recipient of the Best Film Award at Interfilm Berlin, and Michèle Lemieux’s Here and the Great Elsewhere (2012), which garnered the Grand Prize at the Cinanima festival in Espinho.

A firm believer in taking diverse approaches to filmmaking, Julie is currently developing a virtual reality project with Nicolas Brault and working with Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Madame Tutli Putli, 2007) on their next short film, tentatively titled La jeune fille qui pleurait des perles, which will use a hybrid technique that combines marionette animation, live action and computer-generated imagery. Her special interest in experimental animation led her to produce Quiet Zone (2015) by Karl Lemieux and David Bryant, Reflection (2013) by Sylvie Trouvé, and Mamori (2010) by Karl Lemieux, which won the Grand Prize at the 25 FPS Festival in Zagreb. She is also a producer in the animation sector of the NFB’s Aide au cinéma indépendant program.


A film by
Keyu Chen

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Original Music
Daniel Scott

Carla Antoun – Cello
Stéphanie Bozzini – Viola
Martin Carpentier – Clarinet
Guy Pelletier – Flute
Christian Prévost – Violin
Daniel Scott – Piano
Marjorie Tremblay – English Horn

Keyu Chen

Lise Wedlock

Foley and Music Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Voice Recording
Pierre Yves Drapeau

Jean Paul Vialard

Offline Editing
Oana Suteu Khintirian

Computer Graphics
Pascal Huynh

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Mélanie Bouchard

Technical Director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordinator -Animation
Yannick Grandmont

Technical Coordinators
Jean-François Laprise
Rozenn Potin

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Marketing Manager
Judith Lessard-Bérubé

Diane Régimbald
Karine Desmeules

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Stéphanie Lalonde

Claude Cloutier
Janet Perlman
Jocelyne Perrier
Michèle Tougas

Thanks to
Éléonore Goldberg
Michèle Lemieux
Jean-François Lévesque
Elise Simard

Executive Producer
Julie Roy

Marc Bertrand

Produced as part of the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, 21st edition


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