The Sommets du cinéma d’animation is an international festival dedicated to animation in all its forms, from heritage films to new media by way of current production. Over ten days, Montreal and Quebec City move to the rhythms of animation! A unique event in Quebec, the festival celebrates an art form that has long brought international recognition to Quebec and to Canada. The next Sommets du cinéma d’animation will be held from 27th of November to 7th of December, 2014.

To submit your film, read the regulations and get to our electronic submission form, click on the logo of Zone Festival.

Every year, the Sommets du cinéma d’animation presents the best animated films from Quebec, Canada and elsewhere. The program includes a selection of international titles, a solid line-up of student films directed by young artists representing the future of animation cinema, an overview of Canadian and Quebec production, retrospectives, and activities for young audiences.

In addition to screenings, the Sommets du cinéma d’animation offers a range of special activities. The festival hosts a series of original and eclectic events: exhibits, performances, discussion forums with directors and artisans, workshops, film classes, entertaining and rewarding sessions with animation professionals and renowned guests, and festive evening activities.

The Sommets du cinéma d’animation is an essential annual rendez-vous that brings together animation artists and professionals as well as movie-lovers from all over. Recognized as reals landmarks in the animation world, Montréal and Quebec City can certainly boast of the asset that is the Sommets­, a major event that celebrates animation in all its bold and diverse forms and that highlights the knowledge and expertise of local practitioners of this art form.


The Sommets Grand Prix
Cash award of 2000$ offered by the Cinémathèque Québécoise

The Sommets Special Prize of the Jury

The Public Award

The Guy-L.-Coté Award for the best animated Canadian film
Cash award of 1500$ offered by Nancy Coté

International Student Competition Award
Cash award of 500$ offered by Marcel Jean, Artistic Director of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival

For an exhaustive list of the winning films at the Sommets since 2008, please go on our Wikipedia page (in French).

2014 Poster designer: Carol-Ann Belzil Normand

Quebec City-based artist Carol-Ann Belzil Normand graduated from Université Laval with a bachelor’s degree in Visual and Media Arts and another in the Art and Science of Animation (BASA). She has participated in numerous animation festivals in Canada, Europe and the United States and was a member of the International Student Competition jury at the 12th Sommets du cinéma d’animation – Festival international de Montréal et de Québec. She is currently pursuing her research in interactive practices, performance and animation as part of a master’s degree in Visual Arts at Université Laval.

To celebrate the 13th Sommets du cinéma d’animation, I decided to use the number 13 both as a concept and in the design. First I depicted the 12 Sommets, arranging them in a rhythmical and organized manner in the space. These 12 summits embody the history of the festival. The 13th summit dominates the space, standing out from the other characters because of its distinctive look and its position. Each summit is personified so as to evoke a unique narrative world.

- Carol-Ann Belzil Normand


Below you will find the program of the last three years (in French only):