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 21st of November to 1st of December, 2013.

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.

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

International and canadian competition jury of 2013 edition:

Michèle Lemieux
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts at Université Laval in Quebec City, Michèle Lemieux entered the world of illustration in the late 1970s. She spent five years working in Germany before returning to Montreal, where she has taught at UQAM’s design school since 1990. Her children’s books have been translated into some 20 languages and garnered numerous awards, including the Bologna Ragazzi Award (for Stormy Night, 1997), one of the highest international honours for children’s literature.  She turned her hand to animation with an adaptation of her book into the short Stormy Night (2003), which has won a dozen awards, including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.  In 2008, she returned to filmmaking after encountering the Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen at an NFB workshop led by Jacques Drouin, which led her to embark on her second animated film, Here and the Great Elsewhere.

Brian Meacham
Brian Meacham is the Manager of Archives and Special Collections at the Yale Film Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Until recently, he was the Short Film Preservationist at the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, where between 2008 and 2013, he curated a collection of live-action and animated short films spanning more than 100 years of cinema history. A graduate of the Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, he has worked to preserve many independent animated films from the 1960s to the 1990s. He also helped spearhead a collaborative effort between the National Film Preservation Foundation and five film archives in the United States to repatriate and preserve hundreds of American silent films, including a number of animated shorts, from the New Zealand Film Archive. He is also an enthusiast and historian of the photochemical photobooth.

Ségolène Roederer
Ségolène Roederer was born in France and moved to Quebec in 1990. With Coop vidéo de Montréal, she developed the concept for Kaléidoscope, a TV program devoted to auteur films and art videos which aired from 1992 to 1994. Between 1991 and 2000, she also held a series of other positions: distribution officer for Vidéographe (1991-1994), head of the short film and new media sections at the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (now the FNC, 1994 and 1995), cultural advisor in the cinema, video and new media section at the Conseil des arts de la communauté urbaine de Montréal (now the Conseil des arts de Montréal, 1996-1998), and content analyst in Telefilm Canada’s television unit (1998-2000). Since September 2000, she has been head of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, where she is in charge of developing the organization and supervising its various projects, including the festival held in Montreal each February and the subsequent Quebec and Canadian tours. In November 2011, she was appointed Director General of Québec Cinéma, a new organization created to promote Quebec cinema, artists, artisans and professionals and to help develop the local industry. Québec Cinéma produces the Jutras and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois and related tours, in addition to offering a rich program for schools.

Student competition jury of 2013 edition:

Maude Arès-Blouin
Maude Arès-Blouin enjoys creating images and worlds. She has a passion for the visual arts and is also interested in dance and music. She designs graphic images, sculptures, animation, paintings and books. Her favourite subjects are movement, magic and women’s issues. She is currently completing a BA in Graphic Design at Université du Québec à Montréal and plans to continue her studies in visual arts or experimental animation.



Carol-Ann Belzil Normand
Quebec City-based artist Carol-Ann Belzil Normand graduated from Université Laval with a BA in Visual and Media Arts and another in Animation. She has participated in numerous animation festivals in Canada, Germany, England and the United States. She is currently pursuing her research through creative residencies offered by La Bande Vidéo in Quebec City and Studio XX in Montreal.



Rebecca St. John
Rebecca St. John is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Montreal. Most recently, she worked as a designer and animator on Claire Blanchet's film, The End of Pinky, at the National Film Board of Canada. Her work ranges from stereoscopic animations, to drawing, to installation projects. Her work has been exhibited at artist-run centers and galleries in Quebec and the United States. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and Art History and is currently attending the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema for Film Animation.



Poster designer of the Sommets 2013 : Nicolas Ménard

Born in Montréal in 1989, Nicolas Ménard graduated from the Université de Québec à Montréal’s École de design and is currently completing a Master’s in Animation at the Royal College of Art in London. At the intersection where moving image meets printed image, his work offers a poetic and conceptual take on the marriage of illustration and graphic design. He created the visuals for the Historia TV network (for which he won the Grand Prix Grafika in 2010) and a station ID for ARTV (Prix Grafika 2013). He also directed the shorts Micromachines (Vimeo Staff Picks) and Lobby Music (screened in the Panorama des Sommets section in 2012). He also designed the art book Colorimétrie, which in 2011 won first prize (tie) in the Alcuin Society Award’s “Limited Editions” category.