Cristal for a TV production – Festival international du film d’animation d’Annecy – 2021 Grand Prize for Best Animated Short – New York International Children’s Film Festival – 2021 Best Animated Film for Children (International Competition) – Big Cartoon Festival of Moscou – 2021 1st Prize in the Animated TV category – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – 2021 Officiel selection – Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay – 2021 6 years and older Vanille, a young Parisian girl recently arrived in Guadeloupe, dives in an adventure tinged with mystery, meeting picturesque characters and a magic flower. These are holidays that promise to be rich in twists and turns!
Best of Annecy 2021 program combines a selection of shorts, mainly winning films from the latest Festival with two tailor-made opening sequences by second year students from the GOBELINS, l’école de l’image. In the program: Collection Capsule, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 min Boxballet, by Anton Dyakov (Russia, 2020) – 15 min* Hold Me Tight, by Mélanie Robert-Tourneur (France, 2021) – 6 min* Easter Eggs, by Nicolas Keppens (Belgium, France, Netherlands, 2021) – 14 min Affairs of the Art, by Joanna Quinn (United Kingdom and Canada, 2021) – 16 min* La confiture de papillons, by Shih-Yen Huang (France andTaiwan, 2021) – 6 min Écorce, by Silvain Monney and Samuel Patthey (Switzerland, 2020) – 15 min Le parc, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 min 13 years and older. *Featured Pictures
With Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Claudia Ferri, Raïa Haïdar, Geneviève Brouillette, Manuel Tadros, France Castel The clash of cultures as told through the story of Houwayda, who has embraced a western lifestyle, and her sister Joëlle, who even as immigrant has remained profoundly Lebanese. The Sticky Side of Baklava is a tender comedy of manners, brimming with laughs, imbroglios and paradoxes, and inhabited by a cast of Québeckers and Lebanese who are as annoying as they are endearing. Like Pierre, Houwayda’s bobo husband, who secretly hopes that his wife will not try to liberate herself further from the traditional values she believes she has left behind. A biting and affectionate portrait of Montreal’s Lebanese community, and of Québec. With its humorous treatment of the culture clash of immigration, The Sticky Side of Baklava is a heartwarming film that seeks to bring people together by embracing our differences. General Rating.
The Best of Annecy Kids 2021 assembles funny, touching and poetic short films that children will adore! In the program:Pon-Pon-Partyyy, by GOBELINS, l’école de l’image (France, 2021) – 1 minTemps de cochon, by Emmanuelle Gorgiard (France, 2020) – 9 minPrintsessa y bandit, by Mikhail Aldashin and Sosnina Mariya (Russia, 2020) – 3 min*Kiko et les animaux, by Yawen Zheng (France and Switzerland 2020) – 7 minTulip, by Phoebe Wahl and Andrea Love (USA, 2020) – 9 min*Bémol, by Oana Lacroix (Switzerland, 2020) – 6 minPod oblakami, by Vasilisa Tikunova (Russia, 2021) – 4 minUn caillou dans la chaussure, by Éric Montchaud (France and Switzerland, 2020) – 11 min* 6 years and older. *Featured Pictures
A football coach afraid of commitment has to take care of his nephew with Asperger’s Syndrome. Source: IMDB
CANADIAN PREMIERE Internationale Competition – Locarno Film Festival , Switzerland – 2019Official Selection – Sarajavo Film Festival – 2019Official Competition – Film Fest Gent , Belgium – 2019 Frank is fired from a car repair workshop where he works illegally. In his area, it’s the zone. Although very attached to his life with Maroussia, Frank must leave to find work elsewhere, far from home. Twelve thousand euros is the sum of which they both agree, the amount he must earn before returning. Will Frank succeed in collecting this sum? Will he come back? Will he just come back like that.
Audience Award – Palm Springs IFF – 2020Audience Award – CinemAsia FF – 2020Special Mention or the Green Log award – Film Festival della Lessinia – 2020Premio Della Giuria Microcosmo – Film Festival della Lessinia – 2020Premio Lessinia D’Oro for Best Film – Film Festival della Lessinia – 2020 A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, in a village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8 day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Though poor, the villagers extend a warm welcome to their new teacher, but he faces the daunting task of teaching the village children without any supplies. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.
A family gets together one summer day to celebrate the mother’s 70 birthday. Things seem peaceful and joyous until the unexpected arrival of the younger sister who had vanished four years before. Film suitable for viewing by all ages (QC)
Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) – Sundance Film Festival – 2015Audience Award (Dramatic) – Sundance Film Festival – 2015 ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be. 13 years and older.
Christian, an ornithologist, works on a lifetime project. He wants to teach orphaned white-fronted geese how to migrate. Using his ultralight airplane he will guide them, from Norway to France, along safe migration routes. Thomas is sceptical about his father foolhardy plans. Stuck at his father’s farm, the teenager gets to spend time with the birds. Gradually, Thomas connects with the geese and cares about them. Soon father and son embark on the most fantastic journey… Film suitable for viewing by all ages (QC)