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Jean-François Lévesque attended the very first edition of the festival back in 2009 to present his film, The Necktie (NFB), in the short films competition. He hasn’t missed an edition as a festival-goer since!


This year marks the launch of his brand new film, I, Barnabé, also produced by the NFB, which has its world premiere at the last edition of the Annecy international animation festival this past June. Jean-François has prepared a special conference for the Festival Stop Motion Montréal community, his favorite annual event!


A true animation-marathon athlete, he will unveil all of the details and secrets behind his long road yet exciting adventure that has taken place over several years.


The different stages of the creative process will be presented, highlighting the work of local artists. The design, concept and fabrication of puppets, armatures, mechanical heads and sets, as well as the animation itself will be discussed. The filmmaker will also unveil the secrets of a special lighting technology used in the film, which is inspired by the way computer-generated images are rendered.


Jean-François Lévesque, with his 20 years of experience in the animation industry, is committed to answering the questions of our virtual audience in complete honesty and candor in order to help viewers who are considering embarking on the adventure of making their own film one day.

As a cherry on top of our exclusive behind the scenes conference and thanks to the gracious support of the NFB, all VIP passholders that register for this in-depth LIVE masterclass will have the privilege of gaining access to view an online version of the film, I, Barnabé in its entirety!


À la carte ticket viewers who purchase the replay version on VUCAVU will also receive a private link to access the film screening a few days after the closing of the Festival.


All detail available on the Festival Ticket sale website spage.

Live on Zoom* and recorded video broadcasted on VUCAVU from Sept. 18-20.


Masterclass : The creation and fabrication process

behind the film, I, Barnabé.

Thursday, Sept. 17th, 7PM

Jean - François Lévesque - NFB, (Qc) Canada

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Photo : Office nationale du film du Canada



Jean-François Lévesque was born in Saint-Gabriel-de-Rimouski, Quebec, in 1978. He studied traditional animation at Capilano College in Vancouver and was subsequently hired by Atomic Cartoons. In 2000, he moved to Montreal, where he worked in advertising (Productions Pascal Blais), directed his first independent film (La cigarette, 2003), and created animation for the television series Toupie et Binou (Spectra Animation). In October 2004, he won the NFB French Animation Studio’s 17th Cinéaste recherché(e) Competition. That creative residency allowed him to complete Le nœud cravate (The Necktie, 2008), which would go on to win 15 awards, including the Jutra Prize for best animated film and the Fabrizio Bellocchio de I Castelli Animati Prize (Genzano, Italy). With The Necktie, Lévesque achieved his goal of mastering a wide range of animation techniques, including traditional animation, stop-motion, and 3D. As an independent filmmaker he was involved in one project after another, notably in collaboration with Valérie Dupras on two music videos, Entre deux taxis for the band Les Cowboys Fringants and Ficelles for singer-songwriter Ingrid St-Pierre. He also worked as an animator on the 2010 short film Citrouilles et vieilles dentelles (Pumpkins and Old Lace) by Juliette Loubières.


In I, Barnabé, his second project with the National Film Board of Canada, he continues the exploration of hybrid animation techniques he began with The Necktie.*Festivalgoers will also have the chance to revisit the director’s first stop motion film, The Necktie, which will be featured in this year’s special Quebec Talents thematic program.

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