The NFB at the 2021 International Francophone Film Festival in Acadia


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The National Film Board of Canada will have another solid film list this year International Francophone Film Festival in Acadia (FICFA, the international francophone film festival in Acadia), which will present four animated short films produced or co-produced by the NFB. These films tell their unique, funny and touching stories in the classic NFB tradition of auteur animation. The 35th FICFA will take place online and in Greater Moncton from November 11-19, 2021, and the selection of events will be shown only at in-person screenings.


The four animated short films selected for FICFA 2021:

  • Weeds (Bad seeds) by Claude Cloutier, the third animated film by this seasoned and award-winning animator to be screened as part of the FICFA, after Sleeping betty (2007) and Car front (2015).
  • Chronicles of the Center-Sud (Chronicles of the Center-Sud) by Richard Suicide and Turtle syndrome (Turtle syndrome) by Samuel Cantin, two highly entertaining films that are part of the second edition of the film produced by the NFB Comic Book Chronicles, a collection of short films that celebrates the strong affinity between comics and animation.
  • Like a river (Flowing Home / Nhu mt dng sng) by Sandra Desmazires, a beautifully crafted paper animated film that is currently acclaimed on Canadian and international festival circuits.

Weeds by Claude Cloutier (6min22s)
Co-produced by LUnit centrale and the ONF
Press kit:

  • Growth goes hand in hand with rivalry and evolution with competition, in this heart-breaking animated duel studded with allusions to the western, the Cold War, board games and more.
  • Having lost nothing of his style of drawing in ink on paper and his absurd humor, Claude Cloutier offers the last of 12 animated films produced or co-produced with the NFB.
  • Among the awards received in 2021: Best Animation, NYC Short Film Festival; Audience Award of the International Competition, Sommets du cinéma d’Animation, Montreal; Animated short Grand Prix du Jury, Calgary International Film Festival.

Chronicles of the Center-Sud (Chronicles Center-Sud) by Richard Suicide (4min)
Produced by the NFB
Press kit:

  • In the Center-Sud borough of Montreal, a writer finds inspiration by observing his ingenious neighbor, Piton. This animated short offers an insanely funny portrait of a neighborhood undergoing transformation, and is voiced in English by Harry Standjofski.
  • Richard Beaulieu (aka Richard Suicide) is a major figure in the Quebec underground comic strip scene. Chronicles of the Center-Sud won the Marc-Olivier Lavertu prize (2014) and the Bdlys Québec prize for comic strip of the year (2015).
  • Prizes: Cole NAD Award for Best Animation, Fantastic Qubcois Cinema Weekends, Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal (2021).

Turtle syndrome (Turtle syndrome) by Samuel Cantin (4min)
Produced by the NFB
Press kit:

  • What disease can Henri Castagnette suffer from? Overwhelmed by anxiety, the young man places his fate in the hands of the exuberant Dr Von Strudel.
  • This frenzied and hilarious medical tale is voiced in English by Marcel Jeannin and Wyatt Bowen.
  • Comic artist and screenwriter Samuel Cantin published the first volume of White horse in 2015 and won the Bdlys prize for the best comic strip published in Quebec. Volume 2 was released in 2017 and published in a collected edition in Cantin also wrote the script for the short film Mr. Cashmere.

Like a river (Flowing Home / Nhu mt dng sng) by Sandra Desmazires (15 min)
Co-produced by Les Films de l’Arlequin and the NFB
Press kit:

  • Child of a Vietnamese mother and a French father, Sandra Desmazires directed an award-winning animated short about two sisters separated by war for almost 20 years. The letters they exchange are their only way to connect as Thao and Sao Ma write about their daily life, memories, war and its ghosts.
  • Among the awards received in 2021: Best Animation, LA Shorts 2021 International Film Festival and Special Mention, Short Film of the Year, Fall Festival.
  • In Canada, the film was selected for screening at the FIN Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, among others.

Related links

International Festival of Francophone Cinema in Acadia (FICFA)
Central unit
The Harlequin Films

French version here | French version here.

About the NFB

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