press release: New direction at Festival Stop Motion Montreal

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On its way to the 11th edition – From September 16 to 22!

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Montreal, Tuesday, August 13, 2019Festival Stop Motion Montreal is proud to present Marie Valade and Dominique Côté as the new co-directors of the event. With their experience, respectively as coordinator and programmer of the Festival, they take over from Érik Goulet and enthusiastically prepare the 11th edition which will take place from September 16 to 22, 2019.

During ten years at the helm of the Festival, founder and director Érik Goulet developed, promoted and shared his passion for the technique of stop motion. Last year, he announced that he wanted to take on new professional challenges, passing the torch to his long-term collaborators.

“The event has grown, and it remains the first of its kind dedicated to stop-motion animation in the world!” says the former director of the Festival. A new duo will manage the event and Érik Goulet has no doubt about their potential and their creativity. “They are the perfect fit to pursue our mission and bring new ideas and a fresh look to our beloved event.”

Initially a volunteer and then a coordinator of Festival Stop Motion Montreal, Marie Valade is an independent filmmaker specializing in animation. She collaborates in the creation of cultural mediation projects, short films, music videos and feature films. Thanks to the artist centre Les Films de l’Autre, she is currently producing and directing a short film supported by SODEC and CALQ.

Involved for five years in the Festival Stop Motion team, Dominique Côté has contributed to the design and manufacture of puppets and accessories for multiple stop motion animation productions. Among them, several productions of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Since 2017, she has been Assistant Animator and Composer at the TONIC DNA advertising studio.

New Board of Directors

The Festival also welcomes a new Board of Directors: Luc Chamberland (president), Erik Goulet and Marie Valade (vice presidents), Yves Meunier (secretary), Brenda Lopez Zepeda (treasurer), and Dominique Côté, Hugo Bossaert, Shanna Segal and Sophie Roy (administrators).

New 2019 theme: Stop motion in the digital age

Festival Stop Motion Montreal is thrilled to unveil the official poster of the 2019 edition. To celebrate the diversity of media showcased this year, the new identity includes elements representing the main themes of this 11th edition. Highlighting past and present stop-motion techniques, the poster includes an arcade, a controller, and 8-bit graphics to illustrate the video game section of the Festival, while the virtual reality headset is a nod to the VR section. The camera, loyal partner of the stop-motion filmmaker, honours the stop-motion animation process, as the main section of the Festival remains the film screenings.

To discover the visual signature for the 11th edition, visit: stopmotionmontreal.com

About Festival Stop Motion Montreal

Created in 2009 by Érik Goulet, a stop-motion animation teacher at Concordia University, Festival Stop Motion Montreal is the world’s first festival dedicated to showcasing films animated exclusively using stop motion techniques. The Festival works to promote this amazing technique that creates the illusion of movement with objects or characters that would otherwise be inanimate. In the era of the digital revolution, stop-motion animation has experienced a resurgence over the past few years. It brings us handmade cinema, the texture of real materials and the fantasy made possible via frame-by-frame animation. The Festival gathers professionals and independent creators alike as well as enthusiasts and fans of all ages for a truly unique cinematic experience.

The full lineup of the 11th Festival Stop Motion Montreal will be announced on August 28.
For more information: www.StopMotionMontreal.com
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