French Animation Unit

Our production philosophy is to touch and move our audiences through film projects that privilege the role of creators and prioritize the creative process, with the aim of producing works that stimulate creative and community spirit among filmmakers working together.

Located in Montreal, the NFB’s French Animation Unit is a one-of-a-kind creative space. Freedom of expression, innovation, research and experimentation are at the heart of all of our creative projects. We look for strong narrative or experimental film proposals with unique aesthetic and technical features, across a wide range of animation techniques.

The unit takes a balanced approach to programming, allowing us to reach diverse audiences through different forms and genres, from narrative films that employ more traditional storytelling to experimental films aimed at niche audiences, as well as interactive or immersive projects for public spaces.

The unit is based in Montreal but covers all of francophone Canada. It has about 23 projects—ranging from linear or immersive animation to installations—on the go at any given time, and in every stage of production, from Investigate to Launch. Notable recent productions and co-productions include Jean-François Lévesque’s I, Barnabé (2020), which won the Silver Spike Short Award at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain and the Best Short Award – CG Animation Competition at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, in Tokyo, Japan; Claude Cloutier’s Bad Seeds (2020), winner of the international competition People’s Choice Award at the Sommets du cinéma d’animation in Montreal and the Festival Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the Calgary International Film Festival; and Michelle and Uri Kranot’s The Hangman at Home  – VR (2020), a VR experience that’s received a number of awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Immersive Work at Mostra in Venice and Best VR Interactive Experience at Cannes XR.

How to submit

Visit the Directing & Co-producing page to learn about project submission process and criteria.

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Questions? 438-337-8417

Christine Noël
Executive Producer, French Animation Unit and English Animation Unit
Marc Bertrand
Producer, French Animation Unit
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