Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre brings a new approach to animation and documentary filmmaking by blurring the lines between the two genres. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s animated documentary work shows new approaches in nonfiction storytelling, blurring the lines between documentary and drama.
The award-winning director and film animator has directed several animated documentary films including Post-Partum , McLaren’s Negatives , Passages , The Sapporo Project , Female , JUTRA and Flocons.
Saint-Pierre’s work has claimed international attention being shown in over 150 film festivals as well as international recognition winning many Awards including two Jutra awards.She has been featured in books, magazines as well as on television. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre founded MJSTP Films, an animation and documentary production company in 2004. She has lectured on the art of the animated documentary filmmaking in Europe, Asia and in Canada. She has also been a jury member for many events such as Arts Council, Film Festivals and Nominating Comitees.
In 2008, she was selected as the international artist in residency for the S-AIR Inter-cross Creative Center in Sapporo, Japan.
Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independant curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He’s interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces.
Vallée is questionning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances have been shown in various festivals (MUTEK, O.F.N.I., FICFA, Les Percéides, (…)) and his experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe, has been screened internationnaly. His latest short film, Le bulbe tragique, won the ”Best Canadian Work” at WNDX (Festival of Moving Image). He’s also the co-founder & programmer of Ibrida*Pluri Festival, along with Sonya Stefan & Samuel Bonony.
Guillaume Vallée’s completing a PhD in Études et Pratiques des Arts at UQAM, under the direction of Louis Jacob & Mario Côté. His Research-Creation thesis is about the notions of DIY apparatus, scene and the artist as bricoleur, around the practices of experimental cinema.
performing and mapping artist
After graduating with a BA in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte undertook a second undergraduate degree at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM), which led to a master’s degree in 2006. Her works has been presented in numerous exhibitions in Québec – at the SAT, the Darling Foundry, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, Optica and Circa among others – and screened in many festivals in Canada – MUTEK, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Festival International du film sur l’art, and around the world – International short film festival of Berlin and Official Selection at Transmediale Berlin (Germany), Otherworldly, Manchester Urban Screens (UK), EXiS (Korea), Moscow International film Festival and Finnish Contemporary Art Fair.
Multidisciplinary artist Nelly-Ève Rajotte works at the confluence of performance, video and installation. Known among others for her monumental projections, Rajotte is interested in the sensory condition of the spectator experience. She investigates the relationship in space and probes the arborescence of physical sensations and psychological states registered through perception. In this sense, her joint work of image and sound reflects a certain alterity of representation and experience.
Around the recurring figure of the landscape, Rajotte takes a romantic approach where tension and opposition interplay with composition used to explore the building process of the images. She borrows from cinematographic strategies, editing effects and staging that not only transform, but aesthetize reality. The landscape is refined and fragile, and the landscape is thus asserted through the artist’s operations as a cultural object. Her sound accomplishes this unnatural shift of images, weaving around her some sort of atypical universe to the point anxiety. The acoustic environment doubles the sensory experience of the work by simultaneously conflicting and supporting the image’s narrative. These frames meet, repel each other and destabilize their reception, in sort, they challenge the heart of the work.
Multidisciplinary artist, Alexis Bellavance works within time. His findings, sometimes loud, sometimes silent, are concrete observations of his surroundings. Cycles, positions, laws, echoes, materials, become the segments of conceptual scaffoldings that leads to multiple disciplines: audio art, performance, installation, photography. The consequences of his work are empirical results emerging from his attention to reality and certain of its accidents.
He is co-founder of the Montreal based performance event VIVA! Art action, an active member of the art center Perte de Signal and a board member of Centre des arts actuels Skol.
Alexis Bellavance’s work has been presented in numerous events, festivals, galleries and artist-run centres in North America, Europe and Asia. He lives in Montreal, CA.
Composer and audio-visual artist
Line Katcho is a Montreal composer and audio-visual artist who is meticulous, rigorous and passionate. Primarily interested in sound and image as demonstrations of kinetic matter, gestures, forces or motion, she distinguishes herself by her experimental approach and affinity for perceptual games.
A Master’s Graduate with Honours in Electroacoustic Composition from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, and AEC graduate in commercial photography from Dawson College, she leans towards a mixing of styles, genres and applied methods. Her empirical approach aims at creating a cathartic, holistic experience, expressed furthermore in her performances by her authentic nature.
Her internationally acclaimed work has been presented at festivals such as MUTEK (MTL, AR, MX, ES), MA / IN Matera INtermedia, Currents new media, Espace [IM] MEDIA, Elektra and Akousma; she was awarded the first prize in the 2014 electroacoustic competition Jeux de Temps/Times Play and the Award of Distinction in the audio-visual category at the MA/IN 2016 Festival. Line Katcho actively collaborates with choreographer and dancer James Viveiros, the Paysage Primitif collective, and also performs as a VJ under the moniker La Hyèna.
Nathalie Bujold joined the l’Oeil de Poisson collective when it was founded in 1985. In 1992, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Université Laval and was awarded the Prix René-Richard. In 2016, she obtained a Master’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM. The same year, her work was exhibited at Vidéochroniques, Marseille. Monograph programs of her single-channel videos have been presented at GIV, Vidéographe, Heure Exquise! and Pleasure Dome. In 2008, she was awarded the Prix de la création artistique by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for her video Les trains où vont les choses. Her work has been presented in Canada at Stride and AKA as well as in numerous places across Quebec, notably the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Musée national de beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and the festivals AKOUSMA, Phos, FIMAV, FIFA and Percéides.
director, scriptwriter and editor
Pier-Philippe Chevigny is a director, screenwriter and editor from Montreal, Quebec. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including music videos, documentaries, television shows and commercial spots. His fiction films focus on sociopolitical themes such as immigration and social justice. His 2014 short film Tala has gathered international attention, selected in over 40 festivals worldwide and bought by european channel ARTE. Recently, Vétérane has had its world premiere at the prestigious Festival international du film francophone in Namur, Belgium, and has won multiple awards at Gala Prends ça court. He is currently writing the screenplay for his first feature-length film.
sound designer and editor
With a Master’s degree in the relationship between contemporary music and cinematic sound, Bruno Pucella has more than 15 years’ experience in sound design and recording. While fiction remains his principal focus, he regularly collaborates on documentary films and performing arts projects. A musician himself, he integrates music into his sound design, and has recently written the soundtrack for a documentary and produced the original music for two dance shows. At the same time, he directed and wrote the screenplay for a documentary (Gospel According to Vivienne, 2011) as well as three short films, the most recent of which, Davaï, has been presented in a dozen international festivals.
filmmaker, animator and cartoonist
Eleonore Goldberg is a Franco-Canadian filmmaker, animator and cartoonist. Born in France, she spent part of her childhood in Zaïre and Congo. She left France for Quebec, Canada, at the age of 19. After studying Visual Arts, Eleonore turned to animation cinema. She has a BFA in Animation and a MFA in Film Production (Concordia University). She publishes her graphic novels with collectives since 2006, and she also teachs drawing, illustration and animation since 2013. Her animated short-films are screened in international festivals. Her animated short’s script for My Yiddish Papi won the «SODEC / SARTEC prize» and the “Special Jury Prize” within the contest Cours Écrire Ton Cours in 2011.
Her animated short-film Wandering was nominated at the Gala du cinéma québécois in 2014. Eleonore collaborated on several film projects, such as the features Wall, The Wandering Muse, and On My Mother’s Side. She illustrated the graphic novel The Young Lady in White (2016), published by Mécanique générale Editions.
Eleonore completed My Yiddish Papi in 2017, with Picbois Productions and the National Film Board of Canada.