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Films from the 2014 Tremplin competition premiere at FICFA, with women directors from Acadie, Ontario and British Columbia in attendance; next edition of Tremplin has its national launch at the festival. FICFA program also offers compelling selection of NFB animated shorts.

October 27, 2015 – Moncton – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be presenting a selection of short and animated films at the 29th Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA, the international festival of francophone films in Acadia), taking place from November 12 to 20, 2015, in and around Moncton, New Brunswick.

FICFA will present a special screening of the films produced for the eighth edition of the NFB’s annual Tremplin competition, on Saturday, November 14 at 3 p.m. at Cineplex Dieppe. The four shorts—directed by women from French-speaking communities outside Quebec, two of whom are from Acadie—highlight aspects of the Francophonie experience in various regions of the country while also addressing topical issues affecting the entire population. The two films by Acadian directors are in competition in the festival’s Best Acadian Short Film category.

Cafétéria (Cafeteria) by Francine Hébert (Acadie) takes us into the world of the community cafeteria, where, for some New Brunswick schools, healthy eating is both a shared goal and a learning opportunity. Le goût des belvas (Bittersweet Blues) by Stephanie David (Acadie) thoughtfully examines a dilemma that Acadians face: Should they adopt normative French to be better understood, or proudly continue to use their own language, which reflects their colourful and unique cultural identity? With Femmes debout (Standing Tall), Marie Ka (Vancouver) highlights the immigrant experience of three French-speaking women from Senegal, Mexico and Belgium. In Mes réseaux sociaux et moi (Social Me), Katia Café-Fébrissy (Toronto) profiles a young adult who takes a critical look at how social networks have shaped, and continue to shape, her identity, experiences and values.

This special Tremplin screening will be attended by Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Commissioner; Dominic Desjardins, Executive Producer – Canadian Francophonie Studio; Jac Gautreau, Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie; and the four filmmakers.

Two compelling short films have also been selected to screen out of competition. Theodore Ushev’s Manifeste de sang (Blood Manifesto), awarded the Prix créativité presented by MAtv at the 2015 Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, will be shown on Sunday, November 15, at 1 p.m.; and Autos Portraits (Carface), the latest from award-winning filmmaker and cartoonist Claude Cloutier (Sleeping Betty), arrives at FICFA after being selected as the opening film of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ) and being in official competition at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival as well as the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).

9th edition of the Tremplin competition
The NFB will take advantage of its presence at this 29th edition of FICFA to kick off the ninth annual Tremplin competition, which offers French-speaking filmmakers outside Quebec the opportunity to direct a first or second documentary under professional conditions. The competition, organized in collaboration with Radio-Canada, will be launched on Saturday, November 14, following the screening of the 2014 Tremplin films.

New office
Meanwhile, the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie and producer Jac Gautreau will take the opportunity to inaugurate their new office at 1040 Main St. in Moncton.

NFB workshop at FICFA
During the festival, the NFB will also present a workshop on virtual reality, which offers novel tools to serve creative ends. The workshop will focus on trends and technological innovations and look at some of the latest NFB 360° immersive productions to employ virtual reality. Aimed at filmmakers but also open to the public, the workshop will be held on November 13 at 1 p.m. at the Centre culturel Aberdeen.

Quick Facts

•    List of NFB films screening at FICFA

In competition for Best Acadian Short Film

o    Cafétéria (Cafeteria) by Francine Hébert (24 min)
      Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

An attempt to improve the cafeteria menu at an elementary school in Cocagne, southeastern New Brunswick, leads to the emergence of an entire movement. When the members of the community put their shoulders to the wheel, they manage to extricate themselves from the grip of multinational companies in order to promote local farmers. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine, Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie. Executive producer: Dominic Desjardins.

A native of St. Boniface, Manitoba, Francine Hébert lives in Cocagne, New Brunswick. She has been working in the film and television production industry since 2002. Cafétéria is her first short documentary.

o    Le goût des belvas (Bittersweet Blues) by Stephanie David (24 min)
      Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

Driven by the poetry of language, Le goût des belvas creates a parallel between the evolution of Acadian French and family memories. Produced by Maryse Chapdelaine, Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie. Executive producer: Dominic Desjardins.

A native of Petit-de-Grat, Nova Scotia, Stephanie David has participated in several theatre productions with Théâtre de l’Escaouette, the Pays de la Sagouine and Théâtre Capitol. Le goût des belvas is her first documentary.

Out of competition (films from the Tremplin competition)

o    Femmes debout (Standing Tall) by Marie Ka (24 min)
      Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

Three French-speaking women from Senegal, Mexico and Belgium take a look at their experience immigrating to Vancouver. They’ve taken up the challenge of rebuilding their lives to provide a “new world of possibility” for their children while seeking to find their place in Canadian society. Produced by Dominic Desjardins, executive producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio.

Marie Ka is a Senegalese-Martinican filmmaker living in Canada. She founded Picture Box, her own production company, in Dakar in 2005. In 2013, she left Senegal and moved to Vancouver. Marie is dedicated to developing projects that reflect her deep commitment to improving the lives of women and children.

o    Mes réseaux sociaux et moi (Social Me) by Katia Café-Fébrissy (24 min)
     Saturday, November 14, 3 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

Nya, a young Torontonian, takes a critical look at how social networks have shaped, and continue to shape, her identity, experiences and values. Produced by Dominic Desjardins, executive producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio.

A native of France currently based in Toronto, Katia Café-Fébrissy has worked in various fields throughout her professional life, including change management. Her body of work focuses on the evolution of social codes and self-representation.

Out of competition (animated films)

o    Manifeste de sang (Blood Manifesto) by Theodore Ushev (2 min)
     Sunday, November 15, 1 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

Theodore Ushev used his own blood to create a jarring political statement that ponders whether one’s ideals are really worth dying for. Produced by Marcy Page and Jelena Popovic. Executive producer: Michael Fukushima, NFB English Animation Studio.

Prix créativité presented by MAtv at the 2015 Festival du nouveau cinéma

The Bulgarian-born Canadian filmmaker has created a disturbing tract, narrating it himself in a gravelly voice. A poetic and philosophical work imbued with a healthy dose of disillusionment and cynicism.

o    Autos Portraits (Carface) by Claude Cloutier (4 min)
     Sunday, November 15, 1 p.m. – Cineplex Dieppe, Cinema 2

From filmmaker and cartoonist Claude Cloutier comes this scathing musical-comedy satire about the power of Big Oil, in which cars perform a song-and-dance number while the planet slides toward ruin. Produced by Julie Roy for the NFB’s French Animation Studio.

Autos Portraits is the seventh short film by Claude Cloutier, whose Sleeping Betty (2007) won a Genie, a Jutra, and more than 20 other awards around the world. Autos Portraits was the opening film of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ) and was in official competition at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival as well as the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Tremplin competition
Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie

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