Every year, in time for the first snow, the city of Montreal hosts the Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the event starts today (and is on until the 27th) at Cinémathèque Québécoise with the presentation of the animated feature Window Horses by Ann Marie Fleming. The Sommets will showcase 150 shorts, from all around the world, mainly offering their usual alternative to Disney and Pixar.

With all the controversy about women filmmakers being marginalized locally and globally it is refreshing to see the work of women being highlighted (not only by the management choice for the opening) with red carpet treatment extended to gifted filmmakers Diane Obomsawim (film presentation of J’aime les Flles) and Oscar winner Joan Gratz (a claypainting ace). Both will give a Masterclass.


The boys, of course, will also attend. Let’s mention Théodore Ushev’s brilliant short Blind Vaysha (in 3D!) and Steven Woloshen experiences in playing with Oscar Peterson for Casino.

Other highlights, mainly at Cinémathèque, beside the International competitions, feature a Stop-motion workshop (Saturday morning), A marathon (tonight 9PM) of 33 shorts in 55 minutes and a public open industry film-pitch (friday, 10AM, Centre PHI).