The 2017 Animation Summits begin today in Montreal and go from November 22-26 at Cinémathèque Québécoise and Centre PHI.

The opening film is Benjamin Renner (Ernest et Célestine) and Patrice Imbert’s enjoyable (and family oriented) slapstick feature (the Oscar contender) The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, full of loony and sympathetic animals trying to be bad but with not much success.

Cam Christiansen’s The Wall will close the fest with a graver tone in following UK author David Hare at the wall separating Israel and Palestine. There will also be a presentation of a 4K restored version of Czech legend Jiri Trnka 1947’s puppet-animation film of The Czech Year.


There are dozens of fascinating short films from around the world in various programs. And also the return of the program of Very shorts introducing one minute films.

Masterclasses will include Beauty and the Beast and Lion King‘s producer Don Hahn. (Wednesday 22 November 22 at 10:30 AM, at Cinémathèque Québécoise).

The enchanted world of Joël Vaudreuil will get a retrospective. And his own masterclass will take the shape of a live interactive performance with rock group Cheval Fou (Saturday November 25, 9PM, Cinémathèque Québécoise).

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