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Festival Stop Motion Montreal’s 9th edition

Festival Stop Motion Montreal’s 9th edition


Festival Stop Motion Montreal’s 9th edition officially kicks off with our 2017 call for entries and we can’t wait to discover your animated treasures! Our selection committee is famished and ready to feast on a stop motion marathon of films!

It is therefore with great pleasure that we cordially invite you to submit your films for our 9th festival edition !

You can find answers to your questions concerning eligibility criteria, important dates and accepted formats on the Submit a Film section of our website. Don’t forget to read the Festival rules in their entirety before submitting your work.

The deadline for film submissions is June 30th, 2017 at midnight

Save the dates; the 9th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montreal will be held September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2017!

View and share our 2017 promo video 


Montreal Stop Motion Festival Highlights

The full text of the Stop Motion Festival newsletter can be read HERE.

8th Edition Highlights

The 8th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montreal took place this past September 16th, 17th and 18th. On behalf of the entire team, we thank you again for having contributed to the success of our 2016 edition.

It is with pleasure that we bring you the highlights of our last edition. Access our complete “Festival Summary” case file with images. The summary is also available on our website through the home page.
Album photos / Photos albums

Accédez également à nos albums photos de la dernière édition sur notre site Internet:

Access our photo albums of the 8th edition on our website as well:







More squashed dinos!

At the October 16th meeting, François and Keith made a lot of progress on our stop motion film project. Being in suite 700 really helped since they were able to set up in a bedroom and work without distractions and the effects of ambient lighting.

Unfortunately, this means they missed most of the meeting as well.  With a bit of luck, and François’ work schedule permitting, the last of the shooting will be completed at the November20th meeting.

And below, a rough cut of what our completed stop motion film will look like.

Stop Motion Festival info Letter, Vol 8 #4

You can download the complete info letter from the Stop Motion Festival from here.





The important stuff:

The Festival is fast approaching with less than 3 weeks remaining until the 8th edition kicks off! Festival VIP Pass sales continue online via La until September 15th while quantities last. Passes will also be available for purchase on site for 60$* at the box office during the Festival.

* Visit our web site to know all detail about prices and tickets counter opening hours.

Our full virtual program is now available online!

You can also now download a free PDF version of our full program, complete with calendar of activities and Festival poster on our website! Click here to view it

The Stop motion film project is advancing!

François has sent me the latest rushes from the MonSFFA stop motion project!! Those asteroids are really moving, dinos haven’t a chance!

Next month we take a break from the filming to host our mega book sale, but then in August, François and Keith plan to try completing the filming. It’s possibly still going to take more time, but plans are under way to set up some sessions outside our meeting dates.



MonSFFilms’ Pterodactyl Takes Flight!


After many months of planning, pre-production work, and test footage, MonSFFA’s film division, MonSFFilms, began shooting on its paper-cut-out, stop-motion animated short film project.

With final character art completed by writer/art director Keith Braithwaite, and the articulated model cardboard “skeletons”, or armatures, fashioned by animator Francois Menard on hand, production crew members Josée Bellemare, Cathy Palmer-Lister, and Marquise assembled the shooting models under Francois’ supervision. Meanwhile, Mark Burakoff, fabricator of our animation stand, Keith, Dominique Durocher, Marc Durocher, and others set up a shooting stage in a corner of the club’s meeting room.

Animator Francois Menard snaps a frame of a T-Rex test-model last August, at the outset of our project. This session also served as a try-out of our Mark Burakoff-built animation stand. The film’s visual elements will, for the most part, be made of cardboard and crayon-coloured construction paper.
During MonSFFA’s recent April meeting, Francois checks his monitor and snaps a frame during the shooting of scenes for the club’s latest film project.










Two scenes were committed to digital media on this day, each starring our story’s Pterodactyl.

A quick review of the dailies before the crew packed up for the afternoon drew positive commentary, with many noting that the scene looked a lot better than they’d expected. Despite the simplicity and two-dimensional nature of this paper-cut-out piece of animation, the resulting images displayed a certain three-dimensional quality, due in large part, it was noted, to our option of shooting physical elements on a multi-plane animation stand. The deft lighting of clouds (cotton wadding) resulted in a visually striking environment through which our Pterodactyl could fly.

The shoot will continue in the coming months.

Francois adjusts the shooting model of our Pterodactyl during the club’s recent April meeting. Tufts of cotton wadding can be seen, here, resting on several of the animation stand’s planes, creating a convincing skyscape through which the Pterodactyl could fly.
Francois manipulates and views the animation model on a monitor hooked up to the camera.