Angakuksajaujuq (The Shaman’s Apprentice) by Zacharias Kunuk

10 days of the best in stop motion animation

Online from September 10 to 19

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The world’s first festival dedicated entirely to the art of stop motion animation, Festival Stop Motion Montréal returns for a 13th edition which will run online from September 10 to 19. For 10 straight days, moviegoers across the world will have the chance to discover an original selection of 93 stop motion films, organized into 12 short competition programs, via the Cinéma Public website.

This year, the Festival is shining a spotlight on Indigenous artists and will offer a roundtable discussion entitled Indigenous Stop motion Productions—Voices and Images, which will be live-streamed free of charge on Facebook, Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Presented in collaboration with Wapikoni, this event moderated by director Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush will feature Terril Calder (filmmaker), Melanie Jackson (director and producer), Zacharias Kunuk (director and producer, IsumaTV), and Neil Christopher (producer, Taqqut Productions Inc.). A selection of films directed or produced by the guest panelists will also be part of the Festival program.

A character animation workshop: From 2D to StopMo with Jean-François Lévesque, a renowned filmmaker and multidisciplinary animator (2D, 3D, stop motion), will take place in person, in an intimate yet socially-distanced atmosphere at the Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette (MIAM) in Outremont, on September 13–14, or September 16–17. This two-day workshop is perfect for 2D or 3D animators who wish to learn the stop motion technique, or for stop motion animators looking to improve their skills. The participation fee ($250 + tx) includes a complimentary Festival VIP Pass which gives passholders unlimited access to the full program, including the latest short film by Jean-François Lévesque, I, Barnabé (2020).

To reserve your place (limited availability):


The Festival VIP Pass, presented by TONIC DNA, offers 13 hours of the best film in stop motion cinema, including six regular short film competition programs, two family-friendly Youth Film programs, two TNT — Terrifying, Naked & Twisted programs (mature content), the Sneak-Up program (documentaries), a special program showcasing films from Indigenous artists, and a short film competition program exclusive to Canada viewers.

In addition, VIP pass holders will have access to exclusive content and perks such as behind-the-scenes studio tours and film production visits, as well as a private exchange group hosted on Facebook, games, networking sessions and more. They’ll also get to attend a special Q&A session with Joseph Wallace, the British director of the highly anticipated 2022 film Salvation Has No Name. Canadian audiences will have access to watch the short film Angakuksajaujuq (The Shaman’s Apprentice) by Zacharias Kunuk, which will have its Quebec Premiere at Festival Stop Motion Montréal.

Early bird presale for VIP Passes is on now until September 5 on Eventbrite for $46 (taxes included) or festival-goers can purchase a regular-priced pass starting September 6 via the Cinéma Public website for $54 (taxes included).

The complete program is now available on


Virtual edition—September 10–19, 2021

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