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"Animation and the Essence of Storytelling"

By Marc Bertrand

Animation allows its creators an enormous amount of control over the process of filmmaking; the independent animation filmmaker is in charge of every frame produced. He or she sets the pace of the film, decides what the characters will look like, chooses the colours of the sets, imagines transitions between scenes and often reinvents an animation technique to create a unique world. Animators are gods - they create their own universes!

But what about storytelling?

Marc Bertrand, a producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) since 1998, will present clips of award-winning animated films to elucidate the secrets of storytelling in short animation. Time and again, film projects initiated by the NFB impressively reflect the country's cultural diversity and produce stories that can only be told through animation. Find out why animation may just be the best storytelling medium of all!

The NFB is Canada's twelve-time Academy Award-winning public film producer and distributor. An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions. In total, the NFB has produced over 13,000 productions which have won over 5,000 award since it was created in 1939.

14:00-14:30 Arrival /Registration of Guests

14:30-14:35 Opening Remarks by Allan Edwards, Director of Trade and Investment, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT)

14:35-15:35 "Animation and the Essence of Storytelling" by Marc Bertrand

15:35-16:15 Q&A and wrap up

Look forward to seeing you next Monday!


Please contact Ms. Sonia Lee at Sonia.Lee@international.gc.ca or Ms. Jessie Tso at Jessie.Tso@itnernational.gc.ca for more details.


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