Friday, July 8, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection: Il Était Encore Une Fois

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection 
Il Était Encore Une Fois (Once Upon Another Time)

The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Roxanne Baril-Monfette's animated film Il Était Encore Une Fois (Once Upon Another Time) as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best Animated Film.

Il Était Encore Une Fois


The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th. While we will only announce our full selection of our Top 100 around July 15th and while there is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.

These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.


Il Était Encore Une Fois (Once Upon Another Time)
Roxanne Baril-Monfette

Directed and Written by Roxanne Baril-Monfette

The Cégep du Vieux Montréal invited the YoungCuts Film Festival this year to come talk to the students about best practices when submitting short films to film festivals and to watch the films by the graduating class. As we have written before, inviting a YoungCuts representative to your year-end screening is always a good idea.

Il Était Encore Une Fois was the first film that we saw at the first of two animation screenings at CVM and we will fell in love with it immediately. Like all CVM films, it has a French title but no dialogue, so the story must be told purely visually.

(This is a very good idea by the way, it gives all of the films that come out of CVM universal appeal.)

Il Était Encore Une Fois takes the traditional Aesop fairy tale of the Fox and his grapes (where the phrase "sour grapes" comes from) and tells a new story built on the old. The animation pays tribute to Tex Avery and Hayao Miyazaki while still being a fresh, original voice.

Maître Corbeau/Mister Crow


Runtime: 1 min: 14 sec
Completion: 2011
Country of Origin: Canada (Quebec)

Synopsis: Il Était Encore Une Fois présente une version revisitée d'une fable populaire qui a bercé l'enfance de maintes générations. Maître Renard, parvenant à obtenir son fromage tant désirée, ne se douta point que Maître Corbeau, cette fois-ci, le lui offrirait dans son emballage métallique.

Synopsis: Once Upon Another Time revisits the classic fable that has been told to children for generations. Mister Fox finally gets his cheese only to find that Mister Crow has encased it in a metal container!

Maître Renard/Mister Fox


Bio Cinéaste: Roxanne Baril-Monfette, née à Trois-Rivières en 1987, a rapidement développé un goût pour les arts visuels et l'animation. C'est par ailleurs au cégep du Vieux Montréal qu'elle y consacrera cinq ans pour produire et animer d'abord son premier court-métrage en dessin animé (Koöngo, 2009), et par la suite en animation 3D (Il Était Encore Une Fois, 2011). Diplômes en main, elle travaille maintenant dans le domaine de l'animation.

Filmmaker Bio: Born in Three-Rivers in 1987, Roxanne quickly developed a taste for visual arts and animation. She has just finished a five year animation program at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Her first film was the traditionally animated Koöngo (2009) and her follow-up film is the 3D Animated film Il Était Encore Une Fois. Having earned her diploma, she is currently working in the animation field.

Filmmaker Age: 24

A Triumphant Mister Crow Laughs at a Disgusted Mister Fox


The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Screenings will be at the Guzzo Spheretech beginning on Friday, September 30th. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including Il Était Encore Une Fois (Once Upon Another Time)!

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