The 16th edition of Montreal’s Sommets du cinéma d’animation wrapped up on 26th November. The grand prize was awarded to Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 2015 short World of Tomorrow.
The award for The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts which had its Canadian premiere at Sommets, was supplemented by a cash prize of C$2000.
Frédérick Tremblay’s Dolls Don’t Cry won the Guy-L.-Coté Award for best animated Canadian film which came with a cash prize of C$1,500, while Samuel Patthey’s Travelogue Tel Aviv won the Framestore Award for the best film of the International Student Competition, with a cash prize of C$1,000.
The jury comprised of Pierre-Luc Granjon, François Lévesque, Caroline Dhavernas, Janet Perlman, and Jean-Luc Delhougne.
Besides its competition screenings, Sommets offered a number of innovative programming at the intersection of animation and the performing arts.
This year, one of the screenings combined films with live acrobatic performances by Cirquantique while another screening showed the films of Joël Vaudreuil against a live performance by the band Cheval fou.
The multi-disciplinary approach continued with the well attended five-hour masterclass by Matthew Rankin, who worked with members of the audience to create examples of animation using his experimental light-animation and digital compositing techniques that he’d used on his latest short The Tesla World Light.