Ottawa International Animation Festival: Score one for France! [fr]

From September 19th to 23rd, Ottawa was the centre of the animation world.

French animation school Supinfocom was awarded the
2012 award for Best Animation School Showreel.

On the occasion of the prestigious Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which takes place on September 19-23 this year, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada has invited GOBELINS, School of the Image to share its expertise-in demand in studios around the world-and the finer details of character animation with students and professionals.

A series of conferences has already been planned out between Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

Screening in Ottawa of the french film in competition

In official competition at Ottawa International Film Festival:

Le Tableau (The Painting)

A film by Jean-François Laguionie,


Jean-François Laguionie and Le Tableau scriptwriter Anik Leray will present the screening of their film on:

Friday September 21st at 7pm

at the National Arts Center - Theatre (Gala) in Ottawa

There will be an other screening of the film
on Saturday September 22nd at 9:15 pm
at the Empire Theatres Rideau Centre in Ottawa.
More info

Le Tableau - Making of

Join director Jean-François Laguionie and writer Anik Leray for an in-depth conversation about the innovative and beautifully crafted tale of an unfinished painting whose artist has abandoned his incomplete creations.

Thursday September 20th at 5pm

at the National Gallery - Lecture Hall in Ottawa .

More info

Conferences with Moïra Marguin and Cécile Blondel, for GOBELINS, School of the Image

The Animation Department at GOBELINS, School of the Image, was created more than 30 years ago to prepare young, talented artists for the animated film industry emerging in France in the 1970s.

Today, its "Character animation and animated film making" program is known around the world for its quality and for the level of professionalism that its students acquire.

Among the assets in the department’s favour are a world-renowned mastery of character animation and teaching methods that keep an ear to the industry’s needs.

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Oktapodi est un film de fin d’études réalisé en 2007 par des étudiants des Gobelins. Le film a reçu une vingtaine des distinctions les plus prestigieuses du monde de l’animation dont :
Nommé aux Oscars 2009 - Los Angeles - Best Animated Short Film -Siggraph Asia 2008 - Jury Award

Moïra Marguin, head of Animation for Gobelins and Cécile Blondel, International Relations Manager will be in Canada from September 13th to September 22nd and Moira Marguin will do 4 conferences :

- Friday September 14th in Vancouver during SPARK Animation 12 at the Vancouver Int’l Film Centre : more info

- Monday September 17th in Toronto during The Toronto Animated Arts Festival International: more info

- Wednesday September 19th in Ottawa during the Ottawa International animation festival (for Television Animation Conference professionals only): More info

- Friday September 21st in Montréal at the Cinémathèque Québécoise: More info

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Dodudindon - Gobelin 2009

GOBELINS: la French touch, worldwide

A level 1 certification, the character animation and animated film-making course allows students to master both traditional and digital animation techniques (2D and 3D), with professional methods similar to those found in an animation studio.

The projects produced by the students are shown at many festivals around the world. In fact, these projects often win such prestigious prizes as "Best Animation" at Imagina (Monaco), "Best Show" at SIGGRAPH (United States), "Best Student Film" at Anima Mundi (Brazil), and the "Special International Jury Prize" in Hiroshima (Japan), among others. In 2009, the film Oktapodi was nominated for an Oscar in the animated short film category.

GOBELINS alumni work in the majority of French studios, particularly Alphanim, BUF, Dargaud Marina, Je suis bien content, Mac Guff, Millimages, Moonscoop, Ubisoft, Xilam, but they also go on to such international studios as Disney, Dreamworks, Electronic Arts, Framestore, Pixar, and Sony.

The recipe for this success: ever-evolving teaching methods and constant contact with industry professionals


GOBELINS’ teaching methods master the complex educational alchemy of combining creative, technical, and professional elements. The professional aspect covers individual projects, helps students develop their talents, and provides students with in-depth technical qualifications.

GOBELINS, School of the Image, sets itself apart from other art schools: it offers young professionals an education focused on the current and future needs of companies in the industry. Since its creation more than 40 years ago under the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the school has incorporated the newest technology into its courses of study: photography, multimedia, animated cinema, graphic communication, graphic design, and so on. The school strives to stay on the cutting edge of the market. The creative aspect is, of course, very present in the school’s teaching methods, but always set in a professional context: there aren’t many lectures at GOBELINS, if any at all. The products undertaken at the school are occasionally orders from outside companies, subject to all different constraints: budget, deadlines, themes... The school establishes its own objectives and pedagogical plans, but each exercise is developed in collaboration with professionals or companies, who, as a result, are at the heart of the program. These professionals also sit on the juries that determine which students advance to the upper levels of the program and obtain their diplomas. At the end of the course of study, the grade assigned by this professional jury takes on additional importance.

GOBELINS, School of the Image - A leader in the field of image and media, GOBELINS, School of the Image, is one of the ten schools of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP). Each year, more than 700 students and 1400 apprentices in training in the following fields: multimedia, video games, animated cinema, graphic communication, graphic design, photography, video, and sound. GOBELINS’ continuing education programs are ISO 9001-certified.

Last modified on 28/09/2012

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