World Festival of Animated Film /
short film edition 29 May - 3 June 2012
World Festival of Animated Film / short film edition 29 May - 3 June 2012
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Grand Competition Selection Committee   |   Marco de Blois


Marco de Blois is a programmer and curator of animation at the Cinémathèque québécoise, a Montreal-based film museum and archive. He organised many retrospectives for the Cinémathèque and other venues in Canada and abroad, and played a key role in the acquisition of many collections related to Canadian animation pioneers (Raoul Barré, Al Sens, Ryan Larkin, René Jodoin, etc.). He is also the programmer of the festival Les Sommets du cinéma d’animation which takes place annually in Montreal and Québec City. In 2012, his colleagues and he are working on the restoration of a recently discovered abstract short film by Gordon Webber, which could be the earliest example of independent animation in Québec. After studying cinema at the Université de Montréal, he became a regular contributor to the film magazine 24 images and a member of the editorial board. He wrote many essays and reviews on animation and American films. One of them, The first death of animation, was published in Marcel Jean’s Quand le cinéma d’animation rencontre le vivant (When Animation Meets the Living). He was on the jury of the international competition at the Ottawa Animation Festival in 2008.