September 23, 2008

Special Screening of Short Films From Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema Showcases Quebec Filmmakers

On Friday, September 26, "Le Grand Cru," a special selection of short films from Quebec, will be screened at the Film House at the Main Street Landing's Performing Arts Center. Presented in association with the Film School at Burlington College and Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinema (FNC), the films showcase the work of leading Canadian filmmakers, including the 2008 Academy Award nominee "Madame Tutli-Putli."

"Le Grand Cru" features a selection of short films screened in the 2007 Festival du nouveau cinema. The 11-day annual festival is dedicated to highlighting and contributing to the development of new trends in cinema and new media, and is a showcase for new, original works in independent cinema and digital creation. The event is renowned for exhibiting the early works of accomplished filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Claire Denis, Peter Greenaway, Atom Egoyan, and others.

"Le Grand Cru" is a sampling of the kind of work being done in the short form by professional filmmakers on the other side of Vermont's northern borders. Fiction films, experimental films, and documentaries are among the varieties of short films sampled in the screening. Philippe Gajan, FNC's short films programmer, will be on hand to present the films.

"The short form film does not receive nearly the attention it deserves relative to the level of artistry it routinely displays," notes Barry Snyder, Chair of the Department of Cinema Studies and Film Production at Burlington College, which is co-sponsoring the Burlington screening in collaboration with the FNC. "Because our students work in the short form, we're very excited to provide them with the opportunity to see short works of exceptional artistic merit."

Nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Short Animated Film, "Madame Tutli-Putli" is a stunning exercise in stop-motion animation in which a train passage transforms into a desperate metaphysical adventure. Introducing groundbreaking visual techniques and supported by a haunting, original score, the film demonstrates the kind of painstaking craftsmanship that has become the hallmark of films produced under the auspices of the renowned National Film Board of Canada.

The 37th Festival du nouveau cinema will take place from October 8 through October 19th in Montreal. Schedules for the Festival will be available at the screening.

For more information about "Le Grand Cru," contact Barry Snyder at 862-9616 or visit the Burlington College website at For more information about the 37th Festival du nouveau cinema, contact the FNC's infoline at 1-866-844-2172 or visit the festival website at

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SOURCE: Burlington College