Marc Bertrand, Producer, French Animation Studio/ National Film Board of Canada
Marc Bertrand joined the Animation and Youth Studio as a producer in 1998 and has since produced more than 100 films, including such notable successes as the award-winning series Science Please! (2001), and Noël Noël (2003) by Nicola Lemay, which won Gémeaux Awards for Best Animated Series or Film in 2002 and 2004 respectively; the 2004 Jutra award-winning Blue Like a Gunshot (2003) by Masoud Raouf; and Léon in Wintertime (2007), which received the 2008 Awards of Excellence Grand Prize from the Alliance for Children and Television.
Marc Bertrand also produced 24 idées/seconde (2006), a television series about animated film and its creators. He co-produced Norman McLaren: The Master’s Edition (2006), an award-winning DVD box set featuring digitally restored masterpieces by McLaren, a pioneer in the fusion of music and animation. Bertrand’s interest in new technology has led him to become involved in working on 3D films. In 2008, he co-produced Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions, directed by Jean-François Pouliot, and produced Les yeux noirs, a new 3D film by Nicola Lemay. Among his other productions are acclaimed films such as Imprints (2004) by Jacques Drouin and works by Theodore Ushev: Tower Bawher (2006), Drux Flux (2009) and Lipsett Diaries (2010), winner of a Genie for Best Animated Short and a Special Mention at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Bertrand has worked on numerous productions, including the Studio GDS/NFB co-production Romance (2011) by renowned Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, winner of the 2012 Genie Award. In 2011, he produced Sunday/Dimanche (2011) by Patrick Doyon, which earned an Oscar® nomination and won the 2012 Jutra Award for Best Animated Film. In 2013, Marc became an AMPAS (Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences) member and completed the coproduction Hollow Land (Michèle and Uri Kranot) and Gloria Victoria, (T. Ushev) which won the FIPRESCI award in Annecy 2013. In 2014, it was another of Marc’s production No fish where to go that received the same honor. The same year, the film Jutra (Marie-Josée St-Pierre), a coproduction with MJSP Film was selected at the Fortnight of directors in Cannes.