studied film animation at Concordia University in Montreal. He
founded an independent company, Cine-Clic, to produce public
interest advertising and has since directed some 15 animated
shorts, including Last Call Blues (1985) and Buston Keater
(1986). Winning the 1986-1987 Cinéaste recherché(e) competition
gave him the opportunity to make his first film at the NFB. Kid
Stuff (1990), a shattering look at domestic violence, revealed
Trudeau’s singular style and his talent for designing 3D
puppets from construction paper. He went on to make two films
in the Rights from the Heart collection for children, 1, 2, 3,
Coco (1991) and Baroque’n Roll (1994), both using puppet
animation. His films featuring a clockwork cuckoo, Cuckoo, Mr.
Edgar! (1999) and Operation Cuckoo (2002), are two charming and
amusing children’s tales about the joys of fatherly love, made
by computer animation. After a step in France on the short film
Ruzz & Ben (Philippe Julien, 2004), Pierre M. Trudeau
produced and directed Garbage Angels (2008), Triptych: Tripes,
Entrails, Visceras (2012), and Raised to be Hero (2013).
Pierre’s latest film is A Taste Of Freedom – Free Jafar Pahani
(2014), which he co-directed with Elene Dallaire.
What part of Canada are you from Pierre?
Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, living in Lawrenceville, Quebec.
What inspires you to create animation?
scene that has strong potential. Those feelings and
images often show up in the early stages of a work, and they
will stay with me until the end – even if the final look
of the film has been significantly modified or transformed by
the time the final film is complete.
|Still from “Triptych”|
|Still from “Raised to be a Hero”|
How would you describe your artistic style?
Eclectic… I love animation, every style and technique, every
type of story (narrative, non-narrative, abstract) and I want
to explore all of them. I would also say that almost all of my
work explores social interaction.
A trailer for the Montreal Stop Motion Festival Pierre
co-directed with Luc Chamberland
Can you share a piece of art work or script segment that no
one has seen before?
will be screening for the first time at “Sommets de
l’animation” in Montreal/Quebec.
Still from “Un gout de liberte / A Taste of
What role do you play in the creation of
Director and animator.
What are a couple projects that you are proud to have been
“Garbage Angels”, my first independent short. “Bydlo”, a
masterpiece by Patrick Bouchard.
What project are you working on now?
A very crazy short, with something I’ve never done before – a
lot of singing and dancing. It needs a lot of work and money.
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
What is one of your favourite animation books?
Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian
animator that everyone should check out?
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
Have your films won any animation
Yes, for Garbage Angels:
• Best Canadian Short, Planet in Focus International
Environmental Film & Video Festival, Toronto, 2008.
• Nominated at the JUTRA Awards, Quebec 2009
• Prix Découverte, Festival du film sur l’environnement de
• Reel Earth Award Best Animation, Reel Earth Environmental
Film Festival, New-Zealand, 2009
• Best Film – Jury Prize, Festival Folie-Ô-Skop, Rouyn-Noranda,
• Ecology and Animation Award, Malescorto, Italia, 2009
• « The Most Original Interpretation of Environmental
Problems » award, Forteenth International Environmental Film
Festival “Green Vision”, St-Petersburg 2009.
• Public Prize for short film in the category “Moderns
Tales”, Festival International du Film d’Animation “Les Nuits
Magiques”, Bègles (France)
• Best Animated Film, West Chester Film Festival 2010
• Honorable Mention XII FICA – Best short film chosen by
the jury for its graphic form and unusual approach to the
problem of garbage. Brazil, 2010
• Special Mention of the international jury, ECOZINE Festival
Internacional de Cine y Medio Ambiente, Spain, 2010
• Prize “GREENSPIRIT ELECTROLUX” the best short on the theme of
environmental sustainability, Maremetraggio, Trieste,
• Jury Special Mention, FINCA, “for the aesthetical, artistic
and musical treatment of an inanimate, uninhabitable and
desolate world where only remains to meditate on how far we are
of this as a reality”. Buenos Aires, Argentina 2010
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