Heading into its 17th year, Montreal’s Sommets du cinéma d’animation has evolved from a modest series of screenings into a full-fledged animation festival that is one of North America’s most interesting and eclectic annual animation events.
The festival starts this Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the Cinémathèque québécoise (335, boul. de Maisonneuve Est).
Organized under the auspices of the Cinémathèque, Sommets deftly mixes historically-savvy programs with screenings and events dedicated to up-and-coming talents. The event’s fluid grasp of animation’s past and present can be attributed to its artistic director, Marco de Blois, who also curates year-round animation programming at the Cinémathèque in his role as the organization’s animation programmer.