The National Film Board of Canada short, from Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, won the Canal Plus Award for best short film and the Petit Rail d’Or for best short film, announced during the festival’s International Critics’ Week. “Madame Tutli-Putli” is a stop-motion animated film that follows a woman’s existential journey aboard a night train. It features puppet animation and ground-breaking visual techniques.
It’s the first film from Lavis and Szczerbowski. The pair were in France to accept the award.
The Canal Plus Award means that “Madame Tutli-Putli” will be broadcast on the French pay-TV channel. The directors will also be invited to the Moulin d’Ande, a historical monument and artists’ retreat.
Lavis and Szczerbowski will also receive $6,000 in equipment from Panavision Alga Techno to shoot their next film. Le Petit Rail d’Or is awarded by a group of 100 cinephile railwaymen.
“Madame Tulti-Putli” will have its North American premiere at the Worldwide Shorts Festival in Toronto from June 12 to 17.