Dimanche (film)

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Dimanche (2011 film) poster.jpg
Directed by Patrick Doyon
Produced by Marc Bertrand
Michael Fukushima[1]
Written by Patrick Doyon
Starring Chantal Baril
Natalie Hamel Roy
Jacques Lavallée
François Sasseville
Nicolas Scott
Music by Luigi Allemano
Edited by Jelena Popovic
Release date
February 2011
January 5, 2012 (online)
Running time
10 minutes
Country Canada

Dimanche (English: Sunday) is a Canadian animated short film by Patrick Doyon. The film debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011[2] and online on January 5, 2012.[3]

Dimanche is the first professional film by Doyon, a native of Montreal.[4] Doyon had previously created a three-minute animated short Square Roots in 2006, while enrolled in the NFB's Hothouse program for young animators.[5]

Still learning how to use computer animation tools, he worked with pen and pencil to create Dimanche, hand drawing the entire film. The 10-minute film took him two years to complete, creating individual drawings on paper, working on a light table. Doyon ended up with 15 boxes full of sheets with sketches, which he then scanned into the computer, colourized and began editing. Doyon believes such traditional animation techniques are better for portraying emotion.[5][6]


The film was nominated Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards as well as Best Animated Short Subject at the 39th Annie Awards. It also received the ASIFA-Colorado Award for the Best Animated Short at the 34th Denver Film Festival. It also received Quebec’s Prix Jutra for best animated short.[7]


Dimanche tells the story of a young boy who goes to his grandparents' house in a small town in Quebec after church on Sunday. Bored with the adult world, he wanders outside to indulge his hobby of creating in elongating coins by placing them on train tracks. Doyon has said that the film is inspired by his youth in Desbiens, Quebec.[6]


  1. ^ "Sunday (Dimanche)". Denver Film Society. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sunday, an animated short film by Patrick Doyon, in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival". National Film Board of Canada. January 14, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Web Premiere: "Sunday" by Patrick Doyon". Cartoon Brew. January 5, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ Patch, Nick (24 January 2012). "Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts nominated for Oscars". Toronto Star. Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Wyatt, Nelson (16 February 2012). "Oscar nomination sets bar high for Montrealer's second film". CTV News. Canadian Press. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kelly, Brendan (21 February 2012). "Montreal filmmaker heads to the Oscars for first professional film". Montreal Gazette. Postmedia News. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Paul (2 February 2012). "Five animated films up for Quebec's Prix Jutra". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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