Sunday, June 14th 2009, at the closing night of the Brooklyn International Film Festival 12th edition, PASSAGES by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre won Best Animation of this 2009 edition. The cinematography of BORDELINE by Lyne Charlebois has also been appreciated. The director of photography, Steeve Asselin, has received a Certificate of Outstanding achievement for his work.
Produced by MJSTP Films, PASSAGES, a middle-length animated documentary film and a black and white 25 minutes film, tells the story of a first child pregnant woman. The labour takes however a direction unsuspected and dramatic leading the mother and her baby at death’s door.
Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre was born in Murdochville, Québec, in 1978 and is a French Canadian filmmaker based in Montréal, Canada. Saint-Pierre has a B.F.A. Honors in Film Animation as well as an M.F.A. in Film Production (Concordia University).
Saint-Pierre's documentary work shows new approaches in documentary film, blurring the lines between documentary and drama.
Maire-Josée Saint-Pierre founded MJSTP Films, an animation and documentary production company in 2004. Overall, her work has been screened in prestigious festivals all around the world and received many awards including a JUTRA. She has been lecturing on the art of animated documentary in Europe, Asia and in Canada.