The Head Vanishes

Jacqueline has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, for her trip to the seaside, she has decided to take the train by herself, like a big girl!

Release year : 2016

Duration : 10mn

Director : Franck Dion

Awards

  • Cristal for the Best Short Film in the International Animation Festival 2016 of Annecy
  • Best animated short film award in the Imaginaria Festival 2016 of Conversano
  • Unifrance Award in the Off Courts Festival 2016 of Trouville
  • Best Director Award in the International Animation Film Festival 2016 of Paris
  • Animation Award in the Short Film Festival 2016 of l'Isle-Adam
  • Jury's distinction for Pierre Caillet's work on "Child Dream", "In Deep Waters" and "The Head Vanishes" in the International Animation Film Festival of Paris 2016
  • Best Animation Award in the New York City Shorts Festival 2016
  • Special mention of the jury in the Sequence Short Film festival of Toulouse 2016
  • Best scenario award in the Multivision festival of Saint-Petersburg 2016
  • Audience award in the Tous Courts festival of Aix en Provence 2016
  • Best Canadian Screenplay in the Whistler Film Festival 2016
  • Jury's Grand Prize at the Magical Nights of Bègles 2016
  • Second prize for a short film in the Cairo International Animation Forum 2017
  • Best Short Film Award in the Miami International Film Festival 2017
  • Special jury's Prize in the Meknes festival 2017
  • Best Animation Award in the L'ombre d'un court Festival 2017
  • Special Jury Mention at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Award and Best Animated Short Award in the Palm Springs Short Fest 2017
  • Best Animation in Los Angeles Short Fest 2017
  • Venus for the Best Animation in Badalona Filmets 2017
  • Short Film Jury Special Award in Yerevan ReAnimania 2017

Scenario : Franck Dion

English adaptation : Kathleen Fee

Art Direction : Franck Dion

Edition : Franck Dion

Sets : Franck Dion

Music : Pierre Caillet

Musicians : Akosh (saxophone), Ludovic Balla (violin), Edward Perraud (drums), Pierre Caillet (musical saw)

Voices : Florence Desalme (french voices), Jeannie Walker, Kathleen Fee (english voices)

Sound Design : Pierre Yves Drapeau

Foley : Lise Wedlock

Mix : Serge Boivin

Modeling : Franck Dion, Nicolas Trotignon

Rigging : Clément Vaucelle (Wipix)

Animation : Gilles Cuvelier, Gabriel Jacquel, Nicolas Trotignon, Franck Dion, Bei Chen

Rendering and compositing : Franck Dion

Technical Director NFB : Pierre Plouffe

Technical coordonator NFB : Julie Laperrière

Administrator NFB : Diane Régimbald

Executive Producer : Franck Dion

Producers : Richard Van Den Boom, Julie Roy

Line producer NFB : Francine Langdeau

Music Studio : Sequenza

Images Post-production Studio : Digital Cut

Supported by : The CNC, The CNC - New Technologies in production, Arte France, The Procirep and the Angoa

Franck Dion

Franck Dion has made good use of his talent in multiple areas along the years. He first took lessons to become an actor in the American Center, then in the “Théâtre de l’Archet”. At the same time, he became passionate about cinema and learned by himself to sculpt, to draw and to paint. He worked with editors and magazines, designed theatre sceneries and animations for documentary films.

He has in particular directed the animation short films Phantom Inventory and with Papy3D Mister COK, Edmond was a donkey, The Head Vanishes et Per Aspera Ad Astra.

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Festivals and screenings

  • Vimeo Staff Pick
  • Selected for the French Cesars 2017
  • Short-listed for the Oscars 2016
  • Nominated for the Gémeaux Awards 2017
  • Bengaluru International Kids Film Festival 2018 - Competition
  • Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2018 - Competition
  • Viborg Animation Festival 2018 - Showcase
  • Bagheria Animaphix 2017 - Competition
  • Barcelone Mecal 2017 - Competition
  • Bristol Encounters 2017 - Competition
  • Brussels Anima 2017 - Competition
  • Bruz National Animation Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Busan International Short Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Cairo International Animation Forum 2017 - Competition
  • Castres Three too short days 2017 - Competition
  • Chicoutimi Regard 2017 - Competition
  • Dresden Filmfest 2017 - Competition
  • Forli Sedicicorto 2017 - Competition
  • Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2017 - Showcase
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Gyor Mediawave 2017 - Competition
  • Hyderabad International Children's Film Festival 2017 - Showcase
  • Jouy-en-Josas L'ombre d'un court 2017 - Competition
  • Krok 2017 - Competition
  • La Bourboule Plein la Bobine 2017 - Competition
  • Lille European Cinema Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Linz Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Lleida Animac 2017 - Competition
  • Los Angeles Short Fest 2017 - Competition
  • Meknès FICAM 2017 - Competition
  • Melbourne International Animation Festival 2017 - Competition
  • New York Shorts International Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Nijmegen Go Short 2017 - Showcase
  • Nijmegen KloosterKino 2017 - Showcase
  • Padova Euganea Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Palm Springs Short Fest 2017 - Competition
  • Pamplona Animatic 2017 - Showcase
  • Pontarlier Animation movie festival 2017 - Competition
  • Poznań Short Waves Festival 2017 - Showcase
  • Rhode-Island Flickers International Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Roanne Ciné court animé 2017 - Competition
  • Rouen Courtivore 2017 - Competition
  • Saint-Geniès Bellevue Détours en Cinécourt 2017 - Competition
  • Seattle International Film Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Segovia 3DWire 2017 - Competition
  • Seoul SICAF 2017 - Competition
  • Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2017 - Competition
  • Sydney Flickerfest 2017 - Competition
  • Tehran International Animation Festival 2017 - Competition
  • Vaux-en-Velin Un point c'est court 2017 - Competition
  • Vienne French-speaking Film Festival 2017 - Showcase
  • Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation 2017 - Competition
  • Yerevan ReAnimania 2017 - Competition
  • Aix-en-Provence Tous Courts Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Ankara On Wheels 2016 - Competition
  • Annecy International Animation Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Auckland Show Me Shorts Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Baden Fantoche 2016 - Showcase
  • Bangalore Short Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Belfast Cinemagic 2016 - Competition
  • Bègles Magical Nights 2016 - Competition
  • Bilbao Zinebi 2016 - Competition
  • Brest European Short Film Festival 2016 - Showcase
  • Budapest Anilogue International Animation Festival 2016 - Showcase
  • Bucharest Anim'est 2016 - Competition
  • Bucheon International Animation Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Cacak Animanima 2016 - Competition
  • Calgary International Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Cannes International Film Festival on Disability 2016 - Competition
  • Conversano Imaginaria 2016 - Competition
  • Denver International Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Espinho Cinanima 2016 - Competition
  • Geneva Animatou 2016 - Competition
  • Giffoni Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Halifax Atlantic Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Helsinki International Film Festival 2016 - Showcase
  • L'Isle-Adam Short Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Lille International Short Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • London International Animation Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Manchester Animation Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Moncton FICFA 2016 - Competition
  • Montreal New Cinema Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Moskow Big Cartoon Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Mumbai Jio Mami Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Nakornpathom Thai Short Film and Video Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Namur International French-speaking Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Neum Animated Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • New Chitose Airport Animation Film Festival 2016 - Showcase
  • New York City Shorts Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Nice Un festival c'est trop court 2016 - Competition
  • Ottawa International Animation Festival 2016 - Showcase
  • Paris International Animation Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Peja Anibar 2016 - Competition
  • Saint-Étienne Tournez-Court Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Saint-Petersburg Multivision 2016 - Competition
  • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Sapporo Short Fest 2016 - Showcase
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2016 - Competition
  • Stuttgart Tübingen 2016 - Showcase
  • Syros Animasyros 2016 - Competition
  • Taipei Kuandu International Animation Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Toulouse Sequence Short Film 2016 - Competition
  • Toronto Shorts Fest 2016 - Competition
  • Trouville Off Courts 2016 - Competition
  • Varna World Festival of Animated Film 2016 - Competition
  • Vila Do Conde Curtas 2016 - Competition
  • Villeurbanne Short Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Vilnius Tindirindis 2016 - Competition
  • Whistler Film Festival 2016 - Competition
  • Wissembourg RICA 2016 - Competition

Broadcasts and theatrical screenings

  • Arte (2016)
  • Canal + Spain (2016)
  • RTS Switzerland (2017)
  • TV5 Monde (2017)
  • CBC Canada (2017)
  • Ciné+ (2018)
  • Distribution in french movie theatres through the RADI network of the French Short Film Agency and FLUX of the Rencontres Audiovisuelles