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Pierre Hébert

Pierre Hébert

After studying anthropology, Pierre Hébert went on to create a number of artisanally crafted animated films. He began working at the NFB in 1965, his application having received the support of Norman McLaren. He was initially a producer with the Animation Studio, alongside René Jodoin, but soon returned to directing, which he continued to do until 1996, making more than 20 films in the tradition of McLaren as well as Len Lye. His work is notable for its cross-disciplinary approach, blending art forms such as poetry, painting, music and dance, and he eventually incorporated improvisation and live performances into his oeuvre. His films stand out for their experimental nature, social and political engagement, and daring formal approach. Hébert left the NFB in 1999 after returning to a producer role for three years. He is the recipient of the Melkweg Cinema Award for Reality Research (Amsterdam, 1985), the ASIFA-Canada Norman McLaren Heritage Award (1988), the Albert Tessier Prize (2004) and the René Jodoin Award (2024).