• Employing a range of cinematic techniques, three directors craft stylish and thoughtful reflections on the COVID-19 experience.

  • Animated bedtime stories for budding rebels in the post-COVID world.

  • Inspiring, insightful and wildly inventive, these works explore the physical and emotional aspects of pandemic isolation.

  • These creators defy clichéd representations of their communities while navigating the uncharted waters of a global health emergency.

  • Distinct voices, speaking from different points on the COVID-19 map, enhance our understanding of the pandemic experience.

  • What new knowledge does COVID reveal? As old systems and attitudes crumble, artists muse on the impact and creative potential of disruption.

  • Made in the Beyond the Curve documentary lab, these seven short films capture their creators’ perspectives on the pandemic’s multifaceted impacts in Quebec.

The Curve

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and creativity, are bringing to life the voice of Canadians touched by Covid-19, both near and far.

The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.

Mike Maryniuk

Mike Maryniuk
Mike Maryniuk, a completely self-taught film virtuoso, was born in Winnipeg but raised in the rural back country of Manitoba. His style is an inventive hybrid of Michel Gondry, Caroline Leaf and Les Blank. Maryniuk started making hand-processed black and white 16-mm films after finding some 1920s movie posters while working on the demolition of a shoe store. Since then, his films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, NY Views from the Avant Garde, TIFFand around the globe.

Jérémie Battaglia

Jérémie Battaglia
Based in Montreal since 2009, videographer and photographer Jérémie Battaglia turned heads in 2012 with the viral short Casseroles and the web documentary 20+12: une partie de campagne, which followed the presidential elections in France. After three award-winning collaborations with the NFB, he directed his first feature film Parfaites, which earned two nominations at the 2016 Gala du cinema québécois. In 2019, he directed the hybrid project Le frère and the documentary Que reste-t-il de nos vacances? for Télé-Québec.