short biography

Formerly an employee of the National film board of Canada where between 1965 and 1999 he directed over twenty animation shorts and a feature (La Plante humaine, best Quebec feature award 1996), Pierre Hébert is now an independent artist and filmmaker. Since 2001, he traveled the world with his musician colleague Bob Ostertag presenting the Living Cinema live animation performance over 80 times. He also worked with many other musicians. He equally collaborated with dance companies in New York, Montreal and France and published two books and many articles on cinema and animation. He also pursue a carreer as a visual artist (drawings, installations, web projects). Currently, his main project is a new series of films “Places and Monuments” for which he received, in 2012, from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec the prestigious «career grant» for cinema.  In 2005, he was the recipient of the “Albert Tessier” cinema award from the Quebec government for lifetime achievement, in 2017, he received a special carreer award from the Tehran International Animation Festival, and in 2018, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.



Director of more than 40 films, including two features (La Plante humaine, 1996, Bazin’s Film, 2017) Pierre Hébert worked at the National Film Board of Canada from 1965 to 1999. He is now an independent artist  and his filmmaking work has taken a multidisciplinary scope (live animation performances with musicians, video installations, collaboration with choreographers, drawing, and actions on the web). He also writes about cinéma (L’Ange et l’automate, 1999, et Corps langage, technologie, 2006). Since 2010, he pursues the Places and Monuments project combining animation and documentary, for which he received in 2012 the prestigious carreer grant of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He recently resumed doing direct scratch animation for which he was well known in the 80’s and the 90’s.  In 2005, he was recipient of the Quebec «Albert Tessier» Cinema award for his complete works, and in 2018, he is awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.


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