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When Mykis, a young aspiring dancer in denial of her Cree identity, performs traditional dance steps, the spirit of a faceless woman appears to her. On her quest to identify the spirit, Mykis discovers the tragic and violent fate of Indigenous women, as well as her own family's secrets. Outraged, she embraces her origins, confronts the perpetrators of systemic racism and finds peace with the spirit, her family and community.

Ghostdance is an animated, fantastic drama intended for young adults. Using magical realism intertwined with an investigation, Ghostdance tackles the growing phenomenon of feminicide in the First Nations in Canada. The film is about the empowerment of a young indigenous girl who has to renew with her roots in order to move forward while bringing out the truth. The film is also a tribute to the activism of First Nations women who struggle every day to access safer living environments.

BLIES Brothers

Authors & film directors

  • Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

    They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

    In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

    Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

    Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

    The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

    They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

    They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

    In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

    « Trilogy of sexual violence »

    Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

« Trilogy of sexual violence »

Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

After completing her master’s in sociology, Kim O'Bomsawin launched her career as a documentary filmmaker. O’Bomsawin, of Abenaki origin, has worked on numerousproductions for several broadcasters. She recently wrote and directed the feature length documentaries Quiet Killing and Teweikan revived. She is currently working onnew documentaries, including one about Native justice (Radio Canada) and another one on childhood (NFB). Also coming soon, a film about the universe of the Innu poetJoséphine Bacon (Radio Canada).In addition to her passion for indigenous issues, her education in sociology has helped her become a versatile filmmaker with a keen interest in everything related to thehuman condition.

Kim O'BOMSAWIN

Author & film director

  • After completing her master’s in sociology, Kim O'Bomsawin launched her career as a documentary filmmaker. O’Bomsawin, of Abenaki origin, has worked on numerousproductions for several broadcasters. She recently wrote and directed the feature length documentaries Quiet Killing and Teweikan revived. She is currently working onnew documentaries, including one about Native justice (Radio Canada) and another one on childhood (NFB). Also coming soon, a film about the universe of the Innu poetJoséphine Bacon (Radio Canada).In addition to her passion for indigenous issues, her education in sociology has helped her become a versatile filmmaker with a keen interest in everything related to thehuman condition.

Valérie BEAUGRAND-CHAMPAGNE

Author

  • Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne is a screenwriter and script consultant. Among the works she has collaborated on are Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, Enemi starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Allure by Sanchez Brothers starring Rachel Evan Wood; and Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore.

    She also produced Lewis Cohen's hit series Fire Within, winner of the Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Alternative Series, and the feature-length documentary Lovesick, winner of the Gemini Award for Best Feature length documentary.

    Between 1995 and 2006, she worked as an analyst at Telefilm Canada, then as head of the documentary sector at Radio-Canada, before joining the Television Drama Sector where she worked as a project manager.


Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne is a screenwriter and script consultant. Among the works she has collaborated on are Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, Enemi starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Allure by Sanchez Brothers starring Rachel Evan Wood; and Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2, starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore.

She also produced Lewis Cohen's hit series Fire Within, winner of the Prime Time Emmy Award for Best Alternative Series, and the feature-length documentary Lovesick, winner of the Gemini Award for Best Feature length documentary.

Between 1995 and 2006, she worked as an analyst at Telefilm Canada, then as head of the documentary sector at Radio-Canada, before joining the Television Drama Sector where she worked as a project manager.


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