Born in Reconvilier, Switzerland, in 1944, Georges Schwizgebel is among the biggest name in contemporary animation. This well-rounded author of 18 short films has seen his work pick up prizes at Cannes, Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Stuttgart, Ottawa and Espinho. Two of his films- “78 R.P.M.” (1985) and “The Ride to the Abyss” (1992)- rank among the hundred most influential animated films on a list published by the Festival d’Annecy in 2006. “The Man without a Shadow”(2004), his first collaboration with the National Film Board, garnered 17 international awards. Though he first used rotoscoping (“Perspectives”, 1975: “Off-side”, 1977), Schwizgebel later traded in this tool for a freer approach marked by the gestural application of colour and the frequent use of geometric shapes (“Fugue”, 1998; “The Young Girl and the Clouds”, 2000). His last film “Erlking” (2015) get a Grand prize at Leipzig and Etiuda&Anima.