Jean-François Pouliot

Canada, 2016 / 84 min / French OV / Animation

The story of an escalating snowball war.

To have fun during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luc and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luc’s bunch. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as sheer youthful fun deteriorates into a more serious conflict teaching the children valuable lessons about friendship, the importance of solidarity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry.

Based on the classic Quebec film "La Guerre des Tuques" (1984, directed by André Melançon), “Snowtime!” explores the sometimes erratic relationships between friends during childhood. A beautiful animated film with great characters and a serious message – a delightful update for a new generation of film lovers. 



“The movie offers well-defined characters and an inventive sense of earthbound fun, as well as poignant moments.” Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“Jean-Francois Pouliot’s “Snowtime!” captures the nature of play and first stirrings of romantic love in ways that make this computer-generated effort a real pleasure… What makes “Snowtime!” unique, besides its pedigree, is the effort that goes into giving each child a distinct personality. French-Canadian diva Celine Dion contributes a song to the several pleasant tunes on the soundtrack, and on the whole this is a film kids will love.” James Verniere, Boston Herald

“[The film] is aimed at younger children and includes pretty songs, but it doesn’t soft-pedal anything. Its low-key story is about friendship, but it’s also about loss, which should leave pint-size viewers with plenty to think about.”  Neil Genzlinger, New York Times Arts & Leisure

Cast & Credits
Erza Muqoli, Gabriel Gros, Esteban Durand, Gloria Palermo de Blasi, Nilusi Nissanka
Normand Canac-Marquis, Paul Risacher, based on the film « La guerre des Tuques » (André Melançon, 1984) written by Roger Cantin and Danyèle Patenaude
Christian Rivest, Raymond Vermette
Véronique Marchand, Mathieu Duchesne
Jorane, Éloi Painchaud
CarpeDiem Film & TV
With the participation of Téléfilm Canada, SODEC, Federal and provincial tax credits, Canada Media Fund, Fonds Harold Greenberg, Technicolor, Fonds talents, Fonds Rocket, with the collaboration of Fonds Québecor and Radio Canada
Park Circus Group
Jim van der Keyl

Jean-François Pouliot was born in Montreal in 1957. After earning a B.A. in Communication Arts from Concordia University and a minor in Philosophy, he began working in Montreal as an assistant cameraman. In 1982, he became a writer-designer at Canada's largest advertising agency where he twice was awarded the Grand Prix du Mondial de Publicité Francophone. In 1988, he began directing television ads. His first length-full feature, “La Grande Séduction”, was the closing act for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes in 2003.

  • 2016, Votez Bougon
  • 2016, Les 3 p'tits cochons 2
  • 2015, La guerres de tuques
  • 2014, Dr Cabbie
  • 2009, NFB 70 Years (short)
  • 2008, Facing Champlain: A Work in 3 Dimensions (short)
  • 2006, Guide de la petite vengeance
  • 2003, La Grande séduction
  • 1998, Emily of New Moon (TV series)
  • 1979, Canada Vignettes: The Egg (short)