Directed byAndré Leduc
Jean-Jacques Leduc
Produced byRobert Forget
CinematographyEric Chamberlain
Edited byWerner Nold
Music byRalph Vaughan Williams
Release date
Running time
5 minutes

Zea is a Canadian short film, directed by André Leduc and Jean-Jacques Leduc and released in 1981.[1]


Set to a recording of the Ralph Vaughan Williams composition "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis", the five-minute film presents a close-up depiction of a kernel of corn slowly heating up in oil until it bursts into popcorn.[2]


A high-speed camera shooting 400 feet per second was used. The film had a budget of $73,585 (equivalent to $210,498 in 2021.[3]


The film was screened at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, where it was co-winner of the Jury Prize in the Short Film Competition.[1] It won the Genie Award for Best Theatrical Short Film at the 3rd Genie Awards in 1982.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Première du film «Zea»". Bilan du siècle.
  2. ^ Jeff Lenburg, Who's who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television's Award-winning and Legendary Animators. Hal Leonard Books, 2006. ISBN 9781557836717. Entry "Leduc, André", p. 206.
  3. ^ Evans 1991, p. 281.
  4. ^ Maria Topalovich, And the Genie Goes To...: Celebrating 50 Years of the Canadian Film Awards. Stoddart Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7737-3238-1. pp. 141-144.

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