TED2013 speaker Martin Villeneuve (born on March 13th, 1978) is a Montreal-based screenwriter, director and producer. He studied film at Concordia University and graphic design at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2002, he received an award from the advertising agency Sid Lee for the quality of his portfolio. In the years that followed, he worked as an artistic director with this agency and especially for Cirque du Soleil. In this capacity, he helped create award-winning advertising campaigns for shows like “Zumanity”, “KÀ” and “Corteo”. As an author, Martin Villeneuve has written and created the comic book “La voix du tonnerre”, as well as the two acclaimed graphic novels “Mars & Avril”. In 2012, he completed his first feature film as writer-director-producer, “Mars & Avril”, based on his graphic novels. He is now working with comic book masters Benoît Sokal and François Schuiten on an animated fantasy feature film, “Aquarica”.