Nouveau Cinema Film Festival 2009 Wrap Up

Co-founder and director of programming, Claude Chamberlan, for this year's Festival du Nouveau Cinema declares for the years to come :

A Festival of Our Time
Works that speak to us
Move us
To see further
Incited by insights
From visionary filmmakers around the world
Programmed by a tough, spirited, fun loving team
And by 2011, if all goes well
We'll be there for you, to celebrate our 40th
In a magnificent unique new Site with its sights set on the future of cinema.

Not to mention the fact that The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences congratulates this festival for any winning films that may qualify for the Short Films Oscar category.

This year, The Festival du Nouveau cinema of Montreal is proud to announce the prize winners of its 38th edition:

LOUVE D'OR-Quebecor-Best first, second or third feature film in the International Selection with
$15 000 went to Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece) for his satire CANINE. With the Jury's special mention for THE RED RACE by Chao Gan (China/Germany).

For the Acting Award- Best actor in a feature film in the International Selection -the prize was awarded to Magaly Solier for FAUSTA: LA TETA ASUSTADA by Claudia Llosa(Peru).

The Daniel Langlois Innovation award named after long time FNC patron accompanied with sculpture by Vasco Ceccon went to Ismail Necmi (Turkey) for SHOULD I REALLY DO IT? This award recognizes a work in the international selection that distinguishes itself for its aesthetic audacity, its creative use of new technologies and/or its groundbreaking treatment of sensitive subject matter.

In the Focus Cinemathique Quebecoise Grand Prize Section ($1,500 plus $3500 in services), the best feature film goes to Simon Galiero (Quebec, Canada) for his debut black-and-white tragicomedy NUAGES SUR LA VILLE. Jury's special mention in this category went to Sherry White (Canada) for CRACKIE.

LOUP ARGENTE for Best Short Film in the International Selection went to Maarit Suomi-Vaanaen (Finland) for JAKEILAA TASS.

Grand Prix Focus Short Film is a cash prize of $5000 from CTV's Bravo! FACT-Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent.) This award went to Pedro Pires (Quebec, Canada) for DANSE MACABRE which also took up honors at this year's Toronto International Film Festival . Jury's special mention went to Emile Proulx-Cloutier (Quebec/Canada) for LA VIE COMMENSE.

The Quebec Association of cinema Critics (AQCC) award for Best Feature in the International Selection went to Claudio Llosa (Peru) for FAUSTA: LA TETA ASUSTADA, marking this film as a 2 time winner in the festival. Jury's special mentions go to both Fredrik Edfeldt (Sweden) for THE GIRL and to Alexis Dos Santos (United Kingdom) for UNMADE BEDS.

This year, the People's Choice Award went to Bruno Forzani (France, Belgium) for AMER co-produced by Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani.

In the words of CEO Robert Sirmon from the Canada Council of Arts , FNC has rigorously followed the evolution of film and today it is considered a leader in the presentation of new film. With that note, be sure to mark you calendars for next year's festival which will be held from 13-24 October 2010!

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