These past two weeks have been a source of pride for Canadians and Quebecers. The Olympic host city of Vancouver did a marvellous job and its effort was matched by that of our Olympic athletes. Several Quebecers such as Alexandre Bilodeau, Charles Hamelin, Roberto Luongo, and Joanie Rochette showed the world that Quebec is a place of athletic excellence. At the same time several filmmakers were also demonstrating that Quebec is a place of filmmaking excellence.
Les Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois has become a highly anticipated annual event each winter in Montreal. It is the opportunity for Quebec filmmakers to screen their films and show that the talent level is on a par with any area of the world. For 11 days in February film after film reaffirmed that belief. Films like Denis Côté's "Carcasses", Xavier Dolan's (which was also nominated at France's Cesars for Best International Film) "J'ai Tué ma Mère", Denis Villeneuve's "Polytechinique", and Bernard Emond's "La Donation" show that this province has its own unique vision and way of telling a cinematic story.
Showing its relevance and popularity, Les Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois keeps growing year after year. In this its 28th year crowds at screenings were large and three new prizes were added. Impressive that even though it is approaching its 30th birthday the festival still is evolving and connecting with people. This bodes well for 28 more years for a festival that highlights films made in Quebec.
PRIX GILLES-CARLE – PRÉSENTÉ PAR REMSTAR: À quelle heure le train pour nulle part de Robin Aubert
PRIX PIERRE ET YOLANDE PERRAULT: Antoine de Laura Bari
Mention : La belle visite de Jean-François Caissy
PRIX DU PUBLIC TÉLÉ-QUÉBEC : Chef Thémis de Philippe Lavalette
PRIX À LA CRÉATION ARTISTIQUE DU CALQ: Fear of Snakes d'Andreas Mendritzki
PRIX À L'INNOVATION ONF: Les mots d'Ivan Grbovic
PRIX COOP VIDÉO: La neige cache l'ombre des figuiers de Samer Najari
PRIX VOX: Kitakinan – Notre territoire à tout le monde de Serge Bordeleau
Mention : Sybille de Léa Jeanmougin
PRIX TV5: Le divan du monde de Dominic Desjardins
PRIX OFQJ/RENDEZ-VOUS: Pricile De Lacroix
Prix AQCC – meilleur court/moyen métrage de fiction (incluant Animation et Art & Expérimentation): La neige cache l'ombre des figuiers de Samer Najari
1re Mention : Robe de guerre de Michèle Cournoyer
2e Mention : Le technicien de Simon Olivier Fecteau
Prix AQCC – meilleur court/moyen métrage de documentaire: The Delian Mode de Kara Blake
Mention : Presidio modelo de Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Prix AQCC – meilleur long métrage québécois 2009: La donation de Bernard Émond