By the time that Les Rendez-Vous du Cinema Quebecois ended with the screening of “The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mother” everyone around the festival would agree that it was a good year. Using any measure the 29th edition of Les Rendez-Vous de Cinema Quebecois was a success. Incredibly in these trying economic times they managed to screen films that were so attractive to the movie going population in Montreal that their attendance shot up 50%. All this buzz and great films lead to daily 5a7s that were absolutely rocking! The special evenings, like the Disco Night, were all a blast and many in the biz and outside were inspired by what went on during the master classes.
Everything that happened or was seen during the 12 days of the festival left all attendees with a sense of heightened anticipation for films being made in the upcoming year in the Quebec film industry.
Prix Gilles Carle ($5,000 for the director of the best first or second film): Maxime Giroux for Jo Pour Jonathan
Prix Pierre and Yoland Perreault ($5,000 for the director of the best first or second documentary): Pablo Alvarez-Mesa for Jelena’s Song
Honorary Mention: Halima Elkhatabi for La Tète Contre la Mur
Prix Super Ecran ($5,000 for the director of the best first or second feature length film): Deborah Chow for The High Cost of Living
Prix du Public Tele-Quebec ($1,500 for the director of the best documentary – voted on by the public): Simon Beaulieu for Godin
Prix a la Creation Artistique du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec ($5,000 for the director of the most artistic and experimental film): Jacynthe Carrier for A L’Errance
Honorable Mention: Alexandre Larose for Ville Marie
Prix Simplex ($2,500 for the director of the best short film – fiction): Halima Ouardiri for Mokhtar
Prix a L’Innovation ONF ($5,000 in postproduction costs for the director of the most innovative short film): Louise Lariviere and Tomi Grgicevic for Migizi
Prix Coop Video ($1,000 for the director of the best short film – fiction): Serge Marcotte for The Greens
Prix Vox ($1,000 for the best student film): Zayne Akyol for Iki Bulut Arasinda – Sous Deux Ciels
Prix TV5 ($1,500 for the director of the best French language film): Louiselle Noel for Ca tourne Dans Ma Tete
Prix OFQJ/Rendez-Vous (Travel voucher awarded to the best student film critic): Benjamin Pelletier