SODEC and Forum RIDM continue their collaboration with the SODEC_Lab @ CPH:DOX 2020

The eight participating producers are announced

Forum RIDM is proud to renew its partnership with the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) as part of SODEC_Lab @ CPH:DOX 2020. This SODEC_Lab will allow producers from Quebec to participate in the documentary market CPH:FORUM from March 22 to 26, 2020 and at the festival CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, dedicated to creative documentary projects in all formats: feature films, series, new interactive media and installations.

By following a program of workshops, meetings and networking sessions, the eight participants will have the chance to be initiated to European and international markets, and more specifically to the Scandinavian and Danish CPH:FORUM market. They will be able to build new relationships with international producers, buyers, distributors and programmers accredited to the CPH:FORUM, with the objective of fostering cultural exchanges, good practices and long-term formal and informal collaboration.

The selected producers for the SODEC_Lab @ CPH:DOX 2020 are:

Jean-François Lesage, Les Films de l’Autre 

Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. In 1998, he headed to Beijing where he was to spend six years, and he made his first creative documentary, Sweet Nights Sour Nights. He followed this up with How Can You Tell if the Little Fish are Happy? (2009), co-directed with his brother Philippe Lesage. Back in Montréal, he then made A Mile End Tale (2013), which was selected as the closing film at Visions du Réel, followed by A Summer Love (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at RIDM. The Hidden River (2017), his fourth feature, garnered the special jury prize (Canadian feature) RIDM and was in competition at Visions du Réel.

Patricia Bergeron, Productions Leitmotiv

Patricia Bergeron is a creative producer, president and founder of Leitmotiv. After punctually participating in Radio-Canada’s web projects, she joined the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in April 2000. Web designer, director and initiator of Parole Citoyenne from 2003 to 2007, Patricia Bergeron is named producer in the documentary program of the NFB in 2008. Since 2011, she has been executive producer on four independent feature films. Leitmotiv productions include five short films, and an internationally acclaimed feature documentary, Manoir (Pier-Luc Latulippe and Martin Fournier). The company has four feature films in pre-production. Patricia is also the creative director and producer of Hotspot – an installation mixing live theater and virtual reality selected at the 2019 RIDM.

Diego Briceño, Makila

Diego is a Colombian-born media-maker who has worked for 20 years as a producer, director and concept developer on social documentaries, fiction films and interactive media in Montreal. His work often focuses on issues of exploitation, environment and North-South relations. He has directed and/or produced 8 documentary projects, including a television series and an interactive project, plus one short fiction, which have all been aired on television or were shown in national and international film festivals. In recent years, he has developed a series of interactive and gaming projects with global market appeal. He is a partner at Pupa Productions, the co-founder of Makila, a media incubation platform, and recently created Cuiba Media Inc. specialized in interactive media

Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière, Embuscade Films 

Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière leads a career as a visual artist and film producer, in which he has been developing animation and documentary projects for more than 6 years through his production company Embuscade Films. Following documentaries like Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s Transatlantic and Nadine Gomez’s Metro, as well as the animated short films Red of the Yew Tree by Marie-Hélène Turcotte and the upcoming Kinshasa by Éléonore Goldberg, Nicolas Dufour-Laperrière is currently working on the production of his first animated feature film, Archipel, and several documentary projects.

Charles Stéphane Roy, La maison de prod 

A former film critic, journalist and cultural digital innovation market analyst, Charles Stéphane Roy is, since 2013, producer and head of innovation at La maison de Prod, a production company focusing on director-driven cinema and immersive experiences. He has produced Poetastr, a generative poetry platform, winner of the 2014 POV Hackathon Award and finalist for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Interactive Award, and is associate producer of Robin Aubert’s feature film Ravenous (Les Affamés), a recipient of numerous international awards and distributed globally by Netflix.

Marlene Edoyan, Fauve Film

Marlene Edoyan is a Montreal-based documentary filmmaker and producer. With a background in film and media studies, Marlene started her career as a production director and an artistic director for internationally co-produced animated films. For the last 10 years, Marlene has been working in the Canadian Film industry, collaborating with award-winning filmmakers and producers to create documentaries for television, festivals and theatrical release. With a keen interest in exploring concepts related to human geography and the relationship between societies and spaces, Marlene founded Fauve Film in 2012 to direct and produce author-driven documentary films such as Figure of Armen and The Sea Between Us, selected at the 2019 RIDM.

Élaine Hébert, micro_scope 

Élaine Hébert is a Montreal-based producer, working with micro_scope since 2005. She mainly focuses on feature films, documentaries and short films. Her projects have garnered more than 50 awards and nominations around the world. Her most recent project, the feature For Those Who Don’t Read Me (Yan Giroux), received 12 nominations at the Quebec Cinema Gala before winning Best First Feature and Best Original Screenplay. She produced many celebrated short films and documentaries, notably Fermières (Annie St-Pierre), who was selected as the closing film of the 2013 RIDM, and Remembering the Ashes (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette), winner of Best Documentary – Culture at the Gemeaux Awards in 2011. Élaine is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and Trans Atlantic Partners. She’s been a regular speaker at L’inis (The National Institute of Image and Sound) since 2008 and a board member of the Festival du nouveau cinéma since 2019.

Ziad Touma, Couzin Films 

Ziad Touma is the producer and founder of Couzin Films, a Montreal-based fiction, documentary and interactive production company with over 20 years of experience. Ziad produced six feature films, two of which were released in 2019: the documentary City Dreamers by Joseph Hillel (RIDM, FIFA, DOXA, ADFF, AFFR) and Ghost Town Anthology, a film by Denis Côté (Official Competition Berlinale, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary). Ziad also produced interactive projects including the award-winning alternate reality game The Judas for Radio-Canada and is currently in postproduction on The Passengers, an interactive virtual reality series coproduced with France.

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