La Tournée Québec Cinéma, in collaboration with Radio-Canada,is
back on the road, crisscrossing Canada for the 16th time!
LA TOURNÉE QUÉBEC CINÉMA : A VEHICLE FOR CULTURE
The Tournée remains the biggest activity promoting
Quebec’s films outside Quebec. Because most of Canada’s francophone
communities outside Quebec have little or no access to big-screen showings of
Quebec-made films, the Tournée helps enrich and sustain francophone and
Indigenous culture throughout the country.
“It has already been 15
years since Québec Cinéma started working to bring French-speaking Canadians
together, with its Tournée visiting more than 20 destinations from coast to
coast. It is the country’s biggest promotional activity for Canadian
francophone culture,” said Mélanie Joly, minister of Tourism, Official
Languages and La Francophonie.
Since its inception, the Tournée has presented 781 films,
raising audience awareness of Quebec’s movies. Over the years, the event has
brought along 492 artists from several film-industry
professions and reached more than 121,440 francophone and
francophile viewers across Canada.
“The Tournée is increasingly seen by our institutional partners as
a builder of francophone identity, and this edition is even more visible than
most, in light of the 50th anniversary of the Official
Languages Act. Year after year, our itinerary gets longer and our audiences
grow. We want to take the message even father, in close collaboration with our
partners, and build bridges between francophone and francophile communities.
That’s why it is crucial to find solutions to stabilize our funding and achieve
our goals,” said François Lemieux, director of the Tournée and Lab
After years of working on the Tournée, the team has built invaluable knowledge and understanding of the issues facing French-speaking communities. It is thanks to that expertise that Lemieux was invited to a day of study held in Ottawa on November 15, on “Rethinking Quebec’s policy on francophone Canada outside Quebec: what do we want to do together?” (Repenser la politique du Québec en matière de francophonie canadienne : que voulons-nous faire ensemble ?).
FRANCOPHONIE IN THE SPOTLIGHT, HERE AND ABROAD
There is even more to Québec Cinéma’s work. Quebec’s Ministère
des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, Ministère de la
Culture et des Communications and Société de développement des
entreprises culturelles (SODEC) have mandated the organization with
coordinating the 5th annual Mois de la Francophonie. It is an
unprecedented opportunity to present a selection of Quebec-made films at 28 of
Quebec’s international offices. In all, more than 150 screenings are
planned for March, 2020, bringing Quebec’s films to the world.
THE TOURNÉE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY!
The Tournée has already launched its 16th season,
with plans to bring numerous Quebec films to screens across Canada. In October,
the team hit the road for simultaneous stops in Winnipeg and Saint-Boniface for
the Festival Cinémental, and Halifax and Dartmouth, N.S., for the inaugural
Francofest. In November, the team travelled to Orléans, Ontario, for the
Festival Objectif Cinéma Desjardins. Upcoming stops: Prince Edward Island,
November 27-30, and Newfoundland and Labrador, November 30-December 3. After
that the Tournée will make 15 more stops over the course of the winter and
HIGH PROFILE GUESTS
As it does each year, the Tournée is inviting several special
guests to join the adventure and share their passion with everyone who loves
Quebec’s movies. On this year’s first few stops, filmmakers Émile
Gaudreault, Alexandre Chartrand, Louis Bélanger, David
Uloth and Yan Giroux, documentarist Eli
Laliberté and actresses Nathalie Cavezzali and Catherine
Chabot joined the fun. The Tournée wishes to thank all its guests for
their commitment and generosity, allowing Québec Cinéma to offer a unique
experience and open a dialogue with film lovers everywhere in Canada.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND |WELLINGTON, RUSTICO & SUMMERSIDE
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR |ST. JOHN’S
November 30-December 3
February 3 to 5, for the Available Light Film Festival
BRITISH COLUMBIA |VICTORIA, VANCOUVER, NELSON, KELOWNA & VERNON
January 30-February 1: Nelson
February 3-7: Kelowna and Vernon
February 7-11: Victoria, for the Victoria Film Festival
February 12-15: Vancouver, for the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
et francophone de Vancouver
NEW BRUNSWICK |MONCTON & CARAQUET
March 22-24 for the Festival international du cinéma francophone
en Acadie (FICFA)
NOVA SCOTIA |GREENWOOD, POINTE-DE-L’ÉGLISE ARGYLE &
April 16-20 for Spécial Québec Cinéfranco!
LAB QUÉBEC CINÉMA JOINS THE TOURNÉE
The Lab Québec Cinéma team will take advantage of the Tournée’s
visit to Winnipeg to offer a unique film program to the youth. The Lab’s
in-school activities help young people develop their analytical sense and
critical faculties, while highlighting the value of culture in their education.
The activities include workshops, discussions, screenings with commentary,
mentorship and master classes.
Visit our website to see
if the Tournée is coming to a town near you! quebeccinema.ca