A bunch of prizes were awarded this past weekend as the 31st edition of Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois drew to a close. Held at the headquarters of the festival, Cinémathèque québécoise, there were plenty of people from the industry present. Eight films from Quebec, a Canadian film in French and a student film were named as winners by the festival and its partners.
GILLES CARLE PRIZE – PRESENTED BY BELL
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 awarded for the first time this year by Bell, this prize is awarded to the filmmaker judged to have the best first or second feature film. The jury was composed of Pierre Curzi, actor Sébastien Pilote, director and winner of Gilles Carle in 2012, Lorraine Pintal, artistic and general director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.
“Because in apparent simplicity, the film shows the complexity of the being human, for his excellent direction and because it is a film we wanted to show our friends. “
• Awarded to Ivan Grbovic for the film Roméo Onze.
PETER AND YOLANDE-PERRAULT PRIZE
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 awarded by the Pierre and Yolande Perrault family, this award is given to a filmmaker for their first or second documentary film. The jury was composed of Richard Brouillette, producer and director, Carlos Ferrand, director and director of photography, and Annie Jean, editor.
“For the freshness of a story that touched us while revealing the fate of the characters in all their vulnerability. “
• Awarded to Nadine Beaudet for the film Le Cosaque et la Gitane .
• Special mention to Thien Vu Dang for the film La Cité des âmes Errantes.
PRIZE FOR ARTISTIC CREATION BY THE CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, the prize is awarded to the director of the best work of art and experimentation. The jury was composed of Étienne Desrosiers, director and photographer, Ségolène Roederer, Director General of Quebec Cinema, and Suzan Vachon, multidisciplinary artist and teacher.
“For his direction which was mysteriously imbued with a melancholic narrative that places his hero at the center of small emotional catastrophes.”
• Awarded to Julie Tremble for Joseph Edmond.
AUDIENCE AWARD TELE-QUEBEC
With a cash prize of $ 1,500 given by Télé-Québec, the award for best documentary filmmaker chosen by the public.
• Award to Lisa Sfriso for the film À Contre-Courant.
With a cash prize of $ 2,500 awarded by Simplex Equipment Rental, this award is given to the director of the best short film. The jury was composed of Louise Archambault, screenwriter and director, Stéphane Breton, actor and Yvann Tibaudeau, editor.
“To be able to address a touchy subject, even taboo, honestly and without judgment, to be able to help us to understand complex characters, for its great humanity and the excellence of its actors. “
• Awarded to Sophie Dupuis for the film Faillir.
NFB PRIZE FOR INNOVATION
With a prize worth $ 5,000 in post production services by the National Film Board, the prize is awarded to the director of a short film that is innovative. The jury was composed by Louise Archambault, screenwriter and director, Stéphane Breton, actor and Yvann Tibaudeau, editor.
“For his original dramatic structure, being exotic and surprising, and for the poetic journey they take us on.”
• Awarded to Philippe David Gagné and Jean-Marc E. Roy for the film Anata O Korosu.
COOP VIDEO PRIZE
With a cash prize of $ 1,000 awarded by Coop Video, the award goes to the filmmaker of a short film which has distinguished itself courtesy of its direction. The jury was composed of Louis Bélanger, director, Virginie Dubois, producer, and Luc Vandal, producer.
“Its subject is surprising, his intelligent approach cleverly exploits the border areas between fiction and documentary, and a troubling ending which we will not soon forget. “
• Awarded to Francois Jaros for the film Daytona.
JOURNAL METRO PRIZE
With a cash prize of $ 1,000 awarded for the first time this year by the Journal Métro, this prize is awarded to a student director. The jury was composed of Sophie Goyette, director, Chloé Robichaud, director, and Anne-Camille Charliat, winner of the Festival Paris Cinema LOJIQ.
“For his technical mastery and aesthetic qualities, scriptwriting that was a little worn like a beautiful photograph, for mature reflections using images of a real metaphorical power.”
• Awarded to Meryam Joobeur for the film Gods, Weeds and Revolutions.
• Special mention to Felix Lamarche for the film Des Hommes à la Mer.
With a cash prize of $ 1,500 given by TV5, this award recognizes the best work by a French-Canadian filmmaker. The jury was composed of the programming team of the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois.
• Awarded to Justin Guitard for the film Une Affaire de Famille.
LOJIQ/ RVCQ PRIZE
Accompanied by a travel grant to attend the Festival Paris Cinema awarded by the International Offices of Youth of Quebec, this prize is awarded to the best student film. The winner was determined by film critic Helen Faradji.
“For its ability to resonate, for the sensitivity of its analysis and the humanist view of the film and its dynamic style.”’
• Awarded to Jean-François Ratelle for Père Noël : Un Saint Nicolas Underground.
Also two other prestigious awards were given at the ceremony:
The Quebec Association of Film Critics (AQCC) has awarded the Luc Perreault /La Presse Best Quebec Film, with an accompanying cash prize of $ 2,000, Kim Nguyen for the film Rebel.
The winner of the PRIM Contest – Special Animation is Frédérick Tremblay for his animated short Madame Renard. He was awarded a prize of $ 7,000 by the PRIM media arts center towards the entire post-production of the soundtrack of his animated short film (sound effects, voice recording, and design sound mixing). Special mentions to the following projects (will each receive a 50% discount in post-production services): Nicolas Brault for Corps Étrangers and Dominic Etienne Simard for Charles et les Grenouilles.