This past Sunday marked the end of the 2014 edition of Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. The night before they marked the wrapping up of the annual festival with a free outdoor screening of Le Elvis Gratton Picture Show as part of the all-nighter Nuit Blanche. It was marketed as the Quebecois version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Attendees were encouraged to dress up like Elvis Gratton, imitate the dance sequences and to recite classic lines from the local cult favourite. Fifteen actors were dressed up in character in order to encourage the audience’s participation. Despite the cold it was well attended and organizers are looking towards making it part of the schedule each year.
Each year at the end of this festival, like all others, awards are handed out to winners in different categories. Here is a list of the winners:
Prices GILLES CARLE – PRESENTED BY BELL
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 discount for a second year by Bell, this prize is awarded to the filmmaker best first or second feature film. The jury was composed of Ian Lauzon, writer and director, Sylvie Moreau , actress, and Manuel Moutier, member of the selection committee of the Cannes Film Festival.
“For a first film written and performed with absolute assurance. The film demonstrates a mastery of design and staging, it also addresses a difficult subject, or the existential confusion of some youth.”
• Awarded to Chloé Robichaud for the film Sarah préfère la course
• Special mention to Chasse au Godard d’Abbtibbi directed by Eric Morin
PIERRE AND PRICE YOLANDE Perrault – PRESENTED BY LOTO-QUÉBEC
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 awarded by the Pierre and Yolande Perrault family, this award is given to a filmmaker for Best First or Second Documentary. The jury was composed of Jean- Claude Coulbois, director, editor and writer, Natacha Dufaux, editor, and Philippe Lesage documentary.
“For a film that pushes the boundaries of documentary that approaches art . For a work that is part of a classical tradition. For the beauty of the layered look, to have captured moments of pure cinema. “
• Awarded to Cedric Houin Varial for the film Wakhan
• Special mention to Un pays de silences by Tom Paul
ARTISTIC CREATION OF THE COUNCIL OF ARTS AND LETTERS OF QUEBEC Prize
With a cash prize of $ 5,000 awarded by the Conseil des arts et letters du Québec, this prize is awarded to the director of the best work of art and experimentation. The jury was composed of Jennifer Alleyn, director, Martin Bureau, painter and filmmaker, and Daiichi Saito, director and programmer.
“For its destabilizing and effective minimalism, its punchy dialogue and the boldness of his cinematic language.”
• Awarded to Olivier Godin for the film Full love
With a cash prize of $ 2,500 awarded by Simplex Equipment Rental, this award recognizes the director of the Best Short Fiction. The jury was composed of Felize Frappier, producer, Julie Le Breton, actress, and Nicolas Roy, director and editor.
“For the quality of its staging, direction of the actors and for the strength of the dialogue, and his point of view on the feminine universe. “
• Awarded to Monia Chokri for Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire
NFB Innovation Prize
With a cash prize worth $ 5,000 in post-production service by the National Film Board, the prize is awarded to the director of a short film that is being recognized for their innovation. The jury was composed of Felize Frappier, producer, Julie Le Breton, actress, and Nicolas Roy, director and editor.
“For its formal and narrative singularity, for the strength of the cinematography.”
• Awarded to Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël for the film The Sparkling River
COOP VIDEO Prize
With a cash prize of $ 1,000 awarded by the Coop Video, the award recognizes the director of the short film being recognized for its cinematography. The jury was composed of André-Line Beauparlant, artistic director and documentarian Sophie Leblond, editor, and Charles-Olivier Michaud, director.
• Awarded to Geneviève Dulude-Decelles for the film La coupe and Ara Ball for the film L’ouragan fuck you tabarnak!
With a cash prize of $ 1,500 awarded by TV5, the award recognizes the best filmmaker Franco- Canadian work. The jury was composed of Alexis Fortier Gauthier, director, Pierre Gang, director and program director of TV5 Québec Canada, and Ségolène Roederer, Director General of Quebec Cinema.
“For a beautiful portrait in which his presentation is simple and modest in his approach to the character. For a lively and cheerful film that won over the jury.”
• Awarded to Mélanie Léger for the film Emma fait son cinema
JOURNAL METRO Prize
An iPad Mini presented by the Metro newspaper, the prize is awarded to the Best Director of a Student Film. The jury was composed of Yan Giroux, director and screenwriter, Nicolas Lincy, and Myriam Magassouba, director, writer and editor.
“For the use of space and sound, directing the actor and his ability to move from the mundane to the universal.”
• Awarded to Pier- Philippe Chevigny for the film Tala
• Special mention to Somewhere by Nicolas Ménard: “For his original and poetic visual universe, painstaking work of sound and music.”