The CINEMANIA Film Festival is very proud to announce the winners of its 25th edition which ended this Sunday at the Cinéma Impérial with the screening of the film DONNE-MOI DES AILES by Nicolas Vanier in the presence of the director and North American premiere. From the 5th to 17th November, nearly 30,000 festival-goers took part in the Festival’s sessions and came to meet the various distinguished guests who came to present their works.

Mel Hoppenheim Audience Award

The public chose to crown the closing film of this 25th edition, DONNE-MOI DES AILES by Nicolas Vanier. This feature film, starring Jean-Paul Rouve and Mélanie Doutey, places ecological urgency at the heart of the story to portray a touching father-son relationship.
On the stage of the Imperial Sunday night, Nicolas Vanier, who is both a filmmaker (LE DERNIER TRAPPEUR, BELLE ET SÉBASTIEN, L’ÉCOLE BUISSONNIÈRE), novelist and adventurer of the Great North, received a long ovation from the spectators. He won the honors and left with the Mel Hoppenheim Audience Award. DONNE-MOI DES AILES will be released in theaters in Quebec in February 2020 (AZ Films).
Among the favorites of the public, LE CHANT DU LOUP, LA BELLE ÉPOQUE and SYMPATHIE POUR LE DIABLE follow closely.

Francophone Youth Award TV5

A jury made up of young professionals from France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Louisiana (United States), Morocco, New Brunswick and Quebec, and chaired by comedian Guillaume Lambert, was tasked with awarding the prize among a competition of 7 works entitled “Visages de la francophonie”.
The jury explained its choice: “To recall the violence of a conflict that was quickly forgotten by the media, staging a story based on the true story of a heroine still little known here, the urgency of the editing, the breathtaking sound work, the subtlety of the staging, the realism of the actors’ play and the use in editing real photos taken by this young war photographer killed in the Central African Republic, the jury awards the TV5 FRANCOPHONE YOUTH PRIZE of this 25th edition of CINEMANIA to the film CAMILLE by Boris Lojkine.”

Moreover, “for the great mastery of his subject, the news of the story, the passion of a first film and the performance of the main actress”, the jury decided to grant a special mention to PAPICHA by Mounia Meddour (AZ Films, released in 2020). The film represents Algeria in the 2020 Oscars race.

The essentials of the 25th edition

Highlights of this 25th edition include the success of the pre-opening night at Théâtre Outremont. ANTIGONE, representative of Canada in the race for the Oscar of the Best Foreign Language Film, in the presence of the director Sophie Deraspe and the team of the film which set the table, in a special projection and just before its release in theaters.
The public has, once again, attended the festival in great numbers with many sold-out sessions among which ALICE ET LE MAIRE, LA BELLE ÉPOQUE, LA VÉRITÉ, PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU or the LE MEILLEUR RESTE À VENIR. This confirms the enthusiasm of the public for the films shown and premiered.
During the 11 days of the festival, filmmakers Antonin Baudry (LE CHANT DU LOUP), Guillaume de Fontenay (SYMPATHIE POUR LE DIABLE), Léo Karmann (LA DERNIÈRE VIE DE SIMON), Patrick Fabre (CINÉMA AU FÉMININ PLURI-ELLES) all came to present their films. Also in attendance were actors/actresses Zabou Breitman (LES HIRONDELLES DE KABOUL), Alexis Manenti, Almamy Kanouté, Steve Tientcheu (LES MISERABLES), Djanis Bouzyani (TU MÉRITES UN AMOUR), Eric Caravaca (LES EBLOIS), Laurent Lucas (UNE INTIME CONVICTION), Nahéma Ricci (ANTIGONE), Niels Schneider (SYMPATHIE POUR LE DIABLE), Antoine Deroschers and Alexane Jamieson (JEUNE JULIETTE) as well as Marie Gillain, actress to whom the Festival devoted a retrospective.
In addition to hosting several school screenings, CINEMANIA initiated, for the second consecutive year, a great reflection on film education in particular through a three-day seminar on image education, the first edition of which took place in 2018. About thirty speakers took part in the discussion with a group of professionals about their reflections on the cinema and education. The Unterval arts and business coproduction meetings were also a great success, bringing together French and Canadian producers around a wide range of activities to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Canada and France.