Video artist Anne Goden is the first recipient of the Robert-Forget Award. Anne Golden will receive the Award during a dedicated ceremony which will take place on Tuesday, February 22nd at 6 pm at the Cinéma Moderne. A program of short films directed by Anne Golden will also be screened for the occasion.
Created in 2021 as part of the celebration of Vidéographe’s 50th anniversary, the Robert-Forget Award is named after Montreal’s arts center founder. Awarded every two years, the Robert-Forget Award includes a $5,000 grant to the winner, along with a digital publication and a retrospective program supported by Vidéographe. In addition, and on the centre’s 50th anniversary, the NFB is adding a $5,000 grant for technical services from ACIC to support the winner in the production of their next work.
The jury for the first Robert-Forget Award was composed of Nicole Gingras, Pierre Hébert, and Paul Wong. Among the candidates, Anne Golden’s unique approach, at the crossroads of experimental cinema, documentary, and fiction, definitely stood out.
A leading figure in the independent video community, Anne Golden has contributed to the recognition of the video discipline and of feminist and lesbian perspectives by supporting their circulation to various groups. She is the artistic director of Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) and teaches in the Media Arts department of John Abbott College. The director has facilitated the emergence and circulation of new perspectives on video art, while contributing to the growth of the medium with a production that spans over 30 years. Anne Golden’s work has successfully circulated in numerous festivals, galleries, and museums in Québec, Canada, and internationally. The artist herself has participated in several presentations on curatorial practices, independent distribution, and, more recently, horror films.
Vidéographe is an artist-run centre dedicated to the research and dissemination of moving image practices. This includes experimentation in video art, animation, digital arts, essay, documentary, dance video, and fiction.