PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
Roger Frappier is one of Canada’s elite film producers, with over fifty films to his credit over the past forty years. In addition to producing the best and most renowned Quebec filmmakers, he has also discovered numerous emerging directors. His work has been selected among the biggest international festivals and has garnered numerous awards in Canada and abroad. This includes Denys Arcand’s Le Déclin de l’empire américain and Jésus de Montréal, Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Un Zoo la nuit, Denis Villeneuve’s Maelström, Jean-François Pouliot’s La Grande Séduction, Manon Briand’s La Turbulence des fluides, Lyne Charlebois’s Borderline, Mathieu Roy’s L’Autre Maison and Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction the English remake of La Grande Séduction (Jean-François Pouliot). In 2016, he produced Two lovers and a Bear by Kim Nguyen. The film, worldwide-premiered at the Director’s fortnight section of the Cannes Films Festival.
Roger Frappier’s latest production is François Girard’s feature film entitled Hochelaga, Land of Souls. The film was selected to represent Canada in the 2018 Oscars run in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category.
MEMBERS OF THE JURY
Élie Castiel studied French literature, film and translation at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and received training in library science. He is a film critic and editor-in-Chief of Sequences magazine, now in its 63rd year of publication. He holds a Masters Degree from Concordia. His Master Thesis is on the long-take in The Traveling Players, by Theo Angelopoulos. He was for several years president of the AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma), a member organization of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics). He has also sat on the juries of several local and international film festivals (Toronto, Montreal, Thessaloniki, and Palm Springs).
Ina Fichman is president and Executive Producer/Producer at INTUITIVE PICTURES, a Montreal-based company dedicated to producing quality film, television and transmedia productions. She works with some of Canada’s finest creators: writers, directors, “ideas people” in developing projects that are both innovative and have a wide audience appeal. For over twenty five years, Ina has been producing award-winning documentary and fiction films for television and theatrical release. She was one of the producers of the feature film MABUL (THE FLOOD), directed by Guy Nattiv, winner of best feature film at the Haifa Film Festival and featured at the Berlinale as well as the alternative drama FAMILY MOTEL which screened in theatres in Canada and the US. Her documentary productions include the acclaimed mini-series BLACK COFFEE, the Gemini Award-winning UNDYING LOVE, IDA nominated BEING DOROTHY and PARTLY PRIVATE which was awarded a prize at the TRIBECA Festival.
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in journalism at UQAM and freelancer in cinema for more than a decade (currently for the Metro Journal, Cinoche, Cinéfilic, Cineplex ….), author of the interview book Stop on the image : 41 portraits of Quebec filmmakers (2012) and co-author of Le cinéma québécois by those who do (2016), thousands of critics and interviews, and very present on his blog Requiem for a film, Martin Gignac spends his life to discover, to transmit and to recall the importance of culture in everyday life and in the construction of a collective identity. Passionate about the seventh art of all periods, all genres and all countries, this member of the Quebec Association of Film Critics is regularly a member of the jury in festivals and he is never tired of discovering hundreds of films every year.
Ismaël Houdassine has been a film critic for several publications. Graduate of the University of Montreal, he is now cultural reporter for HuffPost. This passionate of 7th art roams international festivals without ever getting tired. His many favorite themes include international works, experimental, fantasy or animation. His only watchwords: the pleasure of watching movies!
Irois Léger has been in the media business since the beginning of his career. He has been a journalist and sports host on CBC, TVA and RDS. M. Léger has covered prestigious events ranging from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Super Bowl. He directed three documentaries that were broadcast on major networks that attracted more than two million viewers. In 2004, he founded Montreal.TV, one of the first companies to produce video on the Internet in Canada. Since its opening, his company has produced more than 6,000 videos.
A life that looks like a novel in three volumes…
First Volume: Birth in Montreal. Publishes news at 17 years old. Becomes a singing star a TV star, a movie star.
Second Volume: Lives in Paris. Publishes a novel: Loup Blanc. Writes 40 hours of fiction series for France 2 and TF1. Then 14 films, three of which pulverize the audience records of France 2. “Fatou the Malian” (directed by Daniel Vigne), FIPA of gold, Seven of gold (named in New-York at the International Emmy Awards), will be seen by 9 million viewers.
Third Volume: Meet Bernard Landry then Prime Minister of Quebec, who brings her back to her hometown and marriage. Years of love, complicity, solidarity …