Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

Official Competition

June 26th, 2008 17:00:00

Montreal, Thursday June 26th, 2008 – Again this year, the Fantasia international film festival is proud to announce the composition of our various juries for our 2008 official competition. Along with the return of our Feature Film Jury and International Short Films Jury, we are pleased to introduce the creation of three new juries for this 2008 edition : First Features Films, Quebec Short Films jury and Quebec DIY (acronym of Do It Yourself, to designate a Quebec independent production).

You will find below the composition of our various prestigious juries. Short biographies for every jury member are available in our official program and on our Internet site at www.fantasiafestival.com




FEATURE FILM JURY

Pierre-François Legendre: Actor (LES INVINCIBLES I and II, QUÉBEC-MONTRÉAL, HORLOGE BIOLOGIQUE, MAURICE RICHARD, BLUFF and DANS UNE GALAXIE PRÈS DE CHEZ VOUS 2) - Jury President

John Anderson: Critic, VARIETY and FILM COMMENT.

Martin Bilodeau: Editor in chief, MEDIAFILM .CA and collaborator for LE DEVOIR, ELLE QUÉBEC and Radio-Canada.

Frédéric Ouellette: Screenwriter (GRANDE OURSE, L’HÉRITIÈRE DE GRANDE OURSE, MA TANTE ALINE, LA CHAMBRE NUMÉRO 13 and GRANDE OURSE - LA CLÉ DES POSSIBLES)

Podz: Director (C.A., LES BOUGON – C’EST AUSSI ÇA LA VIE!, MINUIT , LE SOIR et 3 X RIEN, THE HUNGER, VAMPIRE HIGH and BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS II)

Jérôme Rougier: Acquisitions Executive and Theatrical Marketing Manager for Wild Bunch Distribution




FIRST FEATURES FILM

Douglas Buck: Director (FAMILY PORTRAITS : A TRILOGY OF AMERICA and SISTERS) - Jury President

Maurice Devereaux: Director (LADY OF THE LAKE, SLASHERS and END OF THE LINE)

Marianne Farley: Actress (LA PEAU BLANCHE, SECRET PAST, NOS ÉTÉS, LES INVINCIBLES, DEAD ZONE and VAMPIRE HIGH)

Tim League: Festival Director, AUSTIN FANTASTIC FEST

Rafaël Ouellet: Director (LE CÈDRE PENCHÉ, DERRIÈRE MOI, some 150 concert captations - Coldplay, Indochine, Green Day, Norah Jones – music videos, televison projects- Le Groulx luxe), Editor (LES ÉTATS NORDIQUES) and Director of Photography (NOS VIES PRIVÉES).




INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS JURY

Gerald Potterton: Director (THE RAILRODDER, CHRISTMAS CRACKER, MY FINANCIAL CAREER and HEAVY METAL) producer, animator (YELLOW SUBMARINE, RAGEDDY ANN) - Jury President

Anna Feder: Festival Director, BOSTON UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

Frédérick Durand: Writer (9 novels and many short-stories) and Musician (A Symphony of Fear)

Don May Jr.: President of SYNAPSE FILMS.

Helen Faradji: Critic and Editor in Chief of the web weekly 24IMAG.




QUEBEC SHORT FILMS JURY

Rémi-Pierre Paquin: Actor (LES INVINCIBLES I and II, RUMEURS, MA TANTE ALINE) - Jury President

Simon Beaudry: Artistic Director, BOS ad agency

Louis-Philippe Hénault: Video and Advertising Director (Les Trois Accords, Les Cowboys Fringants, Malajube, Dumas, Pierre Lapointe, Islands, The Hidden Cameras and Les Dales Hawerchuk)

Charlotte Laurier: Actress (LES BONS DÉBARRAS, BONHEUR D’OCCASION, LA DAME EN COULEURS, LE PARTY, UNE HISTOIRE INVENTÉE and 2 SECONDES), Stage Director (CAPHARNAÜM and AUTOPSIE FEMME) and Director (LES PLUS BEAUX YEUX DU MONDE)

Kim Nguyen: Director (LA ROUTE, SOLEIL GLACÉ, LE MARAIS and LA CITÉ DES OMBRES)

We Are Wolves: Musicians (NON-STOP JE TE PLIE EN DEUX and TOTAL MAGIQUE)




QUÉBEC DIY JURY

Yan England: Actor (WATATATOW, HEADQUARTERS: WARSAW, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, MINUIT LE SOIR, PROVIDENCE, LES SŒURS ELLIOT and UNE GRENADE AVEC ÇA), Director (MOI) - Jury President

Eric Lavoie: Editor (ASCENSION, LA BELLE BÊTE, JACKIE CHAN: MY STORY, THE DESCENDANT)

Claudine Sauvé: Director of Photography (PREMIER JUILLET LE FILM , CRÈME GLACÉE , CHOCOLAT ET AUTRES CONSOLATIONS, 7KM2 D’INFINI, NAVIRES DE LA HONTE, MINUIT LE SOIR, FRANÇOIS EN SÉRIE and C.A.)




PRIX SÉQUENCES 2007

For the sixth year in a row, Séquences Magazine joins Fantasia to offer the « Prix Séquences », awarded to their choice for the best film of our 2008 edition. Dominic Bouchard, Pascal Grenier and Ismaël Houdassine will act as members of the jury for this special award.




PRIX L’ÉCRAN FANTASTIQUE – FANTASIA 2008

For the forth year in a row, the « Prix L'Écran Fantastique » award will be given to a feature film produced in the past 48 months and presented within the course of Fantasia. The award consists of a promise of a 4-pages article, to appear in a future edition and of a full page of free advertising at the time of the film launch in theatre or on video in France. L'Écran Fantastique has been published for 38 years, with a 98 000 copies monthly distribution in France, in Spain, in Portugal, in Belgium, in Italy, in Switzerland, in Luxembourg, in Canada (Quebec), Morocco and in Germany.