FEATURE FILM JURY

Jury President

JEAN-FRANÇOIS RIVARD :

RÉALISATEUR, SCÉNARISTE | DIRECTOR, SCREENWRITER 

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Jean-François Rivard was born and raised in Quebec. Between 1997 and 2003 he wrote and directed a number of highly acclaimed shorts including Kopps, his first effort which was awarded both the public and jury prizes during the Vidéastes Recherchés contest, Soowitch and Kuproquo. His short film Noël Blank (part of the Fantasia 2003 line-up) won a Genie in 2004 for Best Live Action Short Drama. He also wrote and directed an episode of the imaginative series La Chambre no 13 which aired on Radio Canada in 2006. He is responsible for several widely televised publicity campaigns, namely for Bell Canada. From 2005 until 2008 he dedicated himself to co-writing and directing the popular series Les Invincibles, winner of the 2006 Olivier prize for Drama of the Year. Jean-François Rivard is currently working on several different projects, including plans for an upcoming feature film.

SOPHIE CADIEUX :

ACTRESS

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Sophie Cadieux made an impression on the small screen by landing a part in Watatatow straight out of the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal in 2001.This role eventually earned her a Gémeaux Award in 2004. She has since been part of numerous productions but was most recently seen in Rumeurs, La Job and Les boys. Last winter, she embodied the part of Sylvie in the celebrated series Les Lavigueur, winner of nine Gémeaux Awards. She is currently starring in the youth oriented series Kaboom! and Tactik. On the silver screen, you can see her in Ma tante Aline from Gabriel Pelletier and Dérape from Patrick Demers. Her next projects are Tromper le silence from Julie Hivon and a stage part in the play L'imposture, presented by the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

JEAN-PHILIPPE DUVAL :

DIRECTOR AND SCREENWRITER

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He distinguished himself early with the release of his documentary La vie a du charme (Life has Charm), a multiple prize-winning portrait of Réjean Ducharme. After two television specials, he directed his first feature-length film, Matroni et moi, an adaptation of the play by the same name (nominated for 11 Jutra prizes). In 2007-2008, he wrote and directed his second feature film, Dédé, à travers les brumes, an exploration of the life and work of André Dédé Fortin. From 2004 until 2007 he authored all four seasons of the television series États humains. During this time he also co-created, co-directed and co-produced Martin sur la route, a series which earned several nominations at the 2007 Gémeaux Awards. Between 1990 and 2007, he can be credited for many documentaries among which Lumière des oiseaux, on the life of poet Pierre Morency (nominated for Best Documentary at the Jutra awards and winner of the Best Photo Direction Gémeaux prize) and Les réfugiés de la planète bleue, winner of various international prizes.

MALAJUBE :

MUSICAL GROUP POP/ROCK

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Malajube burst on to the independent rock scene with their first album Le Compte complet, and more recently with their second offering Trompe-l'oeil, and managed to stand out in the midst of the affluent Montreal music scene thanks to their unique and original sound. Since the release of Trompe-l'oeil, Malajube have been touring non-stop throughout Canada, Europe, the United States and Japan and have impressed both industry insiders and the general public along the way. Currently available in the United States, Germany, Europe, Japan and Australia, Trompe-l'oeil has garnered critical acclaim from the likes of NME, the New York Times, Pitchfork, Wired, The Fader, Filter, Spin, Penthouse, Men's Health Journal and Vanity Fair to name but a few. After almost a year invested in the creation of Labyrinthes, their third opus on the Dare to Care Records label, Malajube are preparing to take to the stage once again for a tour that will bring the around the world by the end of 2009.

PATRICK SÉNÉCAL :

NOVELIST AND SCREENWRITER

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Born in Drummondville on October 20, 1967, at the tender age of 10 Patrick Sénécal could no longer ignore the need to commit to paper to the fantastic images he saw in his head. Although first attracted to medicine, he eventually chose to study arts and literature instead. In 1998 he published his widely recognized novel Sur le seuil. His next novel Aliss followed in 2000, a rather strange and hardcore retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Further to the second editions of his two first novels: 5150 rue des Ormes and Le Passager, he published in the fall of 2002, Les sept jours du Talion, a novel questioning the legitimacy of vengeance. During this period, Patrick was also actively involved in the filming of Sur le seuil, a movie adaptation of his novel. In 2004, he submitted the novel Oniria, the story of several prisoners sequestered in an isolated villa. He published two more novels in 2007, Le Vide and Sept comme setteur. On the cinema front, he has seven upcoming movie projects still in the process of being written, awaiting financing or in post-production. Six of these are adaptation from his novels : Les sept jours du Talion, Le passager, 5150 rue des Ormes, Aliss, Oniria and Le Vide. The last is an original script for a thriller.

FIRST FEATURE JURY

Jury President

DENIS HÉROUX :

FILMMAKER

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Denis Héroux is a central figure of the Quebec cinema scene. In 1962, he co-directed with Denys Arcand and Stéphane Venne, SEUL OU AVEC D'AUTRES, a movie exploring student life which was presented at Cannes the following year. In 1968 he became notorious thanks to the huge commercial success of the now legendary VALÉRIE. L'INITIATION, QUELQUES ARPENTS DE NEIGE and THE UNCANNY which followed thereafter. Héroux also enjoys a noteworthy career as a producer in Quebec (LES PLOUFFE from Gilles Carle, LE MATOU from Jean Beaudin) and overseas (ATLANTIC CITY from Louis Malle, LA GUERRE DU FEU from Jean-Jacques Annaud). Having authored two books on the history of Quebec, he currently shares his knowledge and love of cinema with the students of the Université de Montréal.

GUY DANELLA :

PRODUCER, GOLD CIRCLE FILMS

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Guy Danella is the Vice President of Production and Development for L.A. based independent production/finance company, Gold Circle Films. Gold Circle is responsible for such films as WHITE NOISE, SLITHER and most recently THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. Danella is currently overseeing 2 films in post production: REC co-writer Luis Berdejo's feature directorial debut, THE NEW DAUGHTER starring Kevin Costner and Ivana Baquero, and the psychological thriller, THE 4TH KIND, starring Milla Jovovich. Danella joined Gold Circle in 2006 after working for actor/producer Tom Cruise and the William Morris Agency. Go Red Sox.

LARRY KENT :

FILMMAKER

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Larry Kent is Canada's first-ever independent filmmaker, creator of some of the country's most controversial and groundbreaking cinema. Much of his early work, including the post beatnik, pre-hippie classic THE BITTER ASH (1962), and often-censored/banned HIGH (1967) exemplified the wild, drug-informed spirit of the youth driven counterculture and attracted many celebrity supporters, including Warren Beatty and Fritz Lang. His 1971 film THE APPRENTICE (aka FLEUR BLEU) starred a 24-year old Susan Sarandon. In 2005, Kent made a stunning return to form with the disturbing black comedy THE HAMSTER CAGE, an award-winner at Austin Fantasticfest and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

RYAN BRUCE LEVEY :

DISTRIBUTOR, PUBLICIST

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Ryan Bruce Levey has worked as a programmer, festival director, publicist and distributor for 11 years. His company Vagrant Films Releasing has distributed some 40 films including MARGARET CHO: I'M THE ONE THAT I WANT, SORDID LIVES, MAGNIFICO and Paul Cox's NIJINSKY, and has handled theatrical distribution for companies like Anchor Bay Canada and Cinemavault Releasing. Most recently, he spearheaded the Canadian theatrical release for the Martin Scorsese produced film Lymelife. He is a self-proclaimed karaoke junkie, and is known to show off his talents for his Fantasia brethren during the festival.

BRENDA LIEBERMAN :

PRESIDENT, CALGARY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL

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Realizing there was a void in Calgary for film festivals, in 2003 Brenda co-founded, and still programs, the Calgary Underground Film Festival, introducing Calgary to a range of genre films. In 2007, the Calgary International Film Festival brought Brenda on board to fill a niche as the Late Shows programmer. The position quickly expanded to Lead Programmer, booking the festival's World Cinema, Canadian Perspective's and Late Shows Series. In addition, Brenda has been programming for the Barbados International Film Festival for the last two years, and has worked on various film productions in Calgary in the Art Department, and on-set.

SCOTT WEINBERG :

JOURNALIST, CINEMATICAL, FEAR.NET

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A movie addict since the age of 10, Scott Weinberg is one of those very lucky people who get to work in their favorite field: the movie field. A veteran online film critic and insatiable horror fan, Scott has covered the festival circuit for the last seven years, and the first place he looks is the "midnight" slate. Despite being bald, he wears many hats: Managing Editor for Cinematical, film critic for FEARnet, elected co-governor of the OFCS, and editor-in-chief of the brand new Horror Squad blog. Plus he recently co-produced a feature-length documentary. It's about horror films.

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY

Jury President

DENNISON RAMALHO :

FILMMAKER

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Dennison Ramalho is the leading voice in the new wave of Brazilian horror cinema. His 16mm debut NOCTURNU (1999) won several awards and screened the international festival circuit for years. His 2002 short LOVE FROM MOTHER ONLY, an atmospheric tale of sex, Macumba witchcraft and matricide, won a public's prize at Fantasia, another 12 at other festivals, and is widely regarded as being one of the most frightening genre films made in the past decade. Last year, Ramalho realized his dream project, co-writing with (and directing second unit for) the brilliant José Mojica Marins on his acclaimed comeback film, EMBODIMENT OF EVIL, which launched at the Venice Film Festival and will be having its Canadian premiere at Fantasia this year.

COLIN GEDDES :

PROGRAMMER, TIFF

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Colin Geddes is a celebrated international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival® since 1997, notorious for his Midnight Madness section, among other cutting-edge contributions. He's also done programming for Golden Classics Cinema, Images Festival of Independent Film & Video and Cinematheque Ontario. Geddes has written for The Globe & Mail, Giant Robot Magazine, and published Asian Eye Magazine, one of the first publications dedicated to examining the Hong Kong film industry. In 2004, he founded Ultra 8 Pictures, an independent theatrical distribution and booking company, dedicated to bringing offbeat international films to Canadian cinemas.

NICOLAS RENAUD :

FILMMAKER, CO-EDITOR OF HORS CHAMP

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Nicolas Renaud completed studies in both cinema and sociology. Since 1998, he has created many video installations which have been exposed in Europe and Canada. He also co-produced (with Nancy Baric) four experimental short films shot in Super-8mm and featured at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, the RVCQ and the Bolzano Festival to name a few. He is the co-editor of Hors Champ, an online publication dedicated to cinema and the media, and which presents each year in Montreal, movies and conferences in collaboration with the Cinémathèque. His first documentary, LA BÊTE DU LAC, was screened last year at Fantasia.

ROADKILL SUPERSTAR :

FILMMAKING COLLECTIVE

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François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell are the RoadkillSuperstar crew, a group of young creative and débrouillard filmmakers, that have left a distinctive mark on the Quebec indie scene. To date, the group has over 20 shorts to its name, including the now-infamous LE BAGMAN, and TOTAL FURY. These two wildly inventive splatter comedies toured the world in numerous festivals, blowing the minds of many and bringing home a wealth of awards with them. LE BAGMAN is now dubbed in German and is distributed in a number of European territories. Spotted by Lloyd Kauffman, RoadkillSuperstar had the pleasure of working on storyboards and effects on Troma's most recent production, POULTRYGEIST. It is with their abilities, their dark wit and their brains full of unconventional ideas, that the crew continue on their unique journey in the world of Quebec's independent cinema.

JOVANKA VUCKOVIC :

JOURNALIST, EDITOR OF RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE

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Jovanka Vuckovic is the Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue Magazine, one of the world's largest horror in culture and entertainment publications since 1997. She is an award-winning writer and film critic who regularly appears on television and in documentaries as an expert on the genre. Vuckovic hails from mixed disciplines; she studied Physical Anthropology at McMaster University, and spent five years as a digital effects artist at CBC Television, where she earned a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects. She has since been studying film and literature in depth through her position at the magazine, which is widely regarded as one of the best of its kind.

JURY COURT MÉTRAGE QUÉBÉCOIS

GENEVIÈVE BROUILLETTE :

COMÉDIENNE

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Il y a déjà plus d'une quinzaine d'années que l'on voit Geneviève Brouillette au cinéma et à la télévision. Au cinéma, on l'a découverte dans Liste noire de Jean-Marc Vallée, puis elle a tourné avec entre autres, André Forcier, Émile Gaudreault et Michel Boujenah dans Père et fils où elle a donné la réplique à Philippe Noiret. Lauréate d'un Gémeau pour son rôle d'Hélène dans la série Rumeurs, dans laquelle elle a joué pendant 6 ans, on l'a aussi vue dans de nombreuses autres productions telles: Un gars une fille, Diva, Belle-Baie, C.A., etc. Cet été, elle tourne dans le film Funkytown de Daniel Roby et sera de la distribution de Toute la vérité, une nouvelle série diffusée à TVA.

VINCENT MORISSET :

RÉALISATEUR ET PROGRAMMEUR

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Vincent Morisset est né à Montréal. Il y a maintenant plus de 10 ans, il fut l'un des premiers cobayes du Baccalauréat en communications, profil multimédia à l'UQÀM. Dans tout ce qu'il fait, Vincent adore repousser les limites. Il aime décrire son travail comme un exercice d'interaction cinématographique. Réalisateur et programmateur, il est constamment à la recherche de manières novatrices de raconter des histoires (vidéos réactifs, Bicolorama, installation d'arcade Karaoke, PianoAnimations, etc.).  L'animation traditionnelle et les graphiques en mouvement sont ses sujets principaux. Ses courts métrages et vidéoclips ont été célébrés aux quatre coins de la planète. Depuis la sortie de l'album Funeral d'Arcade Fire, Vincent est responsable des projets web du groupe. La vidéo interactive qui présente la chanson phare Neon Bible (Be Online B) d'Arcade Fire a été nominée finaliste à titre de meilleur vidéo aux derniers Junos, alors que le site Internet qu'il a développé pour le groupe a remporté plusieurs prix. Il a aussi créé des sites pour Jean Leloup, Louis Lortie, Peter Greenaway, Pierre Lapointe et RBO. On lui doit récemment le documentaire Miroir Noir et le récent clip de Malajube, Porté Disparu.

NATALIA WYSOCKA :

CHEF DE PUPITRE ICI 24 HEURES

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Après avoir été pigiste pour le Voir, Natalia Wysocka a été Assistante à la rédaction au Famous Québec. Puis, en juillet 2008, elle prenait le poste de chef de pupitre cinéma au ICI Montréal qui est devenu, depuis mai dernier, le ICI 24 heures. Natalia s'y occupe des pages cinéma, en plus de signer des textes en musique, en livres et en arts de la scène.

JURY COURT MÉTRAGE QUÉBÉCOIS DIY

Alain Fournier

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Alain Fournier s'est fait connaître à Fantasia l'an dernier en remportant le « Prix du meilleur court métrage québécois » pour sa première fiction, À Mère et Marées. Son film s'est récemment mérité le 1er prix au Festival International du Film Fantastique de Bruxelles et voyage toujours, contrairement à lui, dans les festivals à travers le monde.

Alain Fournier présente cette année un conte rétrofuturiste avec marionnettes à fils (ÖKO). Il termine actuellement la post production d'un deuxième film avec marionnettes (La Cité entre les murs) et prépare un nouveau court métrage intitulé Le poids du vide, qui raconte les crises d'apesanteur d'un petit garçon.

Al Kratina

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Al Kratina is an award-winning freelance writer and filmmaker. A frequent contributor to the Montreal Gazette, his coverage of film festivals and cult cinema has been printed in newspapers across Canada and the US. His monthly home video column in the Gazette, Under the Radar, spotlights underground DVDs, and Sound on Sight, the popular film radio show/podcast he co-hosts, tackles everything from blockbusters to b-movies. His two student films, Crimson and Alex, Vampire Slayer, had their world premieres in Fantasia's DIY section, launching successful festival runs that stretched around the world.

Jeanne Ostiguy

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Jeanne Ostiguy a joué dans plusieurs courts métrages : This Little Piggy, Ninjélection, J'étais là, Avez-vous vu mon graal ?, 5-1-4 dont elle est également, la productrice, etc. À la télévision, elle a joué dans Le négociateur, Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin, C.A., La galère, Pure Laine, Tout sur Moi.

Au cinéma, on peut la voir dans le dernier film de Bernard Emond, Contre toute Espérance et dans 753.2.

Au théâtre, elle a joué Elisa dans La peau d'Élisa de Carole Fréchette, mise en scène par Suzanne Clément, M'man dans Bonne nuit, je pars de Marsha Norman, mise en scène par Marie Charlebois.

Elle a mis en scène Albertine en cinq temps et Le Vrai Monde de Michel Tremblay à La maison des Arts de Laval ; elle a également fait les mises en scènes de Camino Real de Tennessee Williams et de plusieurs créations auprès des élèves-adultes du collège Lionel-Groulx.

Elle a également enseigné l'art dramatique au CEGEP Lionel- Groulx dans le cadre du programme Arts et Lettres, profil art dramatique.

Elle est diplômée du programme de maîtrise en art dramatique de l'Université du Québec à Montréal.

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