Jury & Guests

Jury Cheval Noir

Laura Kern

Jury President

Laura Kern

Programmer, Curator and Managing editor, Film Comment

Laura Kern is the managing editor of Film Comment. A former contributing film critic for The New York Times, she has also written for Filmmaker, indieWIRE, V ariety.com, and URB. As a programmer, she collaborates on The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual Film Comment Selects and Scary Movies series. She is also a member of the New York Film Festival’s short-film selection committee and co-editor of the recent book NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL GOLD: A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION.

Jean-Pierre Bergeron

Jean-Pierre Bergeron

Actor, Director and Writer

Jean-Pierre Bergeron is a writer/director/actor. ALONE WITH MR. CARTER, his first effort as a writer/director, won Best Quebec Short at Fantasia 2012 and after two years it is still going strong in its festival run worldwide. It was selected by Shorts International for commercial distribution. Again at Fantasia 2012, Jean-Pierre Bergeron met producer Christine Falco of Films Camera Oscura, who will produce HITCHHIKING IN THE DARK, his debut feature as writer/director, due to shoot in May 2014. He will also play one of the main roles. A very well-known actor in Quebec, Jean-Pierre Bergeron has since many decades a special place in the public’s imagination, often playing authority figures, cops and robbers. His track record includes STICKY FINGERS, L’EAU CHAUDE L’EAU FRETTE and many other films. He is considered the first actor in the history of Quebec usually cast in typical masculine roles to ever come out to the media. Jean-Pierre Bergeron also has various U.S. credits, including ALIAS, AMERICAN DREAMS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE NEW POSEIDON ADVENTURE, etc. He is also considered by many the best acting teacher in Montreal and numerous Quebec actors have studied with him.

Samuel Jamier

Samuel Jamier

Programmer, Curator and Festival Director

Samuel Jamier is the co-director of the New York Asian Film Festival, organized by Subway Cinema. He has also been Senior Film Programmer and Curator at Japan Society since the fall of 2009. There, he has curated numerous series and retrospectives including Zen and Its Opposite: Essential (& Turbulent) Japanese Arthouse; Run, Salaryman, Run! A Retrospective of Sabu’s Films; Japan Cuts (2010-2013), and the Globus Film Series (2010-2013). Prior to that, he was Senior Program Officer at The Korea Society and a Program Officer for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. Jamier possesses doctoral, MA and BA degrees in English Literature, Comparative Literature, and Medieval Philosophy, from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, and is an Agrégation Laureate and a graduate from the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. He also studied at Tokyo University and King’s College, London. Samuel Jamier is of Korean descent, and grew up in Brittany, France.

Jarod Neece

Jarod Neece

Programmer, Operation Manager and writer — South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival

Jarod Neece has been with the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference in Austin, TX since 2002. He is the festival’s Senior Programmer & Operations Manager with an emphasis on Narrative Feature and Genre Programming. As Operations Manager, he oversees the Film Festival & Conference and manages the daily festival operations. He is a member of the IFP and Polari Advisory Boards and has been a juror or panelist at a number of festivals and organizations, including Sony, Avid, the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship and Independent Film Week. He is also the co-founder and editor of the popular Austin food blog, TacoJournalism.com and co-writer of the new book, AUSTIN BREAKFAST TACOS: THE STORY OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TACO OF THE DAY.

Travis Stevens

Travis Stevens

CEO and Founder, Snowfort Pictures

Travis Stevens is the founder and CEO of Snowfort Pictures, a boutique production company specializing in the development, financing and production of commercial genre films. Recent Snowfort productions include the 2013 Cannes Director’s Fortnight premiere JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, the 2013 SXSW Audience Award Winner CHEAP THRILLS, STARRY EYES (MPI/Dark Sky Films), AMERICAN MUSCLE, Epic Picture Group’s BIG ASS SPIDER! (2013 SXSW), the 2012 SXSW smash THE AGGRESSION SCALE, WHAT FUN WE WERE HAVING (2011 Fantasia Film Festival), ALL IN ALL (2011 Tribeca Film Festival/2011 AFI Film Fest), the 2012 Fright Fest and Sitges hit THE THOMPSONS and A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE (Toronto International Film Festival 2010). Prior to launching Snowfort Pictures, Travis worked in film development, acquisitions and sales.

First Feature Jury

Charles de Lauzirika

Jury President

Charles de Lauzirika

Filmmaker

Born in Chinatown, Los Angeles, Charles de Lauzirika spent most of his free time at the USC School of Cinema-Television interning for such production companies as Lucasfilm Ltd., Lightstorm Entertainment, Silver Pictures and Scott Free. Rising through the ranks at Scott Free, Lauzirika became Ridley and Tony Scott’s DVD producer, creating acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentaries for their films and eventually, the titles of other directors as diverse as David Lynch and Michael Bay. Lauzirika made his directorial debut with the off-beat psychological noir CRAVE, winner of the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature at Fantasia last year, as well as Best Director in the AMG Next Wave Competition at Fantastic Fest. He is currently attached to direct and co-write a feature adaptation of the Philip K. Dick science fiction short story I HOPE I SHALL ARRIVE SOON.

Ramachandra Borcar

Ramachandra Borcar

Composer and Musician

Following his studies in classical composition, orchestration and electro-acoustic music at McGill University, Ram spent several years touring internationally as a DJ and released two albums with his Ramasutra project. For the past ten years Ram’s extensive and diverse work as a film and TV composer has garnered critical acclaim and has seen him compose music in a wide variety of styles including big band jazz, full orchestra, ambient soundscapes, atonal chamber music, and experimental electronics. His awards and nominations include a Felix, Juno, Jutra, Genie, Gemini and Gémeaux.

Manon Dumais

Manon Dumais

Journalist

Screenwriter by training and holding a Master’s degree in literature, Manon Dumais has alternately been an editor, writer for schoolbooks and ad girl. At the beginning of the 2000s, after having published a critical edition of a posthumous novel by Hubert Aquin, she embraced cultural journalism and film criticism by becoming a contributor to La Presse. Since 2004, she is the head of the Film section in the Voir weekly, where she covers prestigious international film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Karlovy Vary and Berlin. Through her travels, she has been drawn to radio, participating in Isabelle, le matin as well as Désautels and Première heure. Film columnist for the Voir show on Télé-Québec since 2009, she can also be heard frequently on Bouillant de culture on the Première chaîne of Radio-Canada.

Jason Lapeyre

Jason Lapeyre

Filmmaker

Jason’s first feature, the gritty crime thriller COLD BLOODED, won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at Fantasia 2012. His second feature, I DECLARE WAR, was an official selection of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, won the Audience Award for Best Film at Fantastic Fest the same year, and will be released theatrically in 2013 by Drafthouse Films. He has also directed a documentary feature about mental illness called FACELESS and produced the short film THE CAPTURED BIRD, which was Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro. His films have played in over 75 film festivals around the world and won prizes at over a dozen of these. He is represented by APA in Los Angeles and Vanguard Artists in Toronto.

Stéphane du Mesnildot

Stéphane du Mesnildot

Author, Journalist and Teacher, Les Cahiers du cinéma

Stéphane du Mesnildot is a journalist at Cahiers du Cinéma and teaches film at Paris III – Sorbonne. He is the author of JESS FRANCO, ENERGIE DU FANTASME (Rouge Profond, 2004), LA MORT AUX TROUSSES (Cahiers du cinéma, 2008) and FANTÔMES DU CINÉMA JAPONAIS (Rouge Profond, 2011). LE MIROIR OBSCUR, UNE HISTOIRE DU CINÉMA DES VAMPIRES is set to come out in October 2013.

Animation Jury

Patrick Bouchard

Jury President

Patrick Bouchard

Director

Born in Saguenay in 1974, Patrick Bouchard studied at the University of Québec in Chicoutimi, where he directed his first puppet film, JEAN LEVIÉRISTE (1998). Noticed by Pierre Hébert, then producer at the NFB, Bouchard directed his first professional film, LES RAMONEURS CÉRÉBRAUX (2002), which won the Jutra for best animated short film. Inspired by a song from Les Colocs and written by Marcel Jean, DEHORS NOVEMBRE (2005) is again rewarded at the Jutra and presented in competition at Annecy. He followed this with RÉVÉRENCE (2007), working again with Martin-Rodolphe Villeneuve, his collaborator on RAMONEURS CÉRÉBRAUX. In 2007, he directed TALON D’ARGILE in 24 hours for the Off-Courts Festival of Trouville, a very short film in which clay figures are subject to metamorphosis. He then collaborated with the NFB for the fourth time, renewing his aesthetic using Plastiline modeling clay to make BYDLO (2012), inspired by the fourth movement of “Pictures at an Exhibition” from Russian composer Modest Moussorgski. BYDLO won the Clermont Ferrant international grand prize and a third Jutra in 2013, in addition to being nominated for an Écran Canadien prize.

Luc Chamberland

Luc Chamberland

Director, Animator, Writer and Teacher

Luc Chamberland graduated from Concordia University with a degree in cinema. Passionate about animated cinema, Luc has worked 18 years in Europe, including three years in Paris and 15 in London, where he was an animator on ASTÉRIX ET LE COUP DU MENHIR as well as for productions by Stephen Spielberg, including WE’RE BACK! A DINOSAUR’S STORY and AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST. Luc has also worked for major Hollywood productions at Dreamworks, Universal and Warner Brothers, including on QUEST FOR CAMELOT and SPACE JAM. Taking London as a wonderful laboratory for experimentation, Luc directed many commercials in a variety of styles. After having directed the feature film JOSEPH: KING OF DREAMS for Dreamworks, Luc returned to Montreal in the early 2000s to develop many film projects, directing pop videos, short films and commercials. Luc dances between fiction, documentary film and animation. He teaches at the animation department of the Cégep du Vieux Montreal and at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema.

Keltie Duncan

Keltie Duncan

Programmer and Technical Coordinator, Festival international d’animation d’Ottawa

Currently the Programming and Technical Coordinator at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Keltie developed her love of independent animation in Calgary, AB, getting her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and assuming a variety of roles with Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS), a non-profit organization for independent animation production and education. During her time at QAS she was a champion of and co-programmer for Calgary’s Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) and held office as Vice President and President of the QAS Board of Directors. Now living in Ottawa, Keltie has recently completed her MA in Film Studies at Carleton University with a focus on animation festival culture.

International Short Film Jury

Sten-Kristian Saluveer

Jury President

Sten-Kristian Saluveer

Programmer, Director and Producer

Sten-Kristian Saluveer is Tokyo based Estonian film and audiovisual media producer, festival manager & writer focusing on East-Asian cinema and film industries specifically Japan and South-Korea. He serves as the Member of the Board, Industry Director and Programmer of Asian cinema for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - one of the largest art house film festivals in Northern Europe, and as the representative for Estonian Film Commission FilmEstonia. As the long time director of Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (HOFF) – the exclusive genre festival in the Baltics, he oversaw the development of the festival from a small genre event to internationally recognised festival and the member of the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals (Melies). Saluveer’s known production credits include short film omnibus 60 SECONDS OF SOLITUDE with internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Naomi Kawase, Shinji Aoyama, Park Chan-Wook, Kim Jiwoon, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Adam Wingard, Simon Rumley and others, as well as musical design for Eurovision and European Film Academy Awards Tallinn 2011.

Garrick Dion

Garrick Dion

Senior VP of Development, Bold Films

Garrick Dion is the Senior Vice President of Development for Bold Films. Since joining the company in 2006, he has been involved in the development and production of several titles, including Nicholas Winding Refn’s DRIVE, the coming-of-age drama MIDDLE OF NOWHERE starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon, Sony Pictures’ sci-fi sequel STARSHIP TROOPERS: MARAUDER and HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, the forthcoming directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling. He is currently overseeing a slate of projects that includes Robert Rodriguez’s live-action remake of Ralph Bakshi & Frank Frazetta’s FIRE & ICE, screenwriter Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut NIGHTCRAWLER starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and a miniseries based on the life of Peter the Great. Prior to joining Bold, he worked in feature development for producers Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) and Denise DiNovi (BATMAN), and as a story editor for the feature documentaries THE YEAR OF THE YAO and SO GOES THE NATION. Additionally, he has worked as a writer on a variety of screenplays, including Adam Shankman’s directorial debut, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation A WALK TO REMEMBER.

Frédérick Maheux

Frédérick Maheux

Filmmaker

Under the code name Lamashtu, Frédérick Maheux has created video works, collages and noise performances since 2005. He has directed, among other things, ART/CRIME, the documentary on the Rémy Couture case (Public Prize, Best Documentary at Fantasia 2013), THÉORIE DE LA RELIGION, an experimental porno, and many music videos for groups such as Menace Ruine and Kickback. Very much inspired by industrial and DIY culture, his work relies on a homemade approach and extreme physical performances. His films have been shown in many festivals worldwide. He is currently in post-production of his next feature film, ANA, a project for which he received a grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is also writing a Master’s thesis on video games and spatial subversion. His films are available on his website, http://www.lamashtu.net.

Jury court métrage québécois

Dominique Chartrand

Dominique Chartrand

Dominique Chartrand a eu la chance de travailler avec son frère Alain dès octobre 70. Puis ce fut avec Labrecque,Forcier, Groulx, Carles, Jutra,Melançon, Binamé,Lord,Arcand. Il passa 9 année avec Michel Brault. Il fut de L’AUDITION et BABINE avec Luc Picard. De NEZ ROUGE, LE DERNIER TUNNEL, LE SURVENANT et BON COP BAD COP avec Érik Canuel. LE MARAIS et TRUFFE avec Kim N’Guyen.

Il participa à près de 60 longs métrages, une trentaine de courts, une vingtaine de documentaires et plus de 900 publicités et également sur les téléséries SCOOP, OMERTA, TAG, ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK 7, THE NEVER ENDING STORY, CHARTRAND ET SIMONNE, SIMONNE ET CHARTRAND, 18 TO LIFE. En 16mm, 35mm, IMAX, ou Numérique, il a toujours autant de plaisir à travailler en équipe.

Caroline Mailloux

Caroline Mailloux

Caroline Mailloux scénarise et réalise du documentaire avant de plonger en fiction avec Motel Pluton; un court-métrage fantastique qui aura sa Première à Fantasia en 2010. Sélectionné pour Court écrire ton court, 10e édition de la Sodec, son film Cher Dieu (Camera Oscura, 2011) interprété par Françoise Graton et Joël Marin, connaîtra une belle carrière en festival, avant d’être acheté par TV5 et la chaîne câblée Short Film International. Sa websérie coécrite, Hors d’ondes, diffusée sur les portails de Sympatico et de Série+, est sélectionnée aux Gémeaux en 2012 dans la catégorie Série humoristique interactive. À ce jour, elle développe son 1er long-métrage Le jour où Barbara est sortie avec l’appui de la Sodec et de Téléfilm. Son plus récent court-métrage, La grange (Camera Oscura), avec Fanny Mallette, André-Casper Kolstad et Pierre Rivard, sortira à l’automne 2013. Mordue d’horreur et de fantastique, c’est un honneur et un grand plaisir pour elle de se joindre à un jury de Fantasia.

Isabelle Vincent

Isabelle Vincent

Diplômée de l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada en 1986 et cofondatrice du collectif Les Éternels pigistes, Isabelle Vincent fait partie du paysage théâtral et télévisuel depuis ses débuts. Elle participe à plus d’une vingtaine de pièces dont Les fourberies de Scapin, Les Fridolinades, Pieds nus dans le parc, Addolorata, La fin de la civilisation, Les jumeaux vénitiens, Les fraises en janvier, Les bonbons qui sauvent la vie (nomination aux Masques 2005 : « Masque de la meilleure actrice de soutien ») et Bacchanale. Elle participe également aux créations des Éternels Pigistes, soit Quelques humains, Le rire de la mer, Mille feuilles et Pi... ?. En 2006, elle cosigne avec Sylvie Drapeau la pièce Avaler la mer et les poissons qui est nominée pour le « Masque du meilleur texte » ainsi que pour le « Masque de la meilleure interprétation premier rôle féminin ». La collaboration des deux actrices se poursuit avec la pièce Les Saisons, qu’elles cosignent également. Plus récemment, nous l’avons vu dans Ronfard nu devant son miroir, de Daniel Brière et Évelyne de la Chenelière, L’Affiche de Philippe Ducros, Après Moi des Éterneils pigistes, Le Roi se meurt de Frédéric Dubois et Le Prénom, une production du festival Juste Pour Rire, repris pour une deuxième année cet été à Bromont.

Au petit écran, on a pu admirer sa polyvalence et l’étendue de son talent dans Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin pour sa brillante interprétation de Louise Nantel (nomination « Prix Gémeaux 2007, meilleure interprétation rôle de soutien féminin » ). En 2006, elle a aussi été récompensée d’un « Gémeaux de la meilleure interprétation rôle de soutien féminin » pour son rôle de Diane dans Providence qu’elle tient depuis 2004. Sinon, on a pu la voir dans Annie et ses hommes, Ramdam, Smash I et II, Fortier et Delirium, Penthouse 5.0, Rock et Rolland, 30 vies . On peut la voir présentement dans Toute la vérité sur les ondes de TVA.

Au cinéma, elle a joué dans Et que Dieu bénisse l’Amérique et Le Nèg de Robert Morin, ainsi que dans Le bonheur des autres de Jean-Philippe Pearson et Tout ce que tu possèdes de Bernard Émond. Prochainement, nous la verrron dans le film Gabrielle de Louise Archambault.

Isabelle Vincent a aussi été scripteure et chroniqueuse à Télé-Québec et Radio-Canada, et enseignante à l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada de 1990 à 1992. Elle a participé à titre d’auteure et d’interprète au spécial télé T comme Théâtre en ondes à la SRC en décembre 2008.

Jury court métrage québécois D.I.Y.

Frédéric Corbet

Frédéric Corbet

Diplômé de l’Université de Montréal en Communication et journalisme, Frédéric Corbet œuvre dans le monde des médias depuis quelques années. Sa curiosité, sa passion pour la culture et sa polyvalence l’amènent à travailler comme recherchiste sur différents projets tels que Bons baisers de France (Radio-Canada) et Tout l’monde debout (Rock Détente). En 2005, il devient chroniqueur cinéma et littérature à l’émission Top +. À l’automne 2007, il prend la barre de l’émission Premières vues à VOX, qui se poursuit présentement à la nouvelle chaîne Matv. Il anime également les Tête-à-tête des Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, des tables rondes et des classes de maîtres au Festival Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay.

Catherine Chagnon

Catherine Chagnon

Suite à une formation en production théâtrale et en scénographie, Catherine Chagnon collabore à plusieurs créations avec le groupe Ex Machina et son metteur en scène Robert Lepage. Après plusieurs années de tournées internationales et une expérience acquise sur les plateaux de tournage au Québec, elle œuvre comme directrice artistique et productrice de film indépendant à Montréal.

En 2006, Catherine Chagnon produit Danse Macabre de Pedro Pires, court métrage acclamé par la critique et récipiendaire des prix Jutra et Génie 2009. En 2007, elle est productrice déléguée et conceptrice artistique du film Hope, court métrage adapté de Jimmy, créature de rêve de Marie Brassard, produit par PHI group.

En 2010, Catherine Chagnon fonde la société de production, Microclimat Films. Ayant à cœur la production de projets innovateurs, elle s’implique activement dans son milieu, et collabore comme pigiste au sein des entreprises culturelles locales et internationales.

En 2011, Catherine participe au Talent Lab du Festival international de film de Toronto. En 2012, elle est sélectionnée au Rotterdam Lab et participe au Producers Workshop du Festival de Cannes. Elle coproduit le court métrage Ne crâne pas sois modeste de Deco Dawson, récipiendaire du prix de Meilleur court métrage canadien au TIFF 2012.

Jules Saulnier

Jules Saulnier

Jules Saulnier est réalisateur et monteur dans le domaine du cinéma, de la télévision et du documentaire. Prolifique, il signe le montage de plus d’une trentaine de courts métrages et, plus récemment, du long-métrage FINISSANT(E)S de Rafaël Ouellet (2013). Fortement impliqué dans le mouvement de cinéma indépendant Kino Montréal, il agit à titre de directeur artistique pour l’organisme de 2007 à 2012, ce qui lui permet de réaliser des courts métrages en France, en Belgique, en Allemagne, en Autriche, en Australie et aux États-Unis. Amateur de cinéma éclaté, différent et bizarroïde, il est un abonné fidèle du festival Fantasia, qui a diffusé au fil des années une douzaine de ses créations, notamment LA TANIÈRE (2010), CLIMAX (2011) et CATARACTE (2012).

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