Cheval Noir Jury
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado met at the Tel Aviv Film University in 2005. Three years later they have decided to write and direct the first Israeli horror film RABIES (aka KALEVET). The film was released in 2010 and made its Canadian Premiere at Fantasia film festival 2011. Their sophomore effort, BIG BAD WOLVES was released in 2013 and made its Canadian premiere at Fantasia film festival that same year. BIG BAD WOLVES won the Cheval Noir for best film and also the prize for best screenplay. in 2014 the duo contributed a short segment (“F for Falling”) for the ABC’S OF DEATH 2.
France, Festival international du film fantastique de Paris
Cyril Despontin is the general delegate and co-founder of the Hallucinations Collectives festival, which has taken place since 2008 at the Comoedia Cinema in Lyons, France. Since 2011, he has been involved in the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFFF), which he organizes with the magazine Mad Movies, the preeminent European fantastic-film periodical. Since 2015, with the website nanrland.com and Tanzi Distribution, he has co-organized the Nuit Excentrique (previously taking place at the Cinémathèque Française), at Europe’s largest cinema, Le Grand Rex. He created the association and the site ZoneBis, a forum for online discussions among cinephiles. And lastly, in a previous life, Despontin worked at leading video game company Electronic Arts, and now works at the video label Wild Side and Wild Bunch Distribution. It merits noting that he is very fond of ducks.
USA, Film Outreach Lead at Kickstarter
A native of West Virginia, George Schmalz received a B.A. from Bethany College in Communication and an M.A. from San Diego State in Television, Film & New Media. While in San Diego he worked in film exhibition with Landmark Theatres and in film production with Kovarova and Wormwood Films respectively. After moving to New York he shifted focus to film distribution, having worked for both Oscilloscope Laboratories and Kino Lorber before coming to Kickstarter, where he currently works as a Film Outreach Lead, specializing in Genre Cinema and Animation.
Canada, Critic, The Globe and Mail, Vice Canada
Justine Smith lives and writes in Montreal, Quebec. She currently works as a staff writer at Vague Visages, where she has a column on the state of film criticism and the treatment of sex in cinema. Justine also freelances for a number of different outlets including Ebert Voices, Vice Canada, The Globe and Mail, and Cleo: A Feminist Journal. In 2015 she was selected to attend the Locarno Critics Academy in Switzerland, sponsored by Indiewire and the Lincoln Film Society. She is on a personal mission to blur the line between criticism and art through video, personal essays and community engagement.
Dr. Marcus Stiglegger
Germany, Critic & Cinema Scholar, Kinoeye, Deadline
Marcus Stiglegger, Phd, born in 1971, is professor of film studies at Berlin. He also teaches the German Universites of Mainz, Siegen, and Mannheim, and was visiting professor at Clemson University, SC, USA. In 1999 he published his doctor’s thesis on the subject of politics and sexuality in cinema (‘Sadiconazista’, 2nd ed.) and has edited over 25 books on film history and film aesthetics. His publications include books on the seduction theory of film (2006), Westerns (2003, co-ed.), war films (2006, co-ed.), pop and cinema (2004, co-ed.), modern horror cinema (2010), David Cronenberg (2011, ed.), Dario Argento (2013, co-ed.), Akira Kurosawa (2014), global bodies in the media (2012, co-ed.) etc. He regularly contributes to international conferences and magazines like Kinoeye (USA), Paradoxa (USA) and Eyeball (UK). His research interests are: body theory, transgressive philosophy and cinema, media mythology, performative aspects of cinema, and the Holocaust in the narrative media. Stiglegger is also very active in the production of international Bluray supllements, producing audio commentaries and video features for the label Arrow, Cult Epics, Severin, Camera Obscura, X Rated, Koch Media and many more. He has two bands: MARS (dark folk) and Vortex (dark ambient).
Best First Feature Jury For New Flesh Award
USA, Critic, Fangoria, Delirium
Michael Gingold has been covering the world of horror cinema since high school, when he started publishing the fanzine Scareaphanalia, which he issued monthly for nearly a decade. He spent 28 years as part of the staff of Fangoria magazine and its website—beginning as a writer in 1988, and serving as associate editor, then managing editor and finally editor-in-chief between 1990-2016. He has also written for several other publications and websites, and currently contributes to Rue Morgue, Scream, Delirium and Blumhouse.com. He has done liner notes for a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases, including an 8,200-word essay for Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory’s award-winning HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION boxed set. Michael has appeared in numerous documentaries (such as David Gregory’s LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S “ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU”) and disc featurettes, and taken part in DVD/Blu-ray audio commentaries including THE STEPFATHER (Shout! Factory) and the 42ND STREET FOREVER series (Synapse Films). Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT for Fever Dreams (screened at Fantasia 2005), LEECHES! for Rapid Heart Pictures and the upcoming THE DOLL for director Dante Tomaselli; he also directed the “Girlkiller” segment for Alternative Cinema’s SHOCK FESTIVAL DVD. He currently hosts monthly Prints of Darkness screenings of classic horror films on 35mm at the Greater NY Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
USA, Author, Critic, Co-founder, New York Asian Film Festival
Grady Hendrix is the author of the novels “Horrorstör”, about a haunted IKEA, and “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”, which is BEACHES meets THE EXORCIST. One of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, he’s written about machine gun collectors, ninjas, the Confederate flag, and Jean-Claude Van Damme for Playboy, Variety, Slate, and the New York Post.
USA, Oscilloscope Laboratories
Kate McEdwards is the VP of kickin’ out the jams at Oscilloscope, and is a current Canadian expat living la vida loca. She also helps release indie feature films. Oscilloscope’s prior releases have included Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s CUTOFF, Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s AFTER TILLER, and Andrea Arnold’s WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Current and upcoming releases include Anna Biller’s THE LOVE WITCH, Anna Rose Holmer’s THE FITS, and Joel Potrykus’ THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK.
France, Critic & Musician, Cahiers du cinéma, Repérages
Born in 1978 in Poitiers, Nicolas Stanzick developed an early love for cinema, rock ’n’ roll, and counterculture in general. After studying in History at Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, he worked as a journalist with Cahiers du cinéma, Repérages, Blast, and France Culture, and as a writer for Dictionnaire du cinéma populaire français (Nouveau Monde, 2004). His first book, Dans les griffes de la Hammer (Le Bord de l’eau, 2010), is recognized as an important reference book. Following that he participated in the CNC’s collective book, Le Cinéma fantastique en France (Scope Éditions, 2012). He currently oversees the assembly of the Midi-Minuit Fantastique collection, from Rouge Profond, a project he initiated in 2012, of which two volumes have already been released. An in-demand speaker (Les Rolling Stones au cinéma, Apocalyptic London…), he is also a musician in the Parisian indie-rock scene.
Executive Producer, French Animation Studio, National film board of Canada
As Executive Producer of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio, Julie Roy has produced some 30 animated shorts. She earned an MA in Film Studies from the Université de Montréal, has written extensively on women and animation, and has served as guest programmer at a number of international film festivals. Her recent productions include Claude Cloutier’s CARFACE (2015); Priit and Olga Pärn’s PILOTS ON THE WAY HOME (2014); Tali’s BUS STORY (2014), recipient of a special mention from the jury at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
In line with her advocacy of diverse approaches to filmmaking, Julie Roy is currently developing a hybrid project entitled TESLA with the multi-talented Matthew Rankin. She has also produced experimental animation such as Karl Lemieux and David Bryant’s QUIET ZONE (2015); Sylvie Trouvé’s REFLECTION (2013); and Karl Lemieux’s MAMORI (2010), winner of the grand prize at the 25 FPS Festival in Zagreb. Julie is also very supportive of young filmmakers and was in charge of the Cinéaste recherché(e) competition designed to recruit new talent. She is the producer for the animation component of the NFB’s Aide au cinéma indépendant (ACIC) program and has worked with France’s Folimage animation studio on the production of short films as part of its artist-in-residence program.
Assistant Professor, Previsualization specialist, UQAC/NAD
Working in the film industry since 1986, Benoît earned his diploma from Centre NAD in 1997. Both a shoot supervisor and a 3D animator, he has worked in the fields of video games and visual effects for such enterprises as ZAQ Technologies and Big Bang FX. Now a specialist in digital compositing, Benoît joined the Centre NAD team in 2002 as a trainer, Avid DS and ACSR (Avid Certified Support Representative) certified. He is presently an assistant professor at UQAC/Centre NAD and is pursuing a doctorate in the nature and usage of 3D previsualization, at l’Université de Montréal.
Cinesite / Visual Effects Supervisor, Feature Animation Division, Cinesite
Alex is the Visual Effects Supervisor for the Feature Animation Division of Cinesite. In this role he both creatively and technically oversees the entire CG process. From the age of seven Alex decided his ambition was to make movies using computers. He studied Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Computer Graphics at Teesside University. He stayed at Teesside as a research student and lecturer. In 1997 Alex joined London’s FrameStore as their first dedicated software developer. Over the next seven years he rose to Head of 3D R&D working on numerous projects ranging from commercials such as “Levis Odyssey”, TV such as WALKING WITH DINOSAURS and movies such as HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABHAN.
In 2004 Alex moved to DreamWorks Animation to head up the development on KUNG FU PANDA. He eventually took the triple role of Head of FX, Character FX and Crowds on the movie. In 2008, having won the trust of the Producer, Director and Production Designer through his work on the first movie, Alex became the VFX Supervisor for both the KUNG FU PANDA HOLIDAY TV special, and KUNG FU PANDA 2, the highest grossing animated movie of 2011. Alex was also VFX Supervisor for the PUSS IN BOOTS DVD short THE THREE DIABLOS. In 2012 Alex re-joined director Mark Osborne, with whom he had worked on the first KUNG FU PANDA, to bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s THE LITTLE PRINCE to the big screen. He currently is working on an up coming slate of films at Cinesite.
Former Editor and Event Coordinator, fps: The Magazine of Animation
Tamu Townsend’s contributions to FPS: THE MAGAZINE OF ANIMATION began in 1991. Her constant collaboration with the editor, the late Emru Townsend, continued from print magazine to website, and special projects such as the DVD booklet for the special edition of the animated cult classic ROCK & RULE. In 1992, she started working at Nebula, Montreal’s well-loved science fiction and fantasy bookstore. She has worn many hats and consulted for not-for-profit fan conventions, including Con*Cept and the Montreal edition of the World Science Fiction Convention. In many of these roles, she oversaw a number of author, artist and actor appearances, including cyberpunk author William Gibson, stop-motion animation legend Ray Harryhausen, CORPSE BRIDE animation director Mike Johnson, BABYLON 5’s Claudia Christian, and author Neil Gaiman.
A graduate of Communications Studies at Concordia University and a technical writer by trade, she has worked most recently for Autodesk Media and Entertainment and Toon Boom Animation. She currently lives with her husband and focuses her time on caring for two young children, including her five-year-old daughter who recently informed her that giant robots are cool.
International Short Film Competition Jury
Netherlands, Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam
Chris Oosterom was born in the beautiful Dutch city of Arnhem. In the 80’s and 90’s, he worked as a film programmer in different music venues in the Netherlands. After six years at the Dutch Filmmuseum, he started his own distribution company, first in Amsterdam, later in London, where he still releases a handful of films every year. Since November 2012, Chris is the Artistic Director of the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam. His arrival coincided with the festival moving to the EYE Film Institute, where Imagine’s program has widened and now includes a range of masterclasses, exhibitions and film concerts. He is a fierce support of football clubs Vitesse (NL) and Arsenal (ENG) and regrets having allergies to fish (to eat) and cats (their hairs). He mainly lives in Amsterdam, but regularly pops up in London.
USA, Critic, Graphic Designer, Blu-Ray Special Features Producer
Heather Buckley worked as a graphic designer and creative lead for thirteen years in the New York advertising world before transitioning to live her life-long dream of a career in the Horror Film World. She has worked for years as a journalist for Dread Central and Fangoria. She worked in the makeup department on Billy Pon’s CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, and then as Makeup FX Shop Supervisor on The Booth Brothers’ DEAD STILL (and, under prosthetics, played a featured ghoul) and Ted Geoghegan’s WE ARE STILL HERE. She is currently a Blu-Ray Special Features Producer for Red Shirt Pictures and Severin Films, working on documentaries for TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT and BORDELLO OF BLOOD, the SAW 10th Anniversary reissue, and ARMY OF DARKNESS. Among her 2016 projects are new releases of THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI: ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION.
Canada, Producer, Programmer at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark
Peter Kuplowsky is an independent film producer and curator. A programmer for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival since its inception in 2005, he also works as a programming assistant for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness programme, and curates short films for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Peter is also the co-curator of The Laser Blast Film Society, a monthly film series that is held at the Royal Cinema in Toronto, and is the director of the society’s annual What The Film Festival. Over the last few years, Peter has helped develop and produce a number of short and feature-length film projects with rising genre filmmakers including Steven Kostanski (MANBORG, BIO-COP), Chris Nash (THE ABCs OF DEATH 2) and Trevor Juras (THE INTERIOR). He most recently co-produced THE VOID, a horror feature directed by Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie, with Cave Painting Pictures and is currently producing Chris Nash’s debut feature DIRT EATERS.
Jury Fantastique week-end
Sophie est une scénariste et réalisatrice de cinq films primés de 12 prix, en compétition à Sundance, Locarno et TIFF Toronto. Son film LA RONDE (2011) a remporté six prix dont « Meilleur court métrage de fiction » aux Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Son film LE FUTUR PROCHE (2012) a également remporté six récompenses dont le « Grand Prix National » lors de sa première mondiale et fut en compétition internationale au Festival Sundance 2013. Le fantastique week-end a été le premier festival à jouer un des ses films.
Eric K. Boulianne
Natif de la région de Charlevoix, Eric K. Boulianne quitte la campagne en 2002 pour étudier le cinéma. Suite à l’obtention de son baccalauréat, il écrit, entre autres, les courts–métrages Marshmallow, Les Royaumes de Kromaki et Petit Frère (sélectionné à la 53ième Semaine de la critique de Cannes). Conjointement à son travail d’auteur télé (Les Pêcheurs, SNL Qc, Le Nouveau Show), il co-écrit présentement la suite du succès populaire De père en flic et développe plusieurs autres projets de longs-métrages. Parfois, il joue aussi la comédie, comme en témoigne son prix UDA du meilleur acteur (ex-aequo avec Étienne Galloy) reçu lors de la dernière édition du Fantastique Week-end du cinéma québécois.
Fondateur et rédacteur en chef du site web Point de vues, Paul Landriau écoute des films, lit des livres, écrit des mots. Il aime les pléonasmes. Il a participé à des dizaines de tournages et de nombreux festivals. Il complète présentement sa maîtrise à l’Université de Montréal. Vous pouvez le suivre sur Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, mais pas dans la rue tard le soir, s’il vous plaît.
Jury AQCC 2016
Président du jury
l y a toujours eu du cinéma asiatique dans l’univers de Martin Gignac, pigiste au Journal Métro, critique de cinéma pour Cinoche.com et Cinéfilic, blogueur et écrivain. Le septième art humaniste d’Ozu et de Ray, ainsi que les femmes fortes de Mizoguchi. Puis les fantômes de Weerasethakul, la famille de Kore-eda et le réel selon Ming-Liang. Il va sans dire qu’il a bien hâte de découvrir les successeurs de Kurosawa, Chan-wook, To, Sono, Sang-soo, Kon et Joon-ho dans cette nouvelle édition de Fantasia.
Céline Gobert est journaliste et critique de cinéma. Depuis 2012, elle collabore à la revue 24 images. Ses textes sur le cinéma ont été publiés dans VOIR, l’Actualité, l’Inconvénient et Ricochet. Elle aime l’horreur qui traverse le cinéma des Lynch père et fille, et les œuvres de Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Karyn Kusama, Ingmar Bergman ou encore Andrea Arnold. Parmi ses films cultes, on trouve Possession d’Andrzej Zulawski, Heavenly Creatures de Peter Jackson et Bug de William Friedkin.
Essayiste et critique, amateur avide du cinéma de genre et grand habitué de Fantasia, Olivier Thibodeau est l’auteur du défunt blog The Ghoul Report (ghoulreport.blogspot.ca), où sont consignées ses nombreuses impressions des éditions passées du Festival. Il poursuit aujourd’hui son travail de renard sadique en tant que rédacteur pour la revue Panorama-cinéma et futur étudiant à la maîtrise en cinéma à l’Université de Montréal.
Président du jury
Diplômé en études cinématographiques de l’Université de Montréal, Pascal Grenier a notamment travaillé pour le festival Fantasia à titre de programmateur pendant quelques années. Membre actif de l’Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC), il collabore de façon régulière à la revue Séquences depuis plus de 15 ans. Cinéphage enragé et collectionneur compulsif, il a écrit un blogue cinéma pour le site web du Journal Métro pendant près de 3 ans et collabore de façon sporadique au nouveau blogue (cinetalk.net) du critique Sandro Forte. Il a aussi été sélectionné à cinq reprises pour faire partie d’un jury de la critique internationale (FIPRESCI).
Jean-Marie Lanlo est critique pour la revue Séquences, rédacteur en chef du site internet cinefilic.com, membre du conseil d’administration de l’Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC) et directeur de la collection L’instant ciné pour les éditions L’instant même. Après avoir été bluffé par BELLFLOWER (Evan Glodell) en 2011, MONSTERS CLUB (Toshiaki Toyoda) en 2012, THE WEIGHT (Jeon Kyu-hwan) en 2013, KILLERS (The Mo Brothers) en 2014 et TAG (Sion Sono) l’an dernier, il se demande avec une curiosité fébrile quel sera le bijou (f)estival(ier) 2016!
Guillaume Potvin est titulaire d’un certificat en scénarisation cinématographique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal et d’une majeure en études cinématographiques à l’Université de Montréal. Entre ses fonctions à la Cinémathèque québécoise et son poste à la revue Séquences, il rédige actuellement un mémoire de maîtrise portant sur les manifestations contemporaines de la cinéphilie, notamment celle des pratiques peu orthodoxes du Spectacle Theater à Brooklyn
The Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer based in Toronto. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Spectacular Optical, founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, co-founder of Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited Kid Power! (2014) and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015) with Paul Corupe.
Since 1999, Paul Corupe has shared his passion for Canada’s film history at Canuxploitation.com, a site recognized as the essential source for uncovering the forgotten films of Canada’s past. He regularly writes about genre film and Canadian cinema in publications including Rue Morgue magazine and Take One: Film and Television in Canada. He has appeared in several documentaries about Canadian film and scripted episodes of Bravo’s ON SCREEN! television series.
Born in Montreal, Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare teaches courses on genre cinema, grotesque traditions, and monster ethics in the Humanities department of John Abbott College. He is an independent filmmaker, programmer at the Montreal Underground Film Festival, and co-director of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - Montreal. He recently published a book, “Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade” (2015), for which he is a co-editor. He is also publishing an article on Jean Rollin for the book “Global Fear: International Horror Directors” (Intellect Press, 2016).