Thursday, September 24, 2009

News: The Festival du nouveau cinéma presents its 38th FNC Jury

From a media release

Montreal, Thursday, September 24, 2009 – The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is pleased to announce the jury for its 38th Festival, which runs October 7 to 18. The jury members are well known personalities in the film and arts world, who will decide the winners of the FNC’s numerous awards, to be handed out on Closing Night, Saturday, October 17 at the Imperial Cinema (Sandra & Leo Kolber Centre, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon).

Chaired by Cameron Bailey, co-director of Toronto’s International Film Festival, the jury for the International Selection also includes: Lucie Amyot, programming director at TFO (Ontario’s Francophone television) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et lettres; Mario Fortin, executive director of Cinéma Beaubien; American filmmaker Kim Massee (Cowboy Angels); and Quebec filmmaker-scriptwriter Kim N’Guyen (Le Marais, Truffe). They will award the FNC’s top prize, the Quebecor Louve d’Or, which this year carries a $15,000 cash prize, to the director of the best first, second or third feature chosen from the 18 films in the International category. They will also award the Best Acting Award for best actor in this section, and the Daniel Langlois Innovation Prize in honour of Daniel Langlois’s extraordinary contribution to the FNC’s growth and stability, and commitment to advancing knowledge in the arts community. It goes to an International section film remarkable for artistic daring, creative use of new media and innovative treatment of a sensitive subject.

In the FOCUS category for Québécois and Canadian features, the jurors are: Yuri Berger, programming director at Festivalissimo and associate producer at the 2009 Just for Laughs Film Festival; Pape Boye, co-creator of Funny Balloons and Coach 14 (international film sales); and Aleen Stein, a founder and principal shareholder of the Criterion film collection. They will award the Grand Prix Focus– Cinémathèque québécoise, which carries a cash prize of $1,500 and a $3,500 in-kind prize, to the best feature film in that category.

The Short Film jurors are: choreographer Dave St-Pierre; musician Lydia Champagne; and the founder of the Festival international Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay, Eric Bachand. They will award the Loup argenté for best short in the International Selection, as well as the Grand Prix Focus: short film and $5,000 in cash for best short film in the Focus section, presented by Bravo!FACT, the CTV Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent.

The Quebec film critics association (AQCC) will also select a best film in the International Selection, to be awarded the Prix de l’AQCC. The jury this year will be composed of: Mathieu Li-Goyette, a writer with Panorama-cinema; Jorge Gutman, critic at El Popular and for Latin Time on CKUT 90.3 FM; and Claire Valade, from the magazine Séquences.

The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is presented by Quebecor in collaboration with eXcentris and made possible by funding from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Ministère du Tourisme; Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire; Ville de Montréal; Canada Council for the Arts; Tourisme Montréal; Conseil des arts de Montréal; and Canadian Heritage. The Festival also thanks its major partners the STM and Solotech, its official suppliers and all the distributors for helping to make this 38th FNC possible.

Media Contact:
Mélanie Mingotaud / Brigitte Chabot (Communications)

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