Phil Comeau

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Phil Comeau

Phil Comeau (born 1956), CM is a Canadian film and television director, born in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia. He lives in Moncton, New Brunswick and Montreal, Quebec.


Phil Comeau is a film and television director and scriptwriter, based in Moncton (New Brunswick) and in Montreal (Quebec). His documentary and drama films have won 78 awards in North America, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He has directed films and TV episodes in Canada and in over 20 countries. His films have been translated in 22 languages, and been broadcast in 200 countries. A globetrotter, Phil has travelled on all continents and visited over 50 countries.

His recent award-winning feature documentaries include Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart, Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte and The Nature of Frederic Back. He also directed and co-wrote the award-winning drama feature film Jerome's Secret in Canada, and two TV movies Crash of the Century in France, and Teen Knight in Romania and the USA. His popular drama series include (I & II) with viewer ratings of 1.3 million, La Sagouine (2006)), Lassie (1997), Emily of New Moon, Pit Pony, Les couleurs de mon accent, World Legends and the docu-drama series Mayday broadcast worldwide.

Comeau has directed and wrote numerous films about his Acadian culture. Among them, the first independent Acadian drama feature film Jerome's Secret, the first Acadian comedy The Gossips, the first Acadian children's film The Hooked Rug of Grand-Pré, and a popular series remake La Sagouine.

As an author, he has also published poetry in two books Plumes d'ictte and Éloizes, a published script Les Gossipeuses, an Acadian dictionary Le parler Acadjonne, and in 2014 acted as editor and co-director of anthology Acadie Then and Now, a 500-page collective essaie containing both history and contemporary chapters on the Acadian world diaspora, which won the international award Prix France-Acadie in Paris.

Phil Comeau is president of the director's association, Front des réalisateurs indépendants du Canada (FRIC).


His films and TV series have received 78 awards at film festivals on 5 continents. Phil Comeau has received 5 Orders. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011;[1] the Order of New Brunswick and the Ordre de la Pléiade from the Assemblée des Parlementaires de la Francophonie in 2016; the distinction of the Ordre des francophones d'Amérique at the National Assembly in Quebec in 2007; and the rank of "Chevalier" of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in 2006. He also received two Honorary Doctorats in Arts from the Université de Moncton, N.B. (2013) and from Université Sainte-Anne in N.S. (2007); the Prix Meritas of the Federation acadienne du Quebec in 1999; the Grand-Pre Award from the Minister of Culture of Nova Scotia in 1997, and the Prix Champion in Ottawa in 1995. His feature film Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart was presented at the United Nations in Geneva in 2017.


As director[edit]

As writer[edit]

As producer or coproducer[edit]

Honors, Awards and Nominations[edit]


  • 2018: Prix Eloize, Acadian Artist Most Illustrated Internationally (New Brunswick)
  • 2018: Prix du public Radio-Canada / People's Choice for Acadian Artist of the Year (New Brunswick)
  • 2018: Prix du President, Richelieu International (Canada)
  • 2017: United Nations, Presentation of his film "Zachary Richard Cajun Heart" (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 2016: Cultural Personality of the Year, Acadie-Nouvelle (New Brunswick provincial newspaper)
  • 2016: ORDER OF NEW BRUNSWICK, Gouvernment of New Brunswick
  • 2016: ORDER OF LA PLÉIADE, Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (OIF)
  • 2015: Prix France-Acadie Award, Amitiés France-Acadie (Paris, France)
  • 2014: Personality of the week, Radio-Canada & Acadie-Nouvelle (Maritimes)
  • 2014: Prix Acadie-Québec Award, Bureau atlantique du Quebec & Société national de l'Acadie (New Brunswick)
  • 2014: Certificat de mérite, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • 2014: Film Retrospective Phil Comeau, 6 films (Lafayette, Louisiana)
  • 2013: Honorary Doctorat in Arts, Université de Moncton (New Brunswick)
  • 2012: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (Ottawa)
  • 2011: OREDER OF CANADA (Ottawa)
  • 2007: Honorary Doctorat in Fine-Arts, Université Sainte-Anne (Nova Scotia)
  • 2006: ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS (Paris, France)
  • 1999: Prix Méritas Award, Federation acadienne du Québec (Montréal, Québec)
  • 1997: Prix Grand-Pré Award, Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • 1995: Prix Champion, Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (Ottawa)

Film awards[edit]

  • 2017-2018 : Belle-Île-en-Mer, île bretonne et acadienne (short documentary)
    • Diamond Award, Best short documentary in a foreign language: DIRA Directors Awards, Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Best documentary short: 4th ARFF International, Paris, France
    • Best documentary: 2nd ShortCut Cinefest, Bucharest, Roumania
    • Best documentary: 2nd Largo Film Awards, Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Best documentary: 7th South Cinematographic Academy Film & Arts, Rancagua, Chili
    • Best short documentary film: 30th FICFA, Moncton N.B., Canada
    • Award of Merit, Canadian and international shorts: 3rd Canada Shorts Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
    • Platinum Remi Award, Cultural category: 50th WorldFest Houston, Texas, USA
    • Award of Excellence for Documentary: 7th Best Shorts Competition, San Diego, California, USA
    • Award of Merit for Directing: 7th Best Shorts Competition, San Diego, California, USA
    • Award of Merit for Scriptwriting: 7th Best Shorts Competition, San Diego, California, USA
    • Best cinemtography: 7th South Cinematographic Academy Film & Arts, Rancagua, Chili
    • 8 Awards of Excellence, including Best documentary, director and scripwriter: 3rd Southern Shorts Awards, Georgia, USA
    • Honorable jury mention: 6th Headline International Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • Honorable jury mention: 12th Cinema on the Bayou Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
    • Honorable jury mention: Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards, Taichung, Taiwan
  • 2016-2017 : Zachary Richard, Cajun Heart (feature-length documentary)
    • Director's Choice Grand Prize: 12th Cinema on the Bayou Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
    • Best documentary Canadian or international: 17nd Silver Wave Film Festival, Fredericton, NB, Canada
    • Best feature documentary film: 30th FICFA, Moncton, NB, Canada
    • Audience Choice Award: 30th FICFA, Moncton, NB, Canada
    • Prix de la Ville de Dieppe: 5th Festival du film canadien de Dieppe, France
    • Golden World Award: World Film Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia
    • 2 Awards of Excellence: Oniros Film Award, Aoste, Italy
    • 2 awards: Exceptional Merit Award & Human Spirit Award: Doc Without Borders Film Festival, Delaware, USA
    • Award of Merit: 15th Accolade Global Film Competition, San Diego, California, USA
  • 2013-2014: Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte / Ron Turcotte, jockey légendaire (feature-length documentary)
    • Best Feature Film: 35th International Sports Film Festival, Palermo, Italy.
    • Director's Choice Grand Prize: 9th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana.
    • Audience Choice Award: 25th International Film Festival Cinefest, Sudbury, Ontario.
  • 2012-2013: The Nature of Frederic Back / Frédéric Back, grandeur nature (feature-length documentary)
    • Audience Choice Award: 30th International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal.
    • Audience Choice Award: 26th Festival international du cinéma francophone, Moncton.
    • Audience Choice Award: 9th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Lafayette, Louisiana.
  • 2010: La Sagouine (drama TV series)
    • Coup de coeur Award & Hommage for actress Viola Léger: 12e Festival des créations télévisuelles de Luchon, France.
  • 2009: Nature Above All (documentary)
    • Audience Choice Award & Special mention by Jury: Festival de films de Portneuf sur l'environnement, Quebec.
  • 2000: Pit Pony (drama TV series)
    • Best drama series: Young Artists Awards, Hollywood California
  • 1998: Emily of New Moon (TV series)
    • Best drama TV series: Alliance for children & television awards, Toronto
    • 2 Best Acting Awards: Gemini Awards, Toronto
  • 1996: Lassie (drama TV series)
    • Audience Choice Award: FilmWorld Fest, Charleston, North Carolina
    • Award of excellence: Parents Choice Awards, Maryland
  • 1994-1995: Jerome's Secret (theatrical feature film)
    • 3 awards: Audience Choice Award, Bayard d'Or for acting & Best First Feature : Festival international du film francophone, Namur, Belgium
    • Audience Choice Award: Festival international du cinema, Sarlat, France
    • Maverick Award: Cinequest Festival, San Jose, California
    • Heritage Award: International Film Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Award of Excellence: FilmWorld Fest, Houston, Texas
    • Award of Excellence: FilmWorld Fest, Charleston, North Carolina
    • Award of Excellence: International Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • La Vague Award: Festival international du cinéma francophone, Moncton, New Brunswick
    • Audience Choice Award: Festival des films de Baie-Comeau, Québec
    • Audience Choice Award: Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1992: Archeology (documentary TV series)
    • Best documentary TV series: Cable Ace Awards, Los Angeles, California
    • Award of excellence: FilmWorld Fest, Houston, Texas
  • 1986: The Hooked Rug of Grand-Pre (drama)
    • Award of excellence: 3rd Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    • Prix d'excellence: Festival des jeux de la francophonie, Casablanca Morocco
  • 1984: La musique nous explique (documentary)
    • Award of excellence. 1st Atlantic Film Festival, Saint-Johns, Newfoundland

Film nominations[edit]

  • 2017-2018 : Belle-Ile-en-Mer, a Breton and Acadian Island)
    • Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (LA, California), Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain), Moscow Shorts International Film Festival (Russia), Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike (London, England), Feel The Reel International Film Festival (Glasgow, Scotland), International Short Film Festival Beverin (Belgium), Move Me Productions Film Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), Near Nazareth (Israel), Bucharest ShortCut CineFest (Roumania), Short to the Point (Bucharest, Romania), Woodengate Film Festival (Baia Mare, Roumania), Festival insulaire de l’île de Groix (France), Festival CineFil (Lorient, France), Festival 24 images seconde (Florac, France), Festival Les Cousins d'Amérique (Loudun, France), Les Nuits Cajun (Saulieu, France), Ficmarc Caribbean Sea International Film Festival (Pampatar, Venezuela), Fondecoin Independent International Short Film Festival (Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela), Oaxaca FilmFest (Mexico), Rendez Vous Québec Cinéma (Montreal, Canada), Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (Quebec, Canada), Atlantic International Film Festival (Halifax, Canada), Charlottetown Film Festival (PEI, Canada), Silver Wave Film Festival (Fredericton, Canada).
  • 2017-2018 : Zachary Richard, toujours batailleur (Cajun Heart)
    • 2 Gémeaux Awards : Best director and Best scriptwriting for a documentary, Montreal.
    • Special presentation at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
    • Los Angeles CineFest (LA, California), International Filmmaker Festival (Nice, France), Move Me Productions Film Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), Festival 24 images seconde (Florac, France), Festival Les Cousins d'Amérique (Loudun, France), Les Nuits Cajun (Saulieu, France), Atlantic International Film Festival (Halifax), Charlottetown Film Festival (PEI).
  • 2014-2015: Secretariat's Jockey, Ron Turcotte (documentary)
    • Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary biography, Montreal
    • DGC Awards (Directors Guild of Canada) for Best Documentary, Toronto
  • 2013: The Nature of Frederic Back (documentary)
    • 2 Gemeaux Awards for Best documentary biography & Best documentary research.
    • Official selection and special presentation at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
  • 2009: Nature Above All (documentary)
    • Gemeaux Award for Best Portrait, Montreal
  • 2002: II (drama TV series)
    • 2 Gemeaux Award, Montreal
  • 2001: I (drama TV series)
    • 2 Gemeaux Awards, Montreal
  • 2001: Chopin: Frédéric et Georges (docu-drama)
    • 2 Gemeaux Awards, Montreal
  • 1999: Pit Pony (TV series)
    • 2 Gemini Awards, Toronto
  • 1994: Jerome's Secret (feature film)
    • 2 Genie Awards, Toronto.
    • Official selection at Shanghai International film Festival, China
    • Special presentation at UNESCO in Paris, France.


  1. ^ "Nova Scotians become Order of Canada inductees". CBC. May 27, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ Wolski, Tom (20 June 2013). "Finally, a movie about Secretariat's jockey". Vancouver Province. Retrieved 21 June 2013. [permanent dead link]

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