Quebec City Film Festival

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Quebec City
Film Festival
Logo du Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec.png
LocationQuebec City, Quebec, Canada
Founded2011
Founded byOlivier Bilodeau, Marie-Christine Laflamme, Christopher Lemonnier
Websiteqcff.ca

Quebec City Film Festival (French: Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec) (FCVQ or QCFF) is a film festival held annually in September in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It screens short and feature films and premieres movies from all over the world.

Description[edit]

Founded in 2011, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is a non-profit organization that strives to offer film enthusiasts from Quebec and visitors from outside the province and abroad a major film event similar to other iconic international film festivals. It is a renowned and recognised platform that screens regional and international productions of new and original films. The QCFF also supports local and regional emerging artists by providing them with a showcase to present their works that attracts major media exposure.[1]

History[edit]

Since its inception, every year in the month of September the QCFF presents about 50 international feature films and more than 100 short films. The films represent all cinematographic genres and perspectives from all over the world, attracting an audience of more than 25,000 festival visitors every year.[2] In addition to these works come the artisans that create them. At past events, the QCFF was proud to welcome more than 300 special guests to the festival, including well known filmmakers Jean-Claude Labrecque, Xavier Dolan, Jean-Marc Vallée, Denys Arcand, Christophe Gans, Mike Figgis, and Larry Clark as well as the many actors, writers and producers who also accompany their works at the festival.

The festival was not staged in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec.[3]

2011[edit]

  • 21 September – 2 October
  • 122 films
  • 80 special guests
  • 10 387 festival visitors

For its first edition, the QCFF opened with film Jean-Marc Vallée’s film Café de Flore, which was attended by the film's team; The Happiness of Others (Le bonheur des autres), the feature debut by Jean-Philippe Pearson, closed the festival.

2012[edit]

  • 13 – 23 September
  • 155 films
  • 75 special guests
  • 24 421 festival visitors

Based on a true story, L'Affaire Dumont was presented as the opening film of the second edition of the QCFF[4] and attended by director Podz, producer Nicole Robert and actors that appeared in the film. Filmmaker Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch'Allah was chosen to close the second festival.

Festival activities were centred around the Dôme (aka the Igloo) in Place d’Youville and became a distinctive feature of the festival. It was open free to the public and hosted several evening parties and VIP events.[5]

2013[edit]

  • 18 – 29 September
  • 161 films
  • 88 special guests
  • 25 464 festival visitors

For its third edition, Parkland by Peter Landesman, an ensemble film based around the assassination of JFK, was presented to open the festival. The Quebec premiere of Stefan Miljevic’s film Amsterdam was chosen to close the festival.[6]

New for the third year: the creation of the Cinephile Jury, made up entirely of residents of Québec City. The jury awards the most original film among first-time filmmakers. In 2013, the award went to Don Jon, the debut by American actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.[7]

2014[edit]

  • 18 – 28 September
  • 161 films
  • 105 special guests
  • 23 191 festival visitors

Mommy by Xavier Dolan was presented as the opening film and attended by the film's team.[8] The North American premiere of Beauty and the Beast was screened at the awards ceremony and attended by the film's writer and director Christophe Gans.[9]

The usual closing ceremony, which had been held on the last Saturday, is from then on replaced by a gala on the second Wednesday, during which the award ceremony takes place.

Shortly before the festival began, containers were remodelled as mini cinema halls named Ciné Pop-up. A roaming project, they are placed in different locations throughout Québec City. The goal of Ciné Pop-up is to relocate screenings to where residents live so that they can view a selection of short films in their neighbourhoods.[10]

2015[edit]

  • 16 – 27 September
  • 217 films
  • 208 special guests
  • 24 839 festival visitors
Place d'Youville during QCFF's 5th edition.

Paul à Québec by François Bouvier was presented as the opening film: author Michel Rabagliati, producer Karine Vanasse and actors from the film descended on the red carpet of Place d’Youville for the occasion.[11] Philippe Falardeau's film My Internship in Canada was screened at the awards ceremony.[12][13]

The concert film The Phantom of the Opera (a screening of the Rupert Julian classic from 1925 set to music by an orchestra conducted by Gabriel Thibaudeau) was presented at the Palais Montcalm and featured a Casavant organ.[14]

Ciné Pop-up continued to relocate throughout the city[15] as Place d'Youville was transformed into a large open-air cinema, with screenings that included, among others, the Back to the Future trilogy to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the release of the first film.[16]

2016[edit]

  • 14 – 24 September
  • 204 special guests
  • 294 films
  • over 30 000 festival visitors

For its sixth edition, the festival opened with Boundaries (French title: Pays) by Chloé Robichaud,[17] with some members of the film's crew attending. Along with the director, actors such as Rémy Girard, Yves Jacques, Macha Grenon, and Emily Van Camp, as well as Quebec cinema artists like Julien Poulin, Marie Eykel, Manon Briand and Rock Demers walked up the red carpet of place D’Youville.[18]

The Palais Montcalm also hosted the North-American premiere of 1:54[19] by Yan England, screened as the film of the Award ceremony night. The features It's only the End of the World (French title: Juste la fin du monde) by Xavier Dolan[20] and Kiss me like a Lover (French title: Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes) by André Forcier, both premiered at the festival and were favorites among the audience, the latter winning the Public's Choice Award for a Feature Film.

For a third year in a row, the Ciné Pop-up also spread around downtown, both before and during the festival, becoming over the years a classic and must-see event.[21]

2017[edit]

  • 13 – 23 September
  • 253 special guests
  • 291 films
  • over 45 000 festival visitors

For its 2017 edition, the Festival opened with the world premiere of Cross My Heart, directed by Luc Picard.[22] The filmmaker and members of the casr were in attendance. Barefoot At Dawn by Francis Leclerc screened as the Gala Night Film,[23] and was preceded by the awards ceremony : cast members Roy Dupuis, Justin Leyrolles-Bouchard, Robert Lepage and Marianne Fortier were attending.[24][25]

Two Film Concerts were hosted at Palais Montcalm.[26] The Passion of Joan of Arc, Dreyer's silent masterpiece of 1928, eas interpreted by the pianist and organist Karol Mossakowski. QCFF also screened Oscar-winning BiRDMAN by Alejandro González Iñárritu, with the soundtrack performed live by its composer, drummer Antonio Sánchez.

Various cultural personalities attended the Festival: Louise Lecavalier, Marc Séguin, Zachary Richard, Cédric Klapisch, and others.

Tributes[edit]

Spokespersons[edit]

Venues[edit]

Mostly displayed in the historical centre of Québec City, QCFF made screenings in the following places :

Awards[edit]

Grand Prize[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2012 White Elephant (Elefante Blanco) Pablo Trapero [27]
2013 The Broken Circle Breakdown Félix Van Groeningen [28]
2014 20,000 Days on Earth Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
2015 Necktie Youth Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
2016 Peter and the Farm Tony Stone
Honorable mention: As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) Leyla Bouzid
2017 Sambá Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas
Honorable mention: Lucky John Carroll Lynch
2018 A Colony (Une colonie) Geneviève Dulude-De Celles [29]
2019 Kuessipan Myriam Verreault [30]
2020 Goddess of the Fireflies (La déesse des mouches à feu) Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette [31]

Public Award, Feature Film[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2011 The Artist Michel Hazanavicius [32]
2012 All Together (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) Stéphane Robelin [27]
2013 The Broken Circle Breakdown Félix Van Groeningen [28]
2014 Girls on the Hunt (Un film de chasse et de filles) Julie Lambert
2015 Family Demolition (La démolition familiale) Patrick Damien [33]
2016 Kiss Me Like a Lover (Embrasse-moi comme tu m'aimes) André Forcier
2017 Cross My Heart (Les rois mongols) Luc Picard
2018 Pauline Julien, Intimate and Political (Pauline Julien : intime et politique) Pascale Ferland [34]
2019 Living 100 MPH (Vivre à 100 milles à l'heure) Louis Bélanger [35]
2020 Wandering: A Rohingya Story (Errance sans retour) Mélanie Carrier, Olivier Higgins [36]

Public Award, Canadian Film[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2012 El Huaso Carlo Guillermo Proto [27]
2013 Absences Carole Laganière [28]
The Effect (L'Effet) Jocelyn Langlois
2014 La vie selon Morgue Jean Fontaine
2015 Paul à Québec François Bouvier [33]
2016 The Gardener Sébastien Chabot
2017 Baggage (Bagages) Paul Tom
2018 A Colony (Une colonie) Geneviève Dulude-De Celles [34]

Best First Film (Prix Jury Cinéphile/AQCC Award)[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2013 Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt
2014 Girls on the Hunt (Un film de chasse et de filles) Julie Lambert
2015 Family Demolition (La démolition familiale) Patrick Damien
2016 As I Open My Eyes (À peine j'ouvre les yeux) Leyla Bouzid
Honorable mention: Old Stone Johnny Ma
Honorable mention: Sutak Mirlan Abdykalykov
2017 Los Nadie Juan Sebastián Mesa
Honorable mention: Susan Bartsch: On Top Anthony Caronna, Alexander Smith
2018 Smuggling Hendrix Marios Piperides [29]
2019 Mad Dog and the Butcher (Les Derniers vilains) Thomas Rinfret [30]
2020 Nafi's Father (Baamum Nafi) Mamadou Dia [31]

Collegiate Jury Award[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2015 Necktie Youth Sibs Shongwe-La Mer
2016 Manor (Manoir) Martin Fournier, Pier-Luc Latulippe
Honorable mention: Tempëte Samuel Collardey
2017 Swagger Olivier Babinet
2018 Five Fingers for Marseilles Michael Matthews [29]
2019 Why Don’t You Just Die! Kirill Sokolov [30]
Honorable mention: For Sama Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
2020 Call Me Human (Je m'appelle humain) Kim O'Bomsawin [31]
Sweet Thing Alexandre Rockwell

Grand Jury Prize, Canadian Short Film[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2014 Pas la grosse Sophie Philippe Arsenault
2015 Moulures Guillaume Monette
2016 The Voice (La Voce) David Uloth
2017 Dolls Don't Cry (Toutes les poupées ne pleurent pas) Frédérick Tremblay [37]
2018 Fauve Jérémy Comte [29]
2019 Heart Bomb (Une bombe au cœur) Rémi St-Michel [30]
2020 No award presented [31]

Grand Jury Prize, International Short Film[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2016 Zvir Miroslav Sikavica
Spoetnik Noël Loozen
2017 Scris / Nescreis Andrian Silisteanu
2018 Proch Jakub Radej [29]
2019 The Summer and All the Rest Sven Bresser [30]
2020 Olla Ariane Labed [31]

Public Prize, Short Film[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2011 Mokhtar Halima Ouardiri [32]
2012 First Snow (Première neige) Michaël Lalancette [27]
2013 Le Chevreuil Rémi St-Michel
2014 Jamais je ne t'oublierai Alexandre Desjardins
2015 La divine stratégie Eliot Laprise, Martin Forger
2016 La Partie Alexandre Isabelle
2017 Crème de menthe Jean-Marc E. Roy, Philippe David Gagné
2018 Fauve Jérémy Comte [34]
2019 I'll End Up in Jail (Je finirai en prison) Alexandre Dostie [35]
2020 Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves Chintis Lundgren

Local Talent Award (Bourse à la créations des cinéastes de Québec)[edit]

Year Film Director Ref
2013 Le Camarade Benjamin Tessier
2014 Le frein Gabriel-Antoine Roy, Jonathan Roy
2015 La bagatelle Franie-Eléonore Bernier, Anne-Marie Bouchard, Julie Pelletier
2016 La Partie Alexandre Isabelle
2017 Ballet Jazz Maxime Robin
2018 Bonfires Martin Bureau [29]
Je la chante dans ma douche, habituellement Mariane Béliveau
2019 Canicule Fanny Perreault [30]
2020 Vie de rêve Vincent Paquette [31]
Sous pression David Labrecque

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