AN EDITION THAT REFLECTS THE PLURALITY OF FRENCH-LANGUAGE CINEMA
Guilhem Caillard – Managing Director of CINEMANIA
CINEMANIA has thus been able to propose a selection that reflects the plurality of the French-speaking world. Among the highlights of the festival was a retrospective dedicated to Quebec filmmaker Louis Bélanger and the master class given by the latter.
Also, the pre-opening presentation of NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, reflecting the cooperation of three major French-speaking production centers: Quebec, France and West Africa (Ivory Coast, Senegal). The feature-length film, selected by the Ivory Coast in the race for the Oscar for Best International Film, came away with the brand-new Prix Rayonnement for Best Quebec Film or co-production, made possible by Michel Trudel.
It is also worth noting that this year CINEMANIA entered the world of short films thanks to the success of the REGARD Festival, whose 24th edition was cancelled due to the health crisis. The Saguenay festival supported CINEMANIA in the creation of a competitive section of 26 short films, a nod to the number 26 of its 26th edition, of which the AQCC-Nespresso Award for best short film was given to LANDGRAVES by Jean-François Leblanc.
CINEMANIA 2020 in facts
⇢ Nearly 100 films presented
⇢ 5 exclusive contents
⇢ 2 master classes
⇢ 2 juries
⇢ 4 awards
⇢ 1 retrospective
⇢ Nearly 30 virtual guests
⇢ 3 weeks of discoveries