A GLANCE AT THE “REGARD” FESTIVAL
Thursday, March 12, 2020, after only one day of activities, the 24th edition of the Saguenay International Short Film Festival is suddenly interrupted because of risks associated with the coronavirus. The most important Canadian festival dedicated to short films was on the verge of presenting no less than 198 films emanating from 56 countries. Close to 600 guests were expected to attend the event in the Saguenay…
Stopping the screenings proved to be brutal but the Festival team quickly reinvented itself. Guillaume Lambert, the spokesperson for this aborted edition, used the opportunity to shoot a short feature film about the city’s morose atmosphere following the announcement, thus reviving the concept of an improvised film. Despite having to deliberate at a distance, the five juries managed, after all, to distribute 15 awards which allowed these shorts to survive beyond the festival. During the quarantine, the winning films were broadcast on Télé-Québec’s La Fabrique Culturelle.
To keep its 2020 programming alive and ensure that it remains in the annals, the REGARD team spent the whole summer crisscrossing the province with open-air screenings as well as organizing a drive-in entitled L’After en plein air, combining short films, concerts and a giant karaoke!
For its part, CINEMANIA made sure to recognize the remarkable resilience and work done by REGARD in connection with the obstacles it faced in 2020. It also afforded an opportunity to salute the exceptional contribution and expertise of this major festival on both the national and international scenes.
“REGARD” lands at CINEMANIA!
Thus, the Managing Director Marie-Élaine Riou and the Programming Director Mélissa Bouchard enabled CINEMANIA to make its official entry into the world of shorts: for the first time in its history, the Montreal festival is inaugurating a competitive component comprising 26 international short-films to mark its 26th edition.
Nine of the Québécois films that are in the running in CINEMANIA’s new competition were part of REGARD’s programming this year. As most of them were unable to be shown in the Saguenay following the Festival’s cancellation, we continue to have them travel. Furthermore, all the films will be eligible for the new AQCC-Nespresso Jury Award for the Best short film (1500$ purse awarded to the best director).
TROUGH THE WALL directed by Larissa Corriveau
CAYENNE directed by Simon Gionet
CHAUFFER LE DEHORS directed by Farid Kassouf and Renaud Lefebvre
LANDGRAVES directed by Jean-François Leblanc
THE ROOM directed by Sami Mermer and Houman Zolfaghari
LITTLE FLORIDA directed by Tim Bouvette
GINO BOULEAU directed by Danick Audet and Annie-Claude Caron
SMOOTHIE directed by Pier-Luc Funk
ZOO directed by Will Niava
Martin Villeneuve’s IMELDA 3 : SIMONE completes this selection of Québécois short-films, available at a cost of $4 for the program or $1 per film.
In addition, this year, CINEMANIA will rebroadcast several emblematic short films discovered or shown at the REGARD festival since 2014. These shorts have been selected for their originality, popularity or recognitions garnered in the Saguenay or elsewhere, a way to return to the highlights of REGARD and the works of female and male creators who make up the pride of the new generation of cinematographers in Quebec.
Eight emblematic shorts presented at REGARD since 2014
All the films are offered free of charge from the 4th to the 22nd of November here.
ACADIANA directed by Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau and Yannick Nolin
REGARD 2019 (23rd edition)
BLEU TONNERRE directed by Jean-Marc E. Roy and Philippe David Gagné
REGARD 2015 (19th edition): Creativity Award, Grant for Regional Creators.
BROTHERHOOD directed by Meryam Joobeur
REGARD 2019 (23rd edition): Audience Award, Jury Award.
FAUVE directed by Jérémy Comte
REGARD 2018 (22nd edition): Best Youth Short Film, Canadian Grand Prize.
SWEET CHILDHOOD directed by Zviane
REGARD 2018 (22nd edition)
LA VOCE directed by David Uloth
REGARD 2017 (21st edition): Great National Award, Audience Award.
MYNARSKI DEATH PLUMMETdirected by Matthew Rankin
REGARD 2015 (19th edition): Creativity Award.
LIFE IS A BITCH directed by François Jaros
REGARD 2014 (18th edition)