VOTE FOR THE MEL HOPPENHEIM AUDIENCE AWARD
For 22 years, without interruption and always with passion and generosity, Mel Hoppenheim has brought his personal support to CINEMANIA. Thanks to his steadfast commitment, he who, in the film industry, is nicknamed “the builder”, has always contributed to and still participates in the development of the festival.
This is why, since 1998, CINEMANIA has awarded its largest purse to the film that garners the most votes from film viewers. Each year, the Mel Hoppenheim Audience Award celebrates the most popular feature film in the CINEMANIA selection. Awarded to such well-established filmmakers as Radu Mihaileanu or François Ozon, this distinction has also allowed new talents such as the director Maïwenn to become much better known in Canada.
Mr. Mel HoppenheimFounder of Panavision Canada and Mel’s Cinema City, a large cinema and television equipment and services business, Mel Hoppenheim is an iconic figure in the Quebec cinematography industry. Principal benefactor of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim Film School, which welcomes 500 students a year, he is the co-founder of l’Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS).
In 2012, he received the Grand Prix of America special award at the World Film Festival (WFF) to celebrate his remarkable career. An avowed cinephile, Mel is particularly fascinated by French film icons such as Catherine Deneuve and deeply admires Québécois filmmakers such as Jean-Pierre Lefebvre and Jean-Claude Labrecque.
Award-winning films since 19982019 > SPREAD YOUR WINGS by Nicolas Vanier
2018 > SINK OR SWIM by Gilles Lellouche
2017 > SEE YOU UP THERE by Albert Dupontel
2016 > A KID by Philipe Lioret
2015 > THE SENSE OF WONDER by Éric Besnard
2014 > DIPLOMACY by Volker Schlöndorff
2013 > VIOLETTE by Martin Provost
2012 > OMBLINE by Stéphane Cazes
2011 > POLISSE by Maïwenn
2010 > POTICHE by François Ozon
2009 > THE CONCERT by Radu Mihaileanu
2008 > VERSAILLES by Pierre Schoeller
2007 > THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY by Julian Schnabel
2006 > GORGEOUS! by Lisa Azuelos
2005 > LIVE AND BECOME by Radu Mihaileanu
2004 > TWENTY-FIVE DEGREES IN WINTER by Stéphane Vuillet
2003 > IF I WERE A RICH MAN by Michel Munz and Gérard Bitton
2002 > YES, BUT... by Yves Lavandier
2001 > ONCE WE GROW UP by Renaud Cohen
2000 > SENTIMENTAL DESTINIES by Olivier Assayas
1999 > THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE by Patrice Leconte
1998 > SERIAL LOVER by James Huth