A drawing of a young boy with an oversized head, a character from BLA BLA, an interactive website produced by Vincent Morisset in 2011.

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NFB French Program names two new cinéastes en résidence

Press release


Montreal, June 1, 2011 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) announced today the names of the two filmmakers chosen for the second edition of its Cinéastes en résidence (Filmmakers-in-Residence) program: Carole Laganière and Danic Champoux. For a period of two years beginning in September, they will set up shop at the NFB and benefit from the freedom it provides to create innovative cinema. Laganière and Champoux succeed two renowned predecessors, Paule Baillargeon and Philippe Baylaucq, who are currently completing the films they developed during their residencies, which began in 2009.

Monique Simard, Director General of the NFB French Program and creator of the Cinéastes en résidence program, commented on the selections for this edition: “Carole Laganière and Danic Champoux are both experienced filmmakers. Each has made a mark on Quebec’s film landscape, employing very different styles: Carole, through her ability to find light and hope in the midst of the most sombre subjects, and Danic, via the off-the-wall, compassionate gaze he casts on humanity in all its diversity. The NFB, as a laboratory for creativity, is delighted to welcome them and help bring to fruition the daring and original projects they are already nurturing.”

For its final choice of candidates, the NFB French Program has settled on two artists who showed strong potential for benefiting from the residency and completing projects that demonstrate innovation in content, technology and distribution format.

Carole Laganière

Born in Montreal, Carole Laganière studied cinema at INSAS in Brussels from 1983 to 1987, staying on in Belgium to direct the short fiction film Jour de congé, which won several awards on the festival circuit. After returning to Quebec, she directed Aline, recipient of the Bayard d’Or as Best Feature Film at the 1992 Festival du film francophone de Namur. Following successful forays into the docudrama genre ( Histoires de musées, 1996–97, Des mots voyageurs, 1999), she made La fiancée de la vie ( The Fiancée of Life), winner of the Gold Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Toronto’s Hot Docs Festival in 2002. She returned the following year with Un toit, un violon, la lune ( The Moon and the Violin), which garnered another Gold Award, this time in the short-to-medium-length category. She next directed Vues de l’Est ( East End Kids), about children in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, followed by Country, a documentary about the world of country and western festivals. May 2011 saw the release of her documentary L’Est pour toujours ( East End Forever), a follow-up that examines the lives of the same children, now teenagers.

Danic Champoux

In 1996 and 1997, Danic Champoux was a participant in La Course destination monde, a round-the-world filmmaking competition that proved to be a training ground for many key figures in the new generation of Quebec filmmakers. Following that experience, he directed several documentaries, including the NFB-produced Mon Père in 2000, which looked at workers who travel far from their loved ones to earn a living. Critical acclaim for his films has included the Pierre and Yolande Perrault Prize and an award from the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma. In 2006, Champoux directed Caporal Mark (Tutti Frutti Films Inc.), about mine clearance in Bosnia. In 2008, his La couleur du temps (Pimiento), about the over-representation of Haitian men in Quebec’s prison population, won the Gémeaux Award for Diversity. In 2009, he made Baklava Blues (Pimiento), a portrait of Lebanon—a divided and unstable country, yet irresistible to a young Lebanese Canadian who decides to return to his native country and settle there. The young director now has close to 120 hours’ worth of films to his credit, shot in 54 different countries. He is currently completing a cinema-vérité documentary, shot in a cancer treatment centre in Cowansville, Quebec, with the working title La joie.

About the NFB

Canada's public producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada creates interactive works, social-issue documentaries, auteur animation and alternative dramas that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. The NFB is breaking new ground in form and content through interactive and mobile media, community filmmaking projects, programs for emerging filmmakers, stereoscopic film and more. It works in collaboration with creative filmmakers, digital media creators and co-producers in every region of Canada, with Aboriginal and culturally diverse communities, as well as partners around the world. Since the NFB's founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 2 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Its NFB.ca Screening Room features over 2,000 productions online, including high-definition and 3D films. The NFB also puts the experience of cinema into the hands of Canadians everywhere through its acclaimed mobile apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, as well as a pre-loaded app in the new BlackBerry PlayBook.

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