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A competition for emerging French-speaking filmmakers in Canada. NFB announces the four Tremplin 2016 competition finalists: filmmakers from Acadie, Alberta and British Columbia.

Press release

2016/03/07

March 7, 2016 – Moncton – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The finalists in the ninth edition of the Tremplin competition (in French), organized by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in collaboration with Radio-Canada, have been announced: Kevin Arseneau (from Rogersville, New Brunswick), André Roy (from Dieppe, New Brunswick), Colin Champagne (from Edmonton, Alberta) and Julien Capraro (from Vancouver, British Columbia). They were chosen from among participants from across French-speaking Canada. The two winners—one for Acadie and one for Western Canada—will be selected in April, after the jury has assessed the finalists’ scripts. The winners’ films will be produced at the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie in Moncton, or the Canadian Francophonie Studio in Toronto, depending on the winners’ home region. Both of the winners’ documentaries will be broadcast on Radio-Canada, a partner of the Tremplin competition since its inception.

“Through the Tremplin competition, the NFB provides practical experience in film production and professional mentoring to assist Canada’s emerging French-speaking talent in the documentary field. This support paves the way for genuine film careers that enrich our perspective on Canadian realities,” said Dominic Desjardins, Executive Producer at the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio.

“This year, the finalists have different strengths. Some tackle social issues; others seek to tell very human and personal stories. That made our selection process all the more challenging,” said Jac Gautreau, Producer at the Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie.

“For Radio-Canada, it is important to encourage emerging talent and broadcast documentaries by young filmmakers from the Canadian Francophonie who take a fresh look at the realities and social issues in their communities,” noted Marie-Claude Dupont, Head of Programming, Radio-Canada Regional Services.

The Tremplin competition is open to emerging French-speaking filmmakers residing outside Quebec who wish to make a first or second documentary. Each of the two winners will be able to make a short film of approximately 20 minutes in length under professional conditions, and benefit from the NFB’s expertise along each step of the way to the final production.

Quick Facts

  • Jury members for the various stages of the selection process:
    • Dominic Desjardins, Executive Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio, NFB
    • Jac Gautreau, Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie, NFB
    • Marie-Claude Dupont, Head of Programming, Radio-Canada Regional Services
    • Richard Simoens, Director, Radio-Canada Acadie
    • Claude Guilmain, filmmaker
  • Acclaim for Tremplin films
    • Short films by Tremplin winners have been very successful at such festivals as the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA), where they have won eight awards, including two for Daniel Léger’s Un dimanche à 105 ans ( A Sunday at 105), one of the most popular films available for viewing on ONF.ca. The other FICFA award-winning works produced through Tremplin are La trappe ( The Trap) by Lina Verchery, Alanna by Julie Plourde, Habiter la danse ( Inhabiting Dance) by Julien Cadieux, Voleuse de poussière ( Like a Thief in the Night) by Marie-Thérèse François, Une affaire de famille ( Family Business) by Justin Guitard and Cafétéria ( Cafeteria) by Francine Hébert.
    • Some of the films by Tremplin winners have also been shown at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, where Une affaire de famille ( Family Business) by Justin Guitard, Emma fait son cinéma ( Emma Makes Movies) by Mélanie Léger and Cafétéria ( Cafeteria) by Francine Hébert, won the Best Franco-Canadian Film award in 2013, 2014 and 2016 respectively. 

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Associated Links

Tremplin competition (in French)
Radio-Canada
Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie
Canadian Francophonie Studio

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