INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION JURY
After a “detour” into a scientific career, Christian Cools turned toward audio-visual production as a freelancer for independent producers, including documentary producers. In 1995, he joined the Franco-German cultural television network ARTE, based in Strasbourg, France, where he started as an assistant to the programming director before joining the documentary unit in 1998 as programming director. Currently, he works mainly on the network’s feature-length auteur documentary programming.
Vadim Jendreyko grew up in Switzerland and works as a writer, director and producer of documentary films. He is a partner in Mira Film, a production company that produces and co-produces films by independent filmmakers with unique visions and personal cinematic approaches. “Every film we produce has to broaden our horizons. It has to change our view and as a result our lives as well.” He is a member of the European Film Academy.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Gabe Klinger is a critic and journalist who frequently contributes to Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Film Comment and other publications. Klinger currently works for the film department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and has been a guest curator at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for the last two years. He is a former professor of film studies at Columbia College Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
How does our environment make us what we are? Who shapes the dreams that we think are ours? How much space is left for being yourself? Those questions underlie J.U.I.C.E.; Le 4125, rue Parthenais; Junior; and At Night, They Dance. Thanks to the time she invests and the trust she builds with her subjects, Isabelle Lavigne’s films take us inside dramatically rich microcosms, which she patiently explores in depth. The result is real-life narratives that resemble fiction.
As executive producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s French-language studio, Colette Loumède has worked with a who’s-who of Quebec directors, including Jacques Godbout, Serge Giguère, Richard Desjardins, Patricio Henriquez, Luc Bourdon and Paule Baillargeon, to name just a few. She has always eagerly sought them out over the years, and her determination to make documentary film a platform for Québécois culture has driven her to relentlessly push her profession’s boundaries.
CANADIAN FEATURE COMPETITION JURY
A film-club host, journalist and film critic for specialist magazines, since 1997 Luciano Barisone has worked with numerous international film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. In 2002, he founded the Alba Infinity Festival, where he was artistic director until 2007. From 2008 to 2010 he was the artistic director of Festival dei Popoli in Florence. Since 2011 he has been the director of the Visions du Réel documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
Rafaël Ouellet worked in radio and television for several years before starting his film career. He began by working with Denis Côté, editing the director’s Les états nordiques then handling cinematography for Nos vies privées, which he also co-produced. A few weeks later he shot his first film, Le cèdre penché. He followed up with Derrière moi, New Denmark and Camion, which won several awards, including Best Director at Karlovy Vary in 2012.
After a stint as a journalist, Myriam Verreault produced, edited, co-wrote and co-directed the feature film À l’ouest de Pluton, which was programmd by nearly 50 film festivals worldwide. She is also behind Ma tribu, c’est ma vie, an NFB interactive documentary that has won several awards for innovative online works. She is currently working on a second fictional feature, inspired by Naomi Fontaine’s novel Kuessipan.
INTERNATIONAL SHORT AND MEDIUM LENGTH COMPETITION JURY
Elena Fortes Acosta
Born in Mexico, Elena Fortes Acosta is a past executive director and current partner of Ambulante Org., a non-profit organization focused on supporting and promoting documentary films. For the last five years she has been a member of the programming committee of the Morelia International Film Festival. In 2010, she was selected by the British Council to represent Mexico at the International Young Screen Entrepreneur Awards, where she received an honourable mention.
As a writer, one of Guillaume Lafleur’s main interests is cinema, which he has covered in articles and interviews for periodicals such as Spirale, Hors champ and Contre-jour. He is the past artistic director of Antitube (2009-2012), a Quebec City-based organization that distributes auteur films. He is a member of the editorial committee of the literary journal Contre-jour and the executive and artistic director of DAÏMÕN, a media-arts production centre in Gatineau.
French filmmaker Vanina Vignal started her career as a stage actress. She learned filmmaking as an assistant editor and production assistant before taking on her own documentary projects. Thanks to her fluency in Romanian, she is able to connect directly with the subjects of her Romanian Trilogy; she is currently at work on the third part of the series, following Stella (2007) and Après le silence, which will be screened at this year’s RIDM.
MAGNUS ISACSSON AWARD JURY
WOMEN INMATES’ JURY
The Women Inmates’ Jury is made up of five female residents of the Joliette Institution, the only federal women’s penitentiary in Quebec. Mélanie, Danielle, Despina, Christine and Ginette chose a winner from among the eight films screened for them. This initiative, a first in Quebec, is carried out in partnership with the Quebec branch of the Elizabeth Fry Society.