March 14, 2018 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The names of nine finalists were announced today for the 10th Concours Tremplin, a competition launched by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with Radio-Canada, aimed at emerging filmmakers from Canadian francophone minority communities outside of Quebec. With women accounting for the lion’s share this year, the finalists are Emmanuelle Chapados (Memramcook, New Brunswick), Nathalie Hébert (Scoudouc, New Brunswick), Sylvio Belliveau (Memramcook, New Brunswick), Josiane Blanc (Toronto, Ontario), Sophie Houle-Drapeau (Sudbury, Ontario), Ania Jamila (Ridgeway, Ontario), Nassima Way (Calgary, Alberta), Yoann Priolet (Delta, British Columbia) and Camille Vernet (New Westminster, British Columbia). Submissions came in from francophone communities outside of Quebec across the country. Finalists will attend workshops on March 19 and 20, then submit their projects to a jury for final deliberation in May, with the winning works to be broadcast on ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ. Radio-Canada has partnered with the NFB on Tremplin since 2007.
Tremplin participants get the chance to make their first or second professional short documentary and, by the same token, create a French-language work in their home region. The selected filmmakers benefit from the NFB’s professional mentoring and expert input every step of the way, from writing through to post-production. Based on where the winners live in Canada, the final films will be produced at either the NFB’s Acadie (Moncton) Studio or its Canadian Francophonie Studio in Toronto.
“The 10th Tremplin competition features a strong showing of emerging documentary filmmakers whose vital and original perspectives stood out in the submissions received from across the country. Together with Radio-Canada, the NFB helps nurture the talent and careers of up-and-coming filmmakers from these communities.” – Dominic Desjardins, Executive Producer of the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio
“We are very proud to note that emerging filmmakers from French-speaking minority communities across the country remain just as intensely interested in Tremplin. Once again, this year’s finalists proposed highly original and personal topics. We hope that having access to the NFB’s expertise will give the fullest possible expression to their passion and talent.” – Marie-Claude Dupont, Head of Programming and Multiplatform Strategy, Radio-Canada Regional Services
Marie-Claude Dupont, Head of Programming and Multiplatform Strategy, Radio-Canada Regional Services
Pierre Ouellette, Regional Director, Content Planning, Management and
Acquisition, Programming – Ontario – Radio-Canada
Colette Francoeur, Regional Director, Content Planning, Management and
Acquisition, Programming – Acadie – Radio-Canada
Julien Cadieux, filmmaker
Dominic Desjardins, Executive Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio, NFB
Christine Aubé, Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio – Acadie, NFB
Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo, Line Producer, Canadian Francophonie Studio, NFB
Past Tremplin successes
- Over the years, short films by Tremplin competition winners have proved successful at festivals such as the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie, winning a total of eight awards, including two for Daniel Léger’s A Sunday at 105 (Acadie), one of the NFB’s most popular films online, with close to half a million views. The other FICFA-award-winning works produced through Tremplin are The Trap by Lina Verchery (Acadie), Alanna by Julie Plourde (Yukon), Inhabiting Dance by Julien Cadieux (Acadie), Like a Thief in the Night by Marie-Thérèse François (Acadie), Family Business by Justin Guitard (Acadie) and Cafeteria by Francine Hébert (Acadie). The latter also won the Prix du public Radio-Canada at the 2016 Éloizes.
- Several films by Tremplin winners have also been shown at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois festivals; at the latter, Family Business by Justin Guitard and Emma Makes Movies by Mélanie Léger won the award for Best Franco-Canadian Film in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Cafeteria by Francine Hébert won the award for best Franco-Canadian film there in 2016.
- Caroline Monnet’s 360 Degrees won the award for best short documentary at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in 2008.
- A number of Tremplin films also screened at the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a major cross-Canada cultural event. For example, two shorts—Bittersweet Blues by Stephanie David and The Last Key by Julien Capraro—screened 75 times in 38 Canadian cities in March 2017.
- Most Tremplin films can be viewed free of charge on NFB.ca in English, and a special Tremplin playlist is available in French on ONF.ca: https://www.onf.ca/selection/concours-tremplin-les-laureats/.
Finalists’ Bios and photos: Concours Tremplin
For Eastern Canada
Madeleine Blanchard, for the NFB
For Central and Western Canada
Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB