The prizes awarded by the professional jury include the Grand Prize, the Canadian Grand Prize, the Jury Prize, the Best animation short film, the Best documentary short film.
Reed Van Dyk
Reed Van Dyk is a Los Angeles based writer and director. His most recent film Dekalb Elementary has won prizes in renowned film festivals around the world and is shortlisted for the 2018 Oscars. Reed was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award last year for his achievements in filmmaking.
Director of photography
Having started his career as a director of photography at the NFB in 1967, Pierre Mignot has produced over thirty films. Being a faithful collaborator of Robert Altman, he has also worked with Robert Lepage, Gilles Carle and Jean-Marc Vallée. He was the winner of three Jutra Awards as well as the 2007 Albert-Tessier Award.
After his breakthrough performance in C.R.A.Z.Y., Marc-André became the first Canadian actor to ever win the prestigious César for Most Promising Actor. His filmography includes L’Affaire Dumont (Podz), Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur) and Robin Aubert’s feature Les Affamés, which won Best Canadian Feature at the 2017 TIFF.
Based in California, Liliana Rodriguez first studied film and art history. She now acts as the General Director of the Shortfest and as the Programming Director and the Middle East and African films programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She also curates genre movies for the Overlook Film Festival.
In 2004, Kim McGraw joined micro_scope to devote her time exclusively to production and became Luc Déry’s associate. Together, they produced 14 feature films that would distinguish themselves at major festivals, including Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar, both nominated for Oscars. Her most recent productions are Endorphine (André Turpin) and Allure (a.k.a. A Worthy Companion) (Carlos and Jason Sanchez).
Jukka Pekka Laakso
Director of Tampere Film Festival
Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival, where he has been involved since 2000. He also acts as the executive director for the Pirkanmaa Film Centre which is located in Tampere that runs an art-house theater and distributes films nationwide. In addition, Jukka-Pekka is a member of the European Film Academy.
The AQCC Critics Jury is back for a third year in order to award the Quebec Critics Award AQCC to a short film of their choosing amongst international films in the official competition.
A film critic at CIBL 101.5 FM and on his blog Les yeux grands ouverts, Daniel Racine hosts the NFB and the Conseil des arts de Montréal film tours. fo He is also a programmer and hosts the Festival 48 Images seconde in the Cevennes (France), the salle Pauline-Julien’s Cine-Clubs and the Sainte-Thérèse’s Cabaret BMO, as well as the Festival Longue vue sur le court. He is also an active member on the ACPQ’s board of directors.
Julie Vaillancourt holds a Master’s degree in film studies from Concordia University and is particularly interested in the representation of LGBT issues and their sociopolitical foundations in Quebecois narrative cinema from 1960 to 1980. Her writing has been published in various magazines including Cinematic Queerness, Magazine Sapho etc. A journalist for Fugues for the past ten years and a critic at Séquences since 2012, she also teaches film at the college level. In another life, Julie is also a singer-songwriter-composer.
Paul Landriau is passionate about cinema. He is the founder of Point de vues blog and programming director for Plein(s) Écran(s), the first film festival in the world presented entirely on Facebook. In 2017, its 2nd edition drew together more than 2.5 million viewers from around the world. A fun-loving person, he loves reading, making jokes and he never misses an opportunity to recommend the martial arts film The Raid 2.
Consisting of three members, this jury will award a film amongst the Canadian shorts in the official competition with the International FIPRESCI critic’s award.
Film critic - Writer
Anne Brodie is an award-winning writer who has covered film on television, print and online for more than 30 years, reviewing movies and interviewing thousands of filmmakers. She is a founding Canadian member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
Shy K. Segev
Based in Tel-Aviv, Shy K. Segev has been working as a journalist since 1992. He produces the leading television movie program in Israel and he regularly contributes to Megafon Daily News and to the Los Angeles newspaper Shavua Israeli. He is a former TV director and a key founder of the Israeli Film Critics Association.
Film critic - Programmer
Léo Soesanto has been a selection coordinator for short films at the Cannes International Critics’ Week since 2017 as well as a programmer at the Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux since 2012 and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2016. He is also a cinema critic and journalist working in Paris, namely for Libération.
A jury composed of three cinephiles, selected via a call for applications, will determine the winners of the Audience Award and of the Best regional creation’s award.
Following a 34-year career at Alcan, André Chiasson became a woodworker and displays his creations throughout Quebec. A four-time grandfather, he has also been a member of Rio Tinto’s CRDA choir for 11 years. An unconditional James Bond fan, he watches the films every summer.
After having completed a Master’s degree in literature, and performing arts and films in 2013, Mélina Malo is now teaching cinema at the Cégep de Sainte-Foy. She has participated in various screening events for several years and has served twice as a jury member for the Festival du film étudiant de Québec.
Financial advisor at Desjardins
With a degree in administration, Vanessa Tremblay has been working in the financial sector since her university graduation. She is familiar with the cultural events in our region and has diligently followed REGARD for the past 12 years. Furthermore, she loves Harry Potter and her home is Gryffindor.
This jury will give the Shoot no Mattter What! Award to one of the shorts of the eponymous program.
Head of Programming - ShortEst Estonian Short Film Center
Peter Murdmaa strives to develop the Estonian film landscape. In 2013, he was director of Sleepwalkers, the international short film festival. In 2014, he founded ShortEst Estonian Short Film Center that aims at introducing audiovisual short forms into Estonia and Estonian shorts to the rest of the world.
Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck is a filmmaker (Busby), video artist, teacher and programmer. She does video projections for theater and video installations for exhibitions. She has been working for film festivals as programmer, host for Q&As or jury member for 20 years (Berlinale Shorts, Trickfilmfest Stuttgart, Kassel documentary festival, Zebra, Filmwinter, Pictoplasma).
Senior director - Strategies and Brands, TV5 Québec Canada
Trained as a journalist, Anne Sérode first worked as a director for Enjeux where she earned two Gémeaux awards for her work. She then went on to become editor-in-chief of the Téléjournal, program manager at Espace Musique and director of the radio network Première Chaîne. In August 2017, Anne became senior director of Strategies and Brands at TV5 Québec Canada.
For a third year in a row, REGARD invites teens to award a prize for Best youth short film amongst the youth short films selected. Three grade 12 students from Kénogami secondary school will be in charge of doing so.
I have always been passionate about cinema. Telling stories, conveying messages, inspiring dreams, that’s what a film is all about. I’ve always wanted to direct one, and I started analysing films at a young age to gain inspiration: actors, camera shots, sets… you name it!
I do have a strong interest in cinema. Incidentally, my personal project for the end of the school year is dedicated to the influence of film on society. I hope to study post-production and that way, I’ll be able to learn more about the techniques used in the industry. I sincerely believe that this experience will be extremely gratifying.
For me, film is a real passion. It is more than a simple entertainment platform, it’s a disseminator of emotions. I believe that this experience will allow me to develop a better critical sense. My open mind and impartiality will be making me an ideal jury member throughout this experience.
The jury of the intercollegiate competition
De l’âme à l’écran will give eleven awards to student films of their choice among the shorts selected and screened during the gala night.
A doctoral student and lecturer at the Université de Montréal, Maxime Labrecque is a member of the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC) and the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). He is also a writer for the magazines Séquences and Voir and he collaborates with various radio and TV programs.
Actress - Filmmaker
Trained as an actress, Alexa-Jeanne Dubé has played roles in many short films, TV series and features. As a director, she works in video art and fiction. Moreover, her first two shorts, Oui Mais Non and Scopique were selected by many international festivals. She is currently writing her next film.
Screenwriter - Filmmaker
Sophie’s body of work includes five short films and one feature. Her shorts La ronde (2011) and Le futur proche (2012) won 12 awards and were in competition at Locarno and at Sundance. Her first feature Mes nuits feront écho (2016) received the Bright Future Award at Rotterdam Film Festival in 2017.