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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.

Myriam Verreault


Myriam Verreault grew up in the suburbs of Quebec City. After studying journalism and film history, she worked as a props manager, director and editor. She made a deep impression with À l’ouest de Pluton (2009), a critically acclaimed first feature (as co-director, writer, producer and editor) that was screened at more than 50 festivals worldwide. In 2011, she completed one of the NFB’s first webdocs, Ma tribu c’est ma vie. She started research and writing for Kuessipan in 2012, working alongside the author of the eponymous novel, Naomi Fontaine. The feature film was released in 2019 and took home several festival awards, including two for best Canadian film. Myriam is currently the director of the ICI Radio-Canada television series 5e rang.

Kuo Ming-Jung


As film programmer, Kuo Ming-Jung has spent much of her career in film festival management, programming and distribution. Her work as Programme Director for Taipei Film Festival, carried a balance of showcasing new talent as well as celebrating cinema heritage. During her time at the Taipei Film Festival, Kuo had developed new programmes such as In Progress: VR and the workshop initiative Produire au Sud Taipei which emphasised script development, co-production and marketing strategies.

She also edited special issue publications, Portuguese Cinema (2015) and Twenty in An Instant (2018). Kuo has served on several juries and selection panels including for the Locarno Film Festival Open Doors, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and was a Programme Consultant for SGIFF in 2017 and 2018. Kuo is currently the Programme Director for the Singapore International Film Festival.

Micheline Lanctot


Micheline Lanctot launched her acting career with La vraie nature de Bernadette (1972), leading to her first award for acting. In 1980, she wrote and directed her first feature, L’Homme mà tout faire, which was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and won a silver medal at the San Sebastian Festival. Her second feature, Sonatine, earned her the Silver Lion at the Venice Festival in 1984. In 1993, her film Deux actrices, which she wrote, directed and produced, won the award for Best Film at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. In 1999, she won the Gémeau for Best Actress for her portrayal of Aurore in the television series Le Pollock. She took the Gémeau for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her performance in the series Belle-baie. While leading both acting and directing careers, in 2012 she began playing Élisein Unité 9 on Radio-Canada and Solange in the series O on the TVA network; she eventually won the Gémeau for Best Supporting Actress for both roles. She wrote and directed Pour l'amour de Dieu, released in September 2011, which won the award for best actress and the Prix Magelis for cinematography at the Festival d’Angoulême, and the Special Jury Prize at the Shanghai Festival. She completed her latest feature, Une manière de vivre, in 2019.


Credit: A photo from Creatrices written by Andréanne Gauthier

John Canciani

Artistic Director

John Canciani (Italian/British/Swiss) is the Artistic Director of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Please full Festival Name it's our CI) and film collector since Teenager. He joined Kurz und Knapp in 2006 as Head of Programme until 2012 and was board member. 2009 he became member of the selection team and Board Member at the Swiss Youth Film Festival in Zürich.

John was a film journalist and critic at Radio Stadtfilter. In 2009 he became Team member of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur In 2012 he was assigned as artistic director of the Festival. John became 2013 film curator at Cinema Filmfoyer Winterthur, which is now the Kino Cameo.

He has a Master in Advanced Studies in Curating ZHdK and was Editor of the IssueNo.23 of the magazine on-curating"The Future of Short Film". He is Member of the Swiss and European Film Academy, Board 

Member at Pro Short and the Short Film Conference.

Jean-Simon Leduc


After graduating from the theatre program at Collège Lionel-Groulx in 2012, Jean-Simon Leduc chose film as the medium for exploring his craft in more depth. He made his big-screen debut with director Rodrigue Jean, who cast him as Bruno in L’amour au temps de la guerre civile (Transmar film), which earned him an Iris nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2016. He then landed a succession of roles on the television series 30 vies, Trauma, Destinées, Plan B, Clash, En tout cas and Jérémie. Director Karl Lemieux cast Leduc in his first starring role in a feature film, Maudite Poutine, produced by Métafilms. He has also worked with directors Léa Pool (Et au pire on se mariera), Philipe Lesage (Genèse) and Sophie Dupuis, who cast him as JP in Chien de garde, for which he was nominated for the Iris for Best Actor in 2018. In 2019, he was in Réservoir, directed by Kim St-Pierre. In 2020, he will appear in the television series Cérébrum on ICI Radio-Canada and Fugueuse 2 on TVA. He is also often involved in short-film projects, including his latest directorial effort, Traité de docilité, which was part of the Sélection SODEC at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. 

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.

Maxime Labrecque


Maxime Labrecque holds a doctorate in film studies from the Université de Montréal. In 2017, he published an essay about ensemble films, "Le film choral : Panorama d’un genre impur", with Éditions l’Instant Même. He reaches film at Cégep Garneau and programs the FIFA’s year-round activities. He was a member of the short-film pre-selection committee for SXSW 2020, an editor at Séquences magazine and VOIR, and a host on CIBL 101.5. He has served on juries for several festivals, including the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Fantasia, De l’âme à l’Écran and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Elijah Baron

Film critic

Elijah Baron first ventured into film criticism while a student at Concordia University, and joined the team at 24 images in 2016. A big fan of festivals, he has served on the AQCC jury at Fantasia and the jury for La Course des régions. He is particularly interested in post-Soviet cinema. He translates from Russian to French and English.

Benjamin Pelletier

Film critic

Benjamin Pelletier is a film critic for the Point de vues blog, and more recently for Séquences magazine. He is also on the feature film pre-selection committee for the Festival du nouveau cinéma, and works in film post-production with Montreal-based Post-Moderne. Since his first trip to REGARD a few years ago, he has been in love with all the possibilities of the short-film medium.

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.

Niels Putman


Based in Belgium, Niels Putman (1992) graduated as a Masters in Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound in Brussels and as a Masters in Film Studies & Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. He’s currently the editor-in-chief of Kortfilm.be – the only short film magazine in Belgium, NISI MASA‘s Head of Debate Department, as well as the Project Manager of Talking Shorts & Managing Director of the Short Film Conference. Niels works as a freelance film journalist and critic for several Belgian outlets and is an assistant programmer for festivals such as the Leuven International Short Film Festival. He’s a member of the Belgian Film Press Union and FIPRESCI.

Neil Young


Neil Young (1971) is a freelance writer, curator and film-maker from Sunderland, England, now based in Vienna. He has reviewed new films at major festivals regularly for The Hollywood Reporter since 2008 and has contributed numerous features to Sight & Sound since 2010. 

A member of FIPRESCI and the London Critics' Circle, he routinely attends 25+ film-festivals each year and has served on more than two dozen juries since 2001 including Cannes' Semaine de la Critique (2013) and others at Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Mexico City (Ficunam). 

He currently works for several festivals in consultation, programming and/or moderation capacities including the Viennale, European Film Festival (Palić, Serbia: International Programmer), Vienna Shorts (the head of the Austrian national-competition section), Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) and Kortfilmfestivalen (Grimstad, Norway). Between 2011 and 2015 he was the Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the U.K.'s National Media Museum.

He directed the 103-minute experimental documentary Rihaction (2019) and made his big-screen acting debut in Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir.

Berta Carricarte Melgarez

Film critic  

Berta Carricarte Melgarez has a Master’s degree in Art History and works as a film critic and researcher. She is a professor at the College of Arts and Letters, University of Havana. In 2012 she published the book A la sombra del elogio. Aproximaciones al cine japonés.

She is currently preparing her doctoral thesis, on the subject of production design in Cuban cinema.

This jury will give the Shoot no Mattter What! Award to one of the shorts of the eponymous program.

Sophie Cadieux

Actress and director

A towering figure in Montreal’s theatre scene, Sophie Cadieux has been part of more than 30 productions as an actress and director.

Her film and television credits include Lâcher prise, Rumeurs, Les Lavigueur la vraie histoire, La vallée des larmes, Funkytown, Les Rois mongols and the short films Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire and La fleur de peau.

As well as earning a Best Actress nomination at the 58th Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco for her role in Lâcher prise, she has won four Gémeaux awards.

Carlos Madrid

Director of Cinema Jove - Valencia International Festival

(Valencia, 1982) He has a degree in Advertising and Public Relations at Jaume I University. He has worked as an audiovisual translator and coordinator of the Lamilk trends magazine, as well as an advisor to several cultural projects. Between 2007 and 2011, he worked as communication manager for the music and contemporary art’s Observatori Festival and founded in 2008 La Cabina Medium-Length Film Festival, of which he directed its first nine editions. He has directed Cinema Jove since 2017.

Aisha Jamal


Aisha Jamal is a Toronto-based film programmer, independent filmmaker and college professor. Her documentaries have screened at festivals and venues worldwide. Aisha is Canadian Film Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Film Festival and Programming Associate of Canadian, Nordic and Filipino feature films at TIFF. She teaches film theory and history at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

For a fourth 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 La polyvalente de Jonquière en Arts et méiers de la scène school will be in charge of doing so.

Guillaume Julien

Polyvalente de Jonquière, performing arts and stagecraft, Secondary 4

I love cinema, like my father, who’s a big cinephile. I’ve watched movies with him all my life. Now not a month goes by that I don’t go see a movie in the theatre at least once. The genre doesn’t matter. Cinema is the best way to travel and see the world.

I first found out about the REGARD Festival three years ago. I had the chance to watch all the youth films with a close friend. That’s when I realized I enjoy analysing, talking about and sharing films, and I’m excited to have the chance to do that with the other members of the jury.

Thanks to the REGARD Festival for giving me this opportunity!

Laurence Dufour

Polyvalente de Jonquière, performing arts and stagecraft, Secondary 4

I am happy to be a member of the youth jury at this year’s REGARD Festival because I love this event. I think it’s very interesting that this is an international festival. REGARD makes us aware of the talent around us, and shows us the amazing creativity that’s out there.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by movies. I enjoy feeling the many different emotions that films inspire.

I think being part of the jury for the 24th edition of REGARD will be a very enriching experience for me.

Simon Harvey

Polyvalente de Jonquière, performing arts and stagecraft, Secondary 4

Being a member of the youth jury at the REGARD Festival is very important to me. I’ve always appreciated being a spectator at the festival, and I’d really like to have the experience of being on the jury. I often go to the movies with my friends, and watch a lot of films at home. I prefer to watch films in their original language to get a full sense of the characters’ emotions.

 In a word, I have an intimate relationship with film. That’s why I am very happy to be a member of the youth jury for this year’s REGARD Festival.

For a 17th year, De l'Âme à l'écran, the college component, of the Festival invites three professionals from the film industry to comment on the creations of the next generation!

Christophe Levac

Christophe Levac co-directed Tandem with Étienne Galloy. The film was screened at the 23rd edition of the Regard festival. In 2019, they shot their first feature film together, a coming-of-age film, La Marina.

Étienne Galloy

Étienne Galloy played in front of the camera for cinema (Prank, Avant qu’on explose,Kuessipan, etc.) and television (L'Échappée, Olivier ...) before taking his first steps behind the camera. In 2019, he co-directed with Christophe Levac the first feature film La Marina, funded by the Talents program for Telefilm Canada.

François Jaros

François Jaros has directed the short films Daytona, Tous des connes, Maurice and Oh What a Wonderful Feeling. His films have been screened at numerous festivals, includingSundance, TIFF, Telluride and Cannes’ Semaine de la critique. He also directed the series L’Âge adulte and En tout cas.

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