The youth short film is not always taken for what it is, namely a genre in its own right. Why is this? What distinguishes a film for young audiences? What interests a filmmaker and a scriptwriter in writing a kid’s film? Is the lack of new talent a sign of a lack of interest? So many aspects that deserve to be addressed, while the demand has never been greater for family films. Our guests provide the beginning of an answer to these questions with this roundtable as uninhibited as it is unifying.
Around the Table:
Jean Hamel – General Director of L'inis (L’institut national de l'image et du son)
At the beginning of 2020, Jean Hamel became INIS’s third General Director after having being head of the institute's communications and marketing department from 2004 to 2019. For more than 40 years, he has made his mark in the world of culture and communications by directing, among other things, the Cinémathèque Québécoise’s communications and client development services from 1991 to 2000. He then held the position editor for the TVA website and contributed to the graphic and editorial overhaul of the monthly magazine Qui fait Quoi. Within the organization Culture Montréal, he coordinated the presentation of an international symposium on the cultural responsibilities of large agglomerations, and supported the work of American researchers who came to examine the situation of Montréal in the field of the creative economy.
In the early 1980s, Hamel directed the Association pour le jeune cinéma québécois and the Festival international du film super 8 du Québec. He also worked for the Institut québécois du cinéma as a project manager.
Miguel Lambert – Filmmaker, screenwriter
A graduate of UQAM’s cinema program, Miguel Lambert writes and directs ambitious projects, such as the 105-episode kid’s web-series for the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie and three short fiction films: Marmote Intrépide, Et moi je roule and Juvéniles. He is currently working on a fiction web-series entitled Les enfants du divorce, an animated short film, Tarte aux pommes, as well as a first fiction feature film adapted from Ariane Lessard’s novel Feue.
Christine Doyon – Filmmaker, screenwriter
Director, screenwriter and editor, Christine holds a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Cinema from UQAM. Influenced by direct cinema and in search of truth, Christine is inspired by human stories of resilience. She made her first entry into the world of fiction with her short La sœur de Margot.
Maryse Latendresse - Screenwriter
Maryse Latendresse has more than one trick up her sleeve. Holder of a degree in scriptwriting, a Master's in literature and a Bachelor's in psychology, she has published four novels and co-directed two collectives of renowned authors. She has written several short films including Le Truck (Winner of REGARD’s Shoot No Matter What! prize). Her first feature, Pas d’chicane dans ma cabane (co-written with Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers) will be released in theatres in 2022, while her second, Les hommes de ma mère, is going into production this fall. She is currently developing many projects and has certainly not said her last word.