The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

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Panel : Thérapie par les arts

| 2020 | 90 min
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With the participation of the Dance Therapy National Centre, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Quebec Art Therapy Association (AATQ)


Panel (language french)
The preservation of art objects in museums and galleries may convey the idea that art is a still, mute and passive object of observation. Art, however, is not such an object. Art affects and informs our relationship to the world, its people and our self. Art is a form of communication and expression that practices of art therapy have transformed into an opportunity for personal wellbeing. Drawing, painting, dancing, coloring, sculpting, among other practices, are creative techniques that help people explore their mind, emotions and psychic life. The people who engage in these artistic practices, guided by an art therapist or a psychologist, can learn from the artistic experiences and the products they make and better understand themselves. The goal of this panel is to explore different approaches of art therapy and stimulate a debate among the specialists in this singular and liberating experience.


Vincent Antonini, Producer of L’âge d’or
After training in Art History, Plastic Arts and Cinema, in 2010 Vincent Antonini began a collaboration with the Festival Tous Courts d'Aix en Provence as a programmer, then as Head of the Film Market (position he still holds). In 2014, he joined Insolence Productions, worked on project development, took charge of distributing the catalog as well as the visual identity of the company and its projects (posters, credits, trailers, etc.). He and his associates are PROCIREP winners of the Short Film Producer of the Year 2019 award at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival. His first short film as executive producer, "Déguste" by Stéphane Baz, an experimental film pre-purchased by Canal +, made its world premiere during the 40th edition of the Clermont Ferrand festival and will total 55 selections including 5 prizes as well as a nomination for the Vimeo "Best of the Year" award; while the second, the documentary "L’âge d'or" by director and choreographer Éric Minh Cuong Castaing, winner Audi Talents, makes its world premiere at the Palais de Tokyo during the Chroniques Parallèles event. After 20 selections, the film will make its North American premiere at the International Festival of Films on Art in March 2020. At the beginning of the same year, he left Insolence Productions to devote himself to the production and writing of cinematographic and audiovisual projects.

Amy Éloïse Mailloux: Director of the National Centre for Dance Therapy
Amy Éloïse Mailloux holds a Master’s degree in Management of the Arts from HEC Montréal, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Having occupied various roles in the National Centre for Dance Therapy since its early days, Amy has a strong knowledge of the dance for well-being field in Canada, a subject on which she focused for her Master’s degree. She is involved in the community as a board member for Projet collectif en inclusion sociale, an organization working to support people with mental health issues. Amy Éloïse also has a creative practice of her own.

About: the NCDT
The National Centre for Dance Therapy (NCDT), a division of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, is dedicated to the promotion of dance/movement therapy. The NCDT, which combines clinical research, training and therapy, aims to improve the well-being of individuals through the benefits of dance, thereby reinforcing the utility of this art form for the community while promoting and developing Les Grands Ballets’ focus on health.

Stephen Legari, Head of the art therapy program and therapist at MMFA
Stephen Legari is an art therapist and head of the art therapy program at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Before joining the MMFA full time in 2017, Stephen worked as a therapist in the alternative school system, childhood development, addiction recovery and adolescent outpatient psychiatry. In his role at the MMFA, Stephen is responsible for developing partnerships in art therapy programs, supervising interns, contributing to museum art therapy research, leading groups and managing from the open studio of the La Ruche art community.

Isabelle Gagnon, Psychologist and therapist
Dr. Isabelle Gagnon is a psychologist and doctor of psychology graduated from UQÀM, with a specialization in psychology of the development of the parent-child attachment relationship. She has been a clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and families since 2000. She has also been a lecturer at UQÀM since 2010 and acts there as a psychologist-internship supervisor. Dr. Gagnon works with an integrative theoretical approach, which combines cognitive behavioral therapy with complementary tools, such as play therapy, mindfulness techniques as well as dance and movement therapy. Dr. Gagnon is characterized by a warm, concrete and interactive approach, with an important emphasis on establishing a good bond of trust between patient and psychologist, so that the child appropriates his psychotherapeutic space while integrating the parents as support in therapeutic work. In recent years, Dr. Gagnon has trained and continues to collaborate with the National Dance Therapy Center (CNDT) of the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, in order to deepen her knowledge and tools for a therapeutic integration of movement as a complement. child psychotherapy, aimed at the treatment of various adjustment difficulties or mental health disorders.

Marie-Pier Malo, Director of the AATQ Education and Research Committee
Marie-Pier Malo has a master’s degree in art therapy from Concordia University, is a Quebec professional art therapist (ATPQ), co-founded a socially responsible art therapy centre and is responsible for the Education and Research Committee within the Quebec Art Therapy Association (AATQ). Her professional experience is above all in mental health, both in community organization and in private practice, mainly with the adult and senior population. Her mandate on the AATQ’s Education and Research Committee involves informing people about the benefits of art therapy as well as demystifying this profession for the general public.

About: AATQ
The Quebec Art Therapy Association (AATQ) was founded in 1981. This non-profit organization is one of four professional associations for art therapists in Canada. The AATQ’s mission is to defend the interests of art therapists in the exercise of their profession as well as to provide professional or affiliated members with tools and opportunities to pursue their professional development. Their goal also involves informing the public and health professionals about services, practice and professional training in art therapy as well as promoting the professional development of art therapy in Quebec.

Guylaine Vaillancourt, Director of the Department of Arts Therapy, Concordia University, Music Therapist
Guylaine Vaillancourt is an Associate Professor in Music Therapy and Director of the Department of Arts Therapy at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She holds a master's degree in music therapy from New York University and a doctorate from Antioch Universiy (Ohio, USA) and is a trainer and practitioner in the Bonny Method in music and guided imagery (GIM). She specializes in oncology/palliative care and mental health and is the author of the book Music, music therapy and child development published by Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine.

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