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

The Challenging Dance

Canada | 2020 | 20 min
Director: Alexandre Paskanoi


World Premiere

FIFA, Main Film, Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM) and Digital Cut are pleased to highlight the talent of two filmmakers, following the launch of a unique initiative aimed at filmmakers from Quebec's immigration community. For this first edition, the two laureates are Gabriela de Andrade and Alexandre Paskanoi.

Called « Écrans Divers », this new program seeks to enhance the cinematographic experience and production of these filmmakers, helping them to produce and disseminate a short documentary on a practice, an artistic process, a portrait of an artist(s), one or more forms of artistic expression, or cultural phenomena.

This short documentary tells the story of Vanesa G.R. Montoya, the first black dancer of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Following her as she mounts her first major piece, we discover the immensity of the work that goes into every production.


Alexandre Paskanoi

Alexandre Paskanoi was born in Minsk (Belarus) in the early 80s. He started filmmaking at the age of twelve, in1992 with some of his experimental work. He created his first music video at the age of fifteen. Then, he moved to Paris in 2001 to follow his artistic training. During that time in France he met and assisted many fashion photographers. He spent his time from 2007-2009 between Europe and North America. After moving to Montreal in 2009, Alexandre continued his projects in cinema, fashion and commercial industry.

A few years later he created his video production company KinoBloom.

He is presently working on various art and commercial projects, and he recently received his first international award in 2019.

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