ÉCRANS DIVERS REWARDS TWO TALENTED IMMIGRANT FILMMAKERS
THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART, MAIN FILM, DIVERSITÉ ARTISTIQUE MONTRÉAL (DAM) AND DIGITAL CUT HAVE LAUNCHED A NEW INITIATIVE THAT AIMS TO SUPPORT IMMIGRANT FILMMAKERS IN QUEBEC
The International Festival of Films on Art (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 immigrant community. For this first edition, the two laureates are Gabriela de Andrade and Alexandre Paskanoi.
Named "Écrans Divers," this new program of support for filmmakers seeks to enhance their cinematographic experience and production, 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 assistance will allow the creators to reconnect and devote themselves to their artistic practice, often limited by financial and/or practical contingencies during their installation in Quebec.
It is essential to support professionals recognized in their country of origin while they rebuild a reputation and restart a career in their new country. This program was initiated to support the artistic community of Quebec and to help its members direct a short film, to put them in touch with their peers and to allow them to promote a new work of art in a renowned Canadian festival such as FIFA. Indicated Executive Director Philippe U. del Drago.
Following the call for submissions launched last June, the two selected artists directed a new cinematographic work with the assistance of the production and post-production partners of FIFA, Main Film and Digital Cut. They benefited from a mentorship program organized by Diversité Artistique Montréal and will enjoy one pass offering access to all events of FIFA's 38th edition, allowing for direct proximity to professionals, and meetings with creators, producers, broadcasters and buyers. The laureates will also receive complete support until the screening of their selected project during the 38th edition of FIFA, which will take place from March 17 to 29, 2020.
THE LAUREATESA native of Brazil, Gabriela de Andrade moved to Quebec to study and obtained a master’s degree in film studies from l'Université de Montreal. After several years as a producer for various prestigious TV channels (Globo, TVE, TF1, BBC Kids and Météo Média), she turned to the documentary field, working as a screenwriter and a filmmaker.
Her short film project: Miryam
Her film project, Miryam, is dedicated to Miryam Charles, an experimental film artist in full creative swing. Through her work and her voice, Charles evokes her own history and that of her immigrant ancestors. Reserved, she keeps her distance. This film is a poetic essay seeking to unveil Miryam, an almost indecipherable woman. A filmic composition imbued with an atmosphere that is both dark and soft, like Miryam.
ʻʻIt is a joy to be able to make a film that is already scheduled to be screened at such a prestigious festival as FIFA. Moreover, my encounter with Miryam Charles has already changed my own relationship with creating. It is inspiring to see a woman perform an onscreen poetic reading of dark and sometimes painful subjects of a not so distant past," passionately stated director Gabriela de Andrade.
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alexandre Paskanoi has been fascinated by cinema from a very young age: at 12 he created experimental works and at 15 he directed his first music video. In order to pursue his projects in film, fashion and advertising, he later moved to Montréal where he has created his own production company, KinoBloom.
His short film project: The challenging dance
His short documentary film follows the steps of Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, current and the first black principal dancer in the history of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. The film focuses on her pursuit of becoming one of the very few female ballet choreographers representing a visible minority. This documentary showcases all stages of Montoya's creative process as she mounts her first major piece for a professional ballet company, highlighting the challenges of a large-scale production, and the importance of participation by individuals from a variety of artistic and cultural backgrounds. Paskanoi's film focuses on the search for diversity and multiculturalism in the arts, particularly in dance, a field that continues to struggle with cultural and gender diversification.