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Fantasia: Quebecois Short Films Get Spotlight this Weekend

For the third year in a row, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival spotlights its local filmmakers, established and emerging alike, with the Fantastique week-end du court métrage québécois from July 23 to 25.

Over the next three days, 130 short films will screen in 11 different programs, competing for various prizes, featuring a diverse selection across a wide variety of genres, from the expected horror and drama to the unexpected faux-trailer.

This is any movie-lover’s chance to catch both the next wave of Quebec filmmakers, as well as some of Quebec’s current big names make appearances on both sides of the camera.

Hélène Florent (Léger probleme) and Danny Gilmore (L’offre et la demande )each take turns in the director’s chair, along with fellow-actor Normand Daneau (Love & Volts) and more.

This year’s program also includes a weeklong series of roundtable discussions aimed at the professional development of young filmmakers, culminating today, July 22.

With free admission and open to all, the Colloques fantastique week-end du court métrage québécois offered daily talks by some of Quebec’s most successful pros that tackled everything from How to make a Film for Cheap and Obtain Millions of Viewers Online to The Challenges of Scriptwriting.

Today, director Éric Tessier (5150, rue des Ormes) and veteran producer Nicole Robert (1981) sit down to recall and discuss their steps taken to prepare their film Sur le seuil in the workshop Preparing your First Feature Film at 6:00 p.m.

Also joining the panel is Sheila de la Varende, Director – National and International Business Development at Telefilm.

The Fantasia International Film Festival is Canada’s premiere genre festival. Now in its 14th year, the Festival offers a diverse program of films from across the globe, many of which as their world premiere.  

Catch the Fantastique week-end du court métrage québécois from July 23 to 25 at the Imperial Theatre in Montreal.

Trailers, screening details and more for Fantasia, running until July 28, can be found online.