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41 QUEBEC SHORT FILMS PRESENTED THIS YEAR AT THE FNC

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For its 41st edition, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is proud to announce the screening of four films from the Jafar Panahi Project. Produced by Marcel Jean and Galilé Marion-Gauvin, this initiative is directed by ten animation and experimental filmmakers. They agreed to work for free to claim the release of Iranian director Jafar Panahi, sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making films, travelling and doing any interviews.

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The Festival will present the first 4 films of the project:

La cage by Pierre Hébert

Des femmes libres by Francis Desharnais

Free Speech by Steven Woloshen

Joda by Theodore Ushev.

The shorts will be screened before the different shorts programs during the Festival being held in Montreal from October 10th to 21th. The Jafar Panahi Project will go on until the release of the filmmaker.

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Alongside these 4 films, the Festival presents 37 Quebec short films in its International Selection, Focus and FNC Lab sections.

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INTERNATIONAL SELECTION

27 films are in competition for the Loup Argenté for the best short film produced around the world in the last year.

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This year’s selection features 5 short films from Quebec, including internationally acclaimed works such as Chef de meute by Chloé Robichaud, screened in international competition at the last Cannes festival, and Avec Jeff, à moto by Marie-Ève Juste, selected at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight last May. Gods, Weeds & Revolutions by Meryam Joobeur, Le Futur proche by Sophie Goyette (winner of the national grand prize at the Festival Regard sur le court métrage in Saguenay) and My Little Underground by Élise Simard make up the rest of the selection. An NFB co-production, Edmond Was a Donkey by Franck Dion, winner of the special jury prize at Annecy in 2012, will also be featured.

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For the first time, TFO signed a major partnership with FNC and will give a $5,000 cash award to the winner for the Loup Argenté. FNC being accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the winner will automatically be shortlisted for the short film competition at the 2012 Academy Award.

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FOCUS SECTION

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Featuring films from Quebec and Canada, 17 out of the 21 works presented in competition are from Quebec.

One not to be missed is a short film by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette and André Turpin, Ina Litovski, presented at the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival.

Also in competition are

À l’aube by Émilie Lemay

Baby Blues by Pascal Plante

City of Wandering Souls by Thien Vu Dang

Daytona by François Jaros

Filmstripe by John Blouin

Faillir by Sophie Dupuis

Fly/Mouche by David Uloth

La boutique de forge by Olivier Godin

Là où je suis by Myriam Magassouba

Les choses horribles by Vincent Biron

Les Vestiges by Sarianne Cormier

Now We Got Ourselves a Wife! by Amaan Alavi

Périmés by Olivier Labonte LeMoyne

Planche à l’oeil by Ian Lagarde

Séfarade by Nicolas Krief

Taxi pour deux by Dan Popa

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The short films in the Focus section compete for the grand prize awarded by CTV’s Bravo!FACT – Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, which includes a $5,000 cash award to the winner.

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FNC LAB

In the FNC Lab section, where cinematic exploration is given free rein, short films from Quebec are well represented, with no fewer than 15 films on the program:

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Acrobat by Eduardo Menz

Back View by Vincent Grenier

Ces femmes qui marchent by Yoakim Bélanger

Dynamique de la pénombre by Félix Dufour-Laperrière and Frédéric Dallaire

Expose by Li Alin and Cécile Martin

House Arrest by Richard Kerr

I Was Here by Philippe Léonard

L’Argent by Étienne de Massy

La Nuit obscure by Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt

Longuay by Daniel Canty

Never a Foot Too Far, Even by Daïchi Saïto

Outward Bound by Serge Cardinal

Portrait Zero by Michael Yaroshevsky

Triptyque II by Pierre Hébert

Waiting Room by Vincent Grenier.

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WEE WOLVES

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And last but not least, two films coproduced by the NFB will be presented in the Wee Wolves section: Kali the Little Vampire by Regina Pessoa and L’Automne de Pougne by Pierre-Luc Granjon and Antoine Lanciaux.

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The 41st Festival du nouveau cinéma will be held from October 10 to 21, 2012 in Montreal at the following venues: Excentris/Cinéma Parallèle, Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon), Cineplex Quartier Latin, Cinémathèque québécoise, PHI Centre, Théâtre Outremont, Théâtre Maisonneuve and Festival headquarters, located in the Agora Hydro-Québec at UQÀM’s Cœur des sciences.