Jury & Guests
Feature Film Jury
Gabriel Pelletier wrote and directed his well-received first feature, L’AUTOMNE SAUVAGE, in 1992. In 1996, he directed and co-wrote KARMINA, which earned 13 Genie nominations and won several awards at fantasy film festivals in Europe and Asia. In 2000, he directed LA VIE APRÈS L’AMOUR, a box-office hit that won the Bobine d’Or at the Jutra Awards and the audience award at Just For Laughs. The following year, he directed and co-wrote K2 (KARMINA 2)), a sequel whose box-office earnings surpassed its predecessor’s. In 2004, he co-produced director Yves Pelletier’s feature film LES AIMANTS, which earned the Jutra for best screenplay. In 2007 he returned to directing with the feature MA TANTE ALINE, a tragicomic look at ageism. In January 2012, he launched LA PEUR DE L’EAU, based on the novel On finit toujours par payer, by Jean Lemieux, Éditions de la courte échelle. LA PEUR DE L’EAU received two nominations at the Jutra Awards and went on to win two Awards at Liège International Thriller Film Festival, Insigne de cristal Best Film, Festival Grand Prize and Insigne de cristal Best Actor, Pierre-François Legendre.
Actor, Writer, Producer
A local hero in Montreal, Jay has been coming to Fantasia since he was 14. That’s two years AFTER he began his acting career on the TV series Are You Afraid of the Dark. Since then, Jay has become an international screen star, appearing in Clint Eastwood’s MILLION DOLLAR BABY, Roger Avary’s THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, Cameron Crowe’s ALMOST FAMOUS, Ben Stiller’s TROPIC THUNDER, Judd Apatow’s KNOCKED UP, Jon Turteltaub’s THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (which opened Fantasia two years ago) and David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS, to name a few. Jay regularly collaborates with Jacob Tierney, starring both THE TROTSKY and GOOD NEIGHBORS, and recently co-scripted and co-starred in Michael Dowse’s instant-classic GOON. A major genre film fan, Jay will soon be making his directorial debut with the comedy/horror/slasher film PIG.
Michael Connell Biehn is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker who has attained significant cult status over his 35-year career in cinema. Best loved for his roles in a trio of James Cameron blockbusters — THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS and THE ABYSS — Michael has also starred in films by William Friedkin (RAMPAGE), Robert Rodriguez (GRINDHOUSE: PLANET TERROR), Michael Bay (THE ROCK), George P. Cosmatos (TOMBSTONE) and Xavier Gens (THE DIVIDE), among many others, and has appeared on such popular television shows as Dark Blue, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Hill Street Blues. He recently made his directorial debut with THE VICTIM, co-produced with his wife and producing partner, actress Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, which screens out-of-competition at Fantasia this year.
Festival International de Cinéma Fantastique
A professional jazz musician trained at the Music Conservatory of Paris, Sylvain Krief performed with world-renowned talents like Charles Aznavour, Eddy Louis, Dizzie Gillespie, Keith Jarrett, Michel Fugain and many others in the 1960s and 1970s. In the early ‘70s he released his first jazz album, Israel Suite, and his self-titled 1976 album under the pseudonym Airto Fogo has become a cult record in the funk scene. Since his arrival in Montreal in the early ‘80s, he has devoted himself to event organization. His successes include Salon International Musique Vidéo, le Palais des Merveilles, and most notably le Festival International du Film Fantastique de Montréal, which he founded with Roland Smith in 1992. The event, something of a precursor to Fantasia, allowed the passionate film lover and collector Krief to realize his dearest dream, to offer Monteal a festival of horror and fantastic cinema.
Film Critic – Variety
Maggie Lee is a film critic for U.S. entertainment industry publication Variety, Programming Consultant for Tokyo International Film Festival and freelance curator of Asian retrospective programs. She was Asia Chief Critic for The Hollywood Reporter. She lived and worked in Japan and Hong Kong, where she worked on programming and editorial for Tokyo International Film Festival, Short Shorts Film Festival (Japan), Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Archive and Hong Kong’s Leisure and Cultural Services Dept. In 2010, she was cited by Busan International Film Festival and Korean Film Press Association for contribution to Korean Cinema.
First Feature Jury
Jorge Michel Grau
A graduate of C.C.C. México, where he now teaches, Jorge’s feature debut WE ARE WHAT WE ARE competed for the Caméra d’Or at Cannes 2010, had its North American premiere at Fantasia and went on to screen at more than 60 international film festivals, including the New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Stockholm Film Festival and Sitges. The film won the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at Chicago International Film Fest and the Séquences Prize at Fantasia, among others. Jorge has since directed CHALÁN by FOPROCINE-CANAL 22, 72 for Frontieres, by TNT, “i... is for ingrown” for Drafthouse Films’ THE ABC’S OF DEATH, and “Treasure” for 60 SECONDS OF SOLITUDE IN YEAR ZERO.
Critic, Curator and Distributor, Artsploitation Films
Travis Crawford began writing about genre cinema for fanzines like European Trash Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Eyeball, and Forced Exposure before becoming a regular contributing writer for periodicals like Film Comment, Filmmaker, Fangoria, and MovieMaker. In addition to also writing about film for several books, Crawford created and programmed the popular Danger After Dark film festival series in Philadelphia, which showcased the best in genre cinema for 11 years. Crawford is currently the Acquisitions Consultant for Artsploitation Films, a new company designed to release transgressive and confrontational international cinema upon unsuspecting North American audiences.
Programmer at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Born in 1980, Anne Delseth studied journalism at Fribourg, Switzerland, where she was involved in the Fribourg Film Festival, initially as volunteer, secretary, director’s assistant and eventually programmer. While obtaining a masters in cultural management, she worked for a film distributor and as a production assistant. After four years with Fribourg she left Switzerland to do international sales with Urban Distribution International, and was sourced by Edouard Waintrop to be part of the new programming team at la Quinzaine des réalisateurs.
Director of Acquisitions, Sundance Selects, IFC Films
As Director of Acquisitions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, Jeff Deutchman has discovered and acquired some of the most critically-acclaimed independent films of the last five years, including documentaries CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS, THE ART OF THE STEAL, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE 1967-1975 and ROOM 237, genre films THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, VALHALLA RISING and KILL LIST, and indie breakthroughs MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, AFTERSCHOOL, DADDY LONGLEGS, COLD WEATHER and WEEKEND. Deutchman is also the director/producer of the feature documentary, 11/4/08 — a vérité collage of footage shot all over the world on the day Barack Obama was elected President. The film had its world premiere at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically in 20 cities.
General Manager of International Sales & Festival, Showbox/Mediaplex, Inc.
As the international sales manager of Showbox/Mediaplex, Inc., Sonya Kim oversees sales, marketing, festival as well as co-productions. Majoring in broadcasting and communication at university, she started her career at a TV production company in 2002 when the so-called Korean Wave started. She moved to the film field one year after by taking a role of international sales at an investment/production company, KM Culture, of which the line-up includes two commercially successful comedies (200 POUNDS BEAUTY and TAKE OFF), until she joined Showbox in 2005. She has handled more than 100 Korean titles and, among the recent line-up, BREATHLESS won Best Film and Best Actor awards at Fantasia in 2009 and THE YELLOW SEA screened at Cannes (Un Certain Regard) last year. At the coming Fantasia, she’ll represent NAMELESS GANGSTER : RULES OF THE TIME, which was both critically and commercially well received in the beginning of this year in Korea. Having more variety of genre films from this year, Showbox is looking for more contents of well-scripted genre titles and Kim will focus on taking meeting with filmmakers or companies developing such contents at this festival.
A favourite at Fantasia, Sundance, Sitges and Clermont-Ferrand, Robert Morgan is a BAFTA-Nominated Filmmaker, who works in both stop-motion animation and live-action. He studied Animation at The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, before making a series of highly acclaimed short films, such as THE CAT WITH HANDS, THE SEPARATION and BOBBY YEAH. Between them, his films have won around 50 international awards. All have been screened at Fantasia, and several have premiered here. In 2012 Robert won the Arts Foundation Award for Animation. He also teaches animation at the University of Westminster, London. Robert is currently developing various new projects, both features and shorts.
Director and Illustrator
Born in Desbiens, Lac St-Jean in 1979, Patrick Doyon became interested in comics and animation at a very young age. In 2002, he directed his first short, 32:11. Soon after, he quickly received contracts for storyboard work and animation before directing another short film, SQUARE ROOTS (RACINE CARRÉE), which attracted the attention of an NFB producer. His next film, SUNDAY, would bring him even greater attention. Premiering in Berlin in February of 2011, the short did the grand tour of many major festivals and earned him a nomination at the 84th Academy Awards. Although he did not win the Oscar, he went on to win the Jutra for best animated short as well as recognition from many major festivals in Europe and North America. Most notably, the film received a honourable mention at the Berlin International Film Festival, the prize for most inventive international film at the Odense International Film Festival and the ASIFA-Colorado prize for best animated short at the Denver Film Festival.
Animator, Producer, Teacher and Founder, Festival Du Film De Stop Motion De Montreal
Erik H. Goulet has been active in the film industry since 1990. After studying Stop Motion animation at Concordia University in Montreal, he worked in the film business for animation production houses before joining Softimage in 1998 as a 3D product specialist. During all these years, Erik continues to produce puppet-based animated shorts such as THE ADVENTURES OF SARO WORMY. Since 2001, he has been teaching animation workshops in schools, film festivals and at Concordia University. His latest project: the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival (www.StopMotionMontreal.com) helps promote artists using this technique.
International Short Film Jury
Samuel Archibald was born in 1978 in Arvida. He left Saguenay after the 1996 flood and settled in Montreal just in time for the 1998 ice storm. He spent most of the next 10 years studying and lived in Europe from 2007 to 2009. Since his return to Quebec, he has taught at UQÀM, on horror cinema, video games and contemporary pop culture. He is also the author of the essay Le texte et la technique : la lecture à l’heure des médias numériques (Le Quartanier, 2010). In 2011 he wrote Arvida, his first work of fiction. The collection of short stories was an outstanding success and it won the Coup de coeur Renaud-Bray prize 2012. In July 2012 Archibals, along with Antonio Dominguez Leiva et Bernard Perron, organized the zombie phenomnon colloquium Invasion Montréal.
Producer, Curator, Incredibly Strange
Based in New Zealand, Ant Timpson has been involved with exhibition, distribution and production since 1987. He is the founder of the following national events: Incredibly Strange Film Festival, 48Hours, Secret Cinema, Make My Movie and he 24Hour Movie Marathon. His 48Hours event attracts 10,000 participants and the likes of Peter Jackson. He has produced the features THE DEVIL DARED ME TO, THE SONG OF GOOD, THE ABCS OF DEATH and HOW TO MEET GIRLS FROM A DISTANCE, and is in development for a feature with Montreal based team Roadkill Superstar (TURBO KID). Timpson was recently awarded the first-ever New Zealand Arts Entrepreneur of the Year.
Producer, Curator, Critic
Marc Walkow was born in Pittsburgh, city of zombies, makes his home in Manhattan, city of CHUDs and Q, and has been to Fantasia every year since 1999. Over the course of his chaotic life, he has worked for The Criterion Collection, founded specialty genre labels at Image Entertainment, helped to bring the crazy Japanese movie HOUSE to viewers worldwide, programmed films for Fantasia, New York Asian Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, produced movies for insane filmmakers, curated specialty film series about gangsters and samurai, been to Japan more times than he can count, learned to eat literally anything you can imagine, developed a taste for both expensive and cheap beers and whiskies, married far better than he deserved, and created at least one offspring, who helps him bear what the world throws at him. His only hope is that she doesn’t waste her life as much as he has, and becomes an accountant or something sensible.
Jury Court Métrage Québécois
Benjamin Lussier est réalisateur de vidéoclips, de court métrages et de films publicitaires. C’est à son plus jeune âge que ce créateur s’initie au monde du cinéma. Armé d’une caméra 8mm, il réalise des films-catastrophes dans son carré de sable à l’aide de maquettes, d’allumettes et de figurines Playmobil. Il lorgne ensuite du côté du théâtre avant de s’intéresser aux effets spéciaux numériques, domaine où il œuvrera pendant plus de 5 ans. Or, ne délaissant jamais sa passion première, il retourne à son carré de sable et sa caméra de façon permanente en 2009. Il travaille présentement pour les maisons de production Jet Films et Voyous films.
Jeune réalisatrice québécoise, Chloé Robichaud a vu ses courts-métrages voyager dans plusieurs prestigieux festivals dans les dernières années, notamment au Festival de Cannes 2012 avec son film CHEF DE MEUTE, sélectionné en compétition officielle. Elle est bachelière en réalisation de l’Université Concordia ainsi que diplômée en réalisation de l’Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS). En plus d’oeuvrer en réalisation, elle agit comme productrice au contenu pour la compagnie de production cinématographique Les films de la meute. Elle travaille actuellement sur son premier long-métrage de fiction, SARAH PRÉFÈRE LA COURSE (production La Boîte à Fanny), dont le tournage est prévu à la fin de l’été 2012.
Dès sa sortie de l’École Nationale de théâtre, Daniel Thomas s’est illustré à la télévision, au cinéma et au théâtre. À la télévision, il obtient un rôle qui marque le début de sa carrière dans les 2 FRÈRES, téléroman qui a reçu plusieurs prix Gémeaux. Par la suite, il a joué dans UN GARS, UNE FILLE, VIRGINIE, CAMÉRA CAFÉ, ANNIE ET SES HOMMES et récemment, LES RESCAPÉS, LE GENTLEMEN 2 et dans plusieurs sketchs de 3600 SECONDES D’EXTASE.
Au théâtre, on l’a vu dans OPIUM 37 (Espace GO et Théâtre de Quat’sous), LA PREUVE (Compagnie Jean Duceppe), GAME SHOW (Théâtre de Rougemont), alors qu’au cinéma, il est de la distribution du film PEE-WEE. Dernièrement, il était de la websérie HORS D’ONDES et jouera prochainement dans la nouvelle série UN SUR DEUX.
Il est passionné de cinéma en général et de cinéma de genre en particulier. Il pratique aussi les arts martiaux depuis plusieurs années.
Jury Court Métrage Québécois D.I.Y.
Lawrence Côté-Collins est réalisatrice (cinéma et télévision) et directrice de la photographie.
Elle est boursière du Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec pour son dernier court métrage, SCORE, qui a fait partie de la sélection SODEC 2011 au Short Film Corner à Cannes et qui a remporté 2 prix du public jusqu’à maintenant.
Elle a présentement 5 films en circulation dans divers festivals.
Récipiendaire du prix «Meilleur film DIY» à Fantasia 2011 et de «Tourner à tout prix» pendant 2 années consécutives avec ses courts métrages FUCK THAT et CRUDITÉS, au Festival REGARD sur le court métrage au Saguenay 2010 et 2011, elle a aussi gagné plusieurs prix et mention dans divers festivals de courts métrages et concours de création vidéo depuis 2006. Active dans le mouvement Kino depuis 2004, elle a réalisé plusieurs oeuvres indépendantes (fictions, documentaires, essais) au Québec, en France et en Belgique et a fait la direction photo de courts métrages indépendants. Lawrence est présentement en écriture pour son premier long métrage... À suivre!
Artiste autodidacte, François est un réalisateur prolifique d’animation 2D et de stop-motion. Il travaille comme pigiste en infographie/motion graphic et fait partie de l’équipe de création du Moulin à images de Robert Lepage. Membre de Spirafilm depuis plusieurs années, il prend part à divers comités et jurys de l’organisme. Alternant entre politique et fantastique, il a la conviction profonde de pouvoir s’exprimer par son art tout en faisant réfléchir avec humour et intelligence.
Journaliste né à Sherbrooke au Québec en 1949, Paul Toutant a oeuvré au Téléjournal de Radio-Canada de 1973 à 2005 à titre de critique de cinéma et de chroniqueur culturel.
Scénariste, il est l’auteur de la Série Enquête sur les premiers ministres, diffusée à Historia, gagnante du Prix Gémeau 2011 pour la meilleure série documentaire. Il a aussi scénarisé l’Histoire de l’Amérique française en 53 épisodes diffusés à Télé-Québec.
Il fut également membre du Comité pour la survie du Festival des films du Monde de Montréal.Dès sa sortie de l’École Nationale de théâtre, Daniel Thomas s’est illustré à la télévision, au cinéma et au théâtre. À la télévision, il obtient un rôle qui marque le début de sa carrière dans les 2 FRÈRES, téléroman qui a reçu plusieurs prix Gémeaux. Par la suite, il a joué dans UN GARS, UNE FILLE, VIRGINIE, CAMÉRA CAFÉ, ANNIE ET SES HOMMES et récemment, LES RESCAPÉS, LE GENTLEMEN 2 et dans plusieurs sketchs de 3600 SECONDES D’EXTASE.