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  • All About Documentary Series | In person - October 20, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • All About Documentary Series | In person

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    All About Documentary Series | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    20 October 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Félix Rose (Le Dernier Felquiste)

    Members 50$ | Non-members 75$


    The documentary series is a genre that filmmakers and audiences are turning to more and more. At the crossroads between different narrative formats, how is the creation of a series established? In this workshop, you will learn the differences between writing a short or feature documentary and a fragmented work, the various styles and structures of series and the basics of writing and directing this genre of documentary. The course will be based on the series Le Dernier Felquiste, written and directed by Félix Rose in order to learn about examples of produced and broadcast works.

    Trailer: Le Dernier Felquiste

    Watch all the episodes on Qub

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Félix Rose

    Passionate about history, Félix Rose developed a political and social conscience at an early age. As a teenager, he fell in love with direct cinema and the work of Pierre Perrault. After studying film and television, he began his career as an editor and scriptwriter with the web series Temps mort (2010-2012). He then began directing with the documentary Avec la gauche (2014), which follows the election campaign team of a Québec solidaire candidate. In 2017, he co-directed the documentary Yes (with Eric Piccoli), in which a Quebec artist goes to meet the Scots on the eve of their referendum on sovereignty. In 2020, he directed the documentary Les Rose, the culmination of a personal quest to better understand the past of his father, the felquist Paul Rose, and his family. That same year, he co-directed a six-part investigative series, Le dernier felquiste (with Flavie Payette-Renouf and Eric Piccoli), about the unsolved assassination of felquist François Mario Bachand and the history of the various networks of the Front de Libération du Québec.

  • Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | In person - December 6, 2022 - December 8, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | In person

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    Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    6 December 2022 - 8 December 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Miryam Charles (Cette Maison, Les Temps, Deuxième génération)

    Members 90$ | Non-members 120$


    Participants will discover unconventional forms of documentary, including collage, cinéma vérité and experimental documentary, with film examples to illustrate each approach. Topics such as aesthetics, the use of sound, interview techniques and the connection between the filmmaker and the characters will be explored from a different perspective. The goal of this workshop is to present participants with new approaches to telling their stories in a way that distinguishes them from the rest.

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca


    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Miryam Charles

    Miryam Charles is a director and producer living in Montreal. She has produced and photographed several short fiction films as well as feature films. She is also the director of several short films. Her films have been presented in various festivals in Quebec and internationally. She is currently working on her first feature documentary film This House (Talents en vue, SODEC) and is in development on a short fiction film Au crépuscule (SODEC créateurs émergents), a drama series Jou va, jou vien (Banff/Netflix Diversity of Voices + Trio Orange) as well as a feature fiction film Le marabout (La forge Québec cinéma/Netflix + Voyelles Films).

  • Camera storytelling: Documentary cinematography | In person - December 2, 2022 - December 3, 2022 - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Camera storytelling: Documentary cinematography | In person

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    Camera storytelling: Documentary cinematography | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    2 December 2022 - 3 December 2022
    10 am - 5 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Geoffroy Beauchemin (Boisbouscache, Odyssée sous les glaces, Le semeur)

    Members $210 | Non-members $280
    LIMITED PLACES


    This workshop, both theoretical and practical, will teach you how to effectively compose your images in order to direct the viewer’s gaze and produce the desired aesthetic effect. The different aesthetic approaches, the practical advice on photo direction in a documentary context and the different exercises performed will help you learn to translate your intentions into images with greater dexterity. No time will be spent learning how to use a camera.
    A must in our program!

    Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    You are encouraged to write a short note describing your project / your experience / your expectations for the instructor to guide you best. → Send to services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca


    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Geoffroy Beauchemin

    Born in Montreal, Geoffroy Beauchemin has been working in the film industry for 25 years. As a cinematographer and director of photography, Geoffroy has collaborated on more than 50 documentary projects, most of which are social or environmental in nature. Winner of the “Robert Brooks” award (best feature documentary cinematography) from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) in 2020 for the film “Odyssey Under the Ice”, his work is distinguished by an approach based on direct cinema with a strong interest in listening to and observing reality. The quality of his images in several films and documentary series has been highlighted: “Le semeur” (nominated for best cinematography in a feature documentary, Canadian Screen Award 2015), “Nous autres les autres” and “Manifestes en série” (nominated for best cinematography, Prix Gémeaux 2008). In 2006, Geoffroy made his first film with “Bernard Gosselin, cinéaste ou l’art d’attraper la parole” (Bernard Gosselin, filmmaker or the art of catching the word). Selected at the Visions du réel festival in Nyon, this film tells the story of the career of the cameraman and filmmaker Bernard Gosselin through encounters with his friends.

  • Distribution Strategies | In person - December 1, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Distribution Strategies | In person

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    Distribution Strategies | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    1 December 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructors | Clotilde Vatrinet and Sylvain Lavigne (Les Films du 3 Mars)

    Members 40$ | Non-members 60$


    An essential workshop to understand the complexities of film distribution: self-distribution, festivals, markets, galleries, distributors and online distribution will be covered. The instructors will review the different stages of market distribution, the essential promotional tools, the key players and the potential distribution venues, so that you will be able to put in place a coherent methodology.

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Clotilde Vatrinet (F3M)
    In 2008, Clotilde Vatrinet obtained her Diploma d’Études Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) in Cinema and she left her beautiful region of Lorraine (France) to work on film shoots as a script. Very quickly, her great aspirations took her to Montreal where she settled in 2009. She then joined the KINO movement and became a volunteer while continuing to work as a script and serve coffees. In 2010, she discovered distribution by joining the Films du 3 Mars team, an organization that works to defend Quebec/Canadian auteur cinema. In 2014, she joined the Board of Directors of Ciné Tapis Rouge, an NPO specialized in cinematic exchanges between Quebec and abroad. When she’s not working, she enjoys swing dancing, reading graphic novels and raising awareness for the animal cause.

    Sylvain Lavigne (F3M)
    The world premiere of his first short film, Maudit, took place at the Oslo International Film Festival. What followed was festivals, awards, champagne and showbiz! After graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, he founded the production company Provocateur Films, produced music videos and worked as a director/coordinator on VOLT. Loads of nominations and awards later, Sylvain the filmmaker feeds himself by creating 14 short films while Sylvain the director earns his living on TV. Today, Sylvain is preparing his first feature film and distributes independent auteur and documentary films at Les Films du 3 Mars.

  • Documentary Podcast Creation | In person - November 7, 2022 - November 21, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Documentary Podcast Creation | In person

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    Documentary Podcast Creation | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    7 November 2022 - 21 November 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Monday, November 7th from 6pm to 9pm (in-person theoritical part)
    Monday, November 14th from 6pm to 9pm (in-person practical part)
    Monday, November 21st from 6pm to 9pm (in-person practical part)

    Instructor | Soraya Elbekkali (Les voix multiples, Collectif NOOR)

    Member $105 | Non-member $150
    LIMITED PLACES


    If it is difficult to define the documentary podcast in an immutable way, it is nonetheless a genre in its own right. Discreet on the airwaves, sound creation is nonetheless being offered a greater place in programming schedules, on radio, at festivals or on the Internet. It allows documentary filmmakers to explore new creative avenues and to expand their storytelling. In this workshop, you will learn about the different steps involved in producing a project by integrating various narrative forms. You will learn how to prepare a short interview and choose your equipment. You will also have the opportunity to produce a short form of audio documentary between the three parts of the workshop.

    Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca


    To record audio content, Main Film offers 3 recorders for rent (for a rental fee*):

    – 1 Digital recorder Samson Zoom H5N
    – 2 Digital recorder Sound Device 702T
    – 1 Digital recorder Sound Device MixPre 6

    You are free to use your own equipment if you have one, or even to use a phone recorder if you’re in trouble. For all equipment rental questions at Main Film, you can contact Alexis or Gabrielle at tech@mainfilm.qc.ca.

    *Workshop participants will receive a preferential rate on their equipment needs in this context.


    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Soraya Elbekkali

    Soraya studied journalism at UQAM before quickly realizing that she felt more drawn to the community sector than to the media world. Through her career, her hobbies and her creative projects, she has always cultivated her love and fascination for stories and what they tell us about the world and about ourselves. She first explored storytelling through writing, then since 2017 through audio creation mainly with NOOR, an initiative about the social engagement of Montreal’s racialized and indigenous women, that she co-founded with 3 other young women. Soraya has also collaborated, directed and written several audio projects, including Le Déclic (co-ideation, co-writing), Cultures durables (director of two episodes), Les voix de Bordeaux-Cartierville and Les voix multiples. With the NOOR team and other professional affiliations, Soraya also creates and offers various trainings (audio creation, storytelling, project management, public speaking, etc.), which she approaches as a facilitator and revealer of competencies.

  • Documentary Screenwriting | In person - November 29, 2022 - November 30, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Documentary Screenwriting | In person

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    Documentary Screenwriting | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    29 November 2022 - 30 November 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Jean-François Lesage, screenwriter and director (Prayer for a Lost Mitten, The Hidden River)

    Member $105 | Non-member $150
    LIMITED PLACES


    This six-hour workshop (two 3-hour blocks) will cover documentary screenwriting: the starting hypothesis, the choice of a shooting approach, the intuition of an atmosphere, the characters descriptions, the anticipation of a few key scenes, and the elaboration of a visual and sound treatment. You will be accompanied by Jean-François Lesage who will present examples from his own practice and those of other filmmakers who are exploring new forms of documentary screenwriting. Following this workshop, you will be able to better structure your ideas, define your intentions and successfully convey them while developing your narrative style. The workshop is based on group discussions, excerpt screenings and project analysis.

    Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    It is recommended that you send a short note describing your project no later than November 17th, 2022.
    → To be sent at services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    For more information, please contact services@mainfilm.qc.ca


    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

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    Jean-François Lesage

    After studying law, Jean-François Lesage became a television journalist in Western Canada and then moved to Beijing, where he shot his first film, A Night in China. Since his return to Quebec, he has directed Conte du Mile End, as well as La rivière cachée and Un amour d’été, both of which won awards at RIDM. In 2020, his feature film Prayer for a Lost Mitten won the award for best Canadian documentary at Hot Docs.

  • Interviewing Techniques | Online - October 1, 2022 - 9 am - 12 pm
  • Interviewing Techniques | Online

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    Interviewing Techniques | Online

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    1 October 2022
    9 am - 12 pm


    Instructor | Maxime Faure (Ainsi soient-elles, Les Insulaires)

    Members 50$ | Non-members 75$


    The interview is a crucial step in the making of your documentary film. How do you build the relationship between the director and the protagonists? How do you understand your protagonists in relation to their personalities and their stories? How can the interviews illustrate their uniqueness? What approaches should you choose according to your documentary style? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this workshop in order to best conduct your interviews and make the most appropriate choices for your work.

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Maxime Faure

    Maxime Faure (32 years old) is a documentary film writer-director. After studying cinema in Rennes and then Montreal, he directed his first short film Tricot, Rêve & Révolte ! (2012), selected at the Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec. In 2015, Masquée (2014) is “Coup de coeur du jury” at the Cinéma sous les étoiles festival in Montreal. The following year, he films Intranquille (2016) in Kiev, winner of the “Prix France Culture / Infracourts”. At the same time, he collaborated with Radio France on his first audio documentary: À ne pas croire (2016) and directed the series Unceded Voices (2017), “Audience Award” at the Montreal Feminist Film Festival. Ainsi soient-elles (2019), his first feature film, co-produced by Les films du balibari and Metafilms, is broadcast in several international festivals, on France Télévisions and in Quebec theaters in 2021. Les Insulaires (2021), co-directed in a research and creation residency with architect Adam W. Pugliese, received the “Prix du Public” at the International Political Film Festival.


    Trailer of Ainsi soient-elles 

  • Self Producing Your Documentary | In person - November 13, 2022 - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Self Producing Your Documentary | In person

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    Self Producing Your Documentary | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    13 November 2022
    10 am - 5 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Rozenn Potin

    Members 105$ | Non-members 150$
    LIMITED PLACES


    Planning to make a documentary film on a limited budget, but want to maintain a high production standard? This workshop offers various methods to optimize your resources with a small budget.  From pre-production to post-production, all pragmatic questions will be addressed and very practical examples will be revealed by an experienced documentary producer.

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Rozenn Potin

    With a degree in political science, Rozenn was infected by the Kino gang in 2004! An active member of this movement as well as of the Vidéo Femmes artists’ center in Quebec City, she has made close to fifteen short films. From documentary to fiction, her feminine sensibility and her political curiosity guide her work. In 2011, she released her first medium-length film, Attention Féministes! In 2016 she completed her first feature film Les mondes de Vincent, a sensitive portrait of her brother Vincent, who lives with schizophrenia.

  • SODEC Grant Writing | In person - November 2, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • SODEC Grant Writing | In person

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    SODEC Grant Writing | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    2 November 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Karine Bélanger (Coop Vidéo)

    Members 60$ | Non-members 90$
    LIMITED PLACES


    This workshop is a must if you are planning to submit a grant application to SODEC’s aide à la création émergente in developing phase program for your documentary. The essential elements to include in your application regarding your budget and the application form will be revealed as well as different strategies to optimize your application. Completed by a review of your application in the second part of the workshop, you will have all the information you need to submit a compliant application.

    Participants are asked to read the SODEC’s aide à la création émergente program information documents before attending the workshop.

    Please send your application to services@mainfilm.qc.ca before Monday, October 24:
    – Your resume (3 pages max),
    – Director’s Notes (1 page)
    – Synopsis (1 page),
    – Budget (if applicable).

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Karine Bélanger (Coop Vidéo)

    Karine Bélanger completed a Bachelor’s degree in film studies at the University of Montreal. After working in film restoration, she began working in production. She has been working as a coordinator for the Coop Vidéo de Montréal for several years and in 2016, she signed her first short film entitled Maîtres nageurs. She is currently developing the next short film projects of Miryam Charles and Ariane Roy Poirier.

  • The art of documentary editing | In person - November 15, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • The art of documentary editing | In person

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    The art of documentary editing | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    15 November 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Philippe Lefebvre (La fin des terres)

    Members 50$ | Non-members 75$


    The editing stage can be considered as a rewriting of a film. What about in documentary? How do you assemble images to sublimate the reality of the cinematographic narrative? Through this theoretical workshop, you will discover the multiple techniques and components that contribute to the narrative fluidity of a documentary film.
    The course will be illustrated by concrete examples taken from the filmography of experienced editor Philippe Lefebvre.

    Trailer: La fin des terres
    Watch La fin des terres

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Philippe Lefebvre
    Born in Montreal, Philippe Lefebvre studied scriptwriting, creative writing and film production at UQAM. Editor since he graduated from university in 2015, he has worked on more than 20 fiction and documentary projects, all selected and awarded at a variety of festivals. It was at the National Film Board of Canada that he edited his first feature-length documentary Where the Lands Ends(Loïc Darses) presented as the closing film at the Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma in 2019, and the series Gatherings (Moïse Marcoux-Chabot), nominated at the 35th Gémeaux Awards. In 2020, he was selected, alongside 11 other creators, to be part of the first edition of La Forge Québec Cinéma, a writing residency where he rediscovered his passion for scriptwriting. He is now editing several films, in addition to developing his own projects as screenwriter and director.

  • Web documentary creation | In person - November 8, 2022 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Web documentary creation | In person

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    Web documentary creation | In person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2022

    Date / Heure
    8 November 2022
    6 pm - 9 pm

    Lieu
    Main Film
    2025 Rue Parthenais #301, Montréal, Quebec, H2K 3T2, Québec


    Instructor | Xavier Havitov (Fragments, Madame Fisher)

    Members 50$ | Non-members 75$


    On-demand viewing platforms and social networks are offering more and more documentary content. From interview vignettes to web series, the formats are constantly diversifying and renewing themselves. However, how do you create content adapted to the web? How do you understand and adapt to the numerous broadcasting platforms?
    This theoretical workshop will address the various forms, codes and rhythms characteristic of the web. Learnings will be supported by Xavier Havitov’s productions, such as Fragments (broadcast on Arte) and Madame Fisher (broadcast on Urbania).

    You are encouraged to send a short description of your project if you wish to adapt it for the web.

    Watch Fragments
    Watch Madame Fisher

    The workshop will be given in French but questions may be asked in English.

    For more information, please send an email to: services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    Health measures related to COVID-19:

    • Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the participants. However, Main Film recommends that you wear it at least when you go inside.
    • Participants will be required to disinfect themselves upon entering the center and before touching the equipment. A hydroalcoholic solution will be provided.
    • Participants will be asked to limit their movements.
    • Participants may use the washrooms.

    Xavier Havitov

    Xavier began his professional career in Toronto where he quickly became head producer of children’s content at TFO. While there, he wrote and directed several contents, including the successful TV series Minivers (over 12 million views online). Back in Montreal, he developed an expertise in the conception and production of short formats for web platforms. He created the series Courrier Recommandé for which he won a first Gémeaux award and directed the series Fragments (over 25 million views), Plat Préf, Entre moi et moi and the documentary Madame Fisher for which he won a second Gémeaux award. For television, Xavier directed the second season of the documentary series Louis T veut savoir, the magazine Viens Souper and the youth programs On est rendu là and Curium. Versatile, he is currently working on several documentary, magazine and youth projects.