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  • Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | Online or in person - December 13, 2021 - December 15, 2021 - 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | Online or in person

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    Alternative Approaches to Documentary Filmmaking | Online or in person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    13 December 2021 - 15 December 2021
    6 pm - 8 pm


    Monday December 13th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. & Wednesday December 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Workshop in two parts
    Online (2x2h) or in person (2x3h)

    Instructor | Miryam Charles (Deuxième génération, Les Temps)

    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

    * The workshop will be held online or in person. Participants will be notified one month prior to the workshop date.


    Miryam Charles

    Miryam Charles is a director, producer and director of photography 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 which have been presented in various festivals in Quebec and internationally. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary Cette maison (Talents en vue, SODEC) on short fiction film Au crépuscule (SODEC créateurs émergents), a fantastic series X (Banff/Netflix Diversity of Voices + Trio Orange) as well as a feature-length fiction film Le marabout (La forge Québec cinéma/Netflix + Voyelles Films).

  • Distribution Strategies | Online - November 2, 2021 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Distribution Strategies | Online

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    Distribution Strategies | Online

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    2 November 2021
    6 pm - 9 pm


    Tuesday November 2nd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    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

    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 Screenwriting | Online or in person - December 7, 2021 - December 8, 2021 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Documentary Screenwriting | Online or in person

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    Documentary Screenwriting | Online or in person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    7 December 2021 - 8 December 2021
    6 pm - 9 pm


    Tuesday December 7th from 6 p.m to 9 p.m & Wednesday December 8th from 6 p.m to 8.30 p.m | Two-part workshop

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

    Member $75 | Non-member $125


    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.

    It is recommended to send a short synopsis 7 days before the workshop to services@mainfilm.qc.ca.
    Participants will be asked to make a short presentation of their documentary project during the second block.
    Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.
    * The workshop will be held online or in person. Participants will be notified one month prior to the workshop date.

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    Jean-François Lesage
    After studying law, Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. At the end of the 90s, everything changed: shaken by the discovery of Chinese cinema, he flew to Beijing. He lived there for six years and made his first creative documentary, Sweet Nights Sour Nights (2004), then with his brother Philippe Lesage, How Can You Tell if the Little Fish are Happy? (2009). Back in Montreal, he directed A Mile End Tale (2013), closing film for Visions du Réel 2014, thenA Summer Love (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM. This was followed by The Hidden River (2017), Special Jury Prize Canadian feature at the RIDM, and his sixth film, Prayer for a Lost Mitten (2020), Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Hot Docs.

  • Documentary Sound Creation | Online & in person - November 4, 2021 - November 18, 2021 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Documentary Sound Creation | Online & in person

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    Documentary Sound Creation | Online & in person

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    4 November 2021 - 18 November 2021
    6 pm - 9 pm


    Thursday November 4h, Thursday November 11th and Thursday November 18th from 6 p.m to 9 p.m | Three-part workshop

    Instructor | Soraya Elbekkali (NOOR)

    Member $105 | Non-member $150


    If it is difficult to define sound documentary in an immutable way, it is nonetheless a genre in its own right. Discreet on the airwaves, sound creation is nonetheless being offered a larger place in programming schedules, on radio, in 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.

    * Participants will receive a discounted rate on their equipment needs for 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

    * The workshop will be held online and in person : In person November 4th & 18th and online on November 11th.


    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) and Les voix de Bordeaux-Cartierville. 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.

  • Everything About Documentary Web Series | Online - November 24, 2021 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • Everything About Documentary Web Series | Online

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    Everything About Documentary Web Series | Online

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    24 November 2021
    6 pm - 9 pm


    Wednesday November 24th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Instructor | Denys Desjardins (L’industrie de la vieille$$e, 2031.quebec)

    Members 50$ | Non-members 75$


    Documentary web series are multifaceted works whose genre is in constant renewal. During this workshop, we will discuss the particularities of writing a web series, why and how to deploy a subject on a digital platform in a fragmented way. We will explore new narrative fields without neglecting the importance of digital components that enhance the experience of the audience and broadcasters.

    We will identify the tools needed to create a documentary webseries by taking a concrete look at the creative steps behind the web series L’industrie de la vieille$$e, directed by Denys Desjardins and broadcast on ICI TOU.TV. The digital component that accompanies the web series, 2031.quebec, won a Gémeaux Award this year. A workshop not to be missed!

    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

    Denys Desjardins
    Producer, director, screenwriter and cameraman in the independent milieu and documentary filmmaker at the internationally acclaimed National Film Board of Canada (NFB) since 1992, Denys Desjardins managed to find time for his initial career as a college professor in film theory and production spanning 15 years. Inspired by the likes of Russian film icon Dziga Vertov and Quebec silver screen legend Pierre Perrault, his first theatrical release under his production house Centaure Films, The Doll Lady caught the eyes of the Quebec Critic’s Association (AQCC), earning him the AQCC-Telefilm Canada Best Documentary Short in 1996 and landing him a director residency at the NFB. 20 films, 10 awards, and a few decades later, his works in documentary and fiction have made it to the big screen and traveled the international film festival circuit, earning him a reputation as a thought-provoking and militant supporter of Quebec cinema.

  • SODEC Grant Writing | Online - December 1, 2021 - 6 pm - 9 pm
  • SODEC Grant Writing | Online

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    SODEC Grant Writing | Online

    Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

    Date / Heure
    1 December 2021
    6 pm - 9 pm


    Wednesday December 1st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Instructor | Marie-Michèle Cyr (Parabola Films)

    Members 60$ | Non-members 90$


    This workshop is a must if you are planning to submit a grant application to SODEC’s Emerging Program for documentary film. The instructor will go over the essential elements to include in your application regarding your budget and the application form, as well as different strategies to optimize your application. Complemented by a review of your application in the second part of the workshop, you will have all the information needed to submit a compliant application.

    It is mandatory for participants to read the information document of the SODEC Emerging Program before attending the workshop.

    Please send your application’s files before Sunday November 28th :
    – Your resume (3 pages max),
    – Director’s Notes (1 page)
    – Synopsis (1 page),
    – Budget (if applicable).
    → To send to services@mainfilm.qc.ca

    The participation in the SODEC Information Session of September 23rd is recommended but not mandatory.

    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

    Marie-Michèle Cyr (Parabola Films)

    Marie-Michèle lives and works in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke. She studied film production at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. Since then, she has gained experience as a director, producer, editor and director of photography on independent projects. Curious and self-taught, she is primarily interested in political and poetic ways of thinking about cinema. In 2019, she co-founded Earthbound Futures, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering queer youth. She now works as a documentary film producer at Parabola Films. She is currently producing the feature documentary Con Nhang – Enfants d’encens by Eva-Loan (2023), which received development support from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, CALQ and PRIM. In 2021, Marie-Michèle participated in the SODEC_Lab x CPH:DOX program, with the support of the RIDM Forum.