Jason Béliveau is the founder and director of programming at Circuit Beaumont, an auteur movie theatre that opened in Quebec City in 2023. He is also editor-in-chief of the film magazine Séquences and film critic for Nouveau projet, in addition to having hosted for two years the show Projection libre on MAtv. Alongside his work, he is the programmer of the short film competition of the Festival de films francophones Cinemania and is a member of the programming committee of the Festival Regard.
Ileana Dana Darie
Born in Bran, Romania in the shadow of Dracula's castle, Dana graduated in mathematics with a B.Sc. from Transylvania University. She started her 3D animation career in 1999, which led her to Montreal where she first worked as a modeller artist for a couple of film production companies. In 2009, she graduated in Film Animation from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2012, she graduated her Master in Arts at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. She teaches animation to NAD School since 2007. She produced a couple of short animations independently, some selected and awarded in international festivals.
Julia Rosenberg founded January Films in Toronto early in 2005. This boutique production company works with both Canadian and international talent and financing to create feature films, documentaries, and television. January Films has produced, co-produced, or executive produced nine features: Charlotte, starring Keira Knightley; Sundowners, featuring Tim Heidecker; Natasha, written and directed by David Bezmozgis; Omamamia starring Marianne Sagebrecht and Giancarlo Giannini; Real Time, starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel; and the feature documentaries The Bodybuilder and I, winner of Hot Docs Best Canadian Film; Teenager Hamlet, 15 Reasons To Live, and Ben Gurion, Epilogue. Charlotte is January Films’ first animated film.
Earlier in her career, Julia co-produced several notable feature films, including Being Julia, directed by Istvan Szabo and starring Annette Bening, and Jeremy Podeswa’s Fugitive Pieces featuring Rosamund Pike.
A native of France, Delphine Selles-Alvarez has lived in the US for over 30 years. In 2013 she joined FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) in New York as its film curator and shepherded the launch of Animation First in 2018. The festival brings independent animation from French-speaking countries to NY audiences with films, VR, AR and video games. Past guests have included Anca Damian, Michaël Dudok Dewit, Jean-François Laguioni, Michèle Lemieux, and Florence Miailhe. Delphine also programs FIAF’s year-round film series and has curated the first US retrospectives of such artists as Mathieu Amalric, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Jeanne Balibar, and Caroline Champetier.
A decisively independent multidisciplinary artist, Joël Vaudreuil lives and works in Montreal. He is currently directing his first animated feature, Adam change lentement (ParceQue Films, 2023). In addition to directing numerous music videos, he has also made several animated shorts, including La vie magnifique sous l'eau (2015), Le courant faible de la rivière (Jutra award, Guy L. Coté award, 2013), L'enfant aux 6 hot-dogs (2011), Un vortex dans face (Jutra nomination, 2010) and La récréation du midi (2009). His distinctive graphic style has earned him numerous mentions, including a retrospective at the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2017. Joël Vaudreuil is an illustrator who has signed drawings full of wit and sometimes robust humor. He is also a musician and member of the bands Avec pas d'casque, Moussette, Le Diable (comme l'outil) and Cheval Fou.
The 2023 Pitch Session Jury
After studying cinema at Concordia in Montreal and Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris as well as journalism at the University of Montreal, Justine Baillargeon married her professional passions and became a journalist for Qui fait Quoi. In 2017, she left Quebec for France to work for the Cannes Film Festival Market, first collaborating with the Cinando team, the largest database dedicated to film professionals. She then joined the Industry Programs department where she participated in the development of the first edition of the Online Film Market. In 2021, Justine joined the h264 team and became the Director of Distribution.
Producer and executive producer for film and television for over 25 years, Jocelyne Perrier accompanies creators in all stages of development and production of their work. She was a member of the production team for the film The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne (2015) and was the executive producer of the Quebec portion of the film Louise en hiver, a French-Canadian co-production, directed by Jean-François Laguionie (2016).
When Adam Changes is the third feature film produced by David Pierrat. Founder of Parce Que films in 2004, he has produced dozens of films of all type over the past 18 years. We are Gold and Chasse au Godard d’Abbittibbi by Éric Morin and all of Joël Vaudreuil's films are examples of the productions he has released with Parce Que Films.
2023 René-Jodoin Award Normand Roger
The Raoul-Barré Award for the Best Canadian Student Film BEDROOM PEOPLE by Vivien Forsans
The Guy-L.-Coté Grand Prize for the Best Canadian Animated Film RETURN TO HAIRY HILL BY Daniel Gies
Special Jury Award – École NAD-UQAC TWO ONE TWO de Shira Avni
Special Mention of the Canadian Competition A BEAR NAMED JESUS by Terril Calder
Best Character MADELEINE by Raquel Sancinetti
Best Music Video PLOMB by Maude Arès
Best Educational or Commissioned Film OIAF 2022 Signal Film de Winston Hacking
People's Choice Award MADELEINE by Raquel Sancinetti
Award for the Pitch Contest Vivien Forsans for DON JUAN AUX ENFERS
Special Mention Vincent Bilodeau for TREIZE ADOS
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