Cheval Noir Jury
Richard Stanley is a filmmaker, trained anthropologist, ordained priest and lifelong student of the dark arts. As a writer and freelance journalist he has documented conflicts in South Africa, Rwanda, Haiti and Afghanistan, where in the late ’80s he saw action as a mujahedeen, fighting a partisan action against the Russian army. As a film director, his work includes the cyberpunk cult classic HARDWARE (1990), DUST DEVIL (1991) and THE THEATRE BIZARRE (2011) as well as a slew of documentaries, music videos and album covers for bands such as Public Image Limited and Black Uhuru. His contributions as a screenwriter are equally diverse, ranging from THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU (1996) to this year’s sci-fi horror film REPLACE (2017). He describes himself as ‘anational’ and currently lives with his black cat Doozy in the remote Pyrenean enclave of Montségur, where he works as a mountain guide and has assumed a leading role in the Occitan separatist movement.
Chris Bumbray has been a writer for JoBlo.com and its sister site, the genre-oriented Arrow in the Head, since 2007. Over the years, he’s covered many film festivals, including Fantasia, and has been a regular at T I F F and Sundance since 2009. Montreal-based, he’s also a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (B F C A) and contributes on-air reviews to C T V News Channel.
Élie Castiel studied French literature, film and translation at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and received training in library science. He is a film critic and editor-in-Chief of Séquences magazine, now in its 57th year of publication. He holds a Masters Degree from Concordia. His Master Thesis is on the long-take in THE TRAVELING PLAYERS, by Theo Angelopoulos. He was for some time president of the A Q C C (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma), a member organization of F I P R E S C I (International Federation of Film Critics). He has also sat on the juries of several local and international film festivals (Toronto, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Palm Springs…). His film genres: mondo movie, Giallo, Asian Cinema (mostly Bollywood and South Korean cinema), intelligent B-movies, L G B T and guilty pleasures, in fact, totally assumed.
As one of the founders of Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival, Paul Kazee currently serves on the organizations’ board of directors. Paul is also a founder of Dead ‘Til Dawn Drive-In, an annual weekend-long marathon of 35mm horror presented at an upstate New York drive-in movie theatre. Recently, he took over film programming for the Proctors arts center (Schenectady, N Y), after a decade of helping to develop their popular genre film-with-cocktails series. Paul was a regular contributor to Joe Bob Brigg’s We Are the Weird, and has more recently been published in the South China Morning Post, Meniscus and “Hidden Horror,” a collection of genre film essays.
Shelagh Rowan-Legg is a festival programmer, film writer, and academic. She programmed for Toronto After Dark Festival for ten years, and is currently a programmer for FrightFest U K. She is an Associate Editor for ScreenAnarchy, and a critic for Sight & Sound. Her book “The Spanish Fantastic: Contemporary Filmmaking in Horror, Fantasy and Sci Fi” was published in 2016.
New Flesh Award for Best First Feature Jury
President of the Jury
William Lustig is an American film director and producer, best known for his low-budget horror films MANIAC, VIGILANTE, UNCLE SAME and the MANIAC COP series. Lustig has also worked as an actor, playing small roles in his own films as well as in films by Sam Raimi. As of 2009, Lustig is the C E O of Blue Underground; an entertainment company specializing in the release (and frequently, restoration) of underseen horror, cult and grindhouse films on D V D and Blu-Ray He also produced the remakes of his films MANIAC, in 2012, and MANIAC COP, in 2016, the latter co-produced with Nicolas Winding Refn.
Katarina is a Toronto-based writer and producer. She recently produced BIRDLAND, by director Peter Lynch (Project Grizzly), slated for release in 2017. She also served as an EP or co-producer on several features, including Norbert Keil’s REPLACE (2017), Tim Reis’s BAD BLOOD (2016), Jason Krawczyk’s HE NEVER DIED (2015), and others. She has written for many online and print film journals, and her non-fiction essays have appeared in two anthologies from Coach House Books, among other publications. She’s currently developing several films through Ultra 8 Pictures, a production and consulting company which she runs with her husband Colin Geddes.
Jason Gorber is a Toronto-based film journalist and critic. With over two decades of experience writing about the moving image, he is currently the featured critic at Screen Anarchy, appears on C T V NewsChannel’s weekly Sunday movie segment, is a senior critic at Dork Shelf and regular contributor to Birth.Movies.Death, as well as Cineplex.com, Mashable, Indiewire, Esquire and several other prominent sites. Jason appears regularly on C B C Radio, W G N, and has appeared in numerous print publications. Jason holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy, having written his thesis on Film Theory and Criticism. You can follow him on Twitter at @filmfest_ca
An accomplished producer, Joshua Sobel was co-executive producer of Ron Morales’ GRACELAND, a groundbreaking Filipino thriller which was distributed in the US by Drafthouse Films in 2012. He has gone on to Executive Produce Adrián Garcia Bogliano’s Mexican kidnapping thriller, SCHERZO DIABOLICO, and is currently in post- production on his Swedish language follow up, BLACK CIRCLE. Joshua was the Executive Producer of the Argentine anthology, TERROR 5 and most recently produced Xander Robins’ ARE WE NOT CATS, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival’s Settimana Della Critica. In March, he produced Edgar Nito’s feature debut, GUACHICOLERO, which is set to premiere in 2018.
Having graduated with an M B A and a masters degree in Cinema, Antoine Zeind has been involved in the Canadian film industry for almost 20 years. He started his career producing a few shorts before moving to the theatrical releases of films via the organisation of his International Comedy Film Festival from 1999 to 2001. At the same time, he created A-Z Films Inc., a feature film distributor. After that, he joined Famous Players (now Cineplex, the largest network of film theaters in Canada) to organize the opening of a mega film center in the Montreal area. He was recruited by Christal Films Distribution Inc. the largest independent film distributor of Québec of the period as their Marketing and Program Director. In 2005, he dedicated himself fulltime as the President of A-Z Films Inc. in the Canadian territory. A-Z distributes annually up to 70 films from all horizons. In 2014, A-Z films Inc. released “QU’EST-CE QU’ON A FAIT AU BON DIEU?” which was the success of the year for a French film in Canada.
Érik Canuel is a passionate director of film and television. He started his career by founding Kino Films. In 2000, he received the Genie Award for Best Short Documentary for HEMINGWAY: A PORTRAIT, and at the same time he began his career in feature films with LA LOI DU COCHON, NEZ ROUGE, LAST TUNNEL, SURPRISE and LAC MYSTERY. In 2006, BON COP, BAD COP was released. In addition to winning the 2007 Jutra Gold Award and three 2007 Genie Awards, including Best Picture and Gold Reel, BON COP, BAD COP broke all records at the box office. In 2009 and beyond, Érik Canuel shot episodes of FLASHPOINT, LOST GIRL, ROOKIE BLUE, BLOODLETTING & MIRACULOUS CURES, BEING ERICA, BEING HUMAN and COPPER. He wrote and directed BARRYMORE, starring Christopher Plummer. In 2010, he directed and co-produced six episodes of the BULLET IN THE FACE miniseries for IFC. He then directed three episodes of the English adaptation of the series 19-2 on Bravo! That same year, he helmed two episodes of TRANSPORTER II and a film Disney Channel, BAD HAIR DAY. In 2016, he participated in the collective 9, LE FILM, directing the segment “Halte routière.” His most recent effort, RANSOM, is on CBS and Global.
Peter Kuplowsky is a film curator, content producer, writer and hat enthusiast based in Toronto, Canada. Since 2005, Peter has established a career championing genre cinema and outsider art at various international film festivals, including Toronto After Dark, Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness programme. Over the past few years, Peter has helped develop and produce a number of critically acclaimed short and feature films with emerging filmmakers that he supported on the festival circuit as a programmer. His credits as a producer include MANBORG (2011), the concluding segment “Z Is for Zygote” in the anthology film THE ABCS OF DEATH: PART 2 (2014), THE INTERIOR (2015), THE VOID (2016) and the short film adaptation of a Dave Eggers short story, YOUR MOTHER AND I (2016). He also co-hosts the Laser Blast Film Society, a monthly eccentric film series at the Royal Cinema that culminates annually with a contemporary outsider cinema programme entitled What The Film Festival.
Hugues Barbier is a longtime genre films lover who grew up watching Giallos, American Grindhouse and other exploitation films. He’s been involved for over 10 years in the organization and programming of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, and is the co-founder and artistic director of the Ithaca Fantastik, a genre film, music and art festival in central NY state. Hugues worked for four years the Toronto company Raven Banner, where he took care of festival strategy as well as acquisition. He is also executive or associate producer on several films (LOCAL GOD, 2014; MEXICO BARBARO, 2014; JUNE, 2015, GUACHICOLERO, 2017) and now works for MPI Media Group in Los Angeles as assistant producer.
Greg Bailey is the director and producer of the popular animated series ARTHUR, on PBS. He created the ARTHUR series in 1995 and has since directed all 20 seasons including all four of Arthur specials. He previously created and directed the series THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY, POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER and CAILLOU. Greg also worked on LES HISTOIRES DU PÈRE CASTOR (PAPA BEAVER’S STORY TIME), YOUNG ROBIN HOOD, LES OURSONS VOLANTS (THE LITTLE FLYING BEARS), C.O.P.S., LES AMIS RATONS (THE RACCOONS), THE REAL GHOST BUSTERS and MASK. He has worked as an animator in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, and Montreal. Greg resides in Montreal.
Dave Cooper was born in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1967. Dave began his career in the ’90s, making underground comics for Seattle's Fantagraphics Books. His graphic novel “Ripple” sported an introduction by David Cronenberg. At the turn of the century, Dave morphed into an oil painter, showing alternately at galleries in Los Angeles and New York City. Monographs of his paintings had introductions by David Cross, and Guillermo del Toro. Around 2008, Dave turned his attention to the field of animation, ultimately getting two TV shows greenlit: PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET for Nickelodeon, and THE BAGEL AND BECKY SHOW for Teletoon/BBC. His short adult film, THE ABSENCE OF EDDY TABLE, was released in the fall of 2016 and has since won a number of awards internationally. Dave lives in Ottawa Canada.
Nadja Cozic has been active in animation since 1987. Her career is like a comic book by Fritz Lang. After working on series such as LA BANDE À OVIDE and SHARKY ET GEORGES, she became an animator on FIEVEL GOES WEST. After working on LOONEY TUNES in 1992, Nadja went into advertising for a few years, then returned as director at Cinar of series such as THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY, IVANHOE, THE COUNTRY MOUSE AND THE CITY MOUSE ADVENTURES and ANIMAL CRACKERS. After a few projects, Nadja turned to teaching at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal in 2003, but has continued to work sporadically in the field.
Jean Lacombe was born in 1962 and grew up in Trois-Rivières. For more than 20 years, he has created comic books and young-adult novels, including “Fred and Putulik,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Marcello.” When he’s not developing a new story, Jean Lacombe makes cartoons for film and television. Working with various animation studios, he has contributed to a number of series, such as SLUGTERRA, MAX STEEL and STORM HAWKS. For 10 years, he taught in the animation department of the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.
International Short Film Competition Jury
President of the Jury
Director/Writer/Producer, began his career in Chicago with The Legend of Bo Diddley. Then London, England for 10 years, Los Angeles for over 25 years and has now brought two TV series home. Among his more than a dozen feature length films, three are considered classics: Death Line, recently named by BFI as one of the Ten Great British Films by an American Director, Dead and Buried and Vice Squad. He also directed Poltergeist III, Wanted: Dead or Alive and Lisa. Network TV series credits include ABC’s Missing Persons, Showtime’s Poltergeist: The Legacy and A&E’s The First 48: Missing Persons.
Aisling Chin-Yee is a writer, producer, and director with Fluent Films. She produced the award winning films, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, The Saver, Inside these Walls, Three Mothers, Sorry, Rabbi, and the series Lost Generation. She wrote and directed the short films, Sound Asleep, Synesthesia, and Five Stories. Aisling is currently in development for her feature drama The Day Between, and will produce the film and television adaptions of best selling novels, Us Conductors and The Party Wall.
Ina Pira is the newest member of Vimeo's Curation team. Prior to her job at Vimeo, Ina worked as a Senior Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. In addition to her programming duties, Ina has helped manage and select scripts for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and other year-round programs.
Fantastiques week-ends Jury
Isabelle Giroux est diplômée du Cégep de Drummondville en chant, et The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, à Los Angeles, en cinéma et comédie musicale. UDA et ACTRA, vous pouvez la voir quotidiennement dans le rôle de Crinoline, dans l'émission jeunesse "Salmigondis", sur les ondes de Radio-Canada et Télé-Québec. Vous pouvez aussi la voir aux côtés de Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge dans "Ruptures", jouant son épouse atteinte de la SLA. Autrement, vous l'avez peut-être vu dans le film français de Ramzy Bédia, "Hibou", ou encore à la télévision dans "Mensonges III",... et plus encore. Pour les fans de comédies musicales, elle a foulé les planches du théâtre St-Denis à Montréal plus d'une fois avec "Grease", "Hairspray" , "Le Petit Roy" , et "Le Big Bazar". Hyperactive du milieu, elle crée aussi de l'autre côté de la caméra, ayant réalisé plusieurs courts-métrages au sein de Kino Montréal. Elle fait maintenant parti des membres du Conseil d'administration de l'organisme.
Pierre-Marc Drouin se distingue par son style fougueux et percutant. En tant que romancier, il publie Si la tendance se maintient (2010), nominé au Prix Senghor du premier roman francophone à Paris, et Mile End Stories (2011). Comme scénariste, on lui doit entre autres la série Le Siège, qui paraîtra sous peu à Radio-Canada, et la websérie Thomas est nerveux (2015), qui lui vaut des nominations à Série Mania en France, aux Numix et aux Gémeaux. Ses courts-métrages Premiers soins (2015), Une Formalité (2016) et Poissons de mars (2017) connaissent beaucoup de succès à travers le monde. Une Formalité, qu’il co-réalise, s’est d’ailleurs mérité de nombreux prix dans les festivals.
Jason Béliveau est le directeur de la programmation de l'organisme de diffusion cinéma Antitube à Québec. Membre de l'Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma, il collabore au magazine Spirale, à l'émission radiophonique Situation critique sur les ondes de CRKL 89,1 et à l'émission Projection libre sur la chaîne MAtv. Il est présentement président du conseil d'administration du festival fantastique Vitesse Lumière.
AQCC - Camera Lucida Jury
President of the Jury
Donato Totaro is the editor-in-chief of Offscreen, the oldest online film magazine ever, established in 1997. He has been a part-time professor of Film Studies at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) since 1990, and has also published numerous articles on horror cinema and other subjects, among others in “ReFocus: The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky” (forthcoming), “Cult TV” (2010), “100 European Horror Films” (2007), “The Cinema of Japan and Korea” (2004), “Fear Without Frontiers” (2003), “Eaten Alive!: Italian Cannibal and Zombie Movies” (2002) and “South American Cinema: A Critical Filmography 1915-1994” (1996).
Paul Landriau is the founder of the film blog Point de vues and program director of the film festival Plein(s) Écran(s). A passionate film lover and voracious reader, he is currently completing his master's degree at the University of Montreal, where he specializes in contemporary Japanese cinema. He has participated in dozens of shorts, covered numerous festivals here and elsewhere, and has convinced an monumental number of spectators to watch THE RAID 2.
Jean-Marie Lanlo is vice-president of AQCC, editor-in-chief of Cinéfilic.com, a critic for Séquences magazine and editor of the L'instant ciné collection published by L’instant même. The juries in which he has previously participated in Fantasia have in the past rewarded great films such as THE WEIGHT (Jeon Kyu-hwan), UGLY (Anurag Kashyap) and WE ARE THE FLESH (Emiliano Rocha Minter). He's looking forward to seeing what's next on the list.
President of the Jury
Pascal Grenier graduated in Film Studies from the University of Montreal, and worked for the Fantasia festival as a programmer for a few years. Advisor on the administration committee of the Quebec Association of Film Critics (AQCC), he has been a regular contributor to Séquences for more than 15 years. An omnivorous film hound and compulsive collector, he is a member of the editorial board of the cinefilic.com website. He has also been selected five times for an International Critics’ Jury (FIPRESCI).
Passionate about cinema since childhood, Mathieu Houle-Beausoleil completed a master’s degree in research and creation on cinema. He was interested in the work of directing in contemporary realist cinema. His research therefore goes hand in hand with his many creations. In 2012, he began a series of five short films about Generation Y. Among them, PERVERS and ÉGOÏSTE were presented at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 2013 and 2014. He now dedicates his time to the development of a web magazine about film, 5INQ, and began a career as a critic while developing another cinematic project, PARIAS.
Maxime Labrecque is a PhD student and lecturer in the Department of Cinematographic Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is a member of the AQCC and editor for the journal Séquences, Voir and collaborator at CIBL 101,5. He was a member of the jury for Fantasia, the FNC and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR).
Barry Convex Award for Best Canadian Feature Jury
Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and owner/artistic director of Spectacular Optical. She is the author of “A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi” (FAB Press, 2007) and “House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films” (FAB Press, 2012), co-edited “KID POWER!” and “Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s” with Paul Corupe, and is the publisher of “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin” and the forthcoming “Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television.” She is currently writing a book about Monte Hellman’s COCKFIGHTER.
Director George Mihalka is known for the ease with which he moves from drama to comedy in theatrical features and television, in English and French. George’s work has been honoured with over 50 nominations around the world. His latest creation 24 HOUR RENTAL, a caustic gangster satire, aired on Superchannel to rave reviews. His international features include the cult horror classic MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and BULLET TO BEIJING, starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon. THE BLUE MAN won the prestigious Audience Award at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Fest in France. In Quebec, he is known for the box office hits LA FLORIDA, L’HOMME IDEAL, LES BOYSLV, and the smash hit TV series SCOOP, OMERTA, and L’HAUTE SURVEILLANCE.
Buck was working as an airport electrical engineer in New York City when he made a splash on the genre festival circuit with his notorious short films CUTTING MOMENTS (1997), HOME (1998), and PROLOGUE (2003). His 2007 feature film SISTERS, a remake of the Brian De Palma cult classic starring Chloe Sevigny and Stephen Rea, was described by Variety as “a worthy partner to his predecessor's famously violent slasher thriller.” Buck has also edited a number of features, including the documentary LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY'S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.