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REGARD – Saguenay Intl Short Film Festival

Next festival:
March 14th, 2018 to March 18th, 2018

Official website
festivalregard.com

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival is one of the most important short film festivals in North America. Each year, the event, which was founded in 1995 in Saguenay (Quebec, Canada) presents around 200 international and Quebec short films. This is a gateway to the Americas for short films and an international launch pad for Canadian cinema.

The magic of  REGARD lies in its atmosphere, in the warm welcome to the international guests and festival-goers, as well as in the diversity of the programming. In addition to the screening sessions, which mainly take place in Chicoutimi and Jonquière, a plethora of activities surround the event. Moviegoers and laymen appreciate what has made the success of REGARD for two decades:

● Festive cabaret, open every night
● Outdoor screenings
● Special projects
● Short Film Market, open to the public
● Carte blanche given to a foreign festival
● Panorama on a foreign national cinematography
● Sessions adapted to schools, families, and teenagers

Each year, Festival REGARD, which is recognized by its peers, gathers about 300 professionals (directors, producers, domestic and international purchasers, distributors, journalists, screenwriters) who present their films to the public or participate in the activities (workshops, panel discussions, master classes, etc.) of the Short Film Market.

COMPETITIONS & AWARDS

REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival is the host of an official competition and of a parallel competition including also a thematic selection. Scholarships and services worth over $70 000 CAD will be presented to laureate filmmakers. Grand Prizes at the official competition are eligible to OSCAR®. REGARD’s jury consists of six (6) different juries that will award the competition prizes.

GRAND PRIX INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Highest distinction awarded by the professional jury to an international short film in the competition (excluding Canadian films). This award recognizes the exceptional quality of one international film based on the creativity of the artistic approach, the pertinence of the subject and the originality of content and form. 

GRAND PRIX NATIONAL AWARD
Highest distinction awarded by the professional jury to the best Canadian short film in the competition. This award recognizes the exceptional quality of one Canadian film based on the creativity of the artistic approach, the pertinence of the subject and the originality of content and form.

AUDIENCE AWARD
All Canadian and international films are eligible for this award, which spotlights the high quality of one particular film that made an impact on the imagination of our festival attendees.This jury committee is made up of five film enthusiasts from Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean who are not film industry or communications professionals. Chosen by the Festival’s team based on a letter of interest.

YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD
All Canadian and international films of the young audience (2-17 years old) film section are eligible for this award, which spotlights the high quality of one particular film of the section. This jury committee is made up of three high school students  from Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

CRITIC’S AWARD (International competition)
All internaational  films are eligible for this award, which spotlights the high quality of one particular film of the international competition. This jury committee is made up of three critics from Quebec that are involved directly within the film industry of the province. 

 

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD (QUEBEC)
This award is given to a film selected by the professional jury and recognizes the extraordinarily high quality of a Quebec short film in the competition, based on the excellence of the direction and cohesion between content and form.

BEST SCRIPT AWARD (FRENCH CANADIAN)
Awarded by the professional jury to the best French language Canadian short film. This award recognizes the exceptional qualities of a Canadian screenplay that has created a coherent universe distinguished by precise, original writing. * recipient must be a member of SARTEC.

BEST ANIMATION FILM AWARD
This award is given to a film selected by the professional jury to the best animated short film, all countries eligible to enter. This award recognizes the director’s unique artistic vision as well as the superb quality of the images. 

BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Awarded by the professional jury to the best documentary short film of the competition. This award recognizes the accuracy of a daring direction with a rigorous approach.

SHOOT NO MATTER WHAT! AWARD
This award is given to a film selected by the professional jury and recognizes the best “no-budget” Quebec short film distinguished by its bold style and the director’s exceptional, innovative cinematic talent.

CREATIVITY AWARD
Awarded by the professional jury to a short film of the competition that moved, amazed or stunned the audience with its inventive ideas, pushing further the limits of the usual techniques.

FESTIVAL CENTER

ADMINISTRATIVE ADDRESS
114, rue Bossé
Chicoutimi Québec
G7J 1L4

CONTACT EMAIL
info[at]festivalregard.com

FESTIVAL SHOWS...
Live-action shorts
Animated shorts
Documentary shorts
Experimental shorts
Music videos
Live performances
Exhibitions
Lectures, seminars, masterclasses, ...

MAXIMUM SHORT FILM DURATION: 45 minutes

FESTIVAL HAS AN ENTRY FEE
$30 CAD non-refundable submission fees are applicable from June 1st to October 15th of each year. The fees increase to $45 CAD from October 15 to November 1st (deadline). Submission will be validated once all fees have been paid and the form completed.

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