forty years of history

As if Jacques Matte, Louis Dallaire and Guy Parent were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year, the success of their shared baby, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival, remains dear to them all.

The three founding members of the festival have been behind the programming and organization of the event for the past 40 years, a rare feat in the film festival world, but they have never wavered in their motivation and passion to bring this iconic and vibrant gathering of moviegoers to life.

Louis Dallaire, vice-president, and co-founder of the festival is thrilled to present the poster celebrating this 40th anniversary and points out that the choice of the artist who inspired this year’s visual was an obvious one. 

“To celebrate this 40th edition, our goal was to feature an artist who has marked the festival over the years and who has contributed to making it a renowned destination in the film world. Gilles was a regular presence at the festival right up until his death. He had a strong bond with both the festival and the region. While we have often showcased his work as a filmmaker, today we are pleased to present Gilles Carle the illustrator, whose pictorial works share the same buffoonish approach as some of his filmic works. “Me at my Finest!” was the perfect slogan for us to mark our 40th anniversary.”

– Louis Dallaire.

Gilles Carle’s films have won 25 Genie Awards and Canadian Film Awards. In 1989, NFB 50 Years won the Short Film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1990, he received the Albert-Tessier Award for lifetime achievement. He was awarded the Jutra-hommage by the Académie des Jutra in 2001. The filmmaker received the medal of the Ordre national du Québec in June 2007 and France honoured his talent by awarding him the Légion d’honneur. An inspired creator, he has made more than a hundred films and various productions (commercials, documentaries) over the course of his career. 

Gilles Carle : an inspiring artist

Born in Maniwaki, but raised in Rouyn-Noranda, Gilles Carle studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Graphiques de Montréal, then literature at the Université de Montréal. He started working as a graphic designer at Radio-Canada in 1955 and joined the NFB team in 1960. In 1965, he directed his first feature film, La Vie heureuse de Léopold Z. Gilles Carle, who passed away in 2009, is remembered by the organization as someone who loved Rouyn-Noranda, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the arts.

Gilles Carle’s film “Jouer sa vie” was presented in the main section of the first edition of the festival, but his participation in the festival did not stop there. He and his wife, Chloé Sainte-Marie, were close friends of the festival. “Thank you for the amazing poster you made from Gilles’ drawing and thank you for your festival. Gilles would have been loved it…”, says Chloé Sainte-Marie.

Once again, this year, Stéphanie Cloutier, graphic designer at LEBLEU Communication humaine, has drawn on the work of Gilles Carle to design the 40th Festival poster. 

Discover the poster here! :

Dates and ticketing information

The 40th Abitibi Témiscamingue International Film Festival will take place from Saturday October 30th to Thursday November 4th, 2021. The Espace court will be held two days before the official opening of the festival, on October 28 and 29, 2021.

Given the current context and government measures, it will not be possible this year to offer the regular support for out-of-town festival-goers who took advantage of our all-inclusive tourist packages. However, the purchase of tickets and passports will be available, and in the next few days we will provide the list of our partner hotels on our website: www.festivalcinema.ca. 

Follow the festival via social networks. The program, as well as ticketing information, will be available in September!


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14 October 2021

For its 40th anniversary, Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival is very proud to present its program of cinematographic productions

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30 September 2021

Rouyn-Noranda, September 28, 2021. – With positive nostalgia emanating from its 40 candles, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival is very pleased to present the opening and closing films of this 40th edition: two moving literary family cinematographic works.

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23 August 2021

The Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival finally reveals the visuals of its 40th edition, a tribute to Gilles Carle, director, filmmaker, and artist.

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