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Cinémental's 23rd Edition a Great Success

Held from October 17 to 19 and October 24 to 26, Cinemental’s 23rd edition was a great success. Over 2 000 people came to see this year’s best French-language films as part of Manitoba’s French-language film festival.Cinemental 2014

Belle and Sébastien, Serial (Bad) Weddings, FM Youth, The Outlaw League, Mommy, Chinese Puzzle, My Summer in Provence, Me, Myself and Mum, 1987 and An Eye for Beauty were among the audience’s favourites. Here is a list of the prizes that were awarded by Cinemental:

The Gerbe d’or, or people choice award for best feature film, went to

Directed by William Sineux, this funny yet moving road-movie documentary charmed the Festival’s audience and took them on a ride to discover, along with a young Frenchman, Manitoba’s unique bilingual music scene, history-steeped French-speaking community, and outstanding landscapes. The winner received a special certificate.

The Épi d’or, or people choice award for best short film, was granted to

Professional category:       CANCUN by Isabelle A. Girard (independent production)
  A bold and clever fiction with a sense of surprise

Amateur category:            VICTOR PERRIN by Miguel Gauthier (local independent production)
A touching documentary on a well-known Franco-Manitoban  

Kino-Manitoba:   JE T’AI VU by Dominique Nadeau, Sara Barnabé and Mohamed Rakbi

The Cinémental Award for best short film was granted by the Festival’s jury, composed of Lorraine Bazinet, Bertrand Nayet and Norman Dugas. The award came with a $400.00 (professional category) or $100.00 (amateur and Kino-Manitoba categories) cash prize. Winning films will also be available for viewing on Cinemental’s website for one year (

Professional category:      DEMAIN ET L’AUTRE D’APRÈS
This fiction by Francis Labelle (INIS), which tells the story of a fall and ensuing redemption in seven minutes, was chosen for the soundness of the directing and acting.

Amateur category:           CARNAVAL
This fresh and funny independent animated film by Manitoba’s Sophie Dumontier impressed the jury with its great stylistic constancy.

Kino-Manitoba:              JE REFUSE DE VOIR LA VIE EN NOIR
Filmmakers Amine Ellatify and Kalidou Sané managed to demonstrate how life can bring us down or lift us up.

Cinémental invites you to watch all the winning entries on our site!


In addition, over 5,200 students attended screenings of A Monster in Paris and Gabrielle as part of Cinemental 2014’s school program.

Cinemental would like to thank its audiences and guests Stéphane Oystryk, William Sineux, Julie Hivon, Jean-Carl Boucher,Yves Jacques, and François Lemieux and Julie Demers from Québec Cinéma. A big “thanks” to the board members as well.

See you all next October for Cinemental’s 24th edition!

Cinemental is grateful to its sponsors and partners for their help and financial support. Thank you to the Bureau de l’éducation française, Telefilm Canada, Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection, Radio-Canada Manitoba, SAIC’s Bureau du Québec à Toronto, Manitoba Hydro, La Liberté, the CCFM, Québec Cinéma and 233-Allô.