Saguenay international
short film festival

The country’s biggest short-film market is turning 20!

Two decades ago, Éric Bachand came up with the idea. Ever since, we’ve been keeping the flame alive and growing the event, which considerably enhances the experience of people who attend REGARD.

How do we do it?

This year, we’re welcoming more than 30 guests from outside Quebec, as well as the 400 or so Canadian professionals who will be here for the festival. Half of them will get the chance to meet at one of our Networking breakfasts, while 30 up-and-coming professionals will have the opportunity to attend SODEC’s specialized networking activity, the Maillage.

We’ve got a variety of initiatives, for example for regional productions: 15 producers from outside Quebec’s large cities will get together to brainstorm solutions and tools for improving their working conditions. At the Think Tank activity, representatives of Canadian festivals will explore ways in which we can build stronger ties and build a better network, the better to make short films thrive throughout the enormous country that is Canada. 

Our festivalgoers will also be treated to a fine selection of free and public activities, from a session demystifying the grant application process to a panel on colour grading, a discussion on literary adaptation and an One-on-one with Kathleen McInnis – to name just a few. 

And don’t forget to include our trivia night in your calendar. The Quiz des 20 ans du Marché will mark our first two decades by gathering the public for the joy of smashing the buzzer as they test their movie knowledge!

It’s going to be something else – check out the program!


Anne-Marie Cadieux

Anne-Marie is acclaimed for her acting in Quebec and internationally due to her active career in theatre, film and television. Praised by critics and audiences alike, she has won numerous prestigious honours, attesting to her talent and her commitment to Quebec’s arts scene.

In the theatre, she has worked with high-profile directors such as Robert Lepage, Brigitte Haentjens, Serge Denoncourt, Dominic Champagne and Lorraine Pintal.

Her many film credits include a noteworthy debut in Le confessionnal, followed by Nô, both directed by Robert Lepage. More recently in Les douze travaux d’Imelda (The 12 Tasks of Imelda), Les hommes de ma mère (My Mother’s Men), Solo and Anna Kiri Superstar

AM Trépanier
Artist, researcher and cultural worker

AM Trépanier is an artist, researcher and cultural worker who lives in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. She works as a digital mediator of cinematic heritage (Wikimedian in residence) at the Cinémathèque québécoise. She recently completed a masters in media studies at Concordia University. Her  thesis examined the critical appropriation of the web and digital technologies by Montreal-based cyberfeminist artists’ groups in the 1990s. Since 2018, she has co-directed Cigale, an editorial platform dedicated to the publication of artists’ writings.

Catherine Léger
Playwright, screenwriter and producer

Catherine Léger is a playwright, screenwriter and producer with Amérique Film. Her film writing credits include Babysitter (2022), directed by Monia Chokri, and Charlotte a du fun (2018), directed by Sophie Lorain. She also adapted Geneviève Pettersen’s novel La Déesse des Mouches à feu (2020), directed by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette.

Chloé Varin

Chloé Varin has written some 30 books, most of them for young readers. Before publishing her first novel in 2008 she was an actress, bookseller and literary columnist. She now dedicates herself to a wide range of ambitious writing projects, from illustrated books À qui la frite?, Blanche comme un drap to teen novels La théorie ratée de l’évolutionCastingPlanches d’enferDali and comic books Vendredi 13, short stories Mystères à l’école, Oups! Mauvaise fenêtre and a podcast Rôties mystères. For 15 years she has been organizing classroom events from preschool to university, meeting around 4,000 students each year across Quebec and in francophone communities in the rest of Canada. Jules au pays d’Asha is her first literary adaptation of a cinematic work.

Eric Denis
Co-founder and senior colorist at Studio Element

Eric has accumulated 25 years of experience in post-production. He began his career in 1999 at Technicolor as a video editor and he discovered his passion for color grading in 2002 during a film color grading training on a DaVinci 2K system. His career took a decisive turn in 2005 when he co-founded STUDIO ELEMENT in Quebec with Jean-François Dugal. He has been actively involved in the democratization of digital color grading and the studio gained recognition for its quality work and professionalism. In 2011, this reputation was solidified when the studio was selected to handle the color grading and finishing of an IMAX 3D film in 70 mm. Eric primarily serves as the senior colorist but also leads a team of twenty-five individuals within the studio.

Étienne Galloy
Actor and filmmaker

Étienne Galloy met screenwriter Éric K. Boulianne in 2011, and that’s where it all started. A bromance developed between the pair, eventually leading them to Cannes with the short film Petit Frère (2013), then to Venice with the feature film PRANK (2016) and Baie-Saint-Paul with another feature, Avant qu’on explose (2019).

Étienne is one of the youngest recipients of support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. He co-wrote, co-directed and co-produced his first feature, La Marina, in 2019; the film is distributed by Les Films Opale. Étienne is developing several personal projects as writer/director, including an adaptation of the novel Quand on aime la mauvaise personne, difficile de trouver la bonne by Édith Chouinard, produced by Panache Films. His television credits include the series Lou et Sophie, Les bracelets rouges, Plan B (season 4) and Haute Démolition.

Julia Minne
PhD candidate and coordinator of the Common Knowledge Initiative in Cinema at the Cinémathèque québécoise

Julia Minne is a doctoral candidate at the Université de Montréal in communications and at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in plastic arts, as well as being a partner and coordinator of the project Savoirs communs sur le cinéma supported by the Cinémathèque québécoise. Her thesis examines the terms of access to Quebec feminist audio-visual archives by studying the applicability of a new theory of the commons. In 2016 she completed a master’s degree in film studies at Université Paris VIII. She has also worked at the Cinémathèque québécoise as a guest programmer and curator for the exhibition “Silence, elles tournent,” presented in July 2018.

Kathleen McInnis
Programmer, publicist and producer

Kathleen has over three decades experience as Publicist, Producer and Festival Programmer/Director. She began her festival career at the Seattle Int’l Film Festival as Senior Programmer before going to Palm Springs ShortFest as Film Curator and then Festival Director. She shaped the first-ever international section of ShortCuts at TIFF; programmed international shorts at Hot Docs, and served as Artistic Director of Aspen ShortsFest. She has consulted with Tribeca short film programming and currently consults with Kortfilmfestivalen (Norway) as industry liaison. Kathleen also created and curates the unique SIFF’s New Works-in-Progress Forum.

As Co-Producer / Producer, her recent films include Retablo (Peru), Fantastic Machine (Sweden), Birdhouse (Netherlands) as well as End of the Road (Serbia). As publicist, she helps emerging filmmakers merge their creative and business development at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto.

Martin Gaumond
Co-founder and lead colorist of Outpost MTL

Martin, the co-founder and lead colorist of Outpost MTL, is a prominent figure in Montreal's post-production scene. With over a decade of experience, he excels in marrying the technical aspects of digital image capture with the art of color grading. His passion for this craft led to the establishment of Outpost T MTL, aiming to bring high-end post-production services to the Canadian market.

Renowned for his keen eye for detail and narrative-enhancing color work, Martin has made significant contributions to various films, TV shows, and ads. At Outpost MTL, he leads a team of skilled professionals, creating an environment where creativity and technical precision thrive. Martin's work not only displays his expertise in color grading but also his commitment to elevating Canada's digital post-production industry.

Myriam Verreault
Director, writer, producer and editor

For 20 years, Myriam has been a director, writer, producer and editor of both fictional and documentary works. She creates for film, television and digital media. Some of her most notable credits include the films À l’ouest de Pluton (2009) and Kuessipan (2019), which were both acclaimed around the world.

Sara Bourdeau

Sara Bourdeau is a filmmaker from Rivière-Ouelle in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, where she founded her production company, Boucane films, in 2020. Sara's short films include Du bon usage de l'amitié, L'Heure bleue, L'Odeur après la pluie and Roseline comme dans les films.

Vickie-Lynn Roy

Vickie-Lynn has had the privilege of working as a colorist for over 20 years. No one could have predicted her professional trajectory when she was studying in ATM (Media Arts and Technology) in the nineties. She who dreamed of working on movie sets reinforced her fond interest for the technical side of productions during her studies. She was at the right place at the right time and in the best disposition when the DI revolution took over the world at the beginning of the century. While training artists and technicians it became clear that her affection for technical challenges was mutating into a passion for images, both of which were inherent parts of her being for as long as anyone can remember. Currently based in Montreal, Vickie-Lynn continues to collaborate to a colorful and diversified array of projects both here and internationally.