Regardless of where people live, they are all the same when it comes to life’s fundamental questions and the challenges of our time.
After completing film studies in Paris, Acadian filmmaker Renée Blanchar returned home and began working. In many ways, she is a pioneer not only in the Acadian film community, but also in terms of the place of women in television and film. She was the first Canadian woman admitted to La Fémis, France’s national school of film, through a competitive process. In 1989, she became the youngest jury member in the history of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, under the presidency of Wim Wenders. With respect to fiction, Renée produced a number of noteworthy short films before entering the world of television. She was at the helm of the Belle-Baie TV series for five seasons. To this day she is the only woman to have been nominated for Gémeaux awards for scriptwriting and directing for the same series (2013). As for documentaries, Renée stands out for the strength of her topics and a singular talent for revealing the humanity of the characters in her stories. Raoul Léger, La vérité morcelée (2002) and On a tué l’Enfant-Jésus (2007) have both been named Best Acadian Film at the Festival du cinéma francophone en Acadie. Les héritiers du club (2014) and Nos hommes dans l’Ouest (2017) both opened the FICFA festival and were warmly received. Renée hopes to be able to write and produce all her projects from Caraquet, the French-speaking port community in eastern Canada that she calls home.
To create work that is moving, resonates with people, and has its own distinct voice. To be self-aware yet open to the experience of others. To show leadership, be innovative and share one’s talent. To be firmly rooted yet fully open.
Trained in the arts and humanities, then in management, Maryse Chapdelaine joined the National Film Board of Canada in the 1980s. She worked on a large number of national and international productions and co-productions as an administrator, then as line producer and finally producer. She took over management of the NFB’s Studio Acadie in October 2011. There, she produced the documentary films of several Acadian filmmakers, including Phil Comeau, Paul Émile D’Entremont, Renée Blanchar, Rodolphe Caron and Louiselle Noël. Her main focus was supporting new filmmakers. In April 2015, she joined Renée Blanchar in the production company ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS to produce documentaries and works of fiction as well as new medias.