October 17 2018

RIDM showing short film by Jean Jean, the 2018 Regard sur Montréal Filmmaker-in-Residence


Printemps Now! selected for opening screening of
Montreal International Documentary Festival

Jean Jean, the 2018 Regard sur Montréal Filmmaker-in-Residence, will present the world premiere of his short film Printemps Now! at the opening screening of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM). It will be shown prior to the feature doc What Walaa Wants by Christy Garland. This prestigious honour provides an opportunity to showcase the film he produced during the residency. “I was guided at every step of this creative dream. The residency was an amazing opportunity. My goal with this short film was to have viewers experience the spring the way that I did,” said Jean.

Jean Jean. Photo : Adriana García Cruz


Jean Jean and Printemps Now!
Trained at Cuba’s Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (International Film and Television School), Jean Jean is a Haitian-born filmmaker whose credits include three documentaries, most notably Si Bondye vle, Yuli (God Willing, Yuli), released in 2015. Jean conceived of Printemps Now! as a cinematic poem, an audiovisual symphony of Montreal that urges the viewer to reflect on what’s real. Inspired by films such as Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Walter Ruttman, 1928) and Rain (Joris Ivens, 1929), Jean produced a portrait of Montreal from the perspective of a newcomer adapting to life in their adoptive country. He also wanted to explore the passage of time in the transition from winter to spring, and to give the city new meaning based on how it’s seen by an outsider. Using images of Montreal, its day-to-day rhythms and its inhabitants, this film joins the city symphony documentary genre, which employs experimental or poetic techniques to capture daily urban life.

The fourth edition of the Regard sur Montréal Film Residency is a collaborative undertaking of funding partners from three levels of government, whose goal is to expand the presence of culturally diverse professional filmmakers in film and television production. Cultural diversity is of particular importance to Montreal’s artistic development and is a recognized factor in promoting the city around the world. The residency is valued at nearly $65,000 and was made possible by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the National Film Board of Canada through its ACIC* program, and Les Films de l’Autre. This year, it also includes a $1,400 grant from the YONDER project.

About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages openness, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.

The mission of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) is to promote and support the development of cultural organizations in the film and television production, publishing, visual arts, art market and music and variety sectors in Quebec and abroad. SODEC also has a mission to protect and promote a portfolio of 31 buildings that reflect the Quebec identity.

About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 18 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access NFB works, visit NFB.caor download our apps for mobile devices.

*ACIC: Independent Filmmaker Assistance Program (NFB French Program)

About Les Films de l’Autre
Les Films de l’Autre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage formal research and freedom of creation in independent film. The centre holds a unique position in Quebec’s cinematic community, bringing together filmmakers who are both producers and directors of their works.


For more information:

Conseil des arts de Montréal
Tania Orméjuste
Director of Communications and Territorial Initiatives
Tel: 514-280-3991

Johanne Morissette
Director of Communications
Tel: 514-841-2314

National Film Board of Canada
Lily Robert
Director, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
Tel: 514-283-3838

Les Films de l’Autre
Annick Nantel
Executive Director
Tel: 514-396-2651