Monthly Archives: October 2014

Single And Alone? Why Not Take Care Of A Dog In ‘Chef de Meute’ (2012)

One great privilege about living in a bilingual country like Canada is that we have the choice to produce and watch film entertainment in either English or French. This post is my first review of a French-speaking Canadian short film.

‘Chef de Meute’ (Heard Leader) is a 2012 production by writer and director Chloé Robichaud. Filmed in Montreal, it stars Eve Duranceau as Clara, a single woman who becomes the guardian of her aunt’s dog, Jacqueline, after the aunt’s untimely passing. Clara adjusts her single life to take care of Jacqueline, including taking Jackie to obedience lessons and going for walks. Everything changes, however, when Clara and Jacqueline end up in a car accident. Check out the trailer on Vimeo and the link to the entire film on CBC Player:

This film had a good mix of humour and tragedy. Anyone who is or who ever was single could identify with Clara as a single person and her family’s concern for her single state. We witness how her relationship with Jacqueline progresses.  Clara is first oblivious to Jacqueline’s presence on the kitchen table, but later she is playful with the pup in the car. Clara is also amused with an unusual disciplinary method she is supposed to use with Jacqueline. Yet, she blurts it out in a comatose state from her hospital bed. Since the film was produced in French, subtitles in English were provided for the benefit of those who do not know the French language.

‘Chef de Meute’ has been featured at a number of film festivals, including Cannes, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It has also won many awards and was also selected by TIFF as one of its Top 10 short films of 2012.

We hope to see more short films from Chloé. For more information about ‘Chef de Meute’, its cast and crew, go to the film’s official website:



Watch And Enjoy French-Canadian Short Films At Cinémental On October 19

If you’re looking for a way to practice  your French language skills in Winnipeg while enjoying some great Canadian short films, make your way down to the 2014 Short Film Competition at the annual Cinémental festival.

Cinémental is touted as one of Western Canada’s oldest French film festivals. It proudly screens a variety of French-speaking films from Canada, Europe, Africa and from other parts of the world. This year’s short film competition will be held on October 19 at 1 pm in the Antoine-Gaborieau Room at the CCFM, located at 340 Provencher Boulevard.

And…the event is free!


Three categories of French language Canadian shorts will be featured, including amateur, professional and Kino. For a list of the line-up, click on this link:

All of these films will be in French, and some will offer English subtitles. This will be an excellent opportunity to appreciate the various styles of these French-Canadian film makers. Bon festival!

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‘In Passing’ by Alan Miller Wins $45,000 Grand Prize on Short Film Face Off

The final installment of this season’s Short Film Face Off on CBC Television was broadcast on October 4, in which the winner of a coveted $45,000 film production prize was announced at the end of the program. The prize was a combination of a cash award of $30,000 from Telefilm Canada called the Telefilm Canada Short Film Face Off Award, as well as a $15,000 equipment rental package from PS Production Services and SIM Digital. The viewing audience had the final say in which film would win by voting online or via telephone after the September 27th broadcast.

We were re-introduced to the three film makers who were chosen as finalists by the studio audience and panelists throughout the series. They were Alan Powell (‘Sunday Punch’), Adam Goldhammer (‘Jesse’) and Alan Miller (‘In Passing’). All three finalists had one last chance at showing their films, and the panel offered some final parting thoughts about each film.

(Courtesy of Short Film Face Off)
(Courtesy of Short Film Face Off)

Before the winner was announced, we were treated to a visit by Jasmine Oore, the Short Film Face Off champion in 2009. She gave us a sneak preview of her new film, ‘There’s Been A Terrible Mistake’ that she made with the prize money she won that year. The film was based on Oore’s personal experience regarding the aftermath of a car accident that she and her partner were involved in.

Finally, and after much waiting, Francesca Accinelli, Director of National Promotion from Telefilm Canada, joined Steve Patterson with envelope in hand containing the prize cheque. Alan Miller’s ‘In Passing’ was announced by Steve as the 2014 Short Film Face Off winner. Congratulations, Alan.

For those of you who missed the show or who want to watch it again, click on this link:

I had a great time watching Short Film Face Off this season. All of the featured film makers were talented, and their stories were unique and enlightening. I appreciated hearing commentary and analysis from Eli, Michelle, and Mohit about each film. These comments were helpful in teaching the audience about the technical aspects of film making. Steve’s humour kept everyone upbeat, and I liked how he kept the studio audience engaged by asking random members to give their own opinions. I’m looking forward to watching next year’s competition.

A big round of applause goes to the staff and crew who made the show possible. I hope that a 30-minute short film program could be produced and broadcast on CBC that would feature interviews, sneak previews and ‘how to’ tips about Canadian short films. This could be one way to keep these films and the industry visible in the public eye before the next season of Short Film Face Off airs. Any thoughts?