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Introducing the SODEC Delegation at Hot Docs 2019

Since its creation the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) has taken on a leadership role to help Québec’s cultural enterprises thrive in a changing technological environment, where organizations must adapt to evolving markets, both at home and abroad.

Following that mission, SODEC is working on building a strong documentary industry in Québec and has partnered with the Montréal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) to build a delegation of dynamic producers that will take part in this year’s Hot Docs Industry & Forum.

So, Québec's vibrant documentary community is coming to Hot Docs. These six producers are bringing projects with a strong POV and great storytelling and are ready to jump onto the national and international stage.

Through a customized program of workshops, meetings and networking activities, the six participants will benefit from professional guidance allowing them to expand their network of funding and distribution contacts in English Canada and abroad. The SODEC and the RIDM Forum are happy to be able to count on the expertise of producer Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm) as a mentor to accompany the group.

The producers selected for the 2019 edition of the SODEC_LAB @ Hot Docs 2019 are:

SODEC-19_Karine-Dubois.jpgKarine Dubois, Picbois Productions

Karine Dubois is a producer and the founder of Picbois Productions, which produces socially aware works with mainstream appeal. Karine holds degrees in journalism and political science, and for nearly 10 years she has worked on projects that have achieved local and international success. She believes strongly that documentary films should be widely seen, and takes bold steps to ensure that her company’s productions receive the attention they deserve. Recently, she produced two well-received documentary podcasts: Trafic and Debouttes!. A dynamic entrepreneur, Karine is also actively involved with the community and serves on several boards of directors.

SODEC-19_Andree-Anne-Frenette.jpgAndrée-Anne Frenette, Terre Innue

Andrée-Anne has been working since 2010 as a freelancer in documentary and digital media production. A graduate in Communications (Journalism), she works as a producer at Terre Innue (Teweikan Revived, Josephine Bacon: Call me Human), line producer (Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing), and production manager for various projects (the documentary series Justice, and the documentaries Sortir de l’ombre (NFB) and The Devil’s Trap).

Andrée-Anne's collaborators include Terre Innue, NFB, Téléfiction, Picbois Productions, Productions Flow, Casablanca & Parabola Films.

SODEC-19_Oliver-Higgins.jpgOlivier Higgins, MÖ Films

Olivier Higgins is a biologist by training. His first film, Asiemut (2007), co-directed with his spouse Mélanie Carrier, won 36 awards around the world, was distributed in more than 40 countries and was shown on television networks such as Arte, RTBF, TSR and Al Jazeera. In 2010 the couple founded MÖ FILMS, and their second film, Rencontre, was selected by the National Geographic Society, winning several international awards. Their latest documentary feature, Québékoisie, which explores the complex relationship between Quebecers and First Nations, was named work of the year by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and was nominated for the Jutra awards. Mélanie and Olivier are currently working on Ce que le monde porte en soi, a film about education around the world, and Errance sans retour, a film about a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

SODEC-19_Guylaine-Maroist.jpgGuylaine Maroist, Productions de la ruelle

Guylaine Maroist is a Canadian journalist, musician, scriptwriter and filmmaker. She is well known for her documentary productions such as Gentilly or Not To Be, Time Bombs, The Disunited States of Canada, and God Save Justin Trudeau. In 2011 she received the Governor General’s History Award for Popular History (The Pierre Berton Award) for her documentary series J'ai la mémoire qui tourne (My Memories On a Roll). She is president of Productions de la Ruelle, a documentary film production company in Montreal.

SODEC-19_Andreas-Mendritzki.jpgAndreas Mendritzki, GreenGround Productions

Producer Andreas Mendritzki is a founding member of GreenGround Productions, a Montréal based production company. Recent projects include the feature documentaries Primas, Taming the Horse and In the Waves, which won awards at the Festival des 3 continents, Mar del Plata, Valdivia, RIDM Montreal, DOXA, VIFF and Atlantic Film Festival amongst others; fiction projects A Touch of Spring won Best Film at the Rome ICF, Mon Ami Dino closed the 2016 edition of the Fantasia Film Festival, We Are Still Together premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2016. Upcoming projects include Denis Coté's forthcoming Wilcox.

SODEC-19_Amy-Miller.jpgAmy Miller, Wide Open Exposure

Amy Miller is an award-winning director, producer and writer based in Montréal. Her documentaries have been screened in festivals throughout the world, spanning all continents, and have been broadcast in over two dozen countries. She remains dedicated to creating documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.


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