October 1st to November 5


For the entire month of October, until November 5, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue libraries are encouraged to select books from their collections that focus on cinema (filmmaker biographies, screenplays, theoretical essays, novels that were adapted to the screen, etc.) and to put them in a display set up especially for the occasion.

To find out which libraries are participating, visit the Schedule/Events section of our website.

Offered in collaboration with the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Nord-du-Québec Library Network


October 28 to November 6


Passerelle culturelle de l’hôtel Gouverneur Le Noranda

41, 6e Rue, Rouyn-Noranda


Since its inception, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival has been known for its strong image and posters that are often inspired by the works of famous artists.

De l’œuvre à l’affiche is an exhibition that will expose the public to the original works of local artists and the posters they have inspired.

Come and see the works of Louis Brien, Martha Julien, Rock Lamothe, Lee Lovsin, Virginia Pésémapéo-Bordeleau and Brigitte Toutant.


Saturday, October 29



13 H Bibliothèque municipale de Rouyn-Noranda

201, avenue Dallaire



A film project always begins with writing and telling a story in writing is both similar to and different from telling a story with images. For these reasons, the Cinéma se lit project will allow high school and college students and adults to meet the children’s author, blogger and novelist, Sophie Bienvenu, and discuss novels, poems and screenplay writing. The public can also participate in a short workshop on adapting literature into a screenplay for a film. With the director, Léa Pool, Sophie Bienvenu co-wrote a screenplay adaptation of her novel Et au pire, on se mariera.


16 H Centre d’exposition de Rouyn-Noranda

201, avenue Dallaire


In collaboration with the Cinémathèque québécoise and the Centre d’exposition de Rouyn-Noranda.

Primarily an advertising medium but also a form of artistic expression, posters are tools for creating film legends and collectibles souvenirs. For many, they are the badge of the cinephile, while for others, they are a symbol of group membership or identification with a trend, genre, or style.

The exhibition includes 30 original posters that were preserved by the Cinémathèque québécoise. This visual journey through thirty years of Hollywood cinema’s history starts from its heyday and continues until the advent of the new Hollywood in the 1960s.



By popular demand, the short films are back on tour this year. A selection of short films selected from those offered at Espace court and the regular program will be presented in four cities in the region. This selection includes two films by local artists: No Highway by Virgil Héroux Laferté and Une nuit by Serge Bordeleau.


19 h Barbe Broue

69, rue Sainte-Anne



20 h La P’tite bouteille

39, 1re Avenue ouest


Sunday, october 30


11 H Centre de Congrès de Rouyn-Noranda

41, 6e Rue, Rouyn-Noranda

$23 for everyone (includes the brunch)


The Festival returns this year with its popular conference brunch. Director Alain DesRochers will share the joys and struggles of working as a director. What do you do when the telephone stops ringing? How can you stay motivated and get back into the spotlight?

Alain DesRochers has directed numerous commercials, music videos and movie trailers. His first feature-length film, La Bouteille (2000), earned him a Genie nomination for Best Director. He followed this up with several television series (Music Hall I and II, Les Bougon: C’est aussi ça la vie, Charlie Jade, Nos étés II, Musée Éden and les limiers). Alain DesRochers also has a well-rounded filmography, including Cabotins, Gerry, Nitro Rush and Bon Cop Bad Cop 2.

Hosted by Jolyne Lalonde, this conference will allow the public to interact with this experienced director who is a good friend of the festival and the director of three of the event’s promotional trailers.



13 H Doors opening

14 H Skate game

15 H Movies

16 H 15 Final tournament

$10 – Petit Théâtre du Vieux-Noranda

112, 7e Rue, Rouyn-Noranda


Come practise your skills and watch other skateboarders in action in a skateboarding tournament. An indoor skate park will be set up in the centre of the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda! After, come and watch some films that will change the way you think about skateboarding!


Roule trip

Watch two episodes of Roule trip, an improbable web series produced by Sébastien Landry, broadcast on Canal D’s Web TV and an online complement to the documentary PLG – At the top of the ramp.

Roule trip follows two skateboarders who meet for the first time and take a road trip together through Quebec in a 30-foot RV. Twenty-one days later, they know each other well, maybe a little too well.

From Montréal to Percé Rock, they visit a haunted house, explore an unusual village, experience military training, become certified in whale song and more.


PLG - at the top of the ramp

The world premiere of Simon Coutu’s 2016, medium-length documentary, produced by MC2 Communication Media.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon, aka PLG, is probably the world’s best vert skateboarder. In the United States, he is a skateboarding star, but in his home province of Quebec, he has never reached the same level of celebrity. Pierre-Luc’s father has played a huge role in his success; investing both time and money so his son could reach the top.

PLG – At the top of the ramp follows PLG through a pivotal year in which his first child is born but the excruciating pain caused by a leg injury puts his career in jeopardy.




13 h 30 Cinéma du Rift

32, rue Sainte-Anne, Ville-Marie


The residents of Ville-Marie will have the chance to watch the opening film, Le pacte des anges by Richard Angers.


Monday, October 31


8 H 30 Scène Paramount

15, rue Gamble Ouest, Rouyn-Noranda



With Claude Fournier

In a warm and friendly atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, watch a Quebec film and have a discussion with Claude Fournier, a director and producer who has been extremely influential to our national cinema. This year, we will be screening Claude Fournier’s 1976 film, Je suis loin de toi, Mignonne, starring Denise Filiatrault and Dominique Michel.

After the screening, director and film professor Beatriz Mediavilla, will host a discussion where you can learn more about the making of this film and also about Quebec film production in general at that time the film was made. As part of the discussion, participants will be invited to share their own memories from their experiences as moviegoers.

As Mr. Fournier is the head of the Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma québécois project, the discussion may also touch on the technological evolution in film and new distribution methods.

An enriching experience and lively discussion will be waiting for you!



19 h 30 Scène Paramount

15, rue Gamble Ouest,Rouyn-Noranda


After the outstanding success of last year’s first Espace OFF, the Festival will double the fun this year by offering two evenings at the Espace OFF!

The Espace OFF is the ideal place to discover extraordinary and memorable projects. In a relaxed atmosphere that resembles a cabaret, experience unique works and discuss them with the creators.

On Monday, genre film fans will enjoy two award-winning films from the last Fantasia Film Festival.


A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky

30 minutes

A medium-length, 2016 French film, directed by Quarxx and produced by Blast Production.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize for Best Short at the Fantasia International Film Festival, this film introduces us to Simon, a man leading a seemingly mundane and monotonous life. Despite appearances; however, Simon does not live alone in his old, dilapidated farmhouse. Walking the line between kidnapper and guardian angel, he keeps a constant watch over his roommate. Persuaded that he is communicating with beings from another world, Simon is gradually losing touch with reality. For him, the barrier between the waking world and nightmare is disappearing a little bit at a time.

Feuilles mortes

103 minutes

A feature-length 2016 Canadian film directed by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Edward A. Tremblay, produced by Element and starring Roy Dupuis. This film will delight fans of both post-apocalyptic art and genre films!

Five years after an economic collapse, the government is no more; paper money has no value and rural Quebec is in a state of chaotic anarchy. As winter rapidly approaches, the survivors are killing each other for the few remaining resources. Bob is a loner who survives by hunting and fishing while he unsuccessfully tries to avoid interacting with the other refugees. Marianne, on the other hand, is the victim of a heinous crime and is trying to rebuild her life in the remains of a village where there is still a semblance of law and order. Carl’s gang survives through bartering and brotherhood but in this unforgiving world, it only takes one wrong step for your luck to change and death to tighten its grip.




14 H, 15 H AND 16 H

445, boul. de l’université, Rouyn-noranda

20 people maximum by visit
registration required 819 762-6212 or promo@festivalcinema .ca


Visit the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s latest generation motion capture studio (MOCAP)! This installation allows you to capture natural animations to use in 3D projects. The public can get an up-close look while a live actor and the crew are at work. They will also have a chance to see the impressive finished product.

Also, come try out the Oculus Rift (a virtual reality device) and the Microsoft HoloLens (an augmented reality device). Once reserved for the military and aerospace industry, these immersive technologies will be available to the general public while they visit the MOCAP studio at UQAT!



19 h 30 Scène Paramount

15, rue Gamble Ouest, Rouyn-Noranda


For Espace OFF’s second day, the organization will screen two more films that have been a hit at festivals. These films will surely leave an impression on the audience!


43 minutes

A medium-length Swedish film directed by John Hellberg and produced by Autoboys in 2013.

What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town? This film, which has won prizes at dozens of international festivals, takes place during the most important horse race of the year when the betting centre, Washington’s Tobacco, looks like the ideal target for some easy money. Mousse is a proud man of principles, who is tired of living like a second class citizen. But what happens when a man is confronted with principles that conflict with his own?


80 minutes

The director will be in attendance

A 2016 feature-length film directed by Lawrence Côté-Collins, produced by the Coop Vidéo de Montréal, and featuring Marjolaine Beauchamp, Ronald Cyr and Whitney Lafleur.

While attempting to make a documentary about the social reintegration of former prisoners, a social worker named Anick settles into an isolated house belonging to Scott, a former prisoner in his fifties, and Jessie, his young companion. But soon, the objectivity of the documentary gives way to the subjectivity of desire as Anick becomes obsessed with Jessie and risks overturning everything.

Shot entirely in Rouyn-Noranda, in a house on the road to Destor, this film won the Special Jury Prize at the Fantasia Film Festival. Split is an extraordinary movie with a distinctive style that will provide fuel for interesting discussions with the director!



By popular demand, the short films are back on tour this year. A selection of short films selected from those offered at Espace court and the regular program will be presented in four cities in the region. This selection includes two films by local artists: No Highway by Virgil Héroux Laferté and Une nuit by Serge Bordeleau.


20 h Microbrasserie Le Prospecteur

585, 3e Avenue





Following the presentation of the film Patsy (bloc 9), Patsy Gallant offers you a short performance on stage at the Théâtre du Cuivre. The fertival goers will have the opportunity to listen to this magnificient voice and meet a generous artist. Still animated by the passion of her profession.



By popular demand, the short films are back on tour this year. A selection of short films selected from those offered at Espace court and the regular program will be presented in four cities in the region. This selection includes two films by local artists: No Highway by Virgil Héroux Laferté and Une nuit by Serge Bordeleau.

La Sarre

20 h Resto-bar La Relève

635, 2e Rue Est




Opening night of festival and bloc 4,5 and 12.

An architectural projection using a collage of excerpts from feature-length Quebec films that have been presented at the International Film Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

For the third year, the Festival is teaming up with the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s Department of digital creation to introduce the Digital Stream, a creative project projected on a 3D structure at the Théâtre du cuivre.

In the spirit of this year’s theme, A Tribute to Film and its Creators, the project looks back on feature-length films from Quebec that have touched the Festival and celebrates the contribution of the artists who took part in it. The team has borrowed, recycled and reappropriated images and words from these works that have permeated Quebec’s imagination, giving new meaning to the faces, outlines and scenes that resonate with all of us. The collection of these images that are embedded in our collective memory will create a unique and playful story that communicates a deep love for Quebec film. This digital installation is our tribute to cinematic art and the emotions it creates!

The project’s new artistic director, Martin Guerin, painstakingly dissected fifteen films to allow the 24 participating students to lose themselves in the process of rearranging the pieces into a true love letter to cinema. This process was supervised by Billy Larivière, a professional in the film industry and lecturer at UQAT.

This incredible project was also made possible by a generous contribution from Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma québécois, which provided restored, HD versions of the excerpts from 13 of the 14 films.

The soundtrack will change for each presentation to provide the audience with a unique experience at each screening!

Participating students:

To view Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma québécois's catalogue, visit:

Participating students :

Deessen Aundee

Alexis Balinoff

Camille Barbotteau

Mathieu Bazile

Nina Bernard

Claire Bodin

Jules Boissière

Andréane Boulanger

Romain Chalendar

Tom Clech

Kellia Darouny Bandasak

Charlie Darraud

Remi Duriez

Valentin Foch

Alexandre Ghio

Tiphaine Huet

Baptiste Hustache Marmou-Habouzit

Lise Kniebihler

Thomas Lopez

Juliette Pierre

Romance Ricaud

Mormon Sekkat

Hector Vallet

Gabin Volpato




Produced by Nadagam Films, Abitibi360 will immerse you in the Abitibi experience. With the help of virtual reality, dive into the private, unique and spectacular world of the local community.

Enjoy the landscape of the ancient Kitcisakik village in the company of a friendly kokom and close to the Sainte-Clothilde chapel, the oldest building in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (1870). Participate in the Beaudry stock car race inside Philippe Asselin’s stock car, winner in the V6 category. Go behind the scenes at the FME for Chantal Archambault’s show and a few other surprises. Watch for Abitibi360 at the Théâtre du cuivre and other activity locations throughout the Festival!


Nadagam Films is a film production company located in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Its mission is to create authentic and human stories that are deeply rooted in the territory. The Abitibi360 project was selected by Lab Culturel out of the hundreds of projects they received. Development and production: Serge Bordeleau, 360˚ cinematography: Cédric Corbeil, post-production: Christian Beauchemin, sound design: François Del Fante, production assistance: Melissa Major.




In partnership with Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma québécois, the in-house screenings for seniors in Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d’Or returns this year with the film Le Gros Bill. This film, which was one of the first films of fiction produced in Quebec, will certainly bring back memories for the audience.



Many of the young and young-at-heart from Rouyn-Noranda can testify to how much they loved watching one or more of the Festival’s morning showings when they were elementary school students! The Youth Component is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year; meaning that these short films have touched several generations and introduced them to international film.

The Youth Component was introduced to develop students’ critical and creative instincts. This popular activity among young audiences returns this year with its traditional projections. From Monday to Thursday, nearly 3,000 students will pass through the doors of the Théâtre du cuivre and discover a dozen short films from six different countries.

Film workshops

Étienne Jacques, a director and actor from Rouyn-Noranda, will offer a workshop where high school students from the Rouyn-Noranda, Lac-Témiscamingue and Lac-Abitibiacting districts can try acting in front of the camera. This interactive workshop, will allow students to analyze and interpret a script, master the camera, create a character and respond to others. In this day and age, when many young people dream of being famous, this workshop is a golden opportunity for students to learn what actors really do.

The workshops will also be offered in Rouyn-Noranda by the Régie du cinéma in some grade 11 classes, at the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.








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