Michel Houle

Co-Chair and
Committee President

Odile Méthot

President and Managing Director

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Michel Houle

Co-Chair and
Committee President

Odile Méthot

President and Managing Director

MESSAGE

from the Co-Chair
and the President and Managing Director

Key partner in your achievements

Since 1996, Fonds Harold Greenberg’s French-language program has supported 1,275 projects, with more than $33.5 million in funding. Its core mission remains unchanged: through its various programs, to continue to stimulate the production of French-language works by Canadian creative talents.

2014-2015 was an especially productive year. Some of the projects in this report have already been finalized and some have even had public screenings, while others are in production or will be very soon. In all, 181 applications were studied, and Fonds made commitments of more than $4 million for the production of 73 projects across all programs. Through these investments, with its share of the recoupment transferred in large part to independent producers, Fonds Harold Greenberg seeks to contribute to consolidating the independent film industry, beyond the individual funding of new works.

It is useful to remember, we believe, that the industry continues to undergo profound change. With the growing number of unconventional broadcast platforms, consumers are developing new viewing habits. The business model for many companies in the audiovisual industry, like their marketing strategies, must be adapted accordingly. Filmmakers now have access to more affordable and more sophisticated technical means, enabling them to take a bolder approach to creating and producing their films. What was unimaginable less than a decade ago is now possible.

Fiscal 2014-2015 was notable for the scope of quality productions. Our unquestionably talented filmmakers have delighted a wide variety of audiences. New talents have emerged; highly original projects have been enthusiastically received. We have been able to preview them, and Fonds is proud to contribute to providing our filmmakers with financial resources so they can continue to tell our stories and shape our cultural identity.

Projects funded

Feature films

This year was especially prolific in the areas of script development and production of feature films. The French-language program committee examined 89 applications and provided support for 47 projects, i.e. more than half of the applications it received. The diversity of Quebec film is reflected in the wide ranges of genres of the selected projects. Fonds provided assistance to 32 feature films for script development and 15 feature films for production. A number of these films have been eagerly anticipated by audiences for some time, for example, the upcoming release from director Xavier Dolan, Juste la fin du monde, and the sequel to the big hit from 2006, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, which will be directed by Alain Desrochers. Other films in production will also undoubtedly get a positive reception, including Anne Émond’s Nelly, Robert Morin’s Problème d’infiltration and 9, a choral film by Stéphane E. Roy.

Music-related television programs

This year, through the section that funds music-related programs, Fonds provided financial support for two new series, Fabriqué au Québec and Pop de Jam, as well as l’ADISQ: Le Premier Gala for the eighth year in a row. These new commitments complete the investments in this section, which was launched in 2007 and expired in August 2014, with the end of the committed payment of tangible benefits arising from the transfer of control for MusiquePlus Inc. to Astral Media Inc. In eight years of productive collaboration with the community, Fonds has invested $3.4 million for seven series and 12 single works through this section.

Success stories
The reception enjoyed by Quebec films both at home and abroad is a source of pride for the entire community and for Fonds, since it confirms our raison d’être. Among the notable films we supported this year:

  • Chorus, by François Delisle, screened at many international festivals and winner of the best feature film at the international Fünf Seen Filmfestival in Bavaria;
  • Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre by Philippe Falardeau, presented in various festivals including among others Locarno Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where it earned an honourable mention from the jury. It was warmly received as soon as it opened in theatres on October 2, 2015.
  • Ville-Marie, the second film from Guy Édoin screened at the Toronto International Film Festival;
  • François Bouvier’s Paul à Québec, adapted from Michel Rabagliati’s comic books, winner of the people’s choice award at the Quebec City film festival, was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, as witnessed by its box office results of more than $ 1 million.

In an international context that does not tolerate mediocrity, the creativity of our filmmakers and the quality of their productions make a strong contribution to the sustainability of our industry and the trademark signature of our films. Let’s hope Maxime Giroux’s Félix et Meira, which received financial support from Fonds, is one of the nominees for the 2016 Oscar for best foreign film.

End of an adventure
This fiscal year was marked by the administrative transfer of the MaxFACT program, which Fonds had overseen since 2007. This program, which was created in 1997 to support the production of French-language music videos, was transferred to the Remstar Fund this past fiscal year. The change in administration followed Groupe V Média’s acquisition of the MusiquePlus and MusiMax specialty services in September 2014. Since it was created, the MaxFACT program has provided funding for 608 music videos, with total financial assistance of more than $7.9 million. We offer our deepest thanks to MaxFACT’s committee members and its chair, Gilles Valiquette, for the insightful, effective support they have provided for the program’s activities throughout the years. On behalf of the entire Board: a huge thank you! We are also confident in wishing continued success to our successors and to all of MaxFACT’s beneficiaries.

A team effort

In carrying out its mission, Fonds relies on highly committed directors who bring complementary expertise to the table. We are grateful for their professionalism, enthusiasm and open mindedness, and thank them for their dedication and the consistently high quality of their work.

We would also like to thank Mario Clément, outgoing member of the Board, and welcome new member Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, who has already shared his expertise with us. In addition, we would like to acknowledge the excellence of Fonds’ staff members and thank them for their loyalty.

Partner in our success
It is obvious that without Bell Media’s continued financial backing, we would be unable to pursue our mission. We are grateful for its vital support, which enables Fonds Harold Greenberg to stimulate the production of our stories and translate them into sounds and images.

Odile Méthot
President and Managing Director

Michel Houle
Co-Chair and
Committee President

Board members,
Committee and Staff

Michel Houle

Co-Chair and
Committee President

Biography

Michel Houle
Odile Méthot

President and Managing Director

Biography

Odile Méthot
Judith Brosseau

Board Member

Biography

Judith Brosseau
Mario Clément

Board Member until April 2015

Biography

Mario Clément
Claude Godbout

Board Member

Biography

Claude Godbout
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau

Board Member since May 2015

Biography

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau
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Michel Houle

Michel Houle regularly advises various corporate, institutional and government stakeholders. Since 2000, provides the Board with the insight and expertise he has acquired through his unique experience in a variety of areas, including film and television production, distribution and operations.

Odile Méthot

Odile Méthot has worked in the arts and in film and television for more than 25 years. As President and Managing Director, she is responsible for managing the funding program of the French-Language Program Fonds Harold Greenberg. Odile Méthot joined the organization as administrative director in 1996 and took part in setting up the program. Since 2000, she has served as its President and Managing Director.

Judith Brosseau

Judith Brosseau holds a master’s in communications and has worked in television for many years, as executive vice-president, programming, communications and interactive media at Astral Media, and director of strategic communications planning at SRC. She chairs the board of directors of INIS as well as serving on the boards of Sylvain Émard Danse and the Women’s Y of Montreal, and on Wapikoni Mobile’s board of governors.

Mario Clément

Mario is accomplished and highly regarded throughout the television industry in Québec, having held several senior management roles at Le Groupe Coscient, Télé-Québec, Télévision Radio-Canada and at Attraction Média, and most recently as Vice-President, Content at Bell Media (Quebec). He has also worked as a concert producer and film programmer. Mario holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sherbrooke.

Claude Godbout

Claude Godbout began his career as an actor. In the 1960s, he worked as assistant to Jean-Pierre Ronfard at Théâtre de l’Égrégore. In 1964, he portrayed Claude in the classic Quebec film Le Chat dans le sac by Gilles Groulx. He went on to work as a director (Profession : Écrivain) and co-founder of Productions Prisma (Michel Brault’s Les Ordres – Best director, Cannes 1975; Les bons débarras by Francis Mankiewicz, 1980 Berlin competition). He also served as president of the APFTQ from 1972 and 1981 and chaired the board of the Institut Québécois du Cinéma in 1982. Over four decades, he has produced numerous dramatic series and youth programs. Most recently, he worked on the major series Cinéma Québécois. After making the documentary La Génération 101 in 2008, he produced and wrote the screenplay for the feature-length documentary Un rêve américain.

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau holds a master’s degree in communications and has close to 30 years of media experience in general-interest television and journalism. For more than 10 years, he has served as senior programming director at Canal D, the only Quebec channel dedicated entirely to documentary content. In December 2013, he was responsible for the launch of Canal D/Investigation, Canal D’s sister channel. Since then, he has managed both channels and, since October 2015, Canal Vie and Z.

Claude Godbout

Board Member

Biography

Claude Godbout
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau

Board Member since May 2015

Biography

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau
Dany Meloul

Board Member

Biography

Dany Meloul
Gilles Valiquette

Board Member

Biography

Gilles Valiquette
Gabrielle Meloche

Coordinator, Administration and Financing Program

Gabrielle Meloche
Marie Mosser

Coordinator, Administration and Financing Program (by interim)

Marie Mosser
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Claude Godbout

Claude Godbout began his career as an actor. In the 1960s, he worked as assistant to Jean-Pierre Ronfard at Théâtre de l’Égrégore. In 1964, he portrayed Claude in the classic Quebec film Le Chat dans le sac by Gilles Groulx. He went on to work as a director (Profession : Écrivain) and co-founder of Productions Prisma (Michel Brault’s Les Ordres – Best director, Cannes 1975; Les bons débarras by Francis Mankiewicz, 1980 Berlin competition). He also served as president of the APFTQ from 1972 and 1981 and chaired the board of the Institut Québécois du Cinéma in 1982. Over four decades, he has produced numerous dramatic series and youth programs. Most recently, he worked on the major series Cinéma Québécois. After making the documentary La Génération 101 in 2008, he produced and wrote the screenplay for the feature-length documentary Un rêve américain.

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau

Jean-Pierre Laurendeau holds a master’s degree in communications and has close to 30 years of media experience in general-interest television and journalism. For more than 10 years, he has served as senior programming director at Canal D, the only Quebec channel dedicated entirely to documentary content. In December 2013, he was responsible for the launch of Canal D/Investigation, Canal D’s sister channel. Since then, he has managed both channels and, since October 2015, Canal Vie and Z.

Dany Meloul

Dany Meloul is Vice-president, Programming, French-Language TV at Bell Media since October 2015. She is at the helm of all activities pertaining to scheduling, planning, original content, and acquisitions for Bell Media’s French-Language specialty channels Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK and Investigation, as well as pay services Super Écran and Cinépop. At Bell Media, she also occupied the position of Assistant General Counsel, Bell Media Quebec and previously, with Astral Broadcasting Group Inc., she was Vice-President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Affiliates Relations for Les Chaînes Télé Astral. Before joining Bell Media, she was Director, Chief legal Officer and Assistant Secretary of Transcontinental Inc. and Senior Counsel for Alcan Inc. in Canada and in the United States. Dany Meloul graduated from McGill University Faculty of Law in 1988 with civil law and common law degrees, and is a member of the Barreau du Québec as well as the New York Bar. Dany Meloul is President of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for the province of Quebec. She is a member of the Board of Directors for INIS and FCTMN. She is also Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the West Island College and President of the Marianopolis College Foundation.

Gilles Valiquette

Gilles Valiquette is a singer-songwriter with 13 albums to his credit. He has received five PRO Canada/BMI awards and five SOCAN awards for his hit songs, including Quelle belle journée, Je suis cool, La vie en rose, Samedi soir and Mets un peu de soleil dans notre vie. He developed a college-level program in computer-assisted sound design and is one of the founders of Collège Musitechnic in Montreal. During his career, he has served on a number of boards, including the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), which he chaired for many years. He recently released the album P.S. I Love Uke, and a book entitled C’est fou mais c’est tout – Un parcours discographique des Beatles au Canada, published by Éditions de l’homme, in addition to producing singer Patrick Norman’s latest albums. His song Je suis cool was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Mr. Valiquette chaired the MaxFACT Committee, under the umbrella of Fonds Harold Greenberg, from 2003 to 2015.

Gabrielle Meloche

Marie Mosser