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Introducing the SODEC Delegation at Hot Docs 2020

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 Market.

In the current unusual context of COVID-19, we believed it is even more important to continue to meet, exchange, share ideas and best practices, present our projects and develop durable relationships between Quebec and international producers.

Therefore, in order to continue to offer international co-production opportunities and to overcome the cancellation of the physical event, the Sodec_Lab @ Hot Docs will take place independently of the health evolution in a digital format.

Québec's vibrant documentary community is attending Hot Docs online 2020 edition! 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 digital program of working sessions with industry experts and individualized feedback on their respective projects, the six participants will benefit from professional coaching that will allow them to expand their network of contacts in the fields of financing and distribution, in English Canada and abroad. SODEC and the RIDM Forum are pleased to be able to count on the expertise of producer Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm), who will accompany the group as a mentor.

The producers selected for the 2020 edition of the SODEC_LAB @ Hot Docs 2020 are:

Christine FalcoChristine Falco, Films Camera Oscura

Producer and founder of Films Camera Oscura, Christine Falco works with innovative filmmakers to produce films driven by their unique vision of the world. She notably produced the following documentaries: Ziva Postec. The Editor Behind the Film Shoah (2018), presented at the Rotterdam, Jeonju and Edinburgh film festivals, and winner of the "Camera of David 2019" award for Best Documentary Feature at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival; A Moon of Nickel and Ice (2017), presented at Visions du réel and Hot Docs where it won the Canadian Emerging Filmmaker award, recipient of the Pierre and Yolande Perrault award for best first feature documentary at the Rendez-vous Québec Cinema, and nominated for the Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the Canadian Screen Awards; and Slums: Cities of Tomorrow (2014), presented at Hot Docs, Hamburg and RIDM, and recipient of the Jury Prize at the Paris Environmental Film Festival.

Nancy GuerinNancy Guérin, Trio Orange

Nancy Guerin has been working in the film industry for over 20 years. She started her career as a journalist but soon switched to production. She has worked as a producer, show runner, writer, story editor, and researcher on every type of project including children’s TV, feature documentaries, factual television and new media projects. Her work has appeared in film festivals around the world and has been broadcast internationally by networks including Arte, Bravo, Discovery Channel, Documentary Channel, History Channel, NHK, and PBS. She just finished producing Left Behind America for PBS/Frontline with Filmoption International. She joined Trio Orange in 2019 where she is heading up their International Documentary Film Department.

Elaine HebertÉlaine Hébert, Micro_scope

Élaine Hébert is a Montreal-based producer, working with micro_scope since 2005. She mainly focuses on feature films, documentaries and short films. Her projects have gained more than 50 awards and nominations around the world, competing in the festivals of Toronto, Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Oberhausen, Stockholm, Mannheim-Heidelberg, etc. In recent years, For Those Who Don’t Read Me (Yan Giroux) received 12 nominations at the Quebec Cinema Gala before winning Best First Feature and Best Original Screenplay; All That We Make (Annie St-Pierre) was the closing-night film of RIDM’s 16th edition; and Remembering the Ashes (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette) won Best Documentary at the Gemeaux Awards. Élaine is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and Trans Atlantic Partners. She's been a regular speaker at L'inis (The National Institute of Image and Sound) for the last 10 years and sits on the board of Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.

Sarah ManneringSarah Mannering, Colonelle films

COLONELLE FILMS is a Montreal-based production company founded in 2014 by three producers with complementary skills: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Fanny Drew and Sarah Mannering. The young company supports emerging filmmakers and relies on film projects of all formats (short, feature, fiction, documentary) driven by a strong, singular, free and innovative author vision. To date, Colonelle films has produced more than 20 films that have been selected and awarded at various international film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, TIFF, HOT DOCS. Their first feature drama, A Colony, was released in 2019 and won important awards, including a Crystal Bear Award at the Berlinale where it premiered and the Best Motion Picture Award at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Charles MenherCharles Menher, MC2 Communication Média

Charles Menher worked as the post-production director, then in 2015 he started to work as content and line producer in documentary. He was in charge of the execution and production of several documentary projects, both feature length and documentary series for various Canadian broadcasters. Over the course of four years, Charles has worked on over 15 productions including series such as Enquêteurs (Addiktv), Situation d’urgence 2 (Canal D), Le Polygraphe (Historia) and documentaries such as Stanley Vollant, pas à pas, Aller simple, Haiti or TDAH, réussir autrement, to name a few. In August 2019, he started to work as producer for MC2 Communication Media.

Stacey TenenbaumStacey Tenenbaum, H2L Productions Inc.

Stacey Tenenbaum is an award-winning creative producer and director. In 2014 she founded H2L Productions, a boutique documentary film production company specializing in crafting character driven stories which are shot internationally. H2L Productions' first documentary feature Shiners was broadcast on the Documentary Channel, TV5 Quebec and PBS Independent Lens. Her second film Pipe Dreams Premiered at Hot Docs in 2019 and was broadcast on Documentary Channel and PBS / Independent Lens. Stacey is currently in production on Scrap, a character driven environmental documentary for the Documentary Channel in Canada. Before turning her attention to film, Stacey worked in factual television for 16 years, producing and co-creating award-winning documentary series such as The Beat (CTV) and In Real Life (YTV). In 2012, Stacey was nominated for an International Emmy for In Real Life III.


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