|Founded in 1999 by Jeannine
Gagné, Amazone Film is dedicated to the production of
author films for television and theatrical release.
Jeannine Gagné, producer and director, has worked for almost ten years
within the filmmakers’ collective les Films de l’autre. She has
produced numerous short, medium and feature-length films among which Far
from where? (best short at the Rendez-vous du cinéma
québécois 1989), City Dawn (best short at
the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois 1995, Prix Visions du Réel, Nyon
1995), Rosaire et la Petite-Nation (in
nomination for the best feature film at the Rendez-vous du cinéma
québécois 1997) as well as The Snail Position,
a Canada/France coproduction with the participation of Canal Plus.
has produced Pretend You Love Me
(first prize, Rhode Island Festival, 2000) a short 35mm film for
children to be broadcasted on Radio-Canada, Home,
a feature film by Phyllis Katrapani, 3 sœurs en 2 temps,
a documentary by Benoit Pilon, and Waterfront Dreams,
a feature film by Jeannine Gagné. Lately, Roger Toupin,
épicier variété, another documentary by Benoit Pilon
released in the fall of 2003, has won many honors such has Jutra prize
(ex-aequo) for Best Documentary as well as Bayard d’or for Best
Documentary from Festival du film francophone de Namur. The
film was also recognized as the Best Documentary from Festival du
film francophone de l’Acadie and received a Special Mention from
the young jury at Vision du Réel, Nyon. After
the Flood, a short animation film by Fernand Bélanger,
was released at the beginning of 2004 and participated to FIFA
and Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal. Gilles
Carle, the untamable mind by Charles Binamé and Solitudes
a short documentary by Jeannine Gagné had been released in the fall of
Roger Toupin, épicier variété, a
feature documentary by Benoit Pilon, opening film at the Rencontres
internationales du documentaires de Montréal, held twelve weeks in the
Ex-Centris cinema and since then had great success at festivals. The
film won several awards including the Jutra for Best Documentary (tie),
a statement of the Young Jury at the Festival Visions du Reel in Nyon
(Switzerland), Best Documentary Feature at the Festival du Film
Francophone de l'Acadie. The film also won the Golden Bayard for Best
Documentary Film Competition at the Festival des films francophones of
In 2004, After the flood, a
short animated film by Fernand Bélanger was presented at the Festival
du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal and broadcast on Télé-Québec. In 2005,
Charles Binamé's documentary Gilles
Carle, the untamable mind is out at Ex-Centris in Montreal,
Quebec Cartier Cinema and the Cinema House in Sherbrooke. He recently
won the Jutra for Best Documentary (tie) and the Gemeaux for best
documentary editing. Solitudes,
a short film directed by Jeannine Gagné, was presented exclusively to
the Rencontres internationales du documentaires de Montréal.
In 2006, Nestor a documentary
by Benoit Pilon, is presented including the Ex-Centris and Télé-Québec.
In the Dark, a short film written by
Cynthia Tremblay, directed by Simon Lavoie and produced by Paul
Audet-E, is selected in official competition at the International Film
Festival in Toronto. The film was nominated for a Jutra the following
In 2007, Three Kings of Belize,
a first documentary by Katia Paradis, is selected at the Rendez-vous du
cinéma québécois. The film had a great success in Belize where it had
been distributed in schools. The film won many prizes including Best
First Film, PanAfrica Film Festival, Montreal, 2009. Co-produced with
the NFB, Benoit Pilon's documentary Northern
Greetings is presented to the Ex-Centris in December after the
first International Festival of Rouyn-Noranda.
In 2008, Amazone Film release My
Father's Studio a documentary about the Montreal painter Edmund
Alleyn, directed by his daughter Jennifer Alleyn. A film winner of Best
Canadian Work at FIFA. The same year, Turbulence
at the periphery of a romantic encounter a short film written by
Jacques Marcotte and directed by Jeannine Gagné is presented tothe
Renocntres du cinéma québécois and participated in numerous festivals
In 2009, Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois highlights 10 years of the
company by a special screening. My
Father's Studio was nominated for the Jutra for Best Documentary
and the film won the Gemeaux for Best portrait. In November, Amazon
Launches Art in Action,
a feature documentary from Magnus Isaccson and Simon Bujold on the
artists of the ATSA (Socially Acceptable Terrorist Action). The film
gets a mention for the price camera in hand to International
Documentary of Montreal and a gemeaux for Best biography or portrait.
Amazon film is entering its second decade with several documentary
projects. In 2011, Simon Plouffe produced L'or des autres, which premiered at
the RIDM and which will be presented at 20 festivals around the world.
The film was nominated for a Gemeaux, Best Documentary, Society.
The following year, Magnus Isacsson's posthumous film My Real Life (2012) premiered at the
RIDM and won the Grand Prize of the National Feature Film Competition.
The film will be nominated for the Jutra for best documentary.
In 2013, Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois presented the world
premiere of Sylvie Groulx's documentary On the floors. The film is
accompanied by a very elaborate web documentary on nurses today.
The ten episodes of the My New World
series will air on UNIS from September 2016. This documentary film
series about children and for children is nominated for a Gemeaux in
the Youth Entertainment category.
In 2017, Amazone Film produced The
Last Breath, which brilliantly documents the hospital's final
years. The feature film is broadcast on Canal D and will be
theatrically theatrical for a month. The film is nominated for Gemeaux
In 2018, it is a return to fiction with the film Yolanda which stars Margot Campbell
and Paul Ahmarani. After the festival tour, the film was screened at
the Beaubien cinema and was sold to TFO.
For the twentieth anniversary of the company, Jeannine Gagné returns to
author documentary and in 2019 directs the short film Slowing Down