Interview with Festival Director Stéphanie Demers-Hébert (Courts D’Un Soir)

It’s a film festival, occurring twice a year and dedicated to short films. Courts d’un soir is based of ephemeral. On the factual the Festival, from the projection to the awards, is going on one unique night.  Courts d’un soir broadcast  all kinds of short programs, as long as it’s under 40 minutes. From fiction to documentary and passing by animation in all its forms.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Stéphanie Demers-Hébert: Giving them visibility. That’s one of our goals : we want filmmaker to have a place where their short films can be seen. We wanna give them a public.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2017)?

A selection of quality made of the best short film from around the world. To have a first « date » with short films.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

All the film submitted to our festival must be under 40 minutes and have been produced after January 2015. All non-english or non-french movies must be subtitles in English.
We based our selection on the technical quality and the originality of the subject.

Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

Theres a lot of film festival. But there is also a lot of films. The competition is hard and sending our film to a lot of festival might be expensive. Theres a lot of festival with expensive submission fees. I think some filmmaker doesn’t have the budget to send their film to a lot of festivals. When it comes to distribution, it might be hard to know where to send our film and the fees can be discouraging. That’s why when wanted to create a festival accessible to all filmmakers.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We wanted to offer a opportunities for young filmmaker to have there films screened in a movie theater. We thought about this idea of a « one-night stand » for short films. It’s an occasion for filmmaker to show their film and for the public to see short films. Short films are not really commercialize and the occasion to see them is often limited to professional. We offer the occasion, for the public, to have their first « date » with the short films.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Really good. We are more than happy about the high degree of interest for our Festival. FilmFreeway gave us the opportunity to reach international filmmaker, which would have been impossible without the platform.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Really bigger. We hope to have a larger room next year. Our goal is to be able to bring together more people around short films and to give more visibly for the young artists behind to short films.

What film have you seen the most times in your life?
The big blue, from Luc Besson.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A film that makes you feel a panoply of emotions.

How is the film scene in your city?

In Montréal, it’s a lot around emerging and independent film. In the same time, the city welcome a lot of American shooting who come here cause it’s cheaper.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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