On December 4, the launch of the Wapikoni short films was held at the Musée de la civilization in Quebec City. Organized jointly by Cercle Kisis and Wapikoni for the past four years, this event has been a resounding success year after year and has delighted hundreds of moviegoers who are discovering the annual selection of films made in the communities.
Hosted by Alexandre Bacon, co-founder of Cercle Kisis (meaning Sun in Anishnabe), this year's Launch did not disappoint. Six filmmakers have presented their short films to an audience of 250 people, who warmly welcomed the screening. Elisa Moar, from Manawan, Jacqueline Michel, from Kitcisakik, Nicolas Jr. Fontaine, from Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Kevin Kitivik, from Montreal, Katherine Nequado, also from Montreal, and Chief Jean-Charles Pietacho, from Ekuanitshit, spoke about their films but also about the issues they are facing in their communities and what drives them.
New this year, ICI Radio-Canada has awarded a Jury Prize to a filmmaker whose film stood out for its creativity, script, visual quality, sound quality and the strength and relevance of its content. The jury, composed of Caroline Monnet, Sonia Bonspille Boileau, Michel Pelletier, Rebecca Makonnen and Hélène Faradji, was awarded to Kevin Tikivik for his film Qilliqtu (Shiny Object). This young Inuk dreamed of being a hunter, just like his ancestors. He now lives in a city and recalls, in his film, the importance of keeping in touch with his roots. CBC / Radio-Canada will soon broadcast Qilliqtu (Shiny Object) and you will be able to find this wonderful short film on all the public broadcaster’s platforms.
While waiting for the next edition of the Launch in Quebec City, here are some photos of the event, which will remind you of memories if you were with us or which, we hope, will make you want to join us in 2018!
***Photos Credits: Émilie McKenzie