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The Wapikoni at the Berlinale and in Hungary

From February 21 to 28, Wapikoni participated for the first time at the 70th Berlinale with a pan-Canadian delegation of eight representatives, including five artists from the collective. Six short films were screened during the Berlinale Shorts, where the Wapikoni team was invited to speak during a public exchange at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.

                                                         From left to right: Tania Choueiri, Jazmine Smith, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, Gloria Morgan, Jack Belhumeur, Odile Joannette and Jemmy Echaquan Dubé

The delegation consisted of filmmaker-participants Jemmy Echaquan Dubé, Douglas Grégoire, Jack Belhumeur, Gloria Morgan and Jazmine Smith. Accompanied by Odile Joannette, Executive Director, Tania Choueiri, Distribution and Audience Development Manager, and Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, Mobilization and Collective Impact Manager, the welcome received throughout the festival and activities was very gratifying. The screenings were a success!

This presence contributed to the exposure Wapikoni and of the magnificent works of the artists of the collective. It was also an opportunity to participate in several networking events with professionals from the international film community (broadcasters, producers, film festival representatives, etc.). A unique opportunity to continue demonstrating the power of art at the service of communities and the interest in bringing out creative excellence!

                                                              On the first photo: The pan-Canadian delegation of Wapikoni and on the second photo: Odile Joannette with the director of Berlinale Shorts

In addition to participating in an exchange on the positive impact of short films in communities during the DocSalon at the European Film Market, Odile Joannette was also invited to speak by the director of Berlinale Shorts at the Shorts, Communities and Conversations event. An event organized in collaboration with Kanada Kultur, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The theme of the discussion was how can short film production create connections and build bridges in communities. In front of a full house, Odile Joannette shared her vision of narrative sovereignty.

A notable presence that continues in Budapest

After the Berlinale, two members of the delegation - Tania Choueiri and Jemmy Echaquan Dubé - went to Budapest, Hungary for the 10th edition of the Festival de la Francophonie, where four short films directed by filmmakers from the collective were presented. On February 27th, these two members were the guests of a meeting with the public about the Wapikoni collection, the production work, the narrative methods and the five films directed by Jemmy Echaquan Dubé.