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September 12, 2005

The second edition of the short film festival Images en vue was held from last September 8th to 11th under the chairmanship of director Louis Bélanger.   

The program included short features in several categories:  fiction, documentary, animation and art video, many of which have already won prestigious honours.  These bold, original creative works came from the Îles de la Madeleine (about ten of them), from Québec, from Canada and from abroad (approximately 50 short films produced in twenty different countries around the globe). The jury awarded five prizes:  

The Prix de la relève québécoise (Award for new producers in Québec) (500 $), was awarded to the Québécois Simon-Olivier Fecteau, for his fiction " Les derniers jours " (The Final Days).

The Prix de la relève locale (Award for new local producers), (500 $), was awarded ex-aequo to the Madelinot Sylvio Bénard for his documentary " Une soirée de mi-carême chez William à Fidèle " (A mid-lent soirée at William à Fidèle's place) and to the Madelinot Mario Vigneau for his documentary " Gaël ".

The Prix de la meilleure animation ou vidéo d'art (Award for the best animation or art video) ( 1 000 $), was awarded ex-aequo to Tomek Baginski, from Poland, for his film " Fallen Art" and to  Arthur de Pins, from France, for his film " La révolution des crabes " (Revolt of the crabs).

The Prix du meilleur documentaire (Award for the best documentary) (1000 $), in collaboration with the Festival Images en Vues, was awarded to the Québécois group l'Équipe du Wapikoni mobile for their short film " La lettre " (The Letter).

The Prix du meilleur court métrage de fiction (Award for the best fiction short), including a cash prize of 1 000 $, in collaboration with Sofilm Cinéma Parallèle, was awarded to Andrea Arnold, from England, for her film " Wasp ".

Le Prix du public (Public's Choice Award), including a cash prize of 1 000 $, offered by the Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, was awarded to the Québécois Simon-Olivier Fecteau for his film " Les derniers jours " (The Final Days).

This excellent second edition was also enlivened by a brand new competition, the DocuMenteurs (DocuMendacious), in collaboration with the Festival du DocuMenteur in Abitibi-Temiscaming. Five teams participated in this event, each one producing a false (mendacious) documentary in a 72-hour time limit.  The Public's Choice went to the "DocuMenteur" entitled " La butte à Dion " (Dion's Hill), produced by Sylvio Bénard, Mario St-Amant and Céline Lafrance.

In addition, each recipient was presented with an original art work created by the Madelinot artist Claude Bourque.

From cinema to kiteboarding!

Last week, the archipelago hosted the second week of the Rendez-vous Aventure activities.  The program included the PKRA World Cup (Professional Kite Riders Association) in kitesurfing, the first event of this world cup to be held in North America.  Last September 3rd to 10th, riders from all over the planet met in the Iles de la Madeleine for the sixth of eight PKRA events scheduled in 2005.

A total of twenty-nine athletes were registered in the men's professional group, and 8 participants in the women's professional category; including  Aaron Hadlow and Kristin Boese, the current world champions in this discipline.

At the close of the event last Saturday, the following riders carried off the prizes in their respective disciplines: 

Men's Professional

1. Ruben Lenten (Slingshot - Holland)
2. Aaron Hadlow (Flexifoil - England)
3. Rui Meira (Naish - Portugal)

Women's Professional:

1. Kristin Boese (Jochum & Nesler - Germany)
2. Bruna Karija (Naish - Brazil)
3. Daphnée Laliberté (Takoon - Canada) Waaaaahoo!!!

Men's Amateur

1. Mounir El Asri
2. Frédéric Cyr

Women's Amateur

1. Marie-Christine Leclerc
2. Valérie Lussier

This year from August 23rd to September 3rd, Rendez-Vous Aventure 2005 also presented the Coupe des Iles, the Canadian windsurfing championship.   

For further information concerning this event and the competitions:   www.rendezvousaventure.com

 

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