Anne Marie Gélinas, Producer
Anne-Marie Gélinas founded EMAfilms in 2008 to produce independent films, documentaries and web-based media projects. She favours powerful and touching stories that target international audiences. Released in theatres in the Spring of 2012 the France/Canada/Israel co-production « A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA » has received numerous prizes and nominations including 3 nominations for the Prix Lumières (the equivalent of the Golden Globe Awards) and a nomination for Best Music at Québec 2013′s Jutra. Anne-Marie also worked as line-producer on Kim Nguyen’s critically acclaimed « REBELLE », produced by Item7, which received the Silver Bear Award for Best Actress at Berlinale 2012, Best Film and Best Actress awards at Tribeca 2012 and a 2013 Oscar nomination for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’. EMAfilms latest production « MARS & AVRIL », by up-and-coming director Martin Villeneuve, was released in Quebec theatres in October 2012. Following it’s world premiere at the distinguished Karlovy Vary 2012, the film has been invited to screen at several esteemed festivals including Mumbai 2012 and Mill Valley 2012, amongst many others and was recently honoured with 4 nominations for the Canadian Screen Awards 2013; and 5 nominations at Quebec’s Jutra. Anne-Marie recently teamed up with producer and cinematographer, Benoît Beaulieu, and together they are undertaking a variety of ambitious projects including a number of fantasy and thriller genre films in 3D, as well as new co-productions with Mexico, France and New Zealand.
Prior to the establishment of EMA, Anne-Marie was President and Director-General of Productions Jeux d’Ombres, which she co-founded in 1990 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the Concordia University’ reputed Communications program. As the head of Jeux d’Ombres, Anne-Marie produced several narrative feature films which have screened around the world, including « ZIGRAIL » by André Turpin (1995), « LE GOÛT DES JEUNES FILLES » written by Dany Laferrière and directed by John L’Écuyer (2004), « THESE GIRLS » by John Hazlett (2005) and « WHERE ARE YOU GOING MOSHÉ? » by Hassan Benjelloun (2007). She also produced critically acclaimed documentaries such as « L’ESPOIR AU CŒUR DU GHETTO » by Peter Farbridge (2003) and « LE DOIGT DANS L’ŒIL » by Julien Fréchette (2007) as well as the tv travel series « HAKUNA MATATA » (2007). Anne-Marie has also completed an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations from HEC Montreal. Since 2008, Anne-Marie has programmed and organized monthly film screenings in Villeray, which aim to promote Quebecois talent. Gélinas participates regularly in the negotiation of a number of collective agreements for the Association des producteurs de film et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) and has sat on the Board of Directors of prominent institutions such as Women in Film and Television – Montreal (WIFTM) and Cinéma Parallèle. For the latter, Anne-Marie headed the organization of the institution’s 30th and 40th anniversaries in 1997 and 2007 respectively.
Benoît Beaulieu, cinematographer and producer
Benoît Beaulieu is a cinematographer who has worked on over two-dozen projects, ranging from short and feature length fiction films to documentaries and music videos. Benoît is also a producer, having completed more than 40 music videos and short films in this function, most notably for Chromeo, Stars and Pat Metheny. During his formative years he honed his skills in both lighting and as a director of photography, acquiring first-hand knowledge in all aspects of his craft. While the synergy between the director and himself is paramount, Beaulieu brings his own vision to every project; a cinematic narration that complements the film. He is a firm believer that the subtle handling of colour, texture, contrast and frame has a powerful psychological impact on the spectator. With his most recent work on Mars & Avril by Martin Villeneuve and Imaginaerium by Stobe Harju (both set to be released in 2012), it is clear that Beaulieu is a cinematographer to watch out for.
Ken Proulx, Associate Producer
Ken Proulx is a Montreal based producer/actor, currently working as junior producer at EMAfilms.
In 2007, Ken founded Ciudad Films to produce short films and corporate videos in the Montreal area, including My Claudia (2008, 10 min short), which played at the Toronto Comedy Shorts Festival amongst others. In 2008, Ken starred in and was associate producer of Geoff Uloth and Evergon Arts Among Friends, which played at numerous festivals across North America, including the Montreal World Film Festival and Fantasia. In 2009, Ken co-created the tv-series Bush League, that was selected for the National Screen Institute’s Television Program. From 2006-2010 Ken also worked as production coordinator at Instinct Films, and Intuitive Pictures for Ina Fichman, on many quality projects such as: Mall ‘R’ Us (Director: Helene Klowdawsky), Mabul (Director: Guy Nattiv), Short and Male (Director: Howard Goldberg).
Ken is currently developing a number of TV series and short films.
Anne Kmetyko, Social Media Coordinator
A graduate from Ryeson’s Image Arts Program, Anne began directing films in 2003 with the short Mondo Karma. In 2007 she attended L’INIS graduating from the Television Directing Program. Since then, she has worked as a Director on Making Of’s, promotional, corporate and web productions. In 2009, her film The Cat in the Pan premiered at The Montréal World Film Festival and in 2010 it was nominated for two awards at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, it also screened at Clermont-Ferrand that same year.
Anne brings to EMAfilms her extensive filmmaking knowledge together with her social media savvy to engage and promote our upcoming projects.
Vanessa Pfeiffer, Producer’s Assistant
After graduating with Distinction from Concordia University, Vanessa began working in the cultural field, both in film and music production. As manager and coordinator for the independent record label Semprini Records, Vanessa has collaborated on the production, release and marketing of numerous albums and original soundtracks from both local and international artists, including Valleys, Red Mass, Call Me Poupée, Pas Chic Chic and Ramachandra Borcar (film composer and label founder). In 2011 Vanessa began an apprenticeship in film production under the wing of established film producer Anne-Marie Gélinas (founder of EMAfilms). In her capacity as Producer’s Assistant, Vanessa has collaborated on several feature films and documentaries, both in development and production, including work on A Bottle in the Gaza Sea and Mars & Avril. Vanessa is currently developing her first feature documentary as writer & director, Peddling Pictures.