EMAfilms’ partners Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu focus on stories that both inspire and entertain, with the potential for international appeal. EMA’s latest film, TURBO KID premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight section. TURBO KID, a Canada-New Zealand coproduction, is written and directed by the RKSS collective. The film played at SXSW in March, winning the Audience Award, as well as at Fantaspoa (Brazil) in May, winning Best Film and Best Art Direction and at BiFan (Korea) in July, winning Best Director. TURBO KID will hit the screens on August 28th, 2015 in the USA and Canada. Also slated for release in 2015, Hélène Choquette’s documentary A DOG’S LIFE will have its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and be released in Montreal theaters in October 2015.
EMAfilms is currently in post-production on Raphaël Nadjari’s NIGHT SONG, a France-Canada coproduction starring Géraldine Pailhas, Luc Picard and Natalie Choquette. Other recent titles include: A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA and MARS & AVRIL; both 2012 releases, acclaimed in Canada and abroad. Anne-Marie also line produced WAR WITCH, winner, amongst others, of a Silver Bear at Berlinale, and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
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 production « MARS & AVRIL », by up-and-coming director Martin Villeneuve, was released in Quebec theatres in October 2012. Following its world premiere at the distinguished Karlovy Vary Festival in 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 in 2013; as well as 5 nominations at Quebec’s Jutra. EMAfilms recently coproduced « TURBO KID » , the first feature film of the RKSS Collective, with T&A Films (NZ) and Jason Eisener (“Hobo With A Shotgun”) which just premièred at the Sundance Festival and is on its way to SXSW this March – other festivals will be announced during the course of the year.
EMAfilms latest endeavour, « YZKOR », directed by Raphaël Nadjari is a coproduction with France starring, amongst others, Géraldine Pailhas, Luc Picard, and Natalie Choquette. EMAfilms just completed Hélène Choquette’s latest documentary « A DOG’S LIFE », which talks about homelessness on the streets of Montréal and Toronto. The documentary will air on CBC/Radio-Canada in the fall of 2015
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. His work on Mars & Avril by Martin Villeneuve and Imaginaerium by Stobe Harju (both released in 2012), made it clear that Beaulieu is a cinematographer to watch out for. In the fall of 2014 he was the Director of Photography on Raphaël Nadjari’s last film, Yzkor.
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.
Daniela has been working in the world of film and television for over thirty years, both in front and behind the camera. Having studied Communications at Concordia University, and being an avid photographer, she initially hoped to become a cinematographer. It seems the universe had other plans…