Vidéographe’s mentorship program is intended to encourage the professional and artistic development of artists in the early stages of their career. Selected participants in this program will be entitled to 16 hours of consultation time with a professional artist in their field, and to take a course at Vidéographe. They will also have access to our digital lab and screening equipment, depending on the nature of the project. The mentorship program can help in developing a new project, exploring a new technique, or completing a work-in-progress.
The 2020-2021 edition of the Mentorship Program benefits from the financial support of RBC through RBC Emerging Artists program.
The profiles of the artist-mentors participating in this program can be found below.
To see the call for submissions for the 2021-2022 edition of the mentorship program, click here.
Multidisciplinary artist, Alexis Bellavance works within time. His findings, sometimes loud, sometimes silent, are concrete observations of his surroundings. Cycles, positions, laws, echoes, materials, become the segments of conceptual scaffoldings that leads to multiple disciplines: audio art, performance, installation, photography. The consequences of his work are empirical results emerging from his attention to reality and certain of its accidents.He is co-founder of the Montreal based performance event VIVA! Art action, an active member of the art center Perte de Signal and a board member of Centre des arts actuels Skol. Alexis Bellavance’s work has been presented in numerous events, festivals, galleries and artist-run centres in North America, Europe and Asia. He lives in Montreal, CA.
Nathalie Bujold joined the l’Oeil de Poisson collective when it was founded in 1985. In 1992, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Université Laval and was awarded the Prix René-Richard. In 2016, she obtained a Master’s degree in visual and media arts from UQAM. The same year, her work was exhibited at Vidéochroniques, Marseille. Monograph programs of her single-channel videos have been presented at GIV, Vidéographe, Heure Exquise! and Pleasure Dome. In 2008, she was awarded the Prix de la création artistique by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for her video Les trains où vont les choses. Her work has been presented in Canada at Stride and AKA as well as in numerous places across Quebec, notably the Cinémathèque québécoise, the Musée national de beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and the festivals AKOUSMA, Phos, FIMAV, FIFA and Percéides.
director, scriptwriter and editor
Pier-Philippe Chevigny is a director, screenwriter and editor from Montreal, Quebec. He has worked on a wide variety of projects including music videos, documentaries, television shows and commercial spots. His fiction films focus on sociopolitical themes such as immigration and social justice. For the past few years, his short films such as Tala, Vétérane, or more recently Recrue, launched in 2019 in competition at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, have earned him international attention. Pier-Philippe is currently working on the development of two projects of feature-length film.
Composer and audio-visual artist
Line Katcho is a Montreal composer and audio-visual artist who is meticulous, rigorous and passionate. Primarily interested in sound and image as demonstrations of kinetic matter, gestures, forces or motion, she distinguishes herself by her experimental approach and affinity for perceptual games.A Master’s Graduate with Honours in Electroacoustic Composition from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, and AEC graduate in commercial photography from Dawson College, she leans towards a mixing of styles, genres and applied methods. Her empirical approach aims at creating a cathartic, holistic experience, expressed furthermore in her performances by her authentic nature. Her internationally acclaimed work has been presented at festivals such as MUTEK (MTL, AR, MX, ES), MA / IN Matera INtermedia, Currents new media, Espace [IM] MEDIA, Elektra and Akousma; she was awarded the first prize in the 2014 electroacoustic competition Jeux de Temps/Times Play and the Award of Distinction in the audio-visual category at the MA/IN 2016 Festival. Line Katcho actively collaborates with choreographer and dancer James Viveiros, the Paysage Primitif collective, and also performs as a VJ under the moniker La Hyèna.
Simon Gaudreau’s movies are characterized by an incarnated point of view, directed on singular characters. From these characters, generally evolving in micro-societies, emerge the social and political dimensions inherent to his cinema. His feature-length documentary King of the l’Est was selected at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in 2010. Gagnon, his first short fiction film, was presented at the Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois in February 2014. His second documentary, Fucké, was presented to the FNC, FIFEQ, RVCQ and FCIAT in 2014-2015. Minoritaires is his most recent film.
filmmaker, animator and cartoonist
Eleonore Goldberg is a Franco-Canadian filmmaker, animator and cartoonist. Born in France, she spent part of her childhood in Zaïre and Congo. She left France for Quebec, Canada, at the age of 19. After studying Visual Arts, Eleonore turned to animation cinema. She has a BFA in Animation and a MFA in Film Production (Concordia University). She publishes her graphic novels with collectives since 2006, and she also teachs drawing, illustration and animation since 2013. Her animated short-films are screened in international festivals. Her animated short’s script for My Yiddish Papi won the «SODEC / SARTEC prize» and the “Special Jury Prize” within the contest Cours Écrire Ton Cours in 2011.
Eleonore completed My Yiddish Papi in 2017, with Picbois Productions and the National Film Board of Canada.
sound designer and editor
Holder of a master’s degree about the links between contemporary music and sound in cinema, Bruno Pucella has more than twenty years of experience in sound design and sound recording. In 2020, he won best sound in the documentary category for the film Istanbul echoes by Giulia Frati, for which he also signed the original score. Although film remains his main creative space, he regularly contributes to projects for the performing arts, media arts and virtual reality. Musician, he has signed the soundtrack for documentaries and produced original music for dance shows. In parallel, he has written and directed a documentary (Gospel According to Vivienne, 2011) as well as three short films, the last of which, Davaï, has been presented in a dozen international festivals.
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre brings a new approach to animation and documentary filmmaking by blurring the lines between the two genres. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s animated documentary work shows new approaches in nonfiction storytelling, blurring the lines between documentary and drama.The award-winning director and film animator has directed several animated documentary films including Post-Partum , McLaren’s Negatives , Passages , The Sapporo Project , Female , JUTRA and Flocons. Saint-Pierre’s work has claimed international attention being shown in over 150 film festivals as well as international recognition winning many Awards including two Jutra awards.She has been featured in books, magazines as well as on television. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre founded MJSTP Films, an animation and documentary production company in 2004. She has lectured on the art of the animated documentary filmmaking in Europe, Asia and in Canada. She has also been a jury member for many events such as Arts Council, Film Festivals and Nominating Comitees.
In 2008, she was selected as the international artist in residency for the S-AIR Inter-cross Creative Center in Sapporo, Japan.
Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independant curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He’s interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces. He works mainly on Super8, 16mm and VHS.
Vallée is questionning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances have been shown in various festivals in Canada, USA, France, Italy and Japan and his experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationnaly.
His work has been awarded in 2013, for The Yellow Ghost (Grand Prix Dérapage), in 2016 at the WNDX festival (Festival of Moving Image) for his short film, Le bulbe tragique (” Best Canadian Work ”) and il fait gris dans ta tête, tout à coup, a videopoem codirected with Sarah Seené, as part of Festival de Poésie de Montréal (Grand Prix Video-Poésie 2018).
Vallée is an instructor and gives workshops on experimental cinema and video art in various artist-run centres. His workshops include hand-processing film, contact printing, painting and scratch on film and analog glitch. He has given several artist talks internationally, at La Maison du Québec in Saint-Malo (France), at the Space Cell Lab (South Korea), at filmkoop wien (Austria), just to name a few and also locally, including at the University of Montreal, at Concordia University and as part of the Journées de la Culture.
Guillaume Vallée was artist in residence at La Bande Vidéo (Canada) in 2017, at Le Fresnoy – national studio of contemporary arts (France) and at Signal Culture (United States) in 2018. In 2020, he was able to carry out three artist residencies : at Studio 303 (Canada), for the creation of pas d’apparat corps, an experimental videodance in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Calla Durose-Moya and musicians Pulsatilla & Hazy Montagne Mystique, at Main Film (Canada), as part of the Film Factory program, in which he created his latest 16mm experimental short film Monsieur Jean-Claude and at the Visual Alchemy studio (Canada) with Al Razutis, for learning stereoscopic video (3D).
After graduating with a BA in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte undertook a second undergraduate degree at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM), which led to a master’s degree in 2006. numerous exhibitions in Québec – at the SAT, the Darling Foundry, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, Optica and Circa among others – her works have been presented in several festivals across Europe, even Russia and Mexico. Her works have been broadcast in many festivals in Canada – MUTEK, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Festival International du film sur l’art, and several festivals around the world – International short film festival of Berlin and Official Selection at Transmediale Berlin (Germany), Otherworldly, Manchester UrbanScreens (UK), EXiS (Korea), Moscow International film Festival and Finnish Contemporary Art Fair.
Multidisciplinary artist Nelly-Ève Rajotte works at the confluence of performance, video and installation. Known among others for her monumental projections, Rajotte is interested in the sensory condition of the spectator experience. She investigates the relationship in space and probes the arborescence of physical sensations and psychological states registered through perception. In this sense, her joint work of image and sound reflects a certain alterity of representation and experience.
Around the recurring figure of the landscape, Rajotte takes a romantic approach where tension and opposition interplay with composition used to explore the building process of the images. She borrows from cinematographic strategies, editing effects and staging that not only transform, but aesthetize reality. The landscape is refined and fragile, and the landscape is thus asserted through the artist’s operations as a cultural object. Her sound accomplishes this unnatural shift of images, weaving around her some sort of atypical universe to the point anxiety. The acoustic environment doubles the sensory experience of the work by simultaneously conflicting and supporting the image’s narrative. These frames meet, repel each other and destabilize their reception, in sort, they challenge the heart of the work.
Her approach is distinguished by its clear interest in perception and she radicalizes its scope. This monitoring exercise is not motivated by technological devices, but by organizing an open environment on interpretation. Her compositions are like those of a painter working to augment the fundamental temporal dimension of an experience. Image and sound materialize in time, attract attention, registers in a given space and finally gives in to convey the full power of the work.