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Yanick Létourneau


Yanick Létourneau is the CEO of Peripheria, a director driven film production company he cofounded with filmmaker Diego Briceno Orduz. He is currently producing 3 new theatrical documentaries: "MTL New Wave" by Erik Cimon (Canal D, Filmoption), "Land of Roses, My Name is Gulistan" by Zayne Akyol (selected by Berlinale 2013 for Doc Station) and "Exil au Far West" by Sophie Fortier. Letourneau has produced Award winning shorts such as "Entre Chien et Loup" (2013) and "Three Mothers" (2008) by Daniel Schachter; "Gaspe Copper" (2013) by Alexis Fortier-Gauthier's and "Les Adieux" (2005) by Lisa Sfriso. He produced the first feature of Montreal playwright Guy Sprung "The Hat Goes Wild" in 2012. He recently completed the theatrical documentary "The Longest Kiss" by Alexandra Sicotte-Lévesque which is about to be released.

Yanick Letourneau directed and produced "Chronique Urbaine" (2003), his first documentary feature which earned him the "Pierre and Yolande Perreault Award for best emerging documentary filmmaker" at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in 2004. He produced and co-directed in 2009 the controversial documentary "I Wear the Veil" (2010) about Muslim women’s thoughts on wearing the islamic scarf in Canada. He recently directed and produced, in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, the award winning theatrical documentary "United States of Africa: Beyond Hip-hop" (Critics Choice Award, RIDM 2011) that has also been broadcast on Télé-Québec, Radio-Canada, Super Channel, Documentary Channel and SABC 1 in South Africa. In the last 

Letourneau has been very much active and involved in defending the interest of the independent sector of the film production community in Canada working with several groups on issues related to indie filmmaking (policy issues with SODEC, ACIC/FAP, NFB programs and Telefilm). He’s been involved with the Documentary Organization of Canada since 1999 and has been president of the local Quebec Chapter for 10 years and is now acting as co-vice president. He’s been on the Board of Hot Docs for 8 years from 2005 to 2012 and on the board of RIDM for the last two years. He is one of the founders of the DOC CIRCUIT MTL market in Canada that happens every year during RIDM International Documentary Film Festival.

Letourneau was the co-founder and co-producer with Danny Lennon and PHI Group of the 2005 and 2006 Montreal edition of ResFest, an international travelling short film festival presenting a selection of the best independent short films and videos in 35 cities around the world.

Artist talk with Yanick Létourneau


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