Québec in the limelight at Palm Springs International ShortFest
Québec filmmaker Jason Lee receives the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short (photo ©Palm Springs International ShortFest).
Seven Québec films were selected for the 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest, the United States’ largest short film festival, held from June 18 to 24.
Jury Award for Best Documentary Short
Québec director Jason Lee took home the Jury Award for Best Documentary Short, for his film Letters from Pyongyang. The documentary tells the personal story of the filmmaker and his father, who travel across the divided Korean peninsula, from South to North, in search of their family's past.
Six other short films by Québec filmmakers screened at the festival:
- Ina Litovski by André Turpin and Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
- The Pamplemousse by Jonathan Watton
- Ne pas reculer (Broken Clouds) by Dominique Laurence
- Première neige (First Snow) by Michaël Lalancette
- Faillir (Struggle) by Sophie Dupuis
- Requiem for Romance by Jon Ng
In addition, Montréal-based French director Guillaume Blanchet was singled out for the Audience Favorite Animation Short Award, for A Girl Named Elastika.
The Québec government office in Los Angeles (DQLA) actively promotes Québec culture in the territory it serves. It was a partner of the 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Québec government office in Los Angeles (DQLA)
Letters from Pyongyang
2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest