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Louise Archambault

Director, Screenwriter
(b. January 1, 1970)

Louise Archambault studied film production at Concordia University in Montreal, where she also completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in film. She cut her teeth as a sound trainee on the popular Quebec TV series “Lance et compte” and went on to work as a line producer on commercials before joining Roger Frappier’s Max Films, where she worked on such films as Manon Briand’s 2 secondes (1998).

After continuing to work her way through the industry as a producer, assistant director, writer, cinematographer, on-set photographer and costume designer, she directed her third short film, Atomic Sake (1999), which won the 2000 Prix Jutra for Best Short Film and screened at more than one hundred film festivals worldwide.

Her first feature, Familia, opened the Canada First! programme at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival® and went on to share the Best Canadian First Feature Film award with Michael Mabott’s. Familia won the Claude Jutra Genie Award for Best Direction of a First Feature Film and earned seven other nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Direction and Screenplay. It was also named one of Canada’s Top Ten of 2005 by an independent, national panel of filmmakers, programmers, journalists and industry professionals.

Film and video work includes

Lance et compte series, 1986-1988 (sound)
Là-haut les étoiles, 1993 (director)
René Lévesque series, 1994 (third assistant director; TV)
Liste noire, 1995 (third assistant director)
Deux grand-mamans, 1997 (director)
2 secondes, 1998 (co-cinematographer with Pierre Crépô, James Gray)
Atomic Sake, 1999 (director; writer)
Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, 2001 (narration; chief researcher)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½, 2005 (co-producer)

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