In Colombia with Nery Luz, an afro-colombian leader. © 2013

GUY SIMONEAU
Writer and director of documentary films

2015
INDIGENOUS POWER
This series portrays urban Aboriginal Montrealers in a positive light by highlighting their strengths and leadership within the community as artists, musicians, scholars, professionals and projects.

2014
DESPLAZADOS: ÉTERNELS OUBLIÉS
A documentary about internal refugees in Colombia, victims of the armed conflict. Broadcasted on RDI. See press release.

2011
QALLUNAALIAQPALLIANIQ - HEADING SOUTH
A one-hour documentary film that focuses on Inuit living in the South, in urban areas, with an inspirational leadership, leadership oriented towards the good of their community in the Far North. Broadcasted on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Prod.: Grand Nord. To be broadcast by Société Radio-Canada in 2012

2011

MAMU CHU CHI NAN. A promotional short documentary for the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal.

2008         
LE VOYAGE DE SARA
A one hour HD documentary filmed in the Great North, about a young inuit girl who was adopted by a Quebec couple and who resolved discover her native land and her biological family.
Prod.: Grand Nord, Ian McLaren. To be broadcast by Radio-Canada and APTN in December 2008, and by TV Cultura, Brazil, 2009
Presented at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montréal, 2008. Canadian Distributor:Ciné-Fête. International Distributor: FilmOption International.

 

2007         
TOUT…SIMPLEMENT
Directed 3 episodes of a 10-episodes series on the practice of voluntary simplicity.
Prod.: Idéacom. Broadcast by Canal Vie and TFO in winter 2007.

 

2006         
LA VIE À VIF
Two documentary features filmed in an institution for young offenders in Laval, Québec.
Prod.: Pixcom. Broadcast by Télé-Québec ( 2 x 1 hr. version) in Spring 2007. Distributor: Société GRICS
                 

2003         
SIMENON IN AMERICA/SIMENON EN AMÉRIQUE  
A 60-minute documentary on the Belgian writer.
Prod.: Vivavision, Guy Simoneau. Broadcast by TV5, Canal  D and Bravo!
Presented at the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in 2003.

 

2000-2001      
MACADAM SUD
A 13 x 30 min. documentary series about street workers.
Prod.: Vivavision. Broadcast by Télé-Québec.

 

1997         
MARCEL DUBÉ: aimer, écrire
A documentary feature on the well-known French-Canadian playwright.
Prod.: Vent d’Est Films. Broadcast by Radio-Canada and TV5.

 

1993         
EST-CE AINSI QUE LES HOMMES VIVENT ?
A documentary feature on emotional distress in men. 
Prod.: Vent d’Est Films. Broadcast by Radio-Canada and TV5.
Released in Montreal theatres, and presented at European festivals.

 

1989         
DAVID CHEZ LES CORÉENS
A 60-minute documentary on the subject of international adoption, filmed in South Korea.
Prod.: Nanook Films. Broadcast by Radio-Canada and TV5.
Won  2 Gémeaux Awards and the ADATE Award, 1991.
Nominated for Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival for Children, 1990.
Nominated for Best Social Documentary at the Banff Film Festival, 1990.

 

1988
MARIO ET GRETZKY LES MAGNIFIQUES
A 60-minute documentary (Canada Cup 1987) for TV and video market about the two best hockey players in the world (Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky).  
Prod.: Télescène Robin Spry. Broadcast by TVA.
Written and directed by Guy Simoneau (post-production).

 

1986         
LES CONTES DES MILLE ET UN NEZ
This documentary explores the powers of the sense of smell, including its ability to stimulate the imagination.
Prod.: Explo-Mundo. Broadcast by Radio-Canada.

 

1986         
LA SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
A 35-mm short featuring the Montréal Symphony Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit.
Prod.: Spectel, National Film Board.
Opened the 1986 Montreal World Film Festival and nominated for Best Short Film.
Nominated at ADISQ for best director and best script.
Best Short Film, Chicago Film Festival, 1987.
Broadcast by Radio-Canada, Much Music and Musique Plus.

 

1985         
E :ROCK4
This one-hour documentary captures the stars of new generation of pop music in Québec in the 1980s.
Broadcast by Radio-Canada and CKOI (radio).
ADISQ nomination for Best Musical Documentary, Montréal, 1986.

 

1983
ON N’EST PAS DES ANGES (co-directed with Suzanne Guy)
A documentary feature on the emotional lives of physically handicapped people.
Prod.: Prisma Films. Broadcast by Télé-Québec. Europeans festivals.

 

1981         
SOME EVEN FALL IN LOVE/PLUSIEURS TOMBENT EN AMOUR
A documentary feature on prostitution.
Prod.: Guy Simoneau. Broadcast in Canada and abroad.
Presented at international festivals (Filmex in Los Angeles, Nyon in Switzerland, etc.) and released in theatres in Montréal.
Genie Award for Best Canadian Documentary Feature. 
Broadcast by Télé-Québec.

 

Author

1999   
L’AMÉRIQUE DE LA DAME AUX YEUX PEINTS
Published by Libre Expression
Biographical tale of struggle and hope in Central America.
A best-seller in Québec (Le Devoir, February 1999).
Selected best biography by Québec Loisirs, July 1999.

 

Other Activities

2008-1990  

Writing consultant (scripts and other texts) for several public and private  
organizations and for production houses.

Jury member for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec,
the Gémeaux Awards and at film festivals. 

Invited to lecture and present his documentary films at Université du Québec in Montréal (UQÀM) and Université de Montréal (U de M).

Camera Workshop at PRIM VIDEO

Translation (English to French).

2004          

Directing and scriptwriting consultant in the making of a documentary with a youth group at Carrefour Jeunesse Longueuil.

2002-2003 

Jury member for radio documentary competition at Radio-Canada.

2000

Taught scriptwriting course at UQÀM.

 

Second-unit director and film editor

1993          

BANANAS FROM SUNNY QUÉBEC 
Feature-length film for children.
Prod.: Prisma Films. Dir.: Peter Pearson. Broadcast by CBC.

1991          

WITH GLOWING HEARTS
A 60-minute musical special.
Prod.: Starplay Films, Toronto.  Dir.: Peter Pearson. Broadcast by CTV.

1988          

KEN DRYDEN’S HOME GAME
(6 x 1h series).
Prod. Starplay Films, Toronto.  Dir.: Peter Pearson. Broadcast by CTV.

1988          

MARIO, MIKE AND MR. GREATNESS
A 90-minute sports documentary about Canada Cup 87.
Prod.: Téléscène, Robin Spry. Dir.: Peter Pearson. Aired nationally on CTV.

 

Member of SARTEC (Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma), SCAM (Société civile des auteurs multimédias), and ARRQ (Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du Québec).

Languages: French, English, Spanish

New grants:

2008: SCAM (Société civile des auteurs multimédia). Project: Inuit and Mongolian/People of the North.

2009: CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec). Project: Asylum seeker.

2009: CCA (Canada Council for the Arts). Project: War surgeon.