This unique aca­d­e­m­ic hub aims to encour­age exchanges and part­ner­ships between those involved in the prac­tice of film in Que­bec and those ded­i­cat­ed to the study of cin­e­ma, while fos­ter­ing the future of the next gen­er­a­tion. Like the series Au coeur du ciné­ma québé­cois (pre­sent­ed at Savoir média), host­ed by Denis Héroux (sea­sons 1 to 4) and Isabelle Ray­nauld (sea­sons 5 to 11), the Obser­va­to­ry intends to open a space for dia­logue between the arti­sans and the next gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers. Found­ed in 2007 by André Gau­dreault and Denis Héroux, the Obser­va­toire du ciné­ma au Québec was offi­cial­ly launched in Feb­ru­ary 2010.


The Obser­va­toire du ciné­ma au Québec encour­ages dia­logue between the prac­tice and study of cin­e­ma, while pro­mot­ing inter­ac­tion between these two spheres.


In a few words, the Obser­va­to­ry is:

  • a bridge between the Que­bec film com­mu­ni­ty and the uni­ver­si­ty film stud­ies community;
  • a lab­o­ra­to­ry for reflec­tion on the work of film pro­duc­tion and distribution;
  • an envi­ron­ment con­ducive to the study of cin­e­ma as an artis­tic expres­sion of Que­bec culture;
  • a place devot­ed to under­stand­ing the changes affect­ing cin­e­ma with respect to new technologies;
  • a tool for deep­en­ing the under­stand­ing of the role of cin­e­ma in our society;
  • a meet­ing and exchange point for the var­i­ous Que­bec uni­ver­si­ties that offer film stud­ies programs.


In the pur­suit of its mis­sion, the Obser­va­toire du ciné­ma au Québec is an excep­tion­al show­case for cin­e­ma in Québec and a unique cross­roads for meet­ings and exchanges between the com­mu­ni­ties involved in the study and prac­tice of cinema.


In this sense, the Obser­va­to­ry orga­nizes activ­i­ties for stu­dents so that they can have expe­ri­ences that go beyond the usu­al school cur­ricu­lum: screen­ings, con­fer­ences, film club, debates, talks, sym­po­siums, film lessons, the tele­vi­sion series Au coeur du ciné­ma québé­cois (Savoir média), etc. In addi­tion, the Obser­va­to­ry is devel­op­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with sev­er­al fes­ti­vals in Québec. For more infor­ma­tion on the upcom­ing activ­i­ties of the Obser­va­toire du ciné­ma au Québec, fol­low us on social media.