Alex Franchi

Director | Screenwriter | Producer

After a successful banking career in Canada and in the Persian Gulf, Alexandre Franchi decided to quit the business world and follow his passion for storytelling. After several short films and completing the Canadian Film Centre’s directing program, Alexandre settled in Montreal where he directs television commercials.

THE WILD HUNT, written and directed by Alexandre Franchi was his feature debut and premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the award for “Best Canadian First Feature” It also received the Audience Award at the 2010 Slamdance Festival. The film was released theatrically in Canada in the spring of that same year. Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars and Variety said that “first-time feature director Alexandre Franchi deserves mainstream cred for his own cheeky role-play – initially impersonating a benign satirist of the rubber sword-swinging set when his ultimate goal is a good deal more savage.”

OTHER AWARDS INCLUDE Canada’s Top Ten 2009 Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking –Newport Beach Film Festival Best Feature Film – Icon Tel Aviv Fantasy Film Festival 2010 Golden Oosikar Award – Anchorage Film Festival 2010.

HAPPY FACE, the second feature of Alex, in 2019, wins several awards (Boston Underground Film Festival, Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue) and continues its way to international festivals.

Filmography

Happy Face

2018

Feature film
Director, co-screenwriter with Joëlle Bourjolly & co-producer
Production Les Films de la Mancha | Line & Content
Distribution Maison 4 :3
*Nominated at the Canadian Screen Awards: 2020 Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role

Awards

Prix Collégial du Cinéma Québecois, Québec, 2019
Sunscreen Film Festival – Best Actor (Robin L’Houmeau), Florida, 2019
Boston Underground Film Festival – Bacchus award for Best picture
37e Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue : Prix communication et société, Rouyn-Noranda, 2018
FESTIVALS
Slamdance Film Festival 2019
Calgary Underground Film Festival, 2019
20th Newport Beach Film Fest, 2019
Vancouver International Film Fest, Canadian Film Week, Vancouver, 2019
Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois, 2019
Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal 2018

Franchi is Back

2011

4min/ Web broadcast (French)
Director, screenwriter & co-producer
Les Enfants Inc.

Awards

FESTIVALS
Slamdance Film Festival 2012

The Wild Hunt

2009

35mm - 95 min (English)
Director, co-screenwriter & co-producer
Animist Films Inc.

Awards

Best Canadian First Feature Award – Toronto International Film Festival, 2009
Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature – Slamdance Film Festival 2010
Canada’s Top Ten 2009
Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking – Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Feature Film – Icon Tel Aviv Fantasy Film Festival 2010
Golden Oosikar Award – Anchorage Film Festival 2010
FESTIVALS
20+ international film festivals

Troll Concerto

2005

35mm/ 15 min (English)
Director, screenwriter & producer
Emmerson Denney Films & Mad Monkey Films
BROADCAST: CBC, Bravo!, ARTV (2007)

Awards

Montreal Prends ça court, 2006, Christal Film Prize
Montreal Prends ça court, 2006, ARTV Prize
FESTIVALS
Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois – 2006
Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, 2006
Festival Fantasia, Montréal, 2006
Off-Courts de Trouville, France, 2006
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006
Toronto After Dark Film Festival, 2006
Austin Film Festival, 2006
Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio, Siena, 2006
AFI Dallas International Film Festival, 2007
Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series, 2007

Luv Junket

2004

35mm - 5 min¨ (English)
Director, screenwriter & producer
Soma Productions & Mad Monkey Films
BROADCAST: CBC, Bravo!, ARTV (2006)

Terminal Venus

2003

35mm - 18 min (English)
Screenwriter & Director
Canadian Film Centre
BROADCAST: Showcase, 2004

Awards

Best Direction – Best Actress – 2004 Baja Film Festival
Worldfest Houston, Mai 2004, USA, Platinum Remi Award
FESTIVALS
Montreal World Film Festival, Aout 2003, Canada
Toronto International Film Festival, Septembre 2003
Cinefest Sudbury, Septembre 2003
Calgary International Film Festival, Septembre 2003
Vancouver International Film Festival, Septembre 2003
Beijing Independent DV Film Festival, Novembre 2003
Les Rendez Vous du Cinema Quebecois, Février 2004
Commonwealth Film Festival-Manchester, Mai 2004
Worldfest Houston, Mai 2004
Worldwide Short Film Festival, Juin 2004
Huesca Film Festival, Juin 2004
Baja California Film Festival, Octobre 2004
MECAL- Barcelona Intl Short Film Festival, 2005

Fata Morgana

2002

35mm - 8 min (English)
Director, screenwriter & producer
Soma Productions & Mad Monkey Films
BROADCAST: CBC, Bravo!, Radio-Canada, France-3

Awards

Premier prix –Telefilm 2002 Award
Cinémental – Manitoba French Film Festival, 2002
Mention spéciale –Taormina BNL Filmfest, 2002
Prix CBC du meilleur court-métrage : ViewFinders International Film Festival, 2003
Meilleure cinématographie, Fantasia Film Festival, 2003
FESTIVALS
Rendez-vous du cinéma Québécois – Montréal, 2002
Odense Internationl Film Festival – Denmark, 2002
Atlantic Film Festival - Halifax, Canada, 2002
Milano Film Festival, Milan, Italy, 2002
Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver, 2002

Chimère

2001

35mm - 5 min (Silent)
Director, screenwriter & producer
Soma Productions
BROADCAST: CBC, Radio-Canada, Bravo!

Awards

FESTIVALS
Moving Pictures – Toronto, 2001
Rendez-vous du cinéma Quebecois, 2001

Advertising

Director of television commercials since 2004
Burger King, Pepsi, Toyota, Colgate etc.
Les Enfants

Education

2002-2003 Director’s Lab Canadian Film Centre, Film Resident Programme
1998-1999 Foundation Film Vancouver Film School
1993-1995 Communication Studies Concordia University, Graduate Diploma
1989-1992 Bachelor of Commerce McGill University, Finance Major